Patrick joined the USAF in 1970, four days prior to turning 18. He volunteered for Vietnam, where his father and brother were serving. Patrick met the Black Panthers in Chicago, and turned against the war. Opposition to the war led to stockade time, a bust to E-1, and an undesirable discharge. Patrick is currently a high school English teacher in Rockville, MD, and on the BoD of MCEA, an 11,000 member teachers' union. Patrick has been a union member for 30 years, and 21 years teaching. .
While in the Army, Matt served a tour of duty in northern Iraq, near Mosul, in 2004. Matt’s experience in Iraq turned him against war and into an anti-war activist. By happenstance, he was eventually led to Wilmington College, a small Quaker school in Wilmington, Ohio. In May of 2009, Matt graduated Magna Cum Laude from Wilmington College with his Bachelors of Arts in Political Science and History and a minor in Psychology. After graduation, Matt spent two months in Israel-Palestine—his second trip to the region.
Currently, Matt works on Afghanistan policy and greater Middle East issues on Capitol Hill. He has been working closely with a number of Congressional offices in an effort to create a Congressionally led Afghanistan-Pakistan Study Group that will provide President Obama with recommendations moving past the July 2011 transitional phase. Matt also organizes young adults around the country by providing the tools that empower people to influence government through effective lobbying.
Mike served in the US Army 1970-1971, 171st Infantry. On my 17th birthday I was naively excited about taking my first airplane ride off to Ft Polk, LA. After AIT at Ft. Sill, Oklahoma my tour was in Fairbanks, AL, Ft. Wainwright. As my conscious developed toward a non violence stance, I actively began protesting wars during US involvement in Bosnia. Already active in anti-war activities I joined VFP after meeting members in Crawford, TX during Cindy Sheehan’s protest in the summer of 2005. After returning home I started VFP Chapter 149 in Memphis, TN. My VFP journey had begun. Connections I made with members during the gulf coast march to New Orleans made a lasting impression. I am currently a life time member and active in chapters 149& 89 in Tennessee.
John registered with the Coast Guard for his merchant seaman’s papers in 1965 and sailed the east coast, Atlantic and Mediterranean in 1967, the same year he began protesting the war in Viet Nam. In 1968 he sailed from the west coast to Qui Nhon, Viet Nam, confirming his worst fears that his country was engaged in great crimes against the people of Viet Nam and our own service members. In 1970 he refused induction into the army of Richard Nixon and settled on a small farm not far from his mother’s birthplace in Nova Scotia.
In 1975 John returned to the US under Gerry Ford’s Reconciliation Program for Viet Nam era war resisters, and worked 4 years on low income rural home rehabilitation in central NC. After retiring from UNC Chapel Hill Architectural & Engineering Services in 2006, he began volunteering with NC Peace Action, and helped found the Eisenhower Chapter 157 VFP in the NC Triangle. John is co-chair, with Ron Fisher, of the War Crimes Prosecution Work Group.
Gerry Condon deserted from the U.S. Army in 1969 after refusing orders to deploy to the U.S. war in Vietnam. He found sanctuary in Europe and Canada for six years before returning to the U.S.A. as part of a campaign for amnesty for all war resisters.
Today, Gerry works closely with GI resisters who refuse to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the co-chair of the GI Resistance Working Group of Veterans For Peace, and serves on the steering committee of the Bradley Manning Support Network.
He was also the president of Chapter 92 in Seattle, and he and his partner and Associate member Helen Jaccard are currently touring Europe working with peace activists and promoting Veterans For Peace.
In June, 1970, I joined the Navy in support of the war in Vietnam. During my Navy years, I spent one year aboard the USS Monticello an LSD 35. While assigned to that ship, I participated in two crimes against humanity, one being Vietnam, the other being the displacement of the indigenous people of Diego Garcia. However, after the Pentagon Papers were published, I went through an epiphany, which totally changed my attitude towards war and our government. Since then I have protested the 1stGulf War, and the Wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
After the current Middle East Wars began, I was recruited by Dave Cline to join both VVAW and VFP. I have been very active with VFP ever since.
I served as a Navy Corpsman in 1968 with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marines in Vietnam. After five weeks in country I was wounded and received a 100% physical disability rating from the VA. While in Vietnam, I refused to carry a weapon and as soon as I got home I threw my purple heart in the garbage. War is nothing less then social insanity… while the war profiteers make off with billions of tax payer’s dollars.
I joined VFP in 1990 and served as Milwaukee Chapter 102’s president for three years. In my three year term as president our chapter doubled its membership and partnered with Wisconsin Peace Action, and Wisconsin Network for Peace and Justice. I co-founded the Milwaukee Homeless Veterans Initiative in 2008, which I’ve been board chair of for the past three years. I’ve also served on four different boards of directors for peace organizations.
I feel no greater purpose in my life then working for peace… knowing that VFP is the most credible voice of all in the peace community. The American Empire is using its powerful military to dominate the world, making our role more important then ever.
Since the Vietnam War to today’s occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, Tarak has opposed U.S. wars and invasions and the materialist, consumer oriented American way of life which precipitates wars and needs an ever expanding empire to continue. Tarak served in the U.S. Army as a paratrooper from 1959 to 1962. He has held a lead role in VFP’s Direct Action Team including actions at the National Archives, the White House on December 16, 2010, and March 19, 2011 and recently at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Oct. 7, he took part in the 2009-10 Gaza Freedom March in Cairo.
Tarak believes that creating and nurturing a culture of sustained resistance is our only hope for stopping the war machine and saving the planet from destruction by the profit-driven system of corporate control now in power.
EDUCATION: Illinois State University, B.S. Social Studies, (1965) University of San Diego, School of Law., J.D. (1972)
MILITARY SERVICE: Commissioned Ensign US Navy, May 1965 Main Engines Officer and Signals Officer, USS. Valley Forge (LPH 8) (1965-1968) Staff Officer Commander Training Command, Pacific Fleet Strike Warfare, Intelligence and Foreign Training Officer (1968-69) PROFESSIONAL: Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General, Calif. Department of Justice (1975-2005) Supervising Deputy Attorney General, Section for Health Quality Enforcement (1990-2005) Received Attorney General's Award for Excellence (2004) Adjunct Professor of Law, University of San Diego School of Law (1990s) Member, University of San Diego School of Law Alumni Association Board. (1975-1976)
ACTIVITIES: Co-founder, San Diego Chapter of the Lawyer's Alliance for Nuclear Arms Control (1981) Peace and Justice Commission, Catholic Diocese San Diego (1982-1986) Member, Veterans for Peace (2005-to present) President of Hugh Thompson Chapter 91, San Diego (2011-2012) Current Executive Committee Member VFP National Membership Committee (2011-present), Receipent of 2013 Leadership in Peace Award
Married: Rhonda Ladendorf, three children and four grandchildren.
Board Member: Michael Prysner Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Member: VFP District of Columbia Chapter 007 in Los Angeles CA
From the moment I first met VFP—as a young Iraq war veteran who had just entered political life (with no knowledge such an organization existed)—I immediately felt at home. Words cannot describe how much that experience meant for me as a young, confused, and struggling combat vet. It solidified my dedication to the cause of fighting for peace. Since that day, I’ve proudly fought alongside VFP and credit so much of my development to the support and mentoring of VFP members.
I also bring to the organization a strong anti-imperialist political perspective, and a dedication to building mass street actions in the tradition of nonviolent resistance and civil disobedience to challenge the criminal Afghanistan war, the shift to murderous drone warfare, the war on the poor here at home, and to encourage and support GI resistance.
Doug was born in Rochester, NY. 1946. He received a BSBA in Economics/Business Administration 1968 from John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio and a Master of Arts in Teaching English 1974 from Boston College. He taught high school English for six years. For 26 years he was at the University of Maine at Farmington, teaching writing and administering programs.
Doug was drafted in the Fall, 1968 and served in Vietnam July 1969 to August, 1970. 7/15th Artillery. Doug is married with two children and two grandchildren. Doug is a Founding Member of Veterans For Peace.
Margaret Stevens’s personal biography is an admixture of academic scholarship, teaching experience, military service and community leadership. She is a proud product of New Jersey public educational institutions—attaining her primary and secondary education in the Newark public school system and her higher education at Rutgers College in New Brunswick. She excelled as the co-valedictorian of University High School in Newark in 1997, a Phi Beta Kappa graduate at Rutgers College in 2001, and in 2009 she completed her doctoral work in the Department of American Civilization at Brown University. A veteran of the United States Army, having been enlisted from 1997 to 2003 as a medic in the National Guard, Stevens provided medical support in the aftermath of the September 11th attack on the World Trade Center. Currently she is an Associate History Professor and also the Director of the Urban Issues Institute at Essex County College where civic engagement and service learning are the key aspects of the institution’s mission and goals.