Veterans of America (VVA) was founded in 1978.
VVA has a national membership of over 60,000
members in over 700 Chapters throughout the
United States. VVA is a congressionally charted
and state licensed non-profit national service
organization for Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans.
Chapter 227 was formed July 24, 1985, when
approximately 15 people met in the Fort Myer
NCO Club in Arlington. We were incorporated
as a non-profit organization in the Commonwealth
of Virginia in January, 1986.
"Never again will one generation
of veterans abandon another."
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.
Some of our activities (see list of accomplishments) include:
regular monthly membership meetings, with
an interesting speaker, on the third Thursday
of each month, except July, August and
December (annual holiday party and collection
and warm clothing for needy families).
the annual national DMZ to Delta Dance
for veterans and their families and friends
visiting the Washington, DC area for Veterans Day, and
local social events for our members and
friends to enjoy and promote the camaraderie of others
who understand the Vietnam experience.
bus tokens and meal coupons for veterans
visitng the local Veterans Center and emergency
relief to veterans, including homeless
Veterans, support for residents of
the Armed Forces Soldiers Home in Washington,
delegates to the VVA national convention
of the Virginia State
a wreath and remember those who perished
in the service of their country at
the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. on Memorial
The Journey, a free newsletter for members
the Vince Kaspar Prizes for Excellence in
the Arts to talented high school seniors
juniors who live in or go to
school in the geographical area served by
Speakers’ Panel enables
our members to share their Tour of Duty
with students from
elementary school to university
and the general public.
representatives and AVVA members provide
public information and recruit new members
community events such as
the Fairfax Fair and Viva Vienna.
members support the Lamb Center, a daytime
homeless shelter, with
travel toiletries, cash donations, and snacks