Veterans For Peace is a global organization of Military Veterans and allies whose collective efforts are to build a culture of peace by using our experiences and lifting our voices. We inform the public of the true causes of war and the enormous costs of war, with an obligation to heal the wounds of war. Chapter 160 of Veterans for Peace in Vietnam sponsors a two week tour every year bringing Veterans and journalists and peace activist to Vietnam. We visit Victims of Agent Orange poisoning and Vietnamese Veterans of the War and visit positive projects that are helping heal the country of Vietnam and its people. Each member of the tour donates $1000 to help finance these projects. In 2013 we raised over $17,000.
These are photos are from the Veterans For Peace Tour 2013.
VFP Tour visiting Friendship Village in Hanoi. A residence and hospital for Agent Orange victims, Vietnamese veterans, their children and grandchildren founded by a U.S. veteran, the late George Mizo.
Chuck Searcy the Vice President for VFP greets former NVA soldier.
Elaine Elinson makes a new friend with one of students at Friendship Village.
Group visits classroom at Friendship Village.
French Leger a Navy Veterans meets former NVA soldiers.
Manus a Marine Veteran meets former NVA soldiers.
On left Gayle Hodges and on right Joni Marie Clemens pose with former NVA soldiers.
Manus poses with Former NVA soldiers.
Joni with some Veterans.
Chuck Searcy presents General Rinn with Nick Turse’s book, Kill Anything That Moves”.
VFP Tour meets with VAVA in Hanoi for briefing on Agent Orange issues in Vietnam.
Group discusses issues concerning the US government not taking reponsibility for the use of Agent Orange during the war.
Womens Museum in Hanoi.
Nixon has blood on his hands.
Orange Cow project briefing in Hue.
Ladies posing at Ushi’s restaurant in Hue.
Orange Cow briefing.
Project Renew Education Center Dong Ha.
Thich Nu Minh Tu Director of Duc Son Pagoda . Home of 170 Orphans receives dolls brought by Russell Christensen from his home in Maine.
Chuck Searcy and Minh Tu.
In Quang Tri Project Renew briefs tour on project to clear area of unexploded ordinance. Still a danger to farmers and children in this heavily bombed Provence.
Since the end of war in 1975 100,000 have been killed or maimed by unexploded ordinance in Vietnam.
In close proximity to the DMZ, Quang Tri Provence was the most heavily bombed and shelled area of Vietnam during the war.
More than 83% of the total area of Quang Tri remains contaminated with unexploded ordinance, compared to an average contamination of 20% nationwide.
Over the past 10 years Project Renew has been working to save lives,reduce injuries and fatalities and improve the livelihoods of survivors and victims families residing in Quang Tri. Visit Project Renew.org to learn more.
Truong Son Cemetery containing over 10,000 graves of soldiers and civilians who died in defense and maintenance of Ho Chi Minh Trail.
Mike Kerber at Truong Son Cemetery.
Russell Christensen Korean War Veteran paying his respects at Truong Son.
Vietnamese and Americans at Truong Son.
Truong Son Cemetery.
Vietnamese woman paying respects.
Mike Kerber and Don Blackburn.
Manus at Truong Son Cememetery.
War. What is it good for? Absolutely Nothing.
Chris and Signe Jamison.
Vietnamese woman maintaining the graves.
Signe and Chris Jamison and Greg Miller.
Russell Christenson at Peace Bell at Truong Son Cemetery.
Truc our guide with Joni Marie Clemens.
Mike Kerber and Joni Clemens.
Lighting candles at grave.
Truong Son Cemetery.
Truc, Mike and Joni.
Chris hoisting heavy bag of Casava carried by women.
VFP tour visits old Khe Sanh military base on DMZ.