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

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