Dud Hendrick

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Dud Hendrick


Dud Hendrick is a Naval Academy graduate, a former Air Force officer, a Vietnam War vet, and an extremely proud member of Veterans for Peace. He lives in Deer Island, Maine.[1]

He is on the staff of the Peace Studies Program University of Maine.[2]

"Peace" activist

Hendrick's journey to peace activism began, unlikely enough, at the U.S. Naval Academy where he received his B.S. In engineering in 1963 and took a commission in the U.S. Air Force. After volunteer service in Vietnam he returned to graduate school at Dartmouth College where he received his MBA in 1969. Soon after Hendrick opted for an unusual career, given his background, becoming the men’s lacrosse coach and women’s soccer coach at Dartmouth.

In 1982, he and his wife moved to Deer Isle where he soon began a full-time commitment to peace. He credits the transformation to a return to Vietnam in 1998 and to his involvement with Veterans for Peace. Hendrick has spoken several times at the Vietnam War Memorial in D.C. as well as at rallies, and in high schools and universities around the state. He is most dedicated to speaking out against war and against the influence of the military-industrial complex on our culture.[3]

Fasting against “Star Wars”

In 2008 , Global Network Against Weapons & Nuclear Power in Space promoted a June 22 “Global day of fasting to Stop Star Wars”.

The global day of fasting to Stop Star Wars on June 22 is one important way for the public to become involved in this debate. All over the world the U.S. is dragging the "allies" into Star Wars and active resistance to the insanity of an arms race in space is growing.

Included on the “fast’ list was Dud Hendrick of Deer Isle, Maine.[4]

Veterans for Peace contact

In 2010 Dud Hendrick was listed as Auburn, Maine contact for Veterans for Peace:[5]

Promoting Agent Orange Bill

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Chellie Pingree, Maine’s First District Representative has signed on as a co-sponsor of the Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act of 2011, a bill introduced by Rep Bob Filner of California. The legislation, if passed, will address ongoing health problems of United States veterans as well as Vietnamese and Vietnamese-Americans harmed by their exposure to the defoliant used by the U.S. during the Vietnam war.

Pingree’s decision to support the legislation came following a meeting with a delegation of the Maine chapter of Veterans for Peace. Led by co-presidents Peggy Akers and Clarence Smith, both of Portland, the veterans met with the Congresswoman in her Maine office. Akers, a veteran who served as a nurse in Vietnam, and Smith, a Korean War-era vet, emphasized in the meeting the lasting impact of the toxin. Bob Lezer, served on the Korean DMZ, where he was himself exposed to Agent Orange, spoke of the significance of the bill as it relates to accepting full accountability for the costs of war. Dud Hendrick was also part of the delegation.

Maine Veterans for Peace (VFP) have met with both Maine representatives, Pingree and Mike Michaud, as part of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign, a VFP project seeking support of Filner’s bill H.R. 2634. The veterans argue that the legislation offers an opportunity to heal the suffering and wounds from the Vietnam conflict. Pingree joins 11 other representatives who have co-sponsored while Rep Michaud has not yet signed on.[6]

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