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:

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:

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Street clean up

Our chapter president Ron Harayda and member Jim Brown participating in the street clean up today.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Veterans for Peace vigil on September 3, 2013

 Photos are by Jim Brown, and were taken at Vance Monument in downtown Asheville. The vigil has been going on for over a decade, every Tuesday from 5 to 6 PM, a bit earlier in the wintertime.

Ron, our chapter president.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Vets for Peace in protest on 8-31-13

 On the left is Jim Duffy, vice president, then John Spitzberg, with Ron Harayda, chapter president, in the chair and Susan Oehler holding the sign War is Not the Answer.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Lee Camp comes back to Asheville!

Lee Camp -- Monday, July 1 – 8:00pm  $10 Advance / $12 Day of Show
“This up-and-coming U.S. star is already developing a reputation for fearless political comedy, with some calling him an heir to the crown of the late, great George Carlin.….He gets our seal of approval.” - Time Out Sydney
Altamont Theater * 18 Church St, Asheville, NC * (828) 348-5327

Monday, January 21, 2013

Veterans for Peace at the MLK Rally

 The Veterans for Peace flag with Asheville City Hall (in scaffolds) in the background.

Paul, Chris and Ymani holding the Peace flag and Veterans for Peace flag.

Tuesday, January 1, 2013

New Years Day vigil

 Bob is tooting his horn to wish everyone peace and Happy New Year!

Rather a cold and rainy day here in Asheville, but some members of Veterans for Peace still came to the vigil - the first one of the year. Still keeping a presence in downtown after all these years. Still pushing for peace, too.