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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.


PRESIDENT'S CORNER

Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters. Hope everyone enjoyed the festivities and recognition on Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans day March 30th.

Judge Dominick Nezzo (Ret), VVA National Veterans Incarcerated & Veterans Treatment Court Committee Chair visited Jacksonville Veterans Court and the Mentor Program at Union Correctional in Feb. He was very impressed with the success of the program and wants to use it as a model for VVA. He is going to get one started at Rikers Island in NYC. Gary Newman (President, 1059 & Sponsor 1080) has done a great job with the Mentor Program working with the Warden & Staff at Union Correctional and VVA Incarcerated Chapter 1080 members. Also kudos to Tony D’Aleo, President 1046 and his team for the Veteran Treatment Court and Judge Sampson for his tireless efforts to make Veterans Treatment Court a success. READ MORE.
EVENTS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS
FROM AROUND THE STATE
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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).