(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America National
President John Rowan is calling on the organization's state councils,
chapters, and members from across the nation to come to the aid of the
millions of Americans affected by Hurricane Katrina.
“Vietnam Veterans of America–and our affiliated organization,
Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America–can and will come together to help
our fellow citizens in Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi get through this horrendous
natural disaster,” Rowan said.
Rowan announced that the VVA
relief effort will be coordinated by the organization’s Florida State
Council. “The excellent job the Florida State Council did during the
disastrous Florida hurricanes in 2004 makes our members in Florida ideally
suited to coordinate this relief effort,” Rowan said.
Contributions will be used to
purchase basic supplies, such as bottled water, food, and other necessities
for hundreds of thousands of those who have been affected by the hurricane.
Checks should be made out to “VVA Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.” Send the
checks to Vietnam Veterans of America, Attn: VVA Hurricane Katrina Relief
Fund, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Ste. 400, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. The
national organization immediately donated $1,000; a VVA member, $500. For more
“This unfortunate tragedy has
affected the lives of so many,” Rowan said. “As in the past, I know that our
VVA and AVVA members will step up during this time of need. There is much
work ahead for all of us as we work together to overcome this American