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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Thursday, May 14, 2009
Veterans' Group Asks President Obama 'To Turn Away From Violence' in Afghanistan
In response to the recent brutal air strikes that have killed over 100 Afghan civilians, most of them women and children, the president of Veterans For Peace, a national veterans' organization, wrote to President Obama earlier this week calling the escalation of violence in Afghanistan a "tragic mistake." The letter from former Navy Corpsman Mike Ferner asked Mr. Obama, "What is the number of dead and injured at which you will say 'this can't go on;' the number at which you decide it's time to turn away from violence and find another way?"
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Friday, March 27, 2009
Veterans For Peace Statement on Obama's Afghanistan Policy
Today President Obama announced what he termed, "a comprehensive, new strategy for Afghanistan and Pakistan." The President went on to say, "I want the American people to understand that we have a clear and focused goal: to disrupt, dismantle and defeat al-Qaida in Pakistan and Afghanistan and to prevent their return to either country in the future. That's the goal that must be achieved. That is a cause that could not be more just. And to the terrorists who oppose us, my message is the same: We will defeat you."
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Tuesday, March 17, 2009
At the End of the 6th Year of U.S. Occupation of Iraq, A Veteran’s Group Says The End of 2011 is Too Long
Veterans For Peace objects to President Obama's plan to keep troops in Iraq until 2011. “Beside the suffering and death caused by prolonging these wars, America simply can no longer afford the cost of empire,” commented Mike Ferner, the group’s National President. A long time critic of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, VFP calls for President Obama to bring all the troops home now. The organization’s consistent position has been that the presence of U.S. soldiers only ensures there will be violent resistance from Iraqis.
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Friday, February 27, 2009
Veterans' Group Says Leaving 50,000 Troops to Control Iraq Is No 'Withdrawal'
A national veterans' organization today objected to calling President Obama's announcement on Iraq a "withdrawal," adding that keeping troops there and Afghanistan will "put the nail in the coffin of America's economy." Veterans For Peace, referring to several published reports that the Obama plan will leave 50,000 or more troops in Iraq, and pointing to the buildup already underway in Afghanistan, warned that such policies will have the same effect on the new President as the Vietnam War did on Lyndon Johnson's plans for the Great Society.
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Monday, February 23, 2009
Veteran Organization: 'More Soldiers Will Only Lead to More Death; Not Stability and Peace'
U.S. troops continue to occupy Iraq with no clear plan to bring them home. Tuesday, February 17th, President Obama ordered 17,000 troops to Afghanistan to join the 37,000 already there. He also ordered a review of U.S. policies in the region. The President has been quoted by prominent news outlets as saying in various ways that it will take more than military force to solve the problems of Afghanistan.
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