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VVAF Report

BY RANDY BARNES, PRESIDENT, VIETNAM VETERANS ASSISTANCE FUND

On behalf of Vietnam Veterans of America and the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund (VVAF), we are asking for your help. Before we make our request, let us tell you a little bit about the VVAF.

VVAF was founded in 1991 as a 501 (c) (3) charity affiliate of VVA. It is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of up to eleven members. Every two years, two VVAF directors are nominated by VVA’s President and then approved by the VVA Board of Directors. Additional VVAF Board members are elected by the VVAF Board of Directors.

VVAF participates in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC). Those funds are disbursed to VVA-supported and endorsed projects. After soliciting and receiving grant requests, the VVAF BOD reviews the proposals and decides which projects to support in accordance with the funds available.

During the last fifteen years, VVAF has distributed over $5 million in support of veteran-related projects. In the past three years, VVAF has funded 73 projects in 25 states. The projects cover a multitude of areas, such as the VVA Service Rep program, emergency assistance funds, disabled skiing, standdowns, and homeless projects. We have strong evidence that the programs VVAF funds make a significant difference in the lives of needy Vietnam veterans and their families.

How You Can Help

Every autumn, government employees, military personnel, and postal workers participate in the Combined Federal Campaign, the largest employer-sponsored fund drive in the world. This fund drive generally starts with a kickoff event.

Think about the federal offices or installations in your area. Contact the base commander, hospital director, or office manager, and ask if you can be part of their CFC Kickoff on behalf of VVAF. We will provide you with material.

If you work for the government or serve in the military, participate in the CFC by donating to the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund by designating code #2115.

Urge your co-workers to designate VVAF #2115.

If you do not work for the federal government, your workplace may participate in a state, local, or private-sector workplace fund drive. If so, please write “Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund” as your choice for your donation.

In the absence of any fund-raising drive in your workplace, feel free to make a donation directly to VVAF and mail it to 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

If you have any questions, contact either of us or Joe Sternburg (VVAF Executive Director) at 301-589-4613, or go to our web site, www.vvafund.org.

Thank you for your support.

Joseph “Randy” Barnes
President, Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund

John Rowan
President, Vietnam Veterans of America

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