On this somber day when we want Care, Safety & a Place called Home for ALL our veterans in/from ALL our wars, we must work hard so that war will be no more. We must do all we can to prevent more deaths in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan and elsewhere.
Congresswomen Linda Sanchez is the first Congressional Representative to write legislation to help make "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" a reality. She is here giving the first keynote address March 30, 2008.
For a view of war from Veterans themselves who want NO MORE: GO here
And Also: you tube VIDEO from Recent Event here
The March on the Pentagon and Commemoration this Month:
here and/or GO here (Note these may be very similar but sometimes it's nice to have two options. GREAT somber music and singing here!)
VFP CHAPTER 039 UPDATE ON EFFORT TO OPPOSE THE "VIRTUAL ARMY EXPERIENCE"
During August of last year, Chapter 39 mounted an effort to oppose the Virtual Army Experience after we learned that it was scheduled to appear at the annual Cleveland Air Show. While we were unsuccessful in having the exhibit removed from the show completely, we were able to catalyze sufficient public support to have the minimum age changed from 13 to 17. Last month we began meeting to discuss strategy for getting the exhibit removed from this year's Air Show. We were delighted to learn that on March 12, Representative Dennis Kucinich sent a letter to the House Committee on Armed Services in which he requested that funding for the VAE be terminated. (We had asked for his help last year but never actually heard back from his office - it appears now that he indeed heard our message). One of our members called the Air Show organizers and was told that the VAE was, in fact, NOT on this years roster of attractions, a statement which was subsequently confirmed by our local newspaper, the Plain Dealer. You can download a pdf file with a summary of Plain Dealer articles covering these events.
Please share this email and attachment with the other chapters of Veterans for Peace, along with our request to other chapters to investigate their local air shows, summer festivals, or other events where the VAE might be scheduled, and to continue the effort to have this "attraction" banned. Here's the link to the VAE website: http://vae.americasarmy.com/. At this time there does not appear to be a current VAE schedule, though our local reporter was told by Amy Lindstrom, VAE Public Affairs Manager, it visits 40 events a year and they already have more than 80 requests.
We would be happy to share our strategy and materials with any VFP chapters interested in challenging the VAE and we would like to acknowledge the efforts of the VFP chapter in Milwaukee. It was they who warned us it was coming this way. To learn more, contact Bob Bemer at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Since Chapter 39 took action against the Virtual Army Experience, several other VFP chapters have also done so, including in Philadelphia, PA.
For more on this article above and one on the way Laos, 1968, was covered Go here