Tucson veterans group calls for peace in Ukraine

TUCSON, Ariz. (KOLD News 13) – Negotiate, don’t escalate.

This is one of the messages from Veterans for Peace – Tucson Chapter 13. Holding signs calling for peace and a ceasefire in Ukraine, these veterans, who know all too well the horrors of war , are calling on Congress to push for a ceasefire between Ukrainians and Russians after the Russian invasion earlier this year.

Cara Bissell, president of the Tucson chapter, said that instead of sending billions of US dollars to Ukraine, that money would be better spent on national programs to help Americans.

“We want the money used in war to be used for health care, for climate change solutions, not for war,” she said.

Bissell says that in modern warfare, statistically, 85% of those killed in war are civilians and says the United States can be the world leader in bringing peace to Ukraine. Bissell says the group feels empathy for the Ukrainian people stuck in the middle of the conflict.

“The Ukrainian people need our humanitarian aid. We need to have the ceasefire and keep giving money, whatever we can, for humanitarian aid to rebuild their cities, to rebuild Western Europe,” she said.

Veterans For Peace meets the second Monday of each month at the Ward III City Council office located at 1510 East Grant Road from 6:30-8:30 p.m.