I read somewhere recently that respect isn’t about agreeing with others, so much as it is about how we disagree with them.  With that sentiment in mind, we want to tip our hats to an organization dear to our hearts this Veterans day, Veterans For Peace.  They are a group of military veterans “dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war, and healing the wounds of war.”  You gotta love that.   These men and women have established over 120 chapters across the United States and abroad.  They are organized, compassionate, and experienced in a way many liberals will never truly understand. 

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And yet, in some communities Veterans for Peace have found themselves unwelcome.  This very day in Binghamton, NY, the Broome County chapter of Veterans for Peace has been told that it cannot march in it’s towns Veterans Day Parade.  Clifford Post, spokesperson for the Parade Committee wrote, (VFP’s) “positions are inconsistent and distractive relative to the common purpose of this event.”  Peace is not always popular.  Well, Broome County VFP…we are with you!  If any of you ever find yourself in San Luis Obispo, CA, shoot us a line and we’ll break bread together.  Read below to learn more about Veterans for Peace in their own words…

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Veterans for Peace™  Statement of Purpose

We, as military veterans, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others both nationally and internationally

  1. To increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war
  2. To restrain our governments from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
  3. To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
  4. To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
  5. To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.