Veterans for Peace

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. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars 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.

Releases by this organization

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Monday, October 07, 2013
After 12 Years, 2284, 110 and an Unknown Number
On this 12th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, Veterans For Peace calls for all troops to be brought home now. There is no reason to wait until 2014. There is no need for more loss of life. We call on the U.S. President and Congress to review the past decade and learn from our mistakes and our sins. We call on all of us to face the truth that as a nation we have lost much and gained little if anything. War has not been good for most of us.
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Thursday, September 12, 2013
Veterans’ Group Responds to President Obama’s Call to War
A leading peace organization of military veterans responded to President Obama’s address to the nation in his effort to justify bombing Syria to punish the Assad regime for their alleged use of chemical weapons. The Veterans For Peace statement while condemning, “the use of all chemical weapons, as well as the targeting of civilians with conventional weapons” also strongly opposes U.S. military intervention, “whether direct or indirect, in the civil war that is currently raging in Syria.”
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Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Veterans Outraged at Bradley Manning's Harsh Sentence; Join in Nationwide Protests
Bradley Manning was sentenced to 35 years in prison on Wednesday for handing WikiLeaks a massive cache of sensitive government documents detailing the routine killing of civilians by US forces in Iraq and Afghanistan. Outraged members of Veterans For Peace are joining in protest actions around the country and around the world.
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Wednesday, July 03, 2013
Veterans on Trial for Peaceable Assembly at Vietnam Veterans Memorial
17 U.S. military veterans and their allies will stand trial on Monday, July 8th after being arrested as they read the names of the fallen and laid flowers in their memory at New York City’s Vietnam Veterans Memorial. The NYPD leadership had an opportunity to safeguard the First Amendment protections of those gathered to mark 11 years of war and destruction in Afghanistan. Instead, the police chose to arrest 25 vets and supporters, charging them with violating a rarely enforced 10 pm curfew at the memorial.
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Thursday, June 27, 2013
Veterans Arrested At White House Guantanamo Protest
A dynamic protest outside the While House against the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba came to a climax Wednesday when Vietnam veteran Diane Wilson climbed over the White House fence . Suddenly, there she was standing on the White House lawn like an apparition in her orange prison jumpsuit. Wilson was quickly surrounded by heavily armed Secret Service agents and a menacing police dog. She was arrested, charged with unlawful entry and turned over to police in Washington, DC, where she was being held in jail as of Wednesday night.
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013
Veterans Join Hunger Strike to Close US Prison at Guantanamo
Four members of Veterans For Peace are fasting in solidarity with the hunger striking prisoners at the US prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. Diane Wilson has not eaten for 47 days. She has been on a water-only fast for most of that time and has lost over 40 pounds.
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Monday, April 01, 2013
Veterans for Peace: Don't Iraq Iran or Any Other Nation
Veterans for Peace has released the following statement: With the 10-year anniversary of the invasion of Iraq behind us, the task lies before us of preventing the next one. The Iraq war, like all wars, was launched on the basis of false answers to false questions. We are now being told to ask whether Iran or Syria has weapons, as though possession of weapons were grounds for bombing a nation, and as if we've learned nothing.
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Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Veterans For Peace: Debt Ceiling Is No Excuse
Veterans for Peace has released the following statement: U.S. interest payments on debt are at an historic low, not an historic high. The shortage of funds in the federal government is due to an unemployment crisis, outrageously inflated military spending, and a steadfast bipartisan refusal to impose reasonable tax rates on billionaires, multi-millionaires, or some of the world's most profitable corporations -- which in some cases are paying negative tax rates.
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Monday, October 08, 2012
"We don't have to go to Afghanistan”
WHAT: Iraq, Afghanistan and Vietnam veterans with the “Our Lives Our Rights” campaign will engage in a week of outreach to soldiers in 4th Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, scheduled to deploy to Afghanistan in late October, with the message “You don’t have to go to Afghanistan.” Soldiers will receive information about Conscientious Objection and other legal avenues to avert deployment.
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Friday, October 05, 2012
Americans in Pakistan Meet Families of Victims Obama Says Don't Exist
Thirty-two U.S. peace activists, including 6 members of Veterans For Peace are taking part in a peace delegation to Pakistan organized by the anti-war group Code Pink. See video: http://vimeo.com/50666774
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