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Spring Break

VVA  1011

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA IS THE ONLY NATIONAL VIETNAM VETERANS ORGANIZATION CONGRESSIONALLY CHARTERED AND EXCLUSIVELY DEDICATED TO VIETNAM VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES. IN 1978 A GROUP OF VIETNAM VETS GATHERED TO STUDY THE NEEDS OF THE VETERANS AND BY THE SUMMER OF 1979 THEY BECAME KNOWN AS VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA. TODAY THE VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA HAS A MEMBERSHIP OF OVER 75,000 MEMBERS IN 500 CHAPTERS ACROSS THE U.S., PUERTO RICO, VIRGIN ISLANDS, GUAM AND THE PHILLIPINES. OUR CHAPTER HERE IN MESA IS THE SECOND LARGEST IN ARIZONA. PEOPLE ASK WHAT DOES YOUR CHAPTER DO? WE HAVE PROVIDED FUNDS TO THOSE VETERANS NO MATTER WHAT BRANCH OF SERVICE OR TIME OF SERVICE WHO ARE IN FINANCIAL NEED, DONATED MONEY TO THE ARIZONA STAND-DOWN FOR HOMELESS AND IN NEED OF VETS, PROVIDED SCHOLORSHIPS TO VETERANS AT ASU, PROVIDED SCHOLORSHIPS TO DESERVING MEMBERS OF THE LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL JROTC PROGRAMS, IN FEBRUARY WE SPONSORED AN AGENT ORANGE TOWN HALL MEETING WHICH WAS ATTENDED BY 225 VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES, THIS COMING SEPTEMBER WE WILL BE PUTTING  ON A WELCOME HOME LUNCHEON FOR VIETNAM VETS, ON FEB 11 OF NEXT YEAR WE ARE SPONSORING ANOTHER TOWN HALL FOR DISCUSION OF PTSD…MORE INFO WILL BE PUT OUT THIS FALL, AND THIS COMING VETERANS DAY WE WILL BE MARCHING IN THE APACHE JUNCTION PARADE WHICH IS HONORING VIETNAM VETERANS. WE DO MANY THINGS FOR VETERANS OF ALL WARS. OUR MANTRA IS “NEVER AGAIN WILL ONE GENERATION OF VETERANS ABANDON ANOTHER”. WE HAVE ALSO GIVEN A DONATION TO THE ARIZONA WALL PROJECT WHICH IS BUILDING A REPLICA OF THE VIETNAM WALL IN GILBERT. THANK AND REMEMBER THE 58,267 SOULS LISTED ON THE WALL.