Veterans for Peace (VFP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3)
educational and humanitarian organization.
Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. There is an annual convention each year attended by our members, families and supporters from across the nation. Members receive periodic VFP publications.
The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf War and current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.
Veterans For Peace is an official
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
represented at the UN.
We draw on our personal experiences and perspectives gained as veterans to raise public awareness of the true costs and consequences of militarism and war - and to seek peaceful, effective alternatives.
Some major areas of concern and involvement are:
WAR IN IRAQ and AFGHANISTAN:
When our government threatened invasion, we conducted public forums, met with elected representatives and participated in marches to express our opposition. As the war began, we gathered in Washington, DC, with other veterans groups for Operation Dire Distress and Operation First Casualty. Since then, we joined together with Military Families Speak Out and others in the Bring Them Home Now campaign and supported recently returned vets who formed the Iraq Veterans Against the War. VFP local chapters continue to conduct educational forums, demonstrations and ongoing Iraq memorial displays, such as Arlington West, to remember the growing human cost of the war, to end the occupation and to bring our troops home now!
AND AT HOME:
Members and chapters actively participate in efforts to save VA healthcare and defend of veterans’ rights; to protect our civil liberties threatened by the “Patriot Act” and other repressive legislation; to provide counseling to active duty military needing assistance through the GI Rights Hotline; and to advocate for veterans health care issues after they come home.
VIETNAM and AGENT ORANGE:
VFP has worked with other Vietnam veterans to bring medical supplies; help build clinics, hospitals, and schools; advocate for Agent Orange victims and promote reconciliation and friendship between our two countries and peoples.
Each year VFP members from across the country go to Fort Benning, Georgia, to demonstrate for the closing of the Army's infamous School of the Americas, a training center for thousands of soldiers from repressive regimes in Latin America with long records of human rights abuses.
After revelations of the massacres of civilians by American soldiers during the Korean War, we sent several fact-finding delegations to investigate these allegations and bring the hidden history of that war before the public. Today we continue to work for an end to that conflict through our Korea Peace Campaign.
VIEQUES, PUERTO RICO:
Along with other veteran and community groups, we actively supported the people of Puerto Rico in their struggle to end the US Navy's six decades of bombing and shelling on the island municipality of Vieques. We continue to support current efforts for cleaning up the environment and return of the land to the people of Vieques.
In the 1980s, we opposed US sponsored wars and continue to support people struggling for their rights and dignity. We regularly send election observers to Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and El Salvador in support of justice and peace.
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:
- To increasing public awareness of the costs of war.
- To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
- To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
- To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
- 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.
HOW TO JOIN VETERANS FOR PEACE
We invite all who embrace our vision and Statement of Purpose to join us.
If you are NOT a veteran, you can join Veterans For Peace by becoming an Associate Member.
Simply follow Step 1 below, fill out the application, and send that along with your Associate Member contribution to the national Veterans For Peace mailing address shown below. You may also join online by going to the national Veterans For Peace web site.
If you ARE a veteran, currently serving on active duty, or in the Reserves of any branch of the military, you might consider joining Veterans For Peace. If you are on active duty, there is nothing in the UCMJ that prohibit your voluntary membership in this organization. For more information on your rights under the UCMJ, see our Active Duty Resources page here. Just because you signed that bottom line doesn't mean you gave up all the rights you would otherwise be entitled to if you were not in the military.
Follow steps 1-3 below to become a member of Veterans For Peace:
Step 1: Download the VFP Membership application here.
Step 2: A copy of your DD-214 is required for membership.
Don't have a copy of your military discharge documents?
Please visit the National Personnel Records Center web site here to obtain one.
Step 3: Send your VFP Membership application through regular mail to the national office of Veterans For Peace along with a copy of your DD-214 to join or send it to our local office and we'll send it for you.
All Veterans for Peace Chapters are joined through the national office at:
National Veterans For Peace Office & Web Site
Veterans For Peace
216 South Meramec Ave
St. Louis MO 63105
Tel: (314) 725-6005
FAX (314) 725-7103
Web site: www.veteransforpeace.org
Contact Veterans For Peace Los Angeles
Veterans For Peace,
Los Angeles Chapter 007
1727 Hauser Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90019
Tel: (323) 934-3451 (office)
FAX: (323) 931-1896
Active Duty and Veterans!
See our RESOURCES page for additional useful information.
Interested in Iraq Veterans Against the War?
Be sure to visit our brothers and sisters over there at IVAW.org.
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