Veterans Day: How is the War Economy Working for YOU?


We at Veterans Today strive to help those grassroots organizations that know how to connect the dots between America at War and the meltdown of the U.S. Economy do a better job. It is very timely that  VT posted several aspects of this in War and Slaughter as Economic Stimulus

Veterans for Peace (VFP) has lauched a public education campaign in time for Veterans Day to remind American voters of the links between the costs of war and meltdown of the U.S. Economy.

How Is The War Economy Working For You?” is a national campaign organized by Veterans For Peace. VFP will be asking Americans to ask  themselves and their friends how the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan and the expanding war in Pakistan are affecting our economy at home.

Posted on behalf of VFP by Robert L. Hanafin, Major, U.S. Air Force-Ret, GS-14, U.S. Civil Service-Retired, Veterans Issues Editor, Veterans Today News Network

“How is the War Economy Working For You?” is now an official VFP project!!  Learn more to

VFP’s primary goals are to connect the cost of the ongoing US wars with the collapsing US economy and to present VFP membership and other peace organizations with a powerful and vital campaign to end the Middle East Wars. We will accomplish these objectives by providing both the inspiration and the needed resources to run an effective grassroots campaign along with recruiting new membership to strengthen and revitalize VFP.

The most important thing is to do something!

 And there are many ways to be involved. The VFP campaign started with an idea, a question, and banner drop in Detroit on a cannibalized high rise building.  After several banner hangings around the country, VFP arrived in Washington. DC at the One Nation Rally on October 2.  It was here VFP and their national campaign took flight in the form of the VFP Peace Blimp and as part of the War is the Obscenity Banner Drop. VFP has also developed a new website, to keep current with the campaign and actions developed by VFP members and Chapters across the country.


In final analysis, this is a grass roots campaign with many of the tools and resources already in place and more to be developed by anyone of us. The VFP Peace Blimp is available for Chapter use.

Don’t forget the Cost of War brochures which can be downloaded and handed out any time and to carry VFP brochures. Recruiting new members is an important part of this campaign. And please let us know what you are doing and send pictures too. All of our work is important!

Go to for more info.


> Read more about the project’s influence at the Thomas Merton dinner!

Veterans For Peace, 216 S. Meramec, St. Louis, MO 63105, 314-725-6005

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Readers are more than welcome to use the articles I’ve posted on Veterans Today, I’ve had to take a break from VT as Veterans Issues and Peace Activism Editor and staff writer due to personal medical reasons in our military family that take away too much time needed to properly express future stories or respond to readers in a timely manner. My association with VT since its founding in 2004 has been a very rewarding experience for me. Retired from both the Air Force and Civil Service. Went in the regular Army at 17 during Vietnam (1968), stayed in the Army Reserve to complete my eight year commitment in 1976. Served in Air Defense Artillery, and a Mechanized Infantry Division (4MID) at Fort Carson, Co. Used the GI Bill to go to college, worked full time at the VA, and non-scholarship Air Force 2-Year ROTC program for prior service military. Commissioned in the Air Force in 1977. Served as a Military Intelligence Officer from 1977 to 1994. Upon retirement I entered retail drugstore management training with Safeway Drugs Stores in California. Retail Sales Management was not my cup of tea, so I applied my former U.S. Civil Service status with the VA to get my foot in the door at the Justice Department, and later Department of the Navy retiring with disability from the Civil Service in 2000. I’ve been with Veterans Today since the site originated. I’m now on the Editorial Board. I was also on the Editorial Board of Our Troops News Ladder another progressive leaning Veterans and Military Family news clearing house. I remain married for over 45 years. I am both a Vietnam Era and Gulf War Veteran. I served on Okinawa and Fort Carson, Colorado during Vietnam and in the Office of the Air Force Inspector General at Norton AFB, CA during Desert Storm. I retired from the Air Force in 1994 having worked on the Air Staff and Defense Intelligence Agency at the Pentagon.
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