Where We Work

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Truth in Recruitment

As you may or may not know, we work hard to properly inform those who have yet to join the military about all the fact that the recruiters will not tell them. Case in point is this article. Check it out.

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On Ukraine

It should be obvious to any one that by now the war mongering over Russia has been getting out of hand. Yes, Putin is no angel, but for us to escalate the situation is beyond irresponsible. Here is a video on the matter.

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Ramstein

Located in southwestern Germany, the U.S. government’s Ramstein Air Base is serving key functions for nonstop war that has been hugely destructive in many countries. The Ramstein base is essential to drone warfare and many other forms of military intervention, from Pakistan and Afghanistan to the Middle East and Africa.

Please become a signer of the petition at this link and share it with your friends. This is a global campaign to close the Ramstein Air Base and challenge agendas for perpetual war.

The petition is scheduled to be delivered to the German government in Berlin by U.S. drone whistleblowers in a presentation sponsored by RootsAction.org, in coordination with a conference organized by World Beyond War. The petition will also be delivered to the U.S. government in Washington.

Sign the Declaration of Peace.

Find events all over the world that you can take part in.

Join us on Facebook and Twitter.

Support World Beyond War’s work by clicking here.

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The Golden Rule

 

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Dear Friends and Supporters,

The historic peace boat, Golden Rule, has been restored by Veterans For Peace and is sailing again for a sustainable, nuclear-free world.  She will be sailing through the waterways of the Pacific Northwest this summer, making multiple stops in Oregon, Washington and British Columbia, from June through October.  The Veterans For Peace Golden Rule Project invites you to join us in making this voyage a profound success.  We want to amplify the voices of those who are struggling for peace and against nuclear weapons, nuclear power and dangerous unsustainable carbon-based fuels.

The VFP Golden Rule Project is partnering with the Ground Zero Center for Nonviolent Action, Religious Society of Friends (Quakers), KBOO Radio in Portland, Living Islands, Washington and Oregon Physicians for Social Responsibility, Jane Addams Peace Association, Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, VFP Chapters and many other organizations to sail the original Peace Boat on it’s educational mission in the Pacific Northwest this year.

If you can help with outreach, media, or planning for an event, please let us know!  Many communities are really excited that the Golden Rule is coming to town!  Please come to an event, take a tour of the boat, or go sailing with us – it’s a lot of fun!

The story of The Voyage of the Golden Rule 2015 is captured with many great photos in our Golden Rule Newsletter.

You can support the 2016 Northwest voyage and the mission of the Golden Rule by donating through the website or by sending a check to VFP Golden Rule Project, P. O. Box 87, Samoa, CA 95564.

We will post updated schedules and news on the website, http://www.vfpgoldenruleproject.org/ and the  Facebook page

Sailing for a Nuclear-Free World and a Peaceful, Sustainable Future!

Helen Jaccard
Project Manager
VFP Golden Rule Project

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Our Goals

Welcome to Veterans For Peace

Veterans For Peace is an international organization made up of military veterans, military family members, and allies. We accept veteran members from all branches of service. We are dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war, and healing the wounds of war. Our networks are made up of over 120 chapters across the United States and abroad.

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 increase 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.
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Notes From Mike Hastie

This is a picture of a little girl that I took at a orphanage just
outside of Hanoi. She caught my eye, because she had a face and a soul
that seemed to have wisdom. She would look into my eyes, and my camera
lens as if to say, I have a story that needs to be told. When I was at
the orphanage, I was at times overwhelmed at the health problems so many
children had. I saw great suffering among so may children just starting
out in life. As I have done so many times before, you realize the
urgency of documenting what you see. It becomes a mission to bear
witness, and that focus became the focus of my camera. Sometimes you
have to block out the intensity, only to feel the pain later. This
little girl was probably a victim of generational Agent Orange exposure.
Her body was covered with rashes, and scabs, especially on both legs,
that were wrapped with cling bandages. I could see the blood that had
seeped through both dressings. No doubt, this child has had to overcome
a lot of pain, and no doubt there is still much pain and suffering ahead
in her young life. She will constantly have to deal with the potential
of infection. I can’t imagine how difficult it is for her to sleep. So,
with all of this said, this is the legacy of Agent Orange, and a world
class war crime that keeps on giving unfathomable pain and suffering. A
big part of me just wants to keep hating my government, and we all know
the avalanche that leads to. You hate and you hate and you hate. I live
in a country that doesn’t care about this child. But, at the same time,
I know if some Americans knew the truth, they would do something. I
think that is what I hang on to. I have sent out many pictures in the
past 24 hours. I took them, but they do not belong to me, they belong to
everyone who has looked at them. I like to think the pictures belong to
this child, one amongst millions of other Vietnamese who have the same
story. So, with that said, feel free to use these images as you see fit.
It is community property now, and that was the way I felt when I was
activating the shutter button on my camera. War is a disease, and war
crimes are brought to life when they are seen through the lens of a
camera. You tell the truth, because you can’t live with yourself if you
don’t. That is called a moral conscience, and why so many people don’t
see this, is the most complex question in our lives.
Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam
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My Lai

My Gift at My Lai

On the morning of March 16, 1968,
U.S. military soldiers entered a quiet
hamlet at My Lai, near Quang Ngai,
and systematically murdered 504
innocent Vietnamese citizens,
of which the vast majority were
women and children.
The barbarity of the killing was
a relentless frenzy, as everything
in sight was destroyed.

The U.S. Government made every
attempt to lie about the My Lai
Massacre, and for the most part
succeeded, because only one U.S.
soldier was held responsible, and
his name was Lt. William Calley.
The rest of the U.S. Military High
Command who were mainly responsible,
were silently escorted away from
prosecution.
Like the rest of the Vietnam War,
there has never been any account-
ability by the U.S. Government for
the unfathomable number of war crimes
that were committed on a daily basis
throughout the war in Indochina.
Today is March 16, 2016.
Today is the 48th anniversary of
The My Lai Massacre.

In late March 1994, I arrived at the My Lai
site with three other Vietnam veterans.
We were there for about four hours,
which was about how long it took
U.S. soldiers to murder 504 civilians
in 1968.
The four of us traveled by vehicle from
Quang Ngai to the massacre site, which
took less than thirty minutes. None of
us said a word during the entire drive.
The most powerful emotion I was feeling
was shame.
Being at My Lai was one of the most
difficult experiences of my life.
The blatant lie of my core belief system was
fully exposed.
Going through the war crimes museum,
and touching the engraved names of the
504 victims, left an indelible shocking memory.

Shortly after leaving the museum a Vietnamese man,
who was of age to have fought in the ” National
Liberation Front ” against the United States military,
unexpectedly came up to me and shook my
hand, and said something in Vietnamese
that I did not understand, but more important,
he had a forgiving kind look on his face.
His compassion was an intimate gift I never could
have imagined.
His presence was unmistakable, and profoundly
healing over time.
It was in that moment, that I later realized,
I was born in America, but my heart is
Vietnamese.

In ten days, on March 26th, I will be traveling
back to Vietnam with three other close friends,
to once again make that drive into My Lai.
It has been twenty-two years since I was there.
I am now a member of Veterans For Peace,
a national organization committed to peace and justice.
We are currently involved in bringing ” Full Disclosure ”
to the American people about the truth of the Vietnam War.
Without our efforts, and the efforts of so many other people,
the truth of the Vietnam War will be buried, enabling future
U.S. generations to repeat that history.
As George Santayana once wrote:
” Those who cannot remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.”

In loving memory to those who perished
at My Lai–the truth will never be forgotten.

Mike Hastie
Army Medic Vietnam
VFP Full Disclosure
March 16, 2016

Photograph by Mike Hastie
The infamous ditch at My Lai,
where nearly 100 Vietnamese
were murdered at point-blank
range with automatic weapons.
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