The Hudson Valley Chapter 177 of Veterans For Peace was formed at the UUCRT and meets in our building. Veterans can join as members and non-veterans can join as associate members. Newcomers are welcome however only chapter 177 members can vote at the Chapter meeting.  The Chapter voted at the February 25, 2018 meeting to change meeting times to 12pm on the fourth Sunday at the UUCRT. The chapter also voted to allow members to join and vote in chapter meetings by phone conference. The next meeting will be March 25, 2018.  The call in number will be posted here before the meeting for those who opt to join by phone conference.

Local military veterans are actively recruiting additional members for a regional network of Veterans For Peace, Hudson Valley Chapter 177. The Hudson Valley chapter had its inaugural meeting Jan. 24 at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation at Rock Tavern, 9 Vance Road, Rock Tavern. Rev. Chris J. Antal initiated the first meeting, along with seven other area veterans. Rev. Antal is an Afghanistan veteran.

Veterans For Peace (VFP) is an international, not-for-profit organization made up of military veterans, military family members, and allies. It accepts veteran members from all branches of service and is dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war, and healing the wounds of war. Networks include over 120 chapters across the United States and abroad.

Basic membership dues are $40 per year payable to the National Veterans for Peace. Discounts and free memberships are available for various categories of veterans and active duty personnel.

According to the VFP Statement of Purpose, the organization works:

  • To increase public awareness of the costs of war
  • To restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations
  • To end the arms race and to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons
  • To seek justice for veterans and victims of war
  • To abolish war as an instrument of national policy.

Veterans and others wishing to join or learn more about the Hudson Valley VFP chapter can contact Rev. Antal at antal@uuma.org. For information about VFP’s purpose and mission, its website is www.veteransforpeace.org.