Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. (VVA) was founded in 1978 and is the only congressionally chartered national veterans service organization dedicated exclusively to serving Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(19) of the IRS Code.
VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans. VVA holds as its first principle that the organization is measured by deeds and openness as evidence of the core values of justice, integrity, and meaningful achievement.
The purpose of Vietnam Veterans of America's national organization, the state councils, and chapters is:
· To help foster, encourage, and promote the improvement of the condition of the Vietnam veteran.
· To promote physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect, self-confidence, and usefulness of Vietnam-era veterans and others.
· To eliminate discrimination suffered by Vietnam veterans and to develop channels of communications which will assist Vietnam veterans to maximize self-realization and enrichment of their lives and enhance life-fulfillment.
· To study, on a non-partisan basis, proposed legislation, rules, or regulations introduced in any federal, state, or local legislative or administrative body which may affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others; and to develop public-policy proposals designed to improve the quality of life of the Vietnam-era veteran and others especially in the areas of employment, education, training, and health.
· To conduct and publish research, on a non-partisan basis, pertaining to the relationship between Vietnam-era veterans and the American society, the Vietnam War experience, the role of the United States in securing peaceful co-existence for the world community, and other matters which affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others.
· To assist disabled and needy war veterans including, but not limited to, Vietnam veterans and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
· Government Relations Advocacy on the range of veterans issues.
· National Task Force for Homeless Veterans.
· Health care for veterans, including disabled veterans.
· Issues pertaining to women and minority veterans.
· National scholarship fund.
· Program providing assistance to veterans seeking benefits/services from the government.
A network of VVA Service Representatives is available to assist veterans throughout the country. To find a list of representatives in your state, go to:
VVA publishes a number of benefits guides, the purpose of which is to assist you, the veteran, dependent or survivor, in presenting your claim in the best way possible to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). The Guide On VA Claims And Appeals is mainly focused on the VA service-connected disability compensation program.
There is also a Guide On Agent Orange that describes the VA's current programs for compensating exposed veterans or their survivors, and provides information that may be useful in presenting your claim based on exposure to herbicides in Vietnam. The Guide On PTSD can assist you, the veteran or survivor, in presenting your claim based on exposure to unusually stressful events that led to posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and describes the VA's current programs for compensating veterans with PTSD or their survivors. Finally, the Guide To Veterans Preference provides basic information and resources to assist veterans and other preference-eligibles and their families in understanding Federal Sector Veterans Preference.
All of these benefits guides are available online at:
Vietnam Veterans of America
8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-3710
VVA's online magazine, The VVA Veteran, is available at:
Veterans Service Organizations - Overview
Veterans Affairs (VA) Benefits - Overview
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