From The National Office
By Joe Miller
Well, folks, believe it or not, here is another issue of The Veteran! Thanks to our editorial staff and to many of you who contributed financially and submitted articles and poetry, this issue is coming out in time to celebrate VVAW's 30th Anniversary.
Here you will find many pieces written by veterans and others that recall the importance of VVAW to their lives, then and now. When we first began in June 1967, who would have thought we'd still be here, fighting many of the same battles, thirty years later? The system that sent us off to war is still screwing over our brothers and sisters from that war and those since. Our struggle for peace and social justice will continue as long as we have breath in our bodies.
So come celebrate with us the victories of the past thirty years and the continuation of struggle! The events surrounding our 30th Anniversary in Chicago will go as follows:
Friday, May 16th, beginning at 7:30 PM:
Premier showing of Citizen Soldier: The Story of the VVAW, a Denis Mueller documentary on 30 years of VVAW. At the U.E. Union Hall located at 37 South Ashland Avenue.
Saturday, May 17th, from 11:30 AM to 5:00 PM:
30th Anniversary Event including panels with authors who have written about the war and the veterans' movement, short speeches, speak-out. There will also be displays of VVAW memorabilia, with lots of stuff to buy, including complete runs of The Veteran and classic VVAW t-shirts. At the U.E. Union Hall, first floor and basement, located at 37 South Ashland Avenue.
Following a break for dinner, we will reconvene at 8:00 PM for a big party at a place to be announced later.
To obtain information concerning hotel accommodations in Chicago, you should call Barry Romo at (773) 327-5756.
We hope to see as many of our old and new friends at this gathering as possible. Who knows when next we might be able to pull something like this together?
Enjoy this issue of the paper, make your plans to come to Chicago to help us celebrate thirty years of social and political activism, and please consider making a regular tax-deductible contribution to Vietnam Veterans Against the War, Inc.