TAKING A STAND: Bill Steyert, a Vietnam War veteran and member of Veterans for Peace (VFP), braved the rain to participate in an anti-war vigil commemorating the 1,000th U.S. soldier killed in Operation Enduring Freedom Feb. 23. According to icasualties.org, the tally includes fatalities that occurred in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Guantánamo Bay, Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Philippines, Seychelles, Sudan, Tajikistan, Turkey and Yemen. Standing in Midtown Manhattan, the group read the names of U.S. soldiers and Afghan civilians killed during the occupation. Demonstrators from VFP, the Granny Peace Brigade and Peace Action NY chanted, “Jobs not Bombs,” during a march to the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Times Square. On March 20, VFP chapters will hold events to marking the eighth year of the Iraq War.