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 PRESIDENTS FOXHOLE
I WANT TO THANK EVERYONE FOR THEIR VOTE OF CONFIDENCE IN ELECTING ME THE NEW FLORIDA STATE COUNCIL PRESIDENT. I LOOK FORWARD TO WORKING WITH THE NEW BOARD (EBOD), THE DELEGATES AND CHAPTERS TO DO THE RIGHT THING FOR THE RIGHT REASON: NOT ONLY FOR ALL VETERANS BUT ALSO FOR THEIR FAMILIES.
THE NEXT TWO YEARS WILL BRING CHANGES AND CHALLENGES AT WE WILL NEED TO DEAL WITH IN A KNOWLEDGEABLE AND PROFESSIONAL MANNER. I HAVE CONFIDENCE THAT THE NEW EBOD UNDERSTANDS AND IS READY TO MEET THOSE CHALLENGES. I AM WORKING ON COMMITTEE CHAIRS ASSIGNMENTS TO PROVIDE FLORIDA STATE COUNCIL AND OUR CHAPTERS WITH THE BEST AVAILBLE VOLUNTEERS TO CHAIR AND REPORT ON THOSE ISSUES THAT ARE NEEDED TO INFORM OUR MEMBERS AND ALL VETERANS. VOLUNTEERS ARE NEEDED AT BOTH THE FLORIDA STATE COUNCIL AND CHAPTER LEVELS. I ENCOURAGE ALL OF OUR MEMBERS TO STEP UP AND VOLUNTEER TO HELP US IN OUR MISSION TO HELP AND SERVE ALL VETERANS.
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Mike Bousher, President
VVA Florida State Council
Chapter 1097 Awarded Membership Growth Chapter of the Year
On July 23rd. the VVA National Membership Committee recognized Chapters throughout the Nation who had the largest percentage growth. The recognition was done at the VVA Leadership and Education Conference in Tucson, AZ. The winner of the small chapter award was our own Chapter 1097, Highlands County. FL.
Charles Martin, President of Chapter 1097, was present at the Leadership Conference and was able to accept the award. Charlie was accompanied by his wife Betty, the Assistant AVVA representative for Chapter 1097.
Chapter 1097 was chartered in May 2014 and has increased its membership to 63 members. Charlie attributes their success to the hard work of Chapter Officers and Members.
He found the VVA leadership Conference to be well organized and professionally presented.
Charlie said he was overjoyed when Chapter 1097 was named for the award. Congratulations to Charlie and Chapter 1097.Well Done.
Keeping Veterans out of Prison and Treating Them Like Soldiers in PrisonThe recent Leadership Conference in Tucson, Arizona brought a new and very informative session on the prison system, Veterans Treatment Court and the V V A inside the prison system. Guest speakers included V V A Incarcerated Veterans Committee Chair Administrative Judge Dominic Yezzo, retired Union County Correctional Institution (UCI) Warden Diane Andrews, V V A Chapter # 1046 President Tony D’Aleo and V V A Incarcerated Chapter # 1080 Adviser Gary Newman. The session drew a lot of attention with approximately forty members in attendance.
Seminar Presenters (& Spouses)
Gary Newman, Adviser Chapter 1080, Diane Andrews, Retired Warden at UCI, Judge Dominic Yezzo, VVA National Committee Chair, MaryAnne Newman, FL AVVA VP, Sharon D'Aleo, Tony D'Aleo, President, VVA 1046.
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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
2016 Agent Orange Town Hall Meetings Announced
The Florida State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America, along with local VVA Chapters, are pleased to announce that 5 Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting will be presented at 5 different locations in Florida during the week of September 19 - 23, 2016 The Town Hall will educate, provide a platform for asking questions and an opportunity for veterans, their children, grandchildren or surviving spouse to speak with Veterans Service Officers about filing claims for VA benefits. All veterans from all conflicts are urged to attend.
For further information, including locations and contacts, CLICK HERE.
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.)
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.