Veterans for Peace Radio Hour

October 30, 2013

Letter to Mayor Stanton, Phoenix AZ concerning VFP in Armicest Day Parade

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

Mr. Mayor,

I urge you to consider the Veterans For Peace to march in the Armistice, (Veterans Day), Parade. As a veteran, serving my country honorably I find it reprehensible that VFP be treated as second class citizens. We who served our nation, saw the cost of war in ways that cannot be described believe that Peace is the answer to the problems of the world. I lived for 6 years in Kingman, AZ, I now live in Boston MA and we, VFP Chapter, 9 Smedley Butler Bde have faced the prejudice of those who are “proud” of war, most of whom never served, particularly in a combat zone.

I served two tours in Vietnam, once in the Infantry, once as a Combat Medic. I, like many others, shed our blood on foreign soil for a war that made little sense and cost some 58,364 American lives. I received 3 Purple Hearts, my blood flowing into the red dust of the Republic of Vietnam. I know that the Veterans For Peace in Phoenix  shed their blood as well. I earned 2 Silver Stars, 3 Bronze Stars, 3 Army Commendation Medals during combat; I am not a hero, I am a veteran and proud of it.

I learned long ago that war is an ugly business, and everyone who has worn one of the uniforms of this nation deserves the respect of the citizens we protected and the service we put in for a nation who has consistently shown respect for those of us who have served. Those of us who were in combat know Peace is the answer.

VFP is a national organization comprised of veterans who have dedicated our lives, through our experiences, to the abolishment of war. We are thousands strong and dedicated to our mission for Peace, just as we were dedicated to our military service. We are not second class citizens, we are those who rose up when necessary. We rise up again to bring and end to war as we see that as a necessity.

I ask that you allow the members of Veterans For Peace to be a part of our history by marching in the Armistice/Veterans Day Parade.

Sincerely and in Peace,

Robert Funke
Veterans For Peace
Chapter 9 Smedley Butler Bde
Boston MA


11-11-11 1918 to Today

Filed under: General Discussion — bobfunke @ 2:26

On the 11th hour, or the 11th day of the 11th month, The Great War did not end, but an armistice was brokered for that time. The actual Peace Treaty was signed at the Treaty of Versailles of 28 June 1919, ending the war.

The focus is on 11-11-11 is that men were still fighting right up to that moment. It seems sensible to me that upon hearing that combat operations would end, it would be wise to hunker down in the bunkers, have some coffee, a smoke and wait it out; that as not to be. Heavy guns fired right up 1100, Small arms fire continued until 1100 with Private Henry Gunter being the last American to die in combat at 10:59 while charging a bridge. It is unknown why he rose to do this, but it placed him in a historical position.

In 1928,the US became a signatory to the end of war, that obviously did not work as war continues to this day. Numerous wars and fighting have continued to this day, the largest being WWII which was merely an extension of the Great War. A generation was brought forth just in time to begin the crossing of the Polish border in 1939; a new crop of men were out to die.

It is estimated that some 650,000 soldiers died between the two wars, about 85%, (60,000,000) more were civilians. The killing and maiming continues to today. It is long past time to end war and armed conflicts. May we use this Armistice Day to remind us that war is something that needs to end, just as it was supposed to on 11-11-11-1918.

May Peace prevail.


October 10, 2013

And Now Our Fallen’s Families Lose Their Loved One’s Benenfits

Filed under: General Discussion — Tags: , , , , , — bobfunke @ 2:26

Send an individual into a war, an, immoral war, (what war is moral?), and sadly, they lose their lives. There is a stipend for the family of $100,000 to help with costs associated, (by the way,  it was $35,000 when I was in), and no matter what pile of money you put on life, you cannot get that life back. All of the years bringing up a child, the years of childhood, love, school, you cannot bring back the dead; there will always be that hole in the lives of the survivors, the pain.

We all must die, it is the way  of things; but a natural death is far better than a combat  death, and to not receive what one was promised to help a family is particularly noxious. We have just entered the 13th year of war, an atrocity to be sure, soldiers still die, holes in lives never to be filled with laughter, only tears.

End war, stack arms, it’s not the money, it’s the lives, from all sides that count. My son is not in the service, I talked him out of it; I wish I could talk all people out of war.

War Ia A Racket…and it becomes more so everyday.

Peace Bob

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