L to R: Dave Lyons (First VP), Milt Omoto (Secretary), Tony Nickerson (President), David Ramey (Treasurer), Thomas Dowell (Second VP)
MOTTO: "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another"
“To promote and enforce the principles and policies of the Vietnam Veterans of America, as set forth in the
“To act as a conduit to establish additional chapters within Colorado”
“To support existing chapters in their efforts to promote the welfare of all veterans and their families”
“To develop positive relationships within the local community, and participate in veteran community events”
DECLARATION OF PRINCIPLES
(To be read at the start of each State Council meeting)
WE, the veterans who served during the Vietnam War, who embraced through sacrifice and service to our country the most fundamental and cherished bonds of our democracy, reaffirm that commitment to spirit and ideals, accepting it as the solemn responsibility of our survival, to bear the burden of what has been, so that tragedy once endured can never be forgotten.
And so do we resolve that the true measure of our worth as citizens, as veterans, and as patriots be found in our willingness to draw from and abide by these strengths and convictions born of heritage and experience.
What is VVA?
VVA was formed in the mid-1970s to protect the rights, and promote the interests of Vietnam-era veterans. From its earliest days, VVA’s leadership has pledged that “never again will one generation of veterans abandon another” and this promise holds true today.
In 1986, in recognition of its ongoing commitment and assistance to veterans, VVA has the singular distinction as the only Vietnam-era Veteran’s organization to be granted a congressional charter.
While VVA spans the globe with its programs and membership, its strength is in the United States. With approximately 62,000 members affiliated with chapters in every state, VVA brings its grass roots activities into the communities, homes, and lives of many people. For many, being involved in VVA is a stimulating, educational experience. Others see the unity of being affiliated with Vietnam-era veterans and the camaraderie and recognition of being involved with a national organization --- opportunities that are not available elsewhere. And everyone agrees that VVA is the organization that stands its ground on positions that affects the health and interests of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.
Women veterans are an integral part of VVA. As a leader in moving the agenda of women veterans, the pro-active approach of VVA benefits all women who served in the military regardless of time or place, both now and into the future.