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Veterans For Peace Elects First Female President!
Retired U. S. Navy Commander to take the helm
Veterans For Peace, a non-profit educational organization, has elected Leah Bolger, a retired U.S. Navy commander to serve as its first female president in its 26-year history. VFP has over 5000 members organized into more than 125 chapters across the country and seeks to educate the public about the true costs and consequences of wars and militarism.
Bolger, who retired after 20 years of active duty service in 2000, received her commission from Officer Candidates' School in Newport, RI in 1980. Her service included four overseas tours including Iceland, Bermuda, Japan and Tunisia. She received her masters degree in National Security from the Naval War College in 1994, and was appointed as a military fellow at the Security Studies Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997.
In 2006, Bolger formed a VFP chapter in Corvallis, Oregon, and served as its president for three years until she was elected to the national Board of Directors. She then served as the national vice-president until her recent election as president.
According to Bolger, "After more than ten years of illegal and immoral wars with Afghanistan and Iraq, and with the drumbeat for war on Iran growing louder by the day, there has never been a more important time for veterans to stand up and speak out about the truth of war and to oppose it in every way we can. Veterans can speak with the voice of experience about the futility of war and violence. War itself is not inevitable, but once started, the killing of innocent people is certain. I support the words of fellow VFP member, the late Howard Zinn in saying: "There is no flag large enough to cover the shame of killing innocent people." I am proud and honored to be the President of Veterans For Peace at this critical time, and it is my hope that VFP will some day succeed in its ultimate goal of abolishing war. I call on my fellow military brothers and sisters to join Veterans For Peace in our struggle against war and militarism."