About Face Veterans: A Letter to Supporters

Our organization was started in 2004 as Iraq Veterans Against War by a small group of younger post-9/11 veterans who saw the need to come together to face the challenges of our present situation while building upon the work of our predecessors in Vietnam Veterans Against War and Veterans for Peace. Since then we have sought, as antiwar veterans and servicemembers, to use our position to build power to dismantle the military-industrial complex and forge relationships of solidarity with those most targeted by US militarism. Will you help us continue this vital work as we evolve to meet today’s challenges? 

As About Face Veterans Against War, we see shifts happening now as well, yet much still remains the same. The US invests in war and genocide in Yemen, Ukraine, Syria, various countries in Africa and around the world, while stating that there’s no money at home to revitalize the health care system, improve housing or even provide clean drinking water. That’s why we have taken leadership roles in coalitions like Grassroots Global Justice Alliance, where our frameworks for understanding militarism have helped build connections to challenge injustices at home and abroad. 

 As US state-sanctioned violence continues to harm communities and environments the world over, there is still a need for anti-war veterans to dispel the myths of militarism and American exceptionalism that are being pushed upon our society.  

How can we build the world we want to live in?  We’re doing this every day, creating mutual aid for our members and directly to Afghans in Afghanistan and in the diaspora. About Face is working alongside our partners to push back on the forces inside the government and within the population pulling this country towards fascism. You’ll find us at the polls defending voting rights when rightwing violence threatens elections. When the National Guard is called up against our own population, we continue to support resistance from within the ranks just as we do when deployed in other peoples’ homelands. We are demilitarizing our skillsets to bolster community-led work for real safety, from supporting Black-led uprisings against police violence, to supporting Indigenous-led Land and Water Protector movements even while they face ever increasing criminalization simply for doing the right thing. 

Times are tough indeed for communities around the world, and ours is no different. We are assessing what steps we can take to consolidate our resources and keep the pressure on our government to end its addiction to endless wars and war profiteering. We are committed to visibilizing the effects of US militarism on people here at home and those abroad whose homes we’ve invaded and destabilized. The upcoming anniversary of 20 years since the last US invasion of Iraq is heavy on our mind, as well as the many repercussions the Afghan people are left with, after our botched retreat from their country and repercussions from sanctions and seizure of their money. 

About Face is also shifting. Since the pandemic, we’ve been navigating various issues during this time of deep fractures created by the global pandemic and governmental responses. We’ve launched our long-awaited Leadership Council, a new design for bringing more members into more engaged leadership in our organization and movement. 

In 2023, we are moving forward with an amazing staff who are expanding their roles during this transition, with the support of our Board of Directors and Leadership Council. We are looking to bring in new staff and member leaders as we fortify the health of our organization. We’re excited to increase membership engagement this year.  The 20th anniversary of the War in Iraq is a call to find where we can best support impacted communities’ in their efforts to move from extractive occupation to thriving sovereignty. 

There’s so much work to do and we need your support!

Take Action For Afghan Refugees

About Face is mobilizing with our Afghan allies to DC this Saturday, August 28th to pressure the Biden Administration to extend refugee evacuation operations in Afghanistan until everyone who wishes to leave has had the chance. If you can’t join us in DC, there are rallies around the country that you could join in solidarity. Remember to wear you About Face shirt if you have one, take pictures and tag us on social media so we can amplify.

TitleLocation Time
Stop Killing AfghansWA – Seattle – Westlake Park2:00 PM
Stop Killing AfghansNY – NYC – Bryant Park2:00 PM
Stop Killing AfghansNY – Albany – West Capitol Park2:00 PM
Stop Killing AfghansGA – Atlanta – Woodruff Park2:00 PM
Stop Killing AfghansIL – Chicago – Federal Plaza2:00 PM
Stop Killing AfghansCO – Denver – Colorado State Capital6:00 PM
Stop Killing AfghansPA – Philadelphia – City Hall, Northeast corner11:00 AM
March for AfghanistanCA – Los Angeles – US Federal Building12:00 PM
Stop Killing AfghansCA – San Diego – Waterfront Park12:00 PM
Stop Killing AfghansCA – San Francisco – Union Square2:00 PM
Stop Killing AfghansDC – Lafayette Square4:00 PM

Veterans Day 2020 About Face Voices

2020 has been an incredibly isolating and difficult year, to say the least, but also a year of coming together for mutual aid and galvanizing people power to reject expanding fascism. We know that regardless of election results and new administrations we face an uphill battle in the efforts to dismantle militarism and #DropTheMIC (military industrial complex) and anti-war veterans will have an important role to play in highlighting the oft hidden truth and demanding peace and justice.

Throughout this Veterans Day we shared brief videos and statements from our members that demonstrate the power of their stories and the importance of this community for supporting them to speak out.

The Obama years proved warmongering is a bipartisan endeavor but sometimes with Democrats in power it becomes quieter and much more difficult to raise awareness or garner funding for critical anti-war organizing from traditional sources. Please consider helping us to keep the momentum up by uplifting the voices of anti-war veterans and investing in our ongoing efforts to end the wars we participated in by contributing to our end of year fundraiser.

Meet Krystal Two Bulls, Zack Henson, Ksenia Voropaeva, and Olie Valenzuela-Nettell- veterans from different walks of life united by their commitment to ending militarism and colonialism.
Special thank you to Brian Buesnel for this mini-documentary which beautifully captures the stories of these amazing members and the heart of our community.

TAKE ACTION NOW Veterans tell Troops to Stand Down For Black Lives

Over 700 veterans have signed an open letter urging activated National Guard troops to do the right thing and refuse to help in suppressing righteous protest demanding racial justice. Add your name and share!

Designs and how-to guides here. Anyone can print and distribute these flyers or wheat-paste these posters where they will be seen by members of the National Guard others.

Support protests and actions in your community. If you are an About Face member, get in touch via email, Slack or Signal to get plugged into our efforts both in the streets and behind the scenes.