Welcome to the Home Page for the Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. Florida State Council. On this page you will find current information of wVVAhat 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.
Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters. I hope your Christmas was full of glee with family & friends and you didn’t overeat as I did, I felt like a beached whale.
2015 is coming to an end and Florida has a lot to be proud of. Chapter 1041 was recognized as VVA Chapter of the Year at the Convention, Luis Lalama, Chapter 620, was also recognized as VVA Member of the Year and Chapter 1036 won the VVA Membership Growth Award (400 member category). Chapter 1046 & Chapter 1059 working with the Veteran Treatment Court Program set up a Mentor a program with Union Correctional Chapter 1080 members which is being used as a model by VVA National to expand in other State Programs. Chapter 25 continues to win Awards and recognition with their Veteran Treatment Court program. Chapter 1111 (Key West) has been very successful with their Healing Waters Program which take Disabled Veterans deep sea fishing, the community has been very enthused with this program. Chapter 1041 not only helped raise funds for a bus to take Veterans to the VAMC, they have raised funds to buy another one. Chapter 1037 has been successful in raising the funds and completing their new Memorial. I know I have missed some but you can get the picture Chapters are actively going the extra mile to accomplish our Mission of Service to America.
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President, Florida State Council
“Together Then, Together Now”
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.
Can’t find a P-38 at your local hardware store? Had enough of that “Bouncing Betty”? Looking for your buddies, but only know their nicknames? You Belong With Us. We wore dog tags when love beads were hip and sported combat boots in lieu of sandals. We are the Vietnam Era Generation who are proud we served our country. Now is the time for us to unite again and continue the battle to insure veterans and their families are taken care of. And uphold VVA’s motto “Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another” — we Honor You and Thank You For Your Service.
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EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
FROM AROUND THE STATE
Real Heroes Who Died So Others May Live
“The Four Chaplains"There are many occurrences in our personal lives that we say to others and ourselves “that we will never forget”, no matter what. Almost every one of us have historically mapped items of personal significance, family matters, sometimes unexplained phenomena’s, and many times….historical events, that we will always remember “where we were and what we were doing” at a particular date and time.
For many of us who are veterans, and in many not, these recollections are even more prevalent and vivid, some during our lives and many prior to that point, that shape the character and honor of our lives, those we live with and surrounded by, and many we know or come to know in our lives.
There are many such historical events to choose from and relate to, but there are few that impact each of us or possibly could, more than those who willingly displayed the courage, valor, self- sacrifice, attribute of service to others and honor of their chosen life’s work than “The Four Chaplains” of the transport ship Dorchester during World War II.
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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.)