Veterans Day: MFSO Total Cost of War Campaign


Yesterday, I posted that Veterans for Peace (VFP) has announced plans to launch their How is the War Economy Working for YOU? campaign to educate the public and U.S. electorate on how simple it is to connect the dots between billions wasted on the wars in Iraq/Af-Pac AND the U.S. economic meltdown, high unemployment except for those employed by the Defense Industry, Defense Department, and Soldier of Fortune Corporations right here in the good ole U.S. of A.

Also in time for Veterans Day, the 4000 plus members of Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) have decided to join VFP in this educational effort which will be taken across America instead of focusing on Washington, DC – the place everyone goes to protest everything.

However, as VFP calls their campaign – How is the War Economy Working for YOU? We are MFSO call our campaign The True Costs of War, regardless readers will note the similarities and standardization with the VFP effort.

Robert L. Hanafin, Major, U.S. Air Force-Ret, GS-14, U.S. Civil Service-Ret, Veterans Issues Editor, VT News Network. Member MFSO-Ohio

Military Families Speak Out is launching a brand new campaign, The True Costs of War, to engage the public and put pressure on Obama and Congress to bring our troops and our taxes home to our communities.

This new campaign will use online tools, local events, media outreach and grassroots lobbying to highlight the human toll that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan have had on our loved ones and families.

We need your involvement to make it a success! Whether you take one action or get involved in a leadership role, we hope you will participate. Click here to sign up and get involved with the campaign.

Some components include:

  • A petition to Obama and Congress – Bring Our Troops and Our Taxes Home NOW! You can sign it today and let your friends know!
  • Easy letters to the editor that you can send immediately, and new talking points.
  • A flyer to bring to local events for Veterans Day.

And coming soon…

  • New postcards and an online Holiday card
  • Sign up for a lobbying training and Congressional visits in March, or to participate in local forums about the costs of war.

For more information and to get involved, go here.

On behalf of Military Families Speak Out,

Jack Amoureux, Rosanna Cambron, Debbie Carruth, Rosalie Donatelli, Sarah Fuhro, Adele Kubein, Jeff Merrick, Emiko Ortega, Diane Santoriello, Larry Syverson, Katy Zatsick — MFSO Board of Directors
Nancy Lessin and Charley Richardson – MFSO Co-Founders

Deborah Forter, Samantha Miller, Nikki Morse, Zaskya Perez — MFSO Staff

P.O. Box 300549, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130


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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.