Veterans from all over the nation are joining hands and standing together to demand that the US Government treat past and present service members with the respect and care which they deserve; a respect and care that we contend is not reflected in the sending of troops to fight in an unneccessary war or the cutting of health and pension benefits.
The following is from the Veterans For Peace website: http://www.veteransforpeace.org
"Veterans for Peace (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) Toward increasing 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.
We urge all people who share this vision to join us."
The local chapter of VFP, Chapter 72, ( http://www.vfpchapter72.org)is having their monthly open meeting tonight, February 8th. Veterans, and friends and family of veterans, are welcome to join us at 7 PM, in the Friends Meeting House, 4312 SE Stark.
The time for watching from the sidelines is over. It is time to serve again. Come to the meeting and find out how you can help. You are needed!