OPERATIONS

Chapter's Office Location:  621 Memorial DR, SE, At;amta, GA 30312 which is only accessed by appointments with a Chapter Official.

 

Monthly Membership Meeting:  Every First Saturday of the Month, in the Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311, from 1pm until 3pm, and this meeting is open to the public, but to present to the Membership must be scheduled or approved by the Chapter's President.

 

VA Service Rep Claims Clinic:   Every First Monday of the Month, in Omega Holiness Church, 621 Memorial Dr., SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, from 6pm until 8pm.  This Clinic is open to the public, but those registered with the Clinic will be given priorty with comments, questions and answers while the Clinic is in session.

 

Veterans Talk, It Ain't Nothing But A Thang:  Every Saturday, in the Chapter's Office, 1554 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310, from 4pm to 5pm.  This is a Facebook Live Presentation, and opened to the public as long as space is available.  All attendees must sign a release of information form giving the Chapter approval to film, tape, record, and air to the public your image and statements while the show is in session.  This is talk show about veterans' benefit, VA and governments roles with these benefits.  Sometimes, we will have specal guests and other times we be reporting or having a panel discussion of issues important to veterans.

 

Community Service Options:  In the Chapter's Office, 1554 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd., SW, Atlanta, GA 30310.  This is our volunteerism and all applicants are provided scheduled appointments, to get assignments, and to secure their certification of hours served.  Anyone interested in this program must email the Chapter with a brief bio at vvachapter1118@hotmail.com.

 

Sons of Atlanta Vietnam War Memorial Project:  In Development and will post in November, 2017.

 

Affordable Housing and Veterans Business Task Force:  In Development and will post in November, 2017.

 

Incarcerated Veterans Support Program:  Merged with Omega Holiness Church's Re-entray and Ex-Offender Ministry, which meeting every Second Sunday, at 621 Memorial Dr., SE, Atlanta, GA 30312, from 11am until 2pm.  This meeting is open to the public and applications for assistance is received and posted there.  Our cause is to provide support while they are incarcerated via family or friend and when they are coming back into the community with provisions for a successful transitition. 

 

Homeless Veterans Assistance Project:  It simply a referel to VA, and follow up.

 

A Family's Christmas:  In Development but will be posted in December, 2017.

 

Support Veterans With Your Cell Phone:  Down and being reorganized and will go back up in December, 2017.

 

 

 

 

 

When your work is recognized, you can take pride in what you do!

The are over 700 thousand veterans in the State of Georgia, and nearly half of us live and/or work in Metro-Atlanta.  If just one half of us would utilize our fully earned  veteran benefits, we would increase our personal income over $75,000.00 per year, and increase Metro-Atlanta Tax Revenu over 2 billion dollars.  So, we are reachimng and connecting with local governments to get them to offer incentives for veterans to use their home and business loans benefits.  Even VA is concerned by the underuse of these benefits, and we are encouraging and empowering veterans and dependents to step-up for these benefits.  Now, when Atlanta City Councilman Michael J. Bond recognizes and supports this Chapter's work, we can take pride in what we are doing.

Atlanta City Councilman Michael J. Bond presented a Proclamation to President Eldson J. McGhee, for Vietnam Veterans of America Greater Metro-Atlanta Chapter No. 1118, Inc.

                    

 

Introducing

Vietnam Veterans of America

Greater Metro-Atlanta Chapter No. 1118, Inc.

 

            Allow me to introduce Vietnam Veterans of America Greater Metro-Atlanta Chapter No. 1118, Inc.,  Chartered right here in Atlanta, Georgia, " to take up and finish that which was left undone by  the Former Vietnam Veterans of America Atlanta Chapter No. 883, Inc., and to expand the opportunities that Vietnam Veterans of America provide for service in this Nation to veterans in all the 18 counties recognized as Metro-Atlanta, Georgia." 

            While the most sustaining presence of Vietnam Veterans of America was established as Chapter No. 883 in Atlanta, GA, on June 28, 2001 and terminated on March 5, 2016, the organization was driven exclusively by Vietnam Era Veterans-leaderships.   That Chapter demonstrated the determination and capacity of Vietnam Era Veterans!  It earned two VVA Georgia State Council's Chapter of the New Awards, recognitions for a Mayor of Atlanta, Atlanta City Council, a Governor of Georgia,  President of the United States, and over 10 local community organizations for its work and service in the City of Atlanta.  The Chapter created and/or adopted, and provided  programs and activities that produced positive results and resolutions highly consistent with the purpose of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc..  Those we touched and helped told others, and the need grew, and still growing.

            The unfortunate realities that required reorganization of Vietnam Veterans of America in this area were multifold:  (1) Solely Vietnam Era Veterans-leadership driven; (2) Leadership mostly severe and chronically disable; (3) Coverage area limited leadership available and (4) the work and operations of the Chapter depended solely on volunteers.  Of course, there are some who could say that I am being too conservative here, but I am the only of the original founders of the former chapter left and that chapter only had five (5) president over its 15 years history and I served 10 of those years as president.   Before that Chapter, I've also served as president of two other chapters (75 and 724) of Vietnam Veterans of America.  So, as President of this new Chapter, I can speak with knowledge and experience from everyday work in the industry and this area.  That don't mean that I am always right or correct in what I say but it does give merits to what I say, and I hope we can build and grow from these experiences.

            Associated Vietnam Veterans of America was created first as an auxcillery of Vietnam Veterans of America, and has grown to the point that it is prepared to carry our legacy.  AVVA membership and leaderships are open to veterans of all eras and non-veterans alike.  In this new Chapter, AVVA members will begin to take leadership in Vietnam Veterans of America programs and activities like never before.  Our communities have always survived, grew and progressed by the working of families, friends, veterans and active duty military personnel common bonds.  I had folks in my family who were in the military before me and became veterans with disabilities who were cared for by family members, friends and folks in their communities.  When my grandson comes home on leave now,  all of our family members, friends and supportive community who know him want to see him and support his service to our Nation today!  So, we are building around the knowledge that (1) Today's Soldier is tomorrow's Veterans, and (2) Never Again will one generation of veterans abandon another...

            When we say  "freedom isn't free" we are not talking solely about the sacrifices made in service but also the cost of making sure that those who have made the sacrifices are taken care of as promised, and that is the cost we must cover in order to make sure others are willing to make such sacrifices.  Otherwise, these freedoms might not be continued long.  We are crying out for unity and partnerships where all of our potentials and resources can and will be put to work for a better America.  United, let's stand up for making a difference!

            Now that we have a new Chapter and mostly new leadership team, it's time to go to work, and the base purpose of work is to generate income.   Yes, non-profit organizations must generate income or it can't operate any programs or activities.  While we continue to do traditional fundraisers, grant seeking and donation solicitations, we have also turned to the notion of "businesswise" to generate consistent and assured income to cover our costs of operations.  So, we have adopted and contracted business designs [www.supportveteranswithyourcellphone.com and Veterans Talk, It Ain't Nothing But A Thang, currently shown on www.waen.tv]  as the primary economic generator for the new Chapter.  These businesses will generate as much as we want to put into making them make, which could be billions of dollars.

            Right now, 24/7 year round, anyone of legal age with a cell phone or wanting to get a cell phone can get online, via smart-phone, computer or table, go to www.supportveteranswithyourcellphone.com, and switch their service or start a service to support this Chapter.  Every time someone switch or start their cell phone service here we get paid, and every time they pay their cell phone bill we get paid.  So, we are asking all veterans and active duty military personnel to do this and ask all of the families and friends to do it too!  So, here veterans and active duty military are redirecting some of what we are already spending to help fund our own causes, and we are asking our families and friends to join and help us with this.  Sure, this might cost a few more dollars then you are already spending but none of what you are spending now is coming back to help your causes!  The cell phone industry is a $260 billion annually grossing entity, and we can get some of what we are spending in it back.

            The VA gets the third largest portion of the U. S. Federal Budget and stand to service over 26 million veterans annually.   Veterans Talk, It Ain't Nothing But A Thang is currently the only TV or Internet TV Talk Show that  screened live every Saturday with a live audience, reporting on and discussions about all aspects of veterans benefits, along with expect guests that provide inside and instructions for veterans, active duty military personnel, dependents and the community when it come to how to deal or do business with VA and respond to the plight of veterans.  This show represents Vietnam Veterans of America long history of service and advocacy with a personal and enlightening touch.  While the show is already on the world wide web, it focuses upon the local, Georgia veterans, and the VA sites in this State, which must be equipped to serve the over 750 thousand veterans who reside in this State.   This provides a major market place for advertising and opportunities for information for our targeted audience.

            The Chapter will take funds generated from the above described entities to recruit, train and employ personnel to establish, operate and management the Metro-Atlanta Veterans Service Center, with multiple location throughout our coverage area.   The Center will be supervised by a Manager, and provide operations for the following programs and activities:

           1)  VA Service Reps  - helping veterans, active duty military personnel and dependents with their claims for veterans benefits at VA.  Our VA Service Reps are not only trained to get disability benefits but the full range of earned veterans benefits, from getting qualified for home and business loans to reaping the max out of educational benefits;

       2)  Veterans Volunteer Force - producing the Community Soldier who mentors and carry-out volunteer projects in the community which promotes volunteerism among youths and young adults.  The Force seek out highly at risk youths and young adults and engage their interests to form bonds that will get them involved with volunteering in their communities.  Mostly, the Force seek to match clients up with a veteran or group of veterans service as their mentors;

         3)  Prayer For A Fallen Veteran - providing chaplaincy services and counseling to housebound, hospitalized and incarcerated veterans who are severely and chronically sick, and supportive services to families of recently deceased veterans and service-connected dependents;

       4)  Veterans Families Support Services - generating, connecting, referring and providing vital and critical needs and support services to veterans, active duty military, dependents and the community during times where such is required;

       5)  Metro-Atlanta Talent Stag [MATS] - focusing on the potentials and providing opportunities for talent development through after school and summer programs and activities which build self-esteem, communication, negotiating,  sales-ship, conflict management, organizing, and movement skills in our youth.  Out hope and efforts here in to in steal a deeper value of life and sense of future;

    6)  Veterans Odd Job Service - providing contractual relationships with individuals, businesses and governmental agencies to produce labor for accomplishing their odd job needs, such as clean ups, minor repairs, trash removal, transportation, carrier, security  and moving services for commercial and residential properties;  and providing  daily income opportunities for the unemployed and under-employed;

      7)  Community Rally To Support Our Troops - providing and  inspiring community events to support our U. S. Armed Forces around the world and at home.  These events will involved local military units and support organizations to highlight what our troops are doing and to celebrate with those who can and will come stand with us.  We will solicit companies to provide care and support packages which will be given out during these events.  We will invite the families of those on active duty and left them up with support and gifts.  We will get the entertainment community to show love for their fans serving in the U. S. Military. and Party for their service;

     8)  The Veteran's Gospel and Freedom  Review - where churches are solicited to provide a gospel and freedom review events that will uplift the veterans in their membership and communities  surrounding their locations.  They can be done as fundraisers which the churches share with the Chapter who will have secured local gospel singers and DJs to host;

     9)  Community Salute To Its Veterans - getting high schools and colleges to stag events that uplift the service of their veteran-graduates and staff.  While all of their veterans will be uplifted, the events should be focused on their authors, educators, athletics, and entertainers who served in the U. S. Military;

     10)  Veterans Talk, It Ain't Nothing But A Thang - providing weekly talk shows, on radio, TV, Internet and social media to educate, inform and assist veterans, active duty military, dependents and the community about veterans benefits, VA, Congress and the plight of veterans;

     11)  supportveteranswithyourcellphone.com - providing an opportunity for veterans, active duty military, dependents, and the community to support veterans by switching, or starting a new cell phone or home and office service which some of what they are paying for these services will be returned to help this Chapter fund its operations, programs and activities that render direct and indirect services to assist and serve its purpose; and,

   12)  President's Affordable Housing and Veterans' Businesses Task Force - seeking and providing information, resources, opportunities, supports, and assistance to help veterans, active duty military and dependents to use the entitlements to secure, own, maintain, promote, grow and sustain houses and businesses that will empower them personally and grow the economy.

    13) President's "Sons of Atlanta" Vietnam War Memorial War and Park Task Force - seeking information, recourses, property and funds to create, establish, maintain, manage and operate a memorial for the 128 plus individuals from Atlanta, GA, who were killed in action during the Vietnam War.

            NOTICE:  Chapter's General Operations and Restricted Fund System  - providing a book-keeping and accounting system for all transaction done for and/or by the Chapter.  It receives, receipts, and records all transactions of monies, contracts, income and expenses generated in the name of this Chapter. It distinguishes, catalogs, directs and distributes the purposes of funds by depositing, crediting and debiting funds via a General and/or restricted fund system.  Is responsible for total and absolute accountability of funds and reporting of the same to the Chapter's President, Executive Committee, Membership, Georgia State Council, National and IRS.    This system is operated and supervised under the authority of the Chapter's Treasurer and President.  It track and document every transaction, large or small done for the Chapter, and any transaction not so done and documented shall not be the responsibility of the Chapter.  Any and all such transaction will be considered to be an act of fraud and reported to the proper authorities.  The Financial System delineated herein must be previously  approved by a vote of the Executive Committee and signed by the President.

            This is who we are and what we are doing in this new Chapter.  Just veterans wanting  to make a difference and this is our commitment to it!    If you have any questions or suggestions, please call me directly and let's talk.  Otherwise, we need  your donations and volunteerism.  Let's go to work.

Respectfully,

Eldson J. McGhee, President &   CEO

 

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  • Leadership

    Eldson J. McGhee, President

    Hal Lamar, Vice President

    Emanuel Garrison, Treasurer

  • Membership

    76 VVA Members, and
    21 AVVA Members

  • Community Partners

    Omega Holiness Church
    621 Memorial Dr., SE
    Atlanta, GA 30312

Support Veterans With Your Cell Phone

Let's redirect money we are already spending to support our own causes!

The Sons of Atlanta Vietnam War Memorial

Atlanta's Most Honorable Patriots are listed here.  This is about Atlanta's Pride!   We must be honored by the ultimate sacrificed these young made to uphold the freedoms that we enjoy in this county every day, and we should honor them with a permanent memorial by this city. We are the only major city in the state that has not done this already, or well into the process of getting it done. Now, we are stepping up for our hometown heroes; hearing the call of Former President Barak Obama when he signed the Proclamation establishing the 50th Year Commemoration of the Vietnam War in 2012, giving this Nation until 2025 to make amends for its treatment of Vietnam Era Veterans, and we got a little over seven (7) years left to get this done. So, we need all of Atlanta involved with this; starting with the Atlanta Public School System, churches, community associations, businesses and individuals. Since we are the Capital City and a International Hub, this memorial will reflect who these young men were, and what they mean to us as a Nation. My song for them is, "We Are On The Rise, From Their Greatest Sacrifice!" Please, help do this Memorial.       These are the names of the Sons of Atlanta Killed-in-Action in the Vietnam War: ATLANTA, GEORGIA: PFC RUSSELL BYRD ADAMS, CPL GUS ALLEN, PVT WILLIE FRANK AMOS,  PFC ARTIS WESLEY ANDERSON, PFC JESSE JAMES ARTHUR III, LCPL HENRY BALLEW Jr,  SP4 MICHAEL OWEN BARRETT, PFC THOMAS MELVIN BARROW Jr, PFC SAMUEL P BEAUFORD,  TSGT JAMES HOMER BELFLOWER, SSG GUY LESTER BELLEW, SGT CHARLIE E BERRY,  1LT THOMAS ARTHUR BIDDULPH, PFC JOHN WILLIAM BLOUNT, PFC HARVEY LEWIS BOWEN Jr,  PFC GRADY LEE BREWER, PFC BILLY WINFORD BRITT, CPL CHARLES HENRY BRITTIAN,  WO JAMES ANDERSON BROWN II, PFC JAMES THARPE BROWN Jr, PFC RICHARD JAMES BURNETT,  LCPL RODERICK WESLEY CALHOUN, SGT GORDON ALLAN CAMPBELL, SP4 LUTHER CHAMBLISS,  GYSGT ARTHUR CLARK, 1LT LONNIE EDWARD CLEMENTS, SP4 RONALD CLEVELAND,  SSG HOWARD LEBRON COLBAUGH, CPL JOHN THOMAS COLEMAN, PFC ALBERT COLLINS,  WO GEORGE THOMAS CONDREY III, COL RALPH ASBERRY CONE,  SP4 JOHN WILLIAM COOK Jr,  WO ALLAN LAMAR COX,  A1C JAMES ANTHONY COY,  PFC THOMAS RICHARD CRAIG Jr,  SGT WALTER NORMAN CRAWFORD,  SP4 CANTRELL MONRO DANIEL,  III CPT JAMES ROBERT DANIEL,   SP4 BILLY CHARLES DAVIS,  CAPT DANIEL RICHARD DAVIS,  CPL JAMES DALA DEACON,   SFC WALTER KENON DENNIS,  LCPL RUSSELL MARTIN DOBYNS Jr,  PFC DAVID PAUL DODSON,  SSG JOHN TILLMAN DOZIER II,  SFC OLIVER DEWITT DUMAS,  PFC FRANK GEORGE EAVES,   CPT SAMUEL HOUSTON EBERHART,  CWO ARTHUR CRAIG FAIRCLOTH,  SGT TIMOTHY RAY FAUST,   PFC ALAN GREGORY FLOYD,  2LT RICHARD HERBERT FOX,  SSGT KENNETH CLAYTON FRIDDLE,  2LT JOHN LUTHER FULLER Jr,  PFC FRED AUSBUN GADDIS,  SGT GREGORY RANDALL GAINES,   PFC ROBERT EUGENE GARRETT,  SP4 JAMES WALTER GATES,  1LT WILLIAM ELLIS GAY Jr,   PFC KENNETH SAMUEL GIBBS,  SP4 BOBBY RONALD GRIFFIN,  SSG JOSEPH E GRIFFIS,  SP4 RICHARD JAMES GROOMS,  PO1 PAUL TRUVILLE HALLMAN,  LCPL JAMES HAMBRICK Jr,   SP4 MARK LELAND HAMILTON,  PVT HERBERT LEE HAMMOND,  PFC LEWIS ANDREW HARMON,   SSG LARRY THOMAS HARRISON,  SSG RONALD EUGENE HARWELL,  PFC EARLIE HENRY HICKS Jr,   CWO STEPHEN MAYO HISCOCK,  CPL RICHARD PRESTON HODGES,  CPL JOSEPH HOLMES,   1LT RICHARD ANCIL HOLT,  PFC THOMAS JAMES HOLTZCLAW III,  PFC CALVIN LAMAR HOWELL Jr,   SFC WASHINGTON HUNTER,  LT LLOYD PATTERSON HYDE, GYSGT JAMES WESLEY JACKSON Jr,   CAPT JULIUS PATRICK JAEGER,  PVT CLIFFORD THOMAS JOHNSON,  SGT BOYD EUGENE JONES,   SGT GEORGE EDWARD JONES Jr,  PO2 HALCOTT PRIDE JONES Jr,  CPL JAMES WALTER JONES,   CAPT JAMES G KAYS,  SGT STEPHEN ALLEN KELLY,  COL BOBBY ALEXANDER KIRBY,   SP4 KENNETH LEROY KOSTER,  SP4 JOHN CURTIS KROEGER,  CPL ROBERT CANDLER LANGFORD,   PFC DAVID STEVEN LASSITER, SP4 DOUGLAS HORACE LEACH,  PFC MELVIN RANDOLPH LEAVELL,   SP4 MOSES CALVIN LEE,  SGT JAMES THOMAS LESTER,  PO2 CHARLES DAVID LINDBLOOM,   CPL KENNETH DAVID LINSE,  CPL DONNIE HUGH LITTLE,  PFC MICHAEL JOHN LUSE,   MAJ JOSEPH BINGHAM MACK Jr,  CWO JOHN PERRY MALLOY,  SGT RONNIE THOMAS MATHIS,   SGT GREGORY MADISON Mc COOK,  PFC THOMAS R Mc DONALD Jr,  LCPL WINSTON Mc ELRATH Jr,   PO3 SAMUEL RUSSELL Mc GEE III,  SP4 GEORGE S Mc HELLON,  CPL ARTIS WILBUR MEADOWS Jr,   PFC STANLEY TRACY MELVIN,  PO1 WESLIE DAVID MEWBORN,  COL WILLIAM DAVID MINER,   PVT GARY HENTON MITCHELL,  CPL JOSEPH MONSON,  PFC JAMES ROBERT MOORE Jr,   SP4 GREGORY SCOTT MORGAN,  SGT LUTHER MORGAN Jr,  SSG ROBERT LEE MOSLEY,   PFC CHARLES NATHAN MOSS,  PFC PAUL WILLIAM MURPHY Jr,  PFC THOMAS STEVEN NASH,   SP4 CHARLIE THOMAS NEAL,  CPL LOWRENZO NEELEY,  LCPL DAVID NIPPER,   PFC STEVEN CRAIG ODOM,  SGT WALTER THAXTON PANNELL,  SGT JOHN HOLT PARHAM III,   SP4 PERLUM M PARKER Jr,  MAJ PETER POTTER PITMAN,  LCPL MICHAEL ANTHONY POWELL,   PFC JAMES GARY RANDALL,  PFC RONNEY DEAN REECE,  1LT MERRILL DALE REICH Jr,   CPL BENJAMIN HERSCHELL REID,  SFC THOMAS EARL RICHEY,  PO3 LARRY RAY RIDDLE,   SP4 CHARLES W ROBERTS Jr,  SSG JAMES CURTISS ROLAND, SP4 ROBERT GEORGE RUDOLPH,   1LT RICHARD JOSEPH RUDOLPH,  CWO ROBERT NED SAULS,  SSG CHARLES DUAINE SCHOEPFLIN,   CPL CLARENCE WALTER SCOTT,  PO2 STUART JACKSON SCRUGGS Jr,  MAJ WILLIAM HENRY SEWARD,   CPL CHARLIE SIMMONS Jr,  CPL KENNETH WAYNE SMARR,  SP4 CHARLES LEE SMITH,   1LT DANIEL RAYMOND SPURLIN,  SSG RONALD ALEX STALEY,  PFC ALLAN STEGALL Jr,   CPL RONALD HUBERT ST GERMAINE,  CDR CLARENCE WILLIAM STODDARD Jr,  CPT WILLIAM COLUMBUS STREVEL Jr,   PFC RANDY ALBERT STRICKLAND,  WO LAWRENCE MILTON STUCK,  CPL EDDIE LEE SULLIVAN,   SGT LOUIS SUTERA Jr,  CPL RICHARD FURLONG SUTTER,  SP4 JOHNNY DELBERT SWANN,   SP4 JOHN ARTHUR SWORDS,  1LT DEANE ARTHUR TAYLOR Jr,  WO JAMES ALTON TAYLOR,   LCPL ROBERT ALLEN TAYLOR,  LCPL JOHNNY ROBERT THAXTON Jr,  LCPL ALLISON LEWIS THOMAS,   LCPL WILLIAM HAYWARD TOOMBS,  SGT PRESTON TRIBBLE Jr,  SP4 RODRICK TROUP,  PFC OLLIE TUCKER,  LCPL MILAN ELLIOT TURNER, SP4 STANLEY TURNER,   LCPL FREDDIE USHER,  LCPL ROBERT LEE VICKERS,  SP4 JERRY LEON WAGES,   PFC BRUCE LAMAR WATKINS,  CDR JOHN HERBERT WEAVER,  CPL ALBERT DEWELL WHITE,   SGT CLARENCE ALBERT WHITEHEAD,  PFC GERALD MARK WILLIAMS,  PFC MILLIGAN RUDOLPH WILLIAMS,   PFC RAY WILLIAMS,  CPL WILLIAM OVERTON WINSTON,  MAJ JAMES CARL WISE Jr SP4 LEVERETT E YARBROUGH,  and  SP4 GARY WILSON YORK.        Eldson J. McGhee, President Vietnam Veterans of America Greater Metro-Atlanta Chapter No. 1118, Inc.

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Latest schedule of meetings and activities:

11-November-2017

Atlanta Veterans Day Parade

The 36th Annual Atlanta Veterans Day Parade Entry

04-November-2017

Monthly Membership Meeting

This Chapter only meets once per month with its membership, in the Adamsville Recreation Center, 3201 Martin Luther King Jr. Dr., SW, Atlanta, GA 30311, from 1pm until 3pm. This meeting is open to the public.