Monday, November 11, 2019
Veterans of past wars, as I document in my book "Guys Like Me: Five Wars, Five Veterans for Peace," have long been at the forefront of peace advocacy in the United States.
There have been six U.S. presidents since my grandfather's death in early 1981 " Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush, Barack Obama and Donald Trump " and each committed U.S. military forces to overt or covert wars around the world.
Most of these wars, large or small, have been met with opposition from veterans' peace groups.
In the 1960s and early 1970s, Vietnam Veterans Against the War was a powerful force in the popular opposition to the American war in Vietnam.
And Veterans for Peace, along with About Face: Veterans Against the War, remain outspoken against America's militarism and participation in wars in the Middle East and elsewhere.
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