As a veteran (US Navy 1973-79) Veterans For Peace is quite simply a group of veterans who think there has to be a better way to solve conflicts than running off to war all the time, especially wars cheered on by people who never were in the military. This group does amazing things with little money, but loads of dedication and passion.
I'm another Vietnam era draftee who regrets having any part in the military at that time, even fifty years
later. Why are we still funding the military at obscene levels while most of our leaders complain that there isn't enough money for education, social services, taking care of children, infrastructure, health care, or even taking care of the needs of combat veterans!
I'm very pleased with Veterans For Peace. It keeps me informed about ongoing and new peace issues and opportunities for effective activism to oppose them.
I'm equally pleased with my local chapter, which is passionately interested in national, international and
local peace and justice issues. Fellow members are smart, keep current, and teach and inspire me to stay involved.
Sadly, and apologetically, I was one of those out in right-field who supported Vietnam and every other incursion during the past 40 plus years until that "cowboy" walked us into Iraq under fraudulent circumstances. It was a game-changer for me. I discovered Veterans for Peace, found it to be a strong national organization with focused goals and have been a member now for several years. Best single contribution I have ever made to a non-profit.
J. B. Hooper
Winter Haven, FL
I was drafted in 1969 and went along with the program. It was an eye opening experience, the madness of the military, following orders handed down from the elite. By the time I got out i wanted nothing but to forget the whole ordeal. Years went by knowing in the back of my mind that I should be exposing the truth about war and the mindset that perpetuates it. I don't recall how or even when I found Veterans for Peace but knew imediately that I needed to be a part of such a worthy organization. It takes dedication to maintain an organization that stands for something that you would rather forget forever. Veterans for Peace has true grit and that's noshit.
I'm a 'Vietnam Era' veteran who joined during the atrocious U.S. war against that country. I made it clear during flight training at Pensacola that I wasn't "suitable" for combat duty. I was fortunate that my engineering degree qualified me for an Aeronautical Engineer Duty Officer assignment with the Naval Air Propulsion Test Center facility in Philadelphia for the duration of my active duty obligation. Veterans For Peace is an outstanding organization of great activists who are repulsed by the senseless consequences of war. The VFP leadership is both dynamic and inspirational. VFP's objectives and membership reflect my values and make me proud to be a Life Member of VFP.
Veterans For Peace is the only veterans organization dedicated to the abolition of war. We seek to agitate, educate and legislate to stop current wars, prevent future wars, and dismantle the machinery of war. War is the least effective way to oppose aggression and oppression. Violence breeds violence, and nonviolent conflict resolution has been proven to be the most effective strategy in promoting a culture of peace.
I am a veteran opposed to war except when our country is subject to an unprovoked attack as stated in the constitution.
War causes needless death and destruction of property.
I am pleased to be a member of Veterans for Peace where I can give support to like minded, courageous veterans and volunteers.
I am a 20 year veteran of the US Army. While I was on active duty I felt I couldn't reveal how I REALLY felt about our countries constant drive for more conflict, more war, and my confusion as to why the United States still has bases in countries where the conflicts have been over more than 60 years ago??? We waste SO much money with all the testosterone driven "presence" all over the world. I felt I had a great ally in the Veterans for Peace organizations. They speak the truth passionately and stand up for what is really right. I admire all their hard work to put the word out there for people who normally wouldn't be heard. I support Veterans for Peace whole heartedly!
My husband is the veteran and I'm his "Partner for Peace." The VFP helps us to be part of a group that can speak up for peace with authenticity because of their experiences with war. Thank you Veterans for Peace for all the witness you do for those of us who share your goal of peace. You are valued and we hope more Americans will hear your message.
I am a Vietnam veteran with severe PTSD, and Veterans For Peace provides a place that I can go and feel understood and accepted. We have veterans from the "War on Terror" (i.e., the unending series of wars) the Gulf war and Korean war, and even WWII. We may disagree on some topics, but we support each other none-the-less.
We also work together as a group and with others from the Peace and Justice community to educate the public, especially youth, regarding the true and usually hidden costs of war on so many levels. We also work to expose the militarization of local law enforcement: the direct result of our war-based economy and culture.