Nationally there are more than 83,000 members of this organization. The Mohave County Chapter 975 currently has more than 130 members. We invite you to join our organization. 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 and May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May 7, 1975. Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to 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 Internal Revenue Service Code. VVA Chapter 975 was founded in 2005 and serves veterans in Bullhead City, Kingman, Lake Havasu City, and all other areas of Mohave County, Arizona. VVA’S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE”Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” GOALS 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 Chapter 975 aggressively advocates on issues important to veterans.
The organization’s motto is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”
We returned home after answering the call of duty from our country. Many of us found that we were not welcomed as our fathers and grandfathers were. A few carry baggage that is still with us today. Physical and mental wounds and the pain and suffering caused by war remain with some of us. There are gaps in the systems designed to help heal these wounds. This is where the VVA seeks to smooth the way. You are invited to join us and help us assist those who require assistance. As many of us reach retirement age and we look back on our life, now is the time to stay active. You can do so applying for membership and volunteering whatever skills, time, or money you are able to use to help others. With the VVA and AVVA, you can pitch in with family and friends and make a difference in the quality of life of all veterans. Come join us. If you do not meet the requirements for membership in the VVA, you can look to the Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America as a way to join our cause. The AVVA is an active organization in and of itself. Sincerely, Dorn “Pat” Farrell, Past President
Mike Beard, President – firstname.lastname@example.org
Mike is a retired business owner, retired from McDonnell Douglas, and an Air Force veteran that served 2 tours in Thailand during the Vietnam War. He has over 30 years of diverse experience and over 15 years of Aviation Operations in Southeast Asian countries. Mike’s non-profit experience is with: Institute of Internal Auditors (IIA), Past President Association of Professional Consultants, Past President of the Project Management Institute (PMI) CA Chapter and served on the Board of Directors at the International School of Bangkok Thailand. He holds a BS from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and several specialty certifications and licenses and, is an NRA certified Pistol Instructor, Refuse to Be A Victim Instructor, and Range Safety Officer. Read Mike’s full bio here. MBeard Retired Bio 2020
Sisto Sandoval, 1st Vice President – 1stVP@vva975.vet
Jerzy Lataweic, 2nd Vice President – 2ndVP@vva975.vet
Bob Schumacher, Secretary – email@example.com
Served in the army from sept 1964- to June 1973. Served in Vietnam 1965-66. Married my sole mate in 1965 and we will be celebrating our 55th anniversary this year. We have 3 children. 6 grand children. After serving I worked for the BN and BNSF railroad in superior wi. Retiring in 2006 as a yardmaster. Currently living in lake Havasu city, az.
Dale Quinn, Treasurer – firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Barnett, VSO Officer – VSO@vva975.vet
Serviced in the the Army 3 yrs. Worked as a linemen – splicer 25 yrs with So. Calif. Edison. After retiring moved to Havasu. Life Member of VVA and AVVA, Vet Court Mentor, PGR ride Captain.
Joan McDermott was born and grew up in Wisconsin on a dairy farm -attended nursing schools in Chicago and Topeka – joined U.S. Army and spent 2 years in Vietnam and 1 year at Walter Reed Army Hospital -lived in 3 other countries in S.E. Asia for 11 years. Inductee in the AVHOF 2016.
Joseph C. Little
Born in Lackawanna, New York in 1949, Joe Little is a US Army Vietnam combat veteran who retired as a Sergeant/Ranger Team Leader in 1972 after sustaining major injuries. Ranger Joe is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and three Purple Hearts. Applying his Master’s degree in Social Work at the Phoenix Vet Center, Joe dedicated himself to helping veterans dealing with post-traumatic stress. Joe’s volunteer accomplishments are amazing: Community Emergency Response Team member and trainer, Phoenix; Crisis Counselor and Mentor, Phoenix Fire Department, 9 years; supporter, counselor, and former president of Operation Freedom Bird, 25 years; over 17 years of officer level responsibilities including President, 75th Ranger Regiment Association; volunteer worker at 18 StandDowns in Phoenix, Tucson, and Bullhead City; and mentor to veterans in the Lake Havasu City Veterans Treatment Court.
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