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.
Eldson J. McGhee, President & CEO