Press Release

August 31, 2005

No. 05-021

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext. 146
(301) 996-0901


VVA To Coordinate Relief Effort for
Hurricane Katrina


(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 information see

“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 tsunami.”


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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