WHO WE ARE
As the newest Chapter of Veterans For Peace we are committed as an International Organization made up of military veterans, military family members, and allies. To accept veteran members from all branches of service. We are dedicated to building a culture of peace, exposing the true costs of war, and healing the wounds of war. Our networks are made up of over 120 chapters across the United States and abroad.
Our Resource Center is located just a few yards from the Ped West International Border crossing and deportation area in Tijuana, Mexico.
We are in the front line of interception of our U.S. Military Deported Veterans, where we assist them to integrate into the community as productive residents, while exploring all legal options to return legally to the USA.
STATEMENT OF PURPOSE
To achieve these goals, members of Veterans For Peace pledge to use non-violent means and to maintain this Organization that is both democratic and open, with the understanding that all members are trusted to act in the best interests of the group and for the larger purpose of world peace.
- Stop the Deportation of all U.S. Military Veterans
- Repatriate all U.S. Military Deported Veterans.
- Push for legislation to recognize non US citizen armed forces personnel as US citizens upon signing and taking Oath of Allegiance.
- Increase public awareness of the causes and costs of war.
- Restrain our government from intervening, overtly and covertly, in the internal affairs of other nations.
- End the arms race, to reduce and eventually eliminate nuclear weapons.
- Seek justice for veterans and victims of war.
- Abolish war as an instrument of national policy.
Born in Tijuana, at the age of six Robert Vivar was taken legally to the USA, where he had a very normal childhood, dreaming of becoming a Police Officer. After graduation, he worked for decades in the travel industry, rising through the ranks to become Airport Manager at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) for AeroMexico.
Robert was deported in 2013 leaving behind in the U.S.A his family and his life. He has renewed his faith in God, through which he has found the strength to make a difference in his community. As a productive resident of Tijuana, Robert finds great satisfaction in aiding those who have not been as fortunate as himself during deportation.
Since his arrival in Tijuana, Robert has been employed by a major call center and has helped to Co-found and direct several Non-profit organizations, in support of Deported US Military Veterans, Deported Dreamer Mothers with US citizen children, Deported Childhood Arrivals, and Asylum seeking Migrants
My name is Alex Murillo-Bernal, I am from Phoenix, Arizona and I am a U.S. Navy veteran. In 2011 I was deported to Mexico for a non-violent cannabis offense. I joined the military right out of high school in 1996 and completed my boot camp at Great Lakes, Illinois. After boot camp I was sent to aviation school in Pensacola, Fl and after graduation I was sent to join Squadron VS-32 Maulers at NAS JAX in Jacksonville, Fl. My squadron was attached to the USS George Washington CVN 73 and we were sent on active deployment overseas for “Operation Desert Shield.” I have four children who are all U.S. native born( 2 of them at Luke Air Force Base). I am a founding member of Unified U.S. Deported Veterans.