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information of what is happening with the Florida State Council 
of the Vietnam Veterans of America and our Florida VVA Chapters. You will find information on this website about who we are and what we have dedicated ourselves to.  Our goal is to serve our country, ALL veterans and the communities we live in.


John Koprowski Arrangements


Since the passing of John Koprowski, Joyce has asked me to serve as her emissary and get all the latest information to VVA and AVVA. She has her hands full at this time in Arizona but she has some of her family with her. It will be a week before she drives back from Arizona with the pickup and travel trailer.

Listed below are the arrangements for John’s Memorial Service. John is being cremated per his wishes.

MEMORIAL SERVICE:

Saturday, January 17, 2015 at 1:00 p.m.
Dade City Christian Church
11800 Windsorwood Blvd.
Dade City, FL 33525
813-518-0072

Joyce has asked that no flowers be sent for John’s services.

She has requested that in lieu of flowers to send donations to the Florida State Council in memory of John. John was a founding member of the Florida State Council.

Send donations to:
VVA, Florida State Council
P.O. Box 331322
Atlantic Beach, FL 33233-1322
Memo: In Memory John Koprowski 

Donations can also be made using your credit/debit card or your PayPal account. Click on the Donate Button below. All money donated in Memory of John Koprowski will be used to help Joyce.



Cards can be sent to:

Joyce Koprowski
6352 Spring Lake Circle
Zephyrhills, FL 33540

Burial service will be in July at the Bushnell National Cemetery. 

Hotel Reservations: Zephyrhills which is approximately 40 miles north of Tampa does not have a Hotel/Motel on every corner. 

Listed below is the hotel information for those coming out of town for John Koprowski's Memorial Service. A block of rooms are being held until Monday. Mention the Koprowski Funeral to get the discount rate.

Microtel Inn & Suites
7829 Gall Blvd.
Zephyrhills, FL 33541 

 813-783-2211

Rate for double room $76.49

Please direct all questions to me at marinedi@aol.com or call 813-655-7129. 


As things progress I will post any new information.

Semper Fi,
Tom Hall

EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
FROM AROUND THE STATE
(Click on event title to read more)

 
Women Veterans:  Our Legacy of Unsung Heroines 

In the annals of our country’s great military history there are very few examples, let alone articles, books, studies in our primary and secondary educational institutions regarding our women veterans who hear the call, stepped up and served right next to our “G.I’s of every war and conflict. These ladies, young and older, wives, mothers, sisters, career or volunteer, made decisions, served with gallantry and honor, changing the course of history that we know today.   What is truly unconscionable is that only a few of the many volumes that should and could have been written about their service, decorations, caring, healing, gallantry, dedication, suffering, sacrifice, shoulder to shoulder, feet slogging in the same mud and blood as our male ranks,  witnessed the same horrors of war and even the giving of their lives……has not been accurately documented, recorded, published or presented to justify their high water mark in our history books and the freedoms we all enjoy today. CLICK HERE to read more. 

Department of Defense Announces Guidance for Upgrading Discharge Requests

The Department of Defense announced on September 3rd that it has issued supplemental guidance to Military Department Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) when considering petitions regarding discharge upgrade requests by veterans claiming Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

“This is our responsibility and the right thing to do for veterans,” said Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel. “This new guidance reflects our commitment to those who served our country during times of war many decades ago.”

This could mean that many Vietnam Veterans that were discharged with Other Than Honorable discharges could have their cases reviewed if there was the possibility that PTSD was involved in their discharge.

CLICK HERE for entire announcement as reported by "Military Times".

CLICK HERE to read VVA's Press Release regarding this announcement.
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Donations 

We’re helping the veterans who are coming home wounded or disabled get the medical care they need. We’re also assisting Gulf War, Afghan War, and Iraq War veterans with benefits counseling and other essential services to help them rebuild their lives after wartime service.
And we’re making sure that VA healthcare and other benefits aren’t the victims of short-sighted budget cuts that forget the service of our new veterans, and neglect the sacrifices they continue to make even after they come home.
We hope you will continue to support all veterans by sending a gift to VVA FSC today. Many thanks for all you do. For More information on how you can help, CLICK HERE

We Were Soldiers Once, And Young.
(This slideshow is a history in itself. It is a remembrance of the men and women that served during the Vietnam War.  We would like to invite ALL Vietnam Veterans to send us their photo so it can be included in the slideshow.) CLICK HERE for instructions on submitting photos.)



GOOD MORNING VIETNAM

A Tribute and Thanks to Robin Williams

CLICK HERE for a YouTube Video on "Good Morning Vietnam" best scenes. (Turn off music at top of this page first).