About Us

By the end of 2005, several hundred thousand members of the military will have served in the Iraq theatre of operations, Afghanistan, and other places in the ongoing global war on terrorism. These numbers will grow as the conflict continues.Another generation of war veterans is being created and Vietnam veterans know what that means for the new veterans, their families, and their communities. They recognize the challenges of reintegration from combat to civilian life.

Soldiers unpacking supplyTo ensure that those challenges are effectively addressed, VVA has launched the VETSConnect program. VETSConnect funds projects in support of today’s veterans and current military. VETSConnect will utilize the proven resources of VVA, its associates and members to provide services, assistance, advice and support directly to those who served on active duty after September 11, 2001 and/or their families.

The aim is to connect Vietnam veterans with recent veterans and current members of the military so that VVA’s experience, particularly in the areas of veterans’ benefits and veterans’ health care, can be used to help them and their families.

Why We Care

MilitaryVietnam veterans remember well how it felt to come back from a controversial war and to rejoin the civilian world or to continue serving in the military. VVA does not want veterans of Iraq and the global war on terrorism to go through what Vietnam veterans did, particularly we know that sons and daughters of Vietnam veterans and VVA members are among those who have served, are serving, or will be serving in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other places.

VVA's newspaper, The VVA Veteran, has used the Warriors: A Tradition of Service series to display pictures of fathers who served in Vietnam and children who are serving or have served in Iraq and Afghanistan. Children of Vietnam veterans and VVA members are among the more than 2,000 Americans who have died in Iraq and the more than 15,000 who have been wounded there.

At VVA's National Convention in 2005, the keynote speaker was VVA member Allen Hoe, now a lawyer in Hawaii, who served in combat with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in Vietnam. Allen quietly told the hundreds of assembled delegates how he had taken his young son to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial years ago and how his son later became an Airborne Ranger and a young lieutenant who was serving as a platoon leader with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade in Iraq when he was killed in combat in January, 2005.

Jeep and soldiersVVA knows that over 160,000 Vietnam veterans are receiving VA disability compensation for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and that thousands of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan are already experiencing symptoms of PTSD. Some reports of homeless returning veterans have already emerged (See Most Often Asked Questions Concerning Homeless Veterans).

All across the country VVA members and VVA chapters are reaching out to and assisting returning veterans and their families. We know that veterans often have problems getting benefits they earned from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. VVA's trained and accredited service representatives are already assisting some returning veterans with claims for benefits. We know that the rising cost of veterans health care is a concern , but we believe that the nation has an solemn obligation to care for those who were wounded or injured while serving in the armed forces.

VVA cares because our members have been there and back. VVA's VETSCONNECT effort may have different forms and varying activities in different places, but reaching out to and helping returning veterans and their families is how VVA lives its founding principle: "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." When it's as close to home as your own son or daughter, there is no alternative.