Veterans for Peace

Rachel Corrie Chapter 109
Olympia WA

Veterans Working Together for Peace & Justice Through Non-violence. Wage Peace!

Veterans for Peace, Inc. (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 abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
(e) To make non-violent conflict resolution an integral part of national policy
(f) To seek justice for veterans and victims of war

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. Membership Application Form (English)  or Spanish

  • Rachel Corrie Chapter 109 (RCCVFP) Bylaws (amended 5/15/05)
  • Welcome Information from VFP109
  • VFP109 Membership Kit (approved 3/19/2005) .pdf document
  • National VFP Homepage
  • National Office Staff
  • Other VFP Chapter Websites
  • Our Purpose
  • Use and Display of the American Flag by Robert Smith, VFP109
  • VFP By-Laws
  • VFP Products
  • VFP109 Project Submission Forms  Word   .pdf
  • Arlington NW Memorial 2005 in Olympia
  • Two Post Convention Activities Planned for August VFP Convention in Seattle  

Arlington NW / Iraq War Memorial 2006 – Olympia WA   Photos

 

Breaking News:

 

VFP Korea Delegation Report Our own Larry Kerschner was part of the delegation!

Thank You Lt. Ehren Watada [Official Website]

Such help lines are in place to help those who have none to help them. It is not just these people, but there are such services to help even those who feel suicidal. These people need someone to talk to, so that their desolate feeling is alleviated and they don’t feel like taking their lives anymore. For people who are conscious about their looks, they can seek help from Omorphy Ynea but for other mind related issues, you need people to bring you out.

(Photo by George Hill)

  • A Soldier’s Duty? The Ehren Watada Story 16 minute video by Michael Honey, PhD
  • The Lt. Watada Case: a Day of Reckoning for US Courts – Judicial Complicity in US War Crimes  By Paul Rockwell in Counterpunch Sep 26
  • Amy Goodman Interview September 19 on Democracy Now
  • “Soldiers Can Choose to Stop Fighting” Veterans for Peace Convention – August 12, 2006 A Film by Sari Gelzer
  • Streaming Video of Lt. Watada Interview from http://www.ThankYouLt.org
  • June 19 Press Conference Video
  • Army charges officer who refused to deploy to Iraq Army Times, July 5
  • First Officer Announces Refusal to Deploy to Iraq 
  • The Olympian Article
  • Fort Lewis soldier: Iraq war is morally wrong 
  • Lieutenant defies Army over ‘illegal’ war The Honolulu Advertiser
  • Watch video statement by Lt. Ehren Watada (video)
  • KING 5’s Tonya Mosley reports (video)
  • KOMO TV
  • KIRO TV
  • Truthout.org interview by Sarah Olson
  • Watada Interview on Democracy Now! (mp3) slow download
  • Democracy Now! With Amy Goodman 08 June 06. [Video]
  • Is the US Army Trying To Silence Lt. Watada? Truthout.org 6/14/2006
  • Soldier’s Duty: Say No to Illegal War by Michael Honey
  • Opposing war in Iraq my duty as American By 1st Lt. Ehren Watada The Honolulu Advertiser
  • The Army’s Charge Sheet on Lt. Witada (pdf)
  • Army charges could bring prison time for Iraq war resister Tacoma News Tribune
  • Watada, the War and the Law Lt. Ehren Watada’s pending court-martial could help restore the rule of law and energize a popular movement to end an illegal war. The Nation, July 7, 2006

A BRIEF HISTORY OF U.S. MILITARY RESISTANCE and peace movement support for resisters by Zoltan Grossman

Resources for Active Duty Service People  

Spc. Suzanne Nicole Swift

  • Army specialist refuses to return to Iraq Eugene police arrested Suzanne Nicole Swift, 21, a specialist with the 54th Military Police Company, after receiving a copy of a felony warrant from the Fort Lewis provost marshal’s office on Sunday.
  • Oregon Public Radio
  • Sara Rich Speaks Out on Behalf of her Daughter
  • Fear for my Daughter Sara Rich in Truthout, June 14
  • http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/6420AP_OR_AWOL_Soldier.html 
  • http://www.truthout.org/docs_2006/032006S.shtml
  •  AWOL Soldier Returns To Fort Lewis
  • Sign the petition: “Petition for Suzanne Swift”
  • What Can You Do?

Pvt. Ryan Patrick Meeks – Vancouver WA

  • AWOL soldier says he’s had enough of war“I tried to turn myself in,” he said. “I went the right route, I thought. I showed the Army I was diagnosed with PTSD (post-traumatic stress disorder), but they didn’t even look at it. They just wanted to send me back to Iraq.”

The National Veterans Foundation has opened a toll-free helpline (1-888-777-4443) for Troops, Veterans and their families. All calls are answered live by trained veterans, who listen, provide crisis intervention services, emotional support and information, or immediate referrals to local providers who can help. The NVF Helpline has already served more than 275,000 people in need.

“As I see it, our mission remains un-changed � to establish ourselves as the credible source of information and first-hand experience of  the real costs and causes of war � and to use that information to convince the public of its own desperate need to change the course of America away from militarism and military domination of the planet.” — Woody Powell, former VFP Executive Director

How much does it cost to keep a single US soldier in Iraq with the increasing prospect of being killed or seriously injured? $350,000 a year!  See http://www.stopwar.org.uk/Statistics.htm

 

Cost of the War in Iraq

To see more details, click here.

Events Calendar

  Shortcuts for Quick Reading

  • Conscientious Objection
  • Editorials, Articles, and Websites of Interest to VFP Members 
  • Depleted Uranium
  • PTSD
  • 92 year-old Japanese VFPer Speaks Out

Shortcut for Music/Videos

  • Lt. Watada’s Speech at the VFP Convention
  • U.S. War Machine  RealPlayer version
  • Peace Takes Courage: What Will You Do? (Pictures & music) Powerful, but graphic!
  • “No Bravery”
  • “Lives in the Balance From Jackson Browne Solo Acoustic, Vol. 1
  • “Veterans For Peace”  Veteran and Songwriter Tom Chelston www.tomsongs.org
  • “America First” Merle Haggard – Lyrics from CMT (Country Music Television)

Shortcut for Videos

  • Brain Damage Epidemic 9 minute BBC 4 report on brain damage – the hidden price of the Iraq War
  • New Music Video Features “Eyes Wide Open” Boots  
  • John Cory | Tribute to the Lost and Wounded: Iraq War Watch Presentation Macromedia Flash Required
  • Fort Bragg | A Film by Chris Hume QuickTime DSL | 56K or Windows Media DSL | 56K
  • Cindy Sheehan from Crawford TX
  • Cindy Sheehan’s message from Camp Casey
  • Cindy’s Plea to President Bush  Also see the website: http://www.meetwithcindy.org/ 
  • Lives in the Balance Jackson Browne
  • Confessions of an Iraqi War Veteran Jessie Macbeth, former Army Ranger
Arlington West: Veterans Speak Out
A Film by Chris Hume and Scott Galindez
11.14.05
QuickTime
DSL | 56K
Windows Media
DSL | 56K
RealMedia
DSL | 56K

Shortcut for Audio Files

  1. Can the Volunteer Army Finish the Job in Iraq? NPR segment on recruiting
  2. http://leonardclark.com/audio-files/Leonard-Clark-from-Iraq-June-27-2005.mp3
  3. http://leonardclark.com/audio-files/Leonard-Clark-from-Iraq-July-2-2005.mp3
  4. http://leonardclark.com/audio-files/Leonard-Clark-from-Iraq-July-4th-2005.mp3
  5. http://www.democracyforamerica.com/iraq_stories stories from those who see firsthand the toll the conflict has taken on families and communities.

Chapter 109 Minutes

Action Teams

  1. Depleted Uranium Action Team
  2. Membership Action Team
  3. Know All You Can Know – Truth in Recruitment  Action Team
  4. Veterans Affairs Action Team
  5. Funds Action Team
  6. “Action” Action Team
  7. Lt. Watada Support Action Team

 

Action Items

Return Washington State National Guard Personnel to Our Home State

  • Chapter 92 Statement
  • Washington Resolution .pdf document [Endorsed by RCC Chapter 109]
  • Families want Guard excused from Iraq Tacoma News Tribune article
  • Washington National Guard GI Bill Troop Support – Proposal by Mike Coday
  • Jody Tiller’s Fast PhotoShow
  • Governors Worry Guard’s Overseas Mission Leaves States Vulnerable

Depleted Uranium

  • Washington State’s DU Bill in the Final Budget 3/07/2006
  • Collection of Articles on Depleted Uranium
  • Returning soldiers may face tests for exposure to depleted uranium Activists cite high cancer rates; bill faces finance committees The Olympian 2/07/06  *Activists = VFP109 members testifying in the Senate hearing.
  • HB 3107  Exposure to depleted uranium; H State Govt; http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=3107
  • SB 6732 Exposure to depleted uranium  S Hea/L-T Care;
    http://apps.leg.wa.gov/billinfo/summary.aspx?bill=6732

Send Phone Cards to Wounded Vets

My Lai Peace Park Project “Winds of Peace” is a great, healing project that we all can support. We can help build schools, etc. and do grassroots fundraising for projects in Vietnam. Our meeting in Olympia raised over $900. Just think of what a concerted effort would bring, Mike will be returning to My Lai in February and called me to express his appreciation for the time he was with us.  Read about Mike’s visit from Meera who was there.  Meera Shanti’s story .

“Toys from the Heart” Campaign  Bob Rudolph, Chapter 109, and his wife have launched a project to boost the morale of our troops and bring joy to Iraqi children.

AFSC’s online movie tells the truth about the ongoing loss of life in Iraq — and encourages viewers to sign their petition to bring the troops home. [2 min]Watch it now

We need to be ready to speak and write:

We should always be prepared to share our VFP Statement of Purpose whenever an opportunity arises. Recently, VFP chapters were invited to hear Michael Moore on October 19th in Seattle. We all wore our VFP T-shirts. I’m sure that caught the attention of Elisa Hahn from KING 5 TV. She briefly interviewed me and I was sure that my comments would never be aired. Wrong! I was told they were and even a brief statement  made it into their webpage for the news that night. We have a message that cuts across political parties and needs to be heard by everyone!

We must write letters to the editor to express our opinion. See Bob Rudolph’s responses in “We Must Speak Up.” Bob has  received replies from elected officials and from newspaper editors that should encourage us all to write!  Bill Compfer received a positive response from former President Jimmy Carter commending Veterans For Peace. [See letter]

I also use Progressive Secretary to help me write and send letters on behalf for free. Progressive Secretary has sent hundreds of  letters for me so far. Donations help with their computer and mailing expenses –Dennis

  • Bob Rudolph wore his VFP109 Sweatshirt today to Seattle (6/13/05) and was able to speak on AM1090 on the Ed Shultz Show. See the article with photos.  Way to go, Bob!
  • Larry Kerschner regularly writes letters to the editor.
  • Our Personal Stories Note: Other stories will be added as Veterans For Peace share their story and commitment for peace.
  • Other Organizations of Interest to Veterans
  • Editorials by VFP Members
  • Jody Tiller’s Fast PhotoShow
  • Crowd gathers with fasting woman The Olympian 11/01/05

“Can you imagine what it is like, every time you set out in a car across the city, to wonder if you will return?…I feel sick, but I don’t run to the bombsite because I can’t do anything.  I just sit there and wonder how many people are dead, and pray for them, and for the people who set the bombs, and at the same time I feel glad that it wasn’t me there on the street.  Your mind does these things.  “Thank God I made it today.  Thank God it wasn’t me.”  But it was someone. Sheila Provencher, CPT Iraq. (full article)

Each new death of a soldier or a civilian, each child who loses a parent to the carnage, each healthy body that is broken or burned in this war that didn’t have to happen, is a reminder of how horribly wrong he [Bush] was.
Bob Herbert, NY Times

Visit www.VotersForPeace.US and immediately sign the Voters’ Pledge, which states:

I will not vote for or support any candidate for Congress or President who does not make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign.

Veterans for Peace – Rachel Corrie Chapter 109
804 Narnia Lane NW
Olympia, WA 98502-2592
Zahid Chaudhry, President
(360) 529-1109
a2zoly@yahoo.com
Duane King, Vice President
(360) 357-9181
affe8alls@comcast.net
Mark Fleming, Secretary
rezdog02@hotmail.com 
Dennis W. Mills, Treasurer & Webmaster
(360) 867-1487
mills.dennis@comcast.net
Iraq War-US Troop Deaths
Click on Photo for more Photos. See “Last Vigil.”
  • A Look at Those Who Died in Iraq  NY Times.
  • Photo Essay of 27 funerals, soldiers killed in Iraq
  • Today the number passed 2000 Celeste Zappala
  • More than a Number
  • List of casualties with Washington state ties
  • Forces: U.S. & Coalition/Casualties CNN Special Report continually updated
  • The Iraq Page – Remembering Those Who Lost Their Lives in the Iraq War of 2003-2004

Every casualty of war is a mother’s child!

Olympia, WA
  Get the 10 day forecast
Airport Delays
Beach Conditions
Pollen Reports
36 °F
Cloudy
Feels Like: 32°F
Humidity: 77%
Wind: SW at 4 mph
Keeping an eye on the Tropics
Veterans for Peace
216 South Meramec Ave
St. Louis MO 63105
VOICE (314) 725-6005
FAX (314) 725-7103

Web Author
360-867-1487