Welcome to the Home Page for the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Florida State Council. On this page you will find current 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.
Great News from 2015 VVA ConventionFlorida was well represented and is coming home with a number of Awards.
First, I want to Congratulate Craig Tonjes our new Region 4 Director. Craig will do a good job of representing our Region. I want to thank those who supported me now let’s throw all of our support to Craig our new voice on the VVA Board.
Luis Lalama, President of Chapter 620 (Miami), won the prestigious VVA Member of the Year. Luis has done a great job in his Chapter and is very involved in his community helping those in need. He epitomizes our motto “Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another”. To see the Nomination forms and testimonials for Luis, CLICK HERE.
Luis LaLama receiving VVA National Member of the Year from Ben Humphries
Chapter 1041 won VVA Chapter of the Year. Chapter 1041 is very active in their community holding job fairs, created a Emergency Relief Fund for veterans & their families in Martin County & have contributed over $39,000 in the past 2 years to this fund, in 2015 donated $20,000 towards new bus for transporting veterans to WPB VAMC, brought the Moving Wall to their Community for the first time, Memorial Project and numerous other ongoing programs helping veterans. For more information on why Chapter 1041 won this award, CLICK HERE.
The Villages Chapter 1036 won VVA Membership Growth Award (400-499 Category) Chapter 1036 continues to grow as a result of all of their programs and outreach in their Community. For more information on Chapter 1036's award, CLICK HERE.
Congratulations to Chapters 1041 and 1036 and to Luis.
Ben Humphries, President
Florida State Council
"Together Then, Together Now"
Lew Jones accepting VVA Chapter of the Year Award from VVA President John Rowan
FINALLY A VOICE
THE BIRTH OF VIETNAM VETERANS OF AmericaAt the VVA National Convention in Springfield, Il a film was debuted. The film, “Finally a Voice”, documents the founding of Vietnam Veterans of America and examines whether the organization has stayed true to its founding principle that “never again will one generation of veterans abandon another".
Florida State Council recommends that all chapters purchase a copy and show it at a Chapter meeting. This is truly a film to allow all members to better understand where VVA came from and what we stand for today.
The film can be ordered at: http://nvbdc.org/dvd.html. This link will also provide a short version of the film.
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
FROM AROUND THE STATE
VVA ANNOUNCES MEMBERSHIP ONCE IN A LIFETIME OFFER
VVA has announced a special offer that will start August 1, 2015 and go thru December 31, 2015. During that five (5) month period, new members and current one (1) and three (3) year members may get a VVA Life Membership for only $100.00, regardless of age.
To take advantage of this offer you can view and download the application form by CLICKING HERE.
It is recommended that you submit your application to your Chapter Secretary or Membership Chair to avoid any problems. This is especially important for any members currently on a three year membership or a Life Member payment plan.The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 was introduced in Congress in April, 2015 by Senators Jerry Moran of Kansas and Mike Honda of California and Representative Dr. Dan Benishek of Michigan as a bipartisan effort. (Senate Bill 901 and House Resolution 1769). Upon passage, this bill will establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service.
If you have ever considered becoming a VVA Life Member, now is the time.
VVA TOXIC RESEARCH ACT
This is an important article about Toxic research that is pending in Congress. Please make your voice heard. This is not about you, this is about your children and grandchildren.
There are many wounds of war including those not visible or known to our troops that they have been bringing home that may not surface for years, decades or longer, that most tragically may be genetically passed on to their children, their grandchildren and generations to follow. These toxins of many varieties have been linked to many major health conditions and handicaps in our returning troops for many years, which include many types of Cancer, Ischemic Heart Disease, Respiratory illness, diabetes, vision and hearing impairment or loss, skin conditions and many more health problems. There are also many directly connected conditions that have been documented in the children of these service men and women, and their children such as birth defects of many varieties
from cleft palates, Spina- Bifida, sight and hearing loss, Cancer, physical deformities, learning disabilities including development delays, and other conditions that include ADD, ADHD, OCD and ODD. CLICK HERE TO READ MORE of this important article.
CLICK HERE for VA Crisis line website.
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.