“Welcome Home Brothers and Sisters”. I never get tired of hearing or saying those words of endearment. There are still veterans of the Vietnam Era that have not heard that greeting and many who are not playing it forward in keeping with our creed. I like to greet all our brothers and sisters with “Welcome Home”. By reaching out we have the opportunity to bring in new members to our great and unique organization. We can give them the benefits of being a VVA member and help them get the medical care and benefits they have earned, with the direct referral to our Veterans Service Officer Program. They will also be able to help us with our Community Outreach Programs. Most of our growth, this past year were not transplants but long time Floridians. We have over 500,000 qualified veterans for membership in Florida and we only have 3,750 members. I challenge every member to bring in a new member. I set a goal for myself of 10 new applications, and so far I have brought in 5 since the beginning of the year. What can you do?
CLICK HERE to read more.Ben L. Humphries, President
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For more information on National POW/MIA Recognition Day as well as statistics and actions, CLICK HERE.
Veterans Day 2014
Veterans Day 2014, will soon be here. November becomes a busy time for all of our VVA Chapters many participating in parades and ceremonies. In the next few days, I will be setting up a Veterans Day page on this website to honor and remember Veterans of all Wars and Conflicts. In the meantime, the Department of Veterans Affairs has issued the Veterans Day 2014 poster that you will see below. If you would like a jpeg. copy of that poster to print for your chapter or organization, please email email@example.com. Stay tuned for the Veterans Day page.
Florida IS Hot!
At the June 2013 Florida State Council Meeting, there were 20 active Florida Chapters. By the November 2013 FSC Meeting, the number of Chapters had grown to 24. At the February, 2014 Florida State Council Meeting, we had 26 VVA Chapters in Florida. Two of those, 1088 in Nassau County and 1092 in Alachua County were recently chartered. At the June 2014 Meeting, two additional chapters were in attendance. Chapter 1096 (Brevard County) and 1097 (Highlands County). At the November 2014 meeting, at least one more Chapter will be added. Welcome to Chapter 1125 in Boca/Delray (South Palm Beach). That is a total of nine (9) new chapters in just thirteen (13) months.
Florida is indeed hot. VVA in Florida had the highest growth rate for Vietnam Veteran members in the past year throughout the United States both in new chapters as well as new members.
But we don't plan on resting on our laurels. In the next several weeks you will get the details on President Ben Humphries challenge to double our membership in the next year.
If every member made a commitment to bring in only one new member in the coming year, we could double our membership. But numbers are not what is important. What is important is to introduce Vietnam Veterans to the benefits of a VVA membership, and to increase the numbers of Vietnam Veterans that can help us in our community outreach programs. In fact, VVA's motto "Is in Service To America". The goal of each and every VVA member is to help ALL veterans and the communities we live in. If you are not a member, please consider joining us as a member or associate. You will find membership information by CLICKING HERE.
“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.
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.
(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).
September is Suicide Prevention Month.Did you know 22 veterans commit suicide every day? Active duty suicides are up 30 percent since 2008 and with a service member expected to commit suicide in the next 25 hours, this is an issue that must be addressed now.
As you well know, the stress from your deployment doesn’t end once you’re back on U.S. soil and can be felt for many years, even decades, after. Unfortunately, many veterans might not show any symptoms of intent to harm themselves, but that doesn’t mean other behaviors aren’t there.
The facts are staring us in the face, and we have a duty to all veterans to see that no one is alone in this fight. Someone can’t do everything, but everyone can do something.
As we continue to push for fixes within the VA system, let’s also make sure we do all we can to eliminate the stigma that surrounds seeking help.