June 2001/July 2001
Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund Report
Fellow Vietnam Veterans And Supporters:
VVAF was founded in 1991 as a 501(c)(3) charity affiliate of
VVA. It is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of eight VVA
members. Every two years VVAF’s directors are nominated by VVA’s
President and then approved by the VVA Board of Directors.
According to the bylaws, these directors must be two VVA officers
(excluding the VVA President), two members of the VVA’s Board of
Directors, two VVA State Council Presidents, and two other VVA
VVAF receives donations from the Combined Federal Campaign
(CFC) that are disbursed to VVA-supported and endorsed projects.
After soliciting and receiving grant requests, the VVAF Board
reviews the proposals and decides which projects are worthy of
support in accordance with the funds available.
Over the past ten years, VVAF has given out almost two and a
half million dollars in support of veteran-related projects. In
the past three years, VVAF has funded 56 projects in 23 states.
The projects cover a multitude of areas, including the VVA Service
Rep program, emergency assistance funds, disabled skiing,
stand-downs, and various types of homeless projects. We have
strong evidence that the programs VVAF funds make a significant
difference in the lives of needy Vietnam veterans and their
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. Here are some ideas
for VVA members to enhance the CFC effort:
- Think about the federal government offices or
installations in your area. Start now and get in touch with
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 in 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, please contact Joe Sternburg, VVAF
Executive Director, at 301-589-4613, or go to our web site at www.vvafund.org
Thank you for your support.
Joseph "Randy" Barnes
Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund
George C. Duggins
Vietnam Veterans of America