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.
FROM THE PRESIDENT’S FOXHOLE
MY FIRST STATE COUNCIL MEETING AS PRESIDENT IS NOW BEHIND ME. WHAT IMPRESSED ME MOST WAS THAT ALMOST ALL CHAPTERS ARE WERE ACTIVE IN THEIR COMMUNITY AND WORKING ON VETERAN ACTIVITIES AND PROJECTS. EVERYONE IS WORING ON THE WALL OF FACES PROJECT AND WE DID 5 AGENT ORANGE TOWN HALL MEETINGS ACROSS THE STATE THIS QUARTER.
I WAS HONORED TO PRESENT RAY BREAULT WITH THE NATIONAL ACHIEVEMENT MEDAL FOR ALL THE HARD WORK HE DOES WITH THE CHAPTERS AND THE STATE COUNCIL. WE ALSO RECOGNIZED VVA CHAPTER 1097 FOR WINNING THE VVA NATIONAL (SMALL) CHAPTER GROWTH AWARD.
BAY PINES VETERANS DAY CEREMONY
Chanda Mangiaracina, Director of Fine Arts, Keswick Christian School, leads the Keswick Christian Concert Choir as they perform the National Anthem during the opening of the annual Bay Pines Veterans Day Ceremony on Nov. 11, 2016. (VA Photo by Timothy Westmorland)
BAY PINES, FL – Dressed in red, white, and blue, thousands of residents of the Tampa Bay Community gathered at the Bay Pines Veterans Day Ceremony on November 11th to recognize the service and sacrifice of America’s Veterans.
Conducted at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center, the event was fully stocked with music, ceremonial tributes, and remarks.
(Click here to watch the Bay Visions News Brief video story. Additional photos of the event can be accessed by clicking here.)
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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
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Chapter 195 Donates Walk-A-Thon Proceeds to Widows and Elementary Schools
Chapter 195 (Pathfinders) held a Walk-A-Thon last Memorial Day and raised over $1400 from pledges. Chapter 195 is an incarcerated Vietnam Veterans of America chapter located in the Zephyrhills Correctional Institution (ZCI) in Zephyrhills Florida. Mrs. Maynor, the Assistant Warden for Programs approved the use of the one third mile dirt track in the Recreation Field and a water point
The 43 veterans walked 233 miles in two hours for an average of over 5 miles per veteran. Pledges were received from friends, family and the Florida State Council. The chapter voted to donate equal portions of $371 each to the Associate Vietnam Veterans of America’s Widows Fund and to the three elementary schools in Zephyrhills.
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.
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(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.)
VIETNAM VETERANS MEMORIAL WALL OF FACES
In an effort to further preserve the legacy of those who sacrificed all in Vietnam, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF – Founders of The Wall) is committed to finding a photo to go with each of the more than 58,000 names on The Wall. The Wall of Faces allows family and friends to share memories, post pictures and connect with each other. See more at http://www.vvmf.org/
Thanks to the work of volunteers, eight states have completed their part of the Wall of Faces: Hawaii, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Wisconsin.
Florida has 1,955 names on the Vietnam Veterans’ Memorial Wall and additional photos are needed to complete Florida’s section of the Wall of Faces. We are encouraging anyone who has photos to support this effort.
Florida Photos Still Missing
If you have a picture of a loved one or fellow veteran whose name is on The Wall, please help the Memorial Fund honor these individuals by putting a face with a name. Regardless of whether or not the Memorial Fund has a photo of the individual already, you are encouraged to submit it anyway. VVMF is trying to collect as many photos of each individual as possible.
IMPORTANT. CLICK HERE to read more on this important project.
CLICK HERE for a PowerPoint presentation as of June 2016.
CLICK HERE for suggested search methods.