Veterans For Peace Chapter 74, located in the Metro Detroit area (Wayne, Oakland, Macomb and Monroe Counties), is named in honor is named in honor of Michael Gramlich, a southeast Michigan veteran who for over 40 yeas was a leading-edge peace activist. Michael's quest for peace began in earnest following his experiences with atomic bomb tests in Nevada. Veterans For Peace Seeks to increasing public awareness of the costs of war, restrain our government from intervening in the affairs of other nations, reduce the arms race as well as eliminating nuclear weapons, and to abolish war as an instrument of international policy.
Meetings & Events
Next Chapter Meeting - October 17th, 2020, 2pm
Due to the Corona pandemic, and the closure of our regular (Swords Into Plowshares Peace Center) meeting location, the Saturday, October 17th Veterans For Peace Chapter 74 meeting will be by teleconference only. There will be no face-to-face meeting. To participate, at 2pm, October 17th, dial 563-999-1129 and when prompted, enter the Access Code of 721444. Anyone can participate in this meeting, or any other VFP Chapter 74 event, be they veteran or not.
Current VFP Chapter 74 Newsletter
September is Suicide Prevention Month: Learn How To Be There For Veterans In Crisis
If you or someone you know is in crisis, contact the Veterans Crisis Line:
Call and press 1: 1-800-273-8255
Text Message: 838255
Chat online at www.veteranscrisisline.net/get-help/chat
Support for deaf and hard of hearing: 1-800-799-4889
Reach out and stay connected to the Veteran in your life. Be There. For a Veteran facing hard times, your support can provide hope when it’s needed most—and you already have what it takes to show you care. Take a few minutes to check in today. Here are some ideas to help you get started with a call, text, or email…
Talking on the phone with your Veteran loved ones can strengthen your connection. Calling to just catch up is important—especially during this unpredictable time.
Not only does an open and honest conversation help people feel less alone, but it also can give you a window into their experiences.
If you’re worried about someone, you might need to have a more serious conversation.
Remind them you are there for them, even if physically apart. It’s easier to feel isolated these days—so reaching out is more important than ever.
Validate their experience. Listen more than you speak—don’t dominate the conversation. Even if you can’t relate to what they are going through, you can tell them you understand that they went through something difficult and show them you respect their feelings about it.
Let them decide how much information to share. Supportive and encouraging comments, rather than invasive personal questions, will create a space for open communication and avoid putting them on the defensive.
If you’re concerned, it’s okay to ask directly if they are thinking about suicide. Asking questions about thoughts of suicide does not increase a person’s suicide risk, and the answers can help you determine the next steps to take.
Ideas For Non-Violent Action
In these difficult times, these 198 methods of nonviolent action have all been used in historical instances of nonviolent struggle - http://www.mapm.org/documents/198_nonviolent_methods_2007.pdf
Vietnam War - Full Disclosure
The Full Disclosure campaign is a Veterans For Peace effort to speak truth to power and keep alive the antiwar perspective on the American war in Vietnam -- which is now approaching a series of 50th anniversary events. It represents a clear alternative to the Pentagon's current efforts to sanitize and mythologize the Vietnam war and to thereby legitimize further unnecessary and destructive wars. The Full Disclosure web site - www.vietnamfulldisclosure.org - has sections on the Vietnam War Chronology, Educational Resources, Advocacy and more.