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Veterans for Peace (VFP) is a national organization of veterans and associate members who advocate for the ultimate abolishment of war through non-violenc
Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of wars, with an obligation to heal the wounds of wars. Our network is comprised of over 140 chapters worldwide whose work includes: educating the public, advocating for a dismantling of the war economy, providing services that assist veterans and victims of war, and most significantly, working to end all wars.
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Veterans for Peace, also known as Vets for Peace, was started in 1967 by returning Vietnam veterans. Then faded into oblivian in the mid 1970's. In 1985 Veterans for Peace, Inc (VFP) was revitalized and incorporated as a 501(c)3 national veterans organization. Much of VFP, Inc's focus was on US involvement in Central America in the 1980's. Shortly after Iraq invade Kuwait in the late summer of 1990 many of VFP's 40+ chapters started being active again. The closest VFP chapter to Monterey was Chapter 13 in Santa Cruz some 45 miles north of Monterey. In late 1990, combat troops from Fort Ord's 7th Light Infantry began flying C-141 cargo planes out of the Monterey municipal airport. As a result when local peace groups started protest in the streets of Monterey a few of us decided to start our own chapter in Monterey. Gordon Smith a VFP member of the Santa Cruz VFP chapter contacted VFP National and along with former Vietnam POW Phil Butler and Roland Fletcher VFP Chapter 46 was started. Since that time Phil Butler has remained a member of VFP 46 and had served on the VFP national board for several years.
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