PUBLISHED: 5:17 PM on Wednesday, April 6, 2005
Letter to the Editor
Dear CCW:
It is the prerogative of an organization to distinguish itself from others, as the local Vete-rans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, and Ameri-can Legion did in their letter to the Editor in the March 30 issue of the CCW, identifying what they see as points of difference between their organizations and Veterans For Peace. In fact, one impetus for the organizing of Veterans For Peace, Alaska Chapter #100 was the desire on the part of several local veterans to project a distinct voice for peace that we did not hear from the mainstream veterans' organizations, and to make it clear that these organizations do not speak for all veterans.

Nevertheless, I believe that there are more things we hold in common than things that divide us. We all believe that our experience as veterans leaves us with a responsibility to bring our insights from that experience into our citizenship. We all work to support veterans and military people, and to provide them with opportunities for fellowship and group action on matters in which we have a unique interest. VFP does not try to duplicate the excellent work of the VFW, DAV, and American Legion on veterans' issues. The variety of veterans' organizations helps assure that every vet who seeks fellowship, including the veteran who has turned away from war, can find it.

No doubt, Veterans For Peace is not for everyone. But we are the organization for those veterans who agree with our stated purposes. They assert that our prior service creates a responsibility to serve the cause of peace and justice, which is necessary for our nation's security. They state that we will work to increase public awareness of the costs of war, to restrain our government from interventions in internal affairs of other nations, to end the arms race and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons, and to abolish war as an instrument of international policy. We pledge to use non-violent means and to keep our organization democratic.

These are not, of course, partisan positions. We oppose warmongering, militarism, imperialism, and jingoism of every political stripe.

Please visit, for more information, and help us Wage Peace!

John Dunker


VFP Alaska Chapter #100