Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) was founding principle is “Never again will one generation of Veterans abandon another.” They not only support each other, but they support the newest generations of America’s war Veterans that came after them.
The VVA is the only congressionally chartered Veterans Service Organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam era Veterans and their families. Founded in 1978, the VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation that currently has over 65,000 members, 48 state councils and 650 local chapters across the country. Minnesota alone has 11 VVA chapters.
"Our 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," said Mark Madsen, President of the Minnesota State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America.
To name a few things, the program has helped Veterans from being evicted and having their utilities shut off. The Minnesota VVA also helps service member’s families with problems that develop during the course of deployments.
VVA membership is open to U.S. armed forces Veterans who served on active duty (for other than training purposes) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28, 1961 - May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between August 5, 1964 - May 7, 1975. For more information on the VVA, please visit their website.