Mission: Veterans For Peace, Inc. (VFP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others
(a) To increase public awareness of the costs of war
(b) To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
(c) To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
(d) To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
(e) To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.
Programs: Support over 100 local chapters through trainings, website, weekly enews, 3 time yearly newsletter, annual convention. Hundreds of local actions exposing the true costs of war carried out by chapters. Iraq water project funds installation and maintenance of water purification systems in schools, hospitals, mosques in iraq that have been damaged in the us invasion. Support over 100 local chapters through trainings, website, weekly enews, 3 time yearly newsletter, annual convention. Hundreds of local actions exposing the true costs of war carried out by chapters. Iraq water project funds installation and maintenance of water purification systems in schools, hospitals, mosques in iraq that have been damaged in the us invasion.
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.
Veterans For Peace held an incredibly successful 29th annual convention July 23 - 27 in Asheville, NC. For the 2nd consecutive year (also Madison in August 2013), VFP was welcomed by our host city's mayor. The convention lasted 5 days, drawing nearly 400 participants. One highlight was an Iraq and Afghanistan veterans caucus, drawing over 3 dozen young veterans. Our keynote speaker, Cynthia McKinney, was preceded by keynoter Alice Walker at our 2012 convention in Miami, which itself was followed by a fact-finding tour to Haiti with Alice, Colonel Ann Wright (ret.) and 16 other participants.
Veterans For Peace is unique in its demographic, institutional viability, and enthusiasm for activism shown consistently in over 100 communities. Veterans For Peace is one of the most reliable groups on the American scene in the fight for peace and equality.