This is the website for the local chapter of Veterans For Peace in Western North Carolina, based in Asheville.
For the most complete and current content about our activities and issues, please visit us on Facebook: Veterans For Peace Chapter 099

You don't have to be a veteran to belong, just a person who wants peace and is committed to taking action to achieve it.

Joan Baez is quoted as saying, "Action is the antidote to despair."

If you feel despair at the many costs and endlessness of our wars please consider joining us in taking action.

Peace and Justice Reading List
Begin with this short book written by the highly decorated Marine General Smedley Butler: "War is a Racket" Click the link to read the book in its entirety on line or download/print it.
Then go on to learn more with this list:

To Become Radicalized in the Cause of Peace, please click here:

TO DONATE TO OUR WORK IN THE CAUSE OF PEACE: Please send a check for your tax-deductible donation to our mailing address shown below or use PayPal. THANK YOU!

Statement of Purpose

We, as military veterans, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to serve the cause of world peace. To this end we will work, with others both nationally and internationally

To increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war 

To restrain our governments from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations 

To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons 

To seek justice for veterans and victims of war 

To abolish war as an instrument of national policy. 

To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain an organization that is both democratic and open with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group for the larger purpose of world peace.

For More Information (Including how to become a member):

Join us for the weekly vigil at Pack Square Vance Monument, Tuesdays from 4:30pm to 5:30pm.
MONTHLY MEETING TIME: The Third Tuesday of each month from 6:00PM to no later than 7:30PM. Held at Asheville Friends Meeting, 227 Edgewood Road, Asheville 28804
All are welcome; please join us!

Our phone # is:

Friday, February 28, 2020

Mental Health Fair at local VA hospital

Chapter 099, Asheville, N.C. Bruce Carruthers, Bruce Macdonald, and Don, the Chapter 099 SOVA subcommittee, attended a mental health fair at the Asheville VAMC on Thursday, February 27, 2020. We handed out literature on the Mission Act and Community Care, including questions for veterans to ask before accepting referral to the private sector. The information on questions to ask came from the website of the Veterans Healthcare Policy Institute. We had these questions made into business cards that veterans can take with them to appointments.. (Here is the link to the nine questions, including how to download them on a business-card size reminder veterans can carry on their person: The effort was a success and we talked to many veterans who are not aware of the extent to which the effort to privatize the VA is underway, and we make connections with other veterans’ groups in an effort to enlist their support in the SOVA effort.

Photo taken by unknown person. 

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

From the HKonJ 2020 Rally

Photos of Ken Jones representing Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099. Photos taken by Vicki Ryder (of Raging Grannies) at the HKonJ rally in Raleigh on February 8, 2020. 
Ken Jones also sang from the stage at this rally and here is the song he sang (will share a you tube video if one turns up):

Militarized Mind
(Sung to the Tune of “Satisfied Mind” by Johnny Cash)
I grew up a good boy
and I followed the rules
I knew we were good guys
and the rest of ‘em fools

But when I got older
what truth did I find?
That I had been raised with
a militarized mind.
In schools and on TV
They taught us to hate -
that god loved us better,
that our country was great.
But when we got older
what truth did we find?
That we had been raised with
a militarized mind.
We’re told that we’re free
but look at our jails
the poor in our streets
the war that prevails
Now it’s time to wake up
leave the lies all behind,
and free ourselves up from
this militarized mind.

Saturday, November 23, 2019

73rd Annual Asheville Holiday Parade. Theme: "Peace on Earth"

We had a good turn-out under bad conditions... steady rain throughout the preparations and marching. Thanks, of course, to all who were there and thanks to all who intended to be there but were wise enough to stay home, warm and dry... TOTALLY understandable.

Gratitude as well to those who engaged in preparations for the parade well before today: Keiko & Dana, Susan, Garland, Ken Jones, and Candace. Well done!

Monday, September 2, 2019

Labor Day Parade in Canton NC

Veterans for Peace, Chapter 099, walked in the Canton Labor Day parade today. It was a lot of fun.

Photos by Susan Oehler.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

Weekly vigil

A photo of a recent vigil in downtown Asheville. Not sure who took the photo.

Monday, June 3, 2019

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

From VFP member Ed Sacco



On May 27, we celebrate Memorial Day, originally “Decoration Day”, created after the Civil War to honor the memory of Union soldiers. It later broadened to include a Reconciliation theme, honoring Confederate soldiers. This became a federal holiday in 1971 which has turned into a Memorial Day weekend kicking off the summer with nationalistic displays of flag-waving, marching bands, and political speeches.

In our memories of the dead, let us not forget the consequences of war: the brutal devastation, death, and diminishment of the human spirit — people die, children’s future destroyed. By glorifying our military power and not the suffering war causes, we endanger the next generation. We can also take time to mourn the loss of foreign casualties; the young, the old, and especially the children whose only misstep is to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

President Eisenhower warned in his 1953 farewell speech that every gun made, warship launched, and every rocket fired is a theft from those who hunger.  The world in arms he said, “is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists….” 

On May 27 at Pack Square 11AM, the local Veterans for Peace are conducting a ceremony dedicated to promoting peace, bringing about an end to all wars. We have the most powerful military force in all history, and yet we are troubled, insecure, and divided. Let us all pray and dedicate ourselves to peace in our time.

ed sacco