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6 Facts You Didn't Know About Veterans for Peace

By    |   Wednesday, 17 Jun 2015 04:22 PM

Veterans for Peace includes military veterans in some 140 chapters worldwide. Among its goals are educating the public about the costs of war, advocating the end of the arms race, striving to dismantle the war economy, attempting to restrain national intervention in the internal affairs of other nations, and providing services that help veterans as well as the victims of war, according to the Veterans for Peace website.

Here are six facts about Veterans for Peace you might not know.

1. How it Started
The organization was founded in 1985 by 10 U.S. veterans concerned about the nuclear arms race and intervention by the United States in Central American military affairs. Membership grew to 8,000 during plans for the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003, according to Veterans for Peace. Membership also began increasing globally.

2. Global Reach
The group has participated in peace delegations to Latin America, Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. It also has a permanent seat in the United Nations as a non-governmental organization.

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3. Medical Support
Veterans for Peace honors those killed in war and sponsors projects that help the medical needs of people wounded in war.

4. Its Structure
As a 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization, Veterans for Peace has by-laws and a board of directors. It makes its finances available for public review to show its responsibility and transparency. Much of its revenue for projects is raised through members.

5. National Conventions
Members of Veterans for Peace hold national conventions each year throughout the country. The 30th annual convention, scheduled for Aug. 5-9, 2015, will be hosted by the Hugh Thompson Memorial Chapter 091 in San Diego with keynote speaker Seymour Hersh, an award-winning investigative journalist, and guest speaker Dylan Ratigan, best-selling author and former MSNBC host.

6. St. Patrick's Day Parade
Politics or disagreement got in the way when Veterans for Peace was not allowed to march in the 2015 St. Patrick’s Day Parade in South Boston. The Allied War Veterans Council, which organized the annual march, was going to allow the group to march within its group, but a spokesman for the Allied War Vets criticized Veterans for Peace, saying the group wanted to “knock America,” according to Kevin Cullen in the Boston Globe. The Veterans for Peace had pushed for participation of gay and lesbian vets in the parade, who were allowed in for the first time.

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