FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY VVA CHAPTER 116

FOUR SCHOLARSHIPS AWARDED BY CHAPTER 116

Veterans, the public, and citizens joined with Chapter 116 of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for the presentation of the 2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The ceremony was held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, at the Vietnam Memorial at Carter Park in Leominster.  Mrs. Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother, and Dan Joseph, Scholarship Chairman, presented scholarships to the sons and daughters of Vietnam veteran and one student from Leominster High School. All are attending college. Following the short program, there was refreshments at the Leominster Veteran Center, 100 West Street.

Dan Joseph, Scholarship Committee chairman and Treasurer of Chapter 116, Vietnam Veterans of America, said that the VVA, has for the last 29 years, presented more that $115,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members.  This successful annual project is the longest running project for VVA Chapter 116.

2012 Recipients are:

 
  • Olivia Bennett, the 2012 Legacy Award winner from Leominster High School. She will be attending Worcester Polytechnic Institute majoring in Biomedical Engineering.
 
  • Sean Toohey will continue his studies at Elms College, Chicopee, MA, majoring in History.
 
  • Jessica Simmons is a student at Mount Wachusett Community College in Gardner, MA majoring in Human Services.
 
  • Mary Kate Simmons will be entering her senior year at Fitchburg State University majoring in Special Education.


MRS HILL AND 2012 VVA 116 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS

The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified Chapter 116 members children.  The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in effecting positive change on behalf of all Americans.  Many Vietnam Veterans were unable to attend college because of circumstances and the very weak nature of the GI Bill available to veterans after their service.  Also, as a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of VVA’s motto: “IN SERVICE TO AMERICA.”

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VVA’s ambitious agenda has always aimed to find creative, pragmatic solutions to the programmatic concerns of Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the community.

 For more information visit our web site: http://firebase116.org, or contact Richard Earley, President VVA Chapter 116 at: [email protected]

7.10.12 – FOUR VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

2011 VVA Scholarship Award

FOUR VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

Veterans, the public, and citizens are invited to join with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for the presentation of the 2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The ceremony will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, at the new location of the Vietnam Memorial at Carter Park in Leominster. Mrs. Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother, will present scholarships to the sons and daughters of Vietnam veteran and one student from Leominster High School. All are attending college. Following the short program, there will be refreshments at the Leominster Veteran Center, 100 West Street.

Dan Joseph, Scholarship Committee chairman and Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans of America, said the Vietnam Veterans of America, has, for 29 years, presented more that $115,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members. This successful annual project is the longest running project for VVA 116.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified VVA 116 members children. The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in effecting positive change on behalf of all Americans. As a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of VVA’s motto: IN SERVICE TO AMERICA.

VVA’s ambitious agenda has always aimed to find creative, pragmatic solutions to the programmatic concerns of Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the community.

For more information go to our web site: firebase116.org, or contact Richard Earley, President VVA 116 at: rsail1 @ hotmail.com

FOUR VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

FOUR  VVA SCHOLARSHIPS TO BE AWARDED

Please join with the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) for the presentation of the 2012 Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarships. The ceremony will be held at 7:00 PM, Tuesday, July 10, at the new location of the Vietnam Memorial at Carter Park in Leominster. Mrs. Helen Hill, Gold Star Mother, will present scholarships to the sons and daughters of Vietnam veteran and one student from Leominster High School. All are attending college. Following the short program, there will be refreshments at the Leominster Veteran Center, 100 West Street.

 

Dan Joseph, Scholarship Committee chairman and Treasurer of the Vietnam Veterans of America, said the Vietnam Veterans of America, has, for 29 years, presented more that $115,000 for higher education to sons and daughters of VVA members. This successful annual project is the longest running project for VVA 116.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Scholarship is awarded annually to recognize, encourage, and contribute to the higher education of qualified VVA 116 members children. The Scholarship is presented to honor members of VVA who have devoted their energies in effecting positive change on behalf of all Americans. As a tribute to their continued service and to those who have lost their lives, this Scholarship program is in keeping with the spirit of VVA’s motto: IN SERVICE TO AMERICA.
 
VVA’s ambitious agenda has always aimed to find creative, pragmatic solutions to the programmatic concerns of Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the community.
 
Take this opportunity to make a donation to the VVA 116 Scholarship program. 100% of your contribution will go directly to the Scholarship project that assists veterans’ children. The young scholars need your support. Send your tax deductible donation to: VVA Scholarships, P.O. Box 294, Leominster, MA 01453.

WHO WE ARE: WHERE WE CAME FROM

WHO WE ARE: WHERE WE CAME FROM
THANK YOU FOR REMEMBERING

     Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the only congressionally chartered veterans service organization exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA’s record of achievement is a profile in tenacity and effectiveness.

     In the late 1970’s, with America’s longest and most divisive war just ended, the concerns of Vietnam veterans were not being addressed by the government or the veterans community as a whole. Many still failed to make a distinction between the war and the warrior. Where there was not outright hostility, there was indifference.

Vietnam Veterans of America

 

     In time it became apparent to Vietnam veterans that arguments couched simply in terms of morality, equality, and justice were not enough. Congress would respond to the legitimate needs of Vietnam veterans only when the organization professing to represent them had political strength. By the summer of 1979, the Council of Vietnam Veterans had become the Vietnam Veterans of America., a veteran’s service organization made up of and dedicated to Vietnam veterans.

     Our membership growth was slow, we met in various locations around the country. The big breakthrough came when the American hostages were returned from Iran in January 1981. America went through an emotional catharsis that put issues of the Vietnam era on the table for public discussion. The question was asked, why parades for the hostages but not Vietnam veterans. Vietnam veterans wanted action in the form of programs that would place our generation of wartime veterans on the same footing as veterans of previous wars.

     The public became more willing to deal with the Vietnam War and the basic issues it raised. The veterans themselves began to come forward and come to terms with their war. All of this culminated in the nation’s dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in November 1982. The week-long activities rekindled a sense of camaraderie among veterans and a feeling that they shared an experience that was too significant to ignore. The American people also realized that the three million men and women who came home from Vietnam had been treated unfairly and with indifference, and many still needed real help.

     Throughout the 80’s VVA grew in size and prestige. VVA’s combination of hard-working volunteers and its advocacy, claims work, and other services gained the respect of Congress. VVA’s remarkable efforts and achievements were formally acknowledged by the granting of a Congressional Charter. VVA was the last veteran’s organization so recognized in the 20th century.

     Today, Vietnam Veterans of America, takes great pride in its record of accomplishments. For many years, VVA’s motto has been: ”In Service to America.” We look forward to the challenges of veteran’s advocacy in the 21st. Century, and to its own growth and development as a leader among veteran’s service organizations.Never Forget

     VVA’s ambitious agenda has always aimed to find creative, pragmatic solutions to the programmatic concerns of Vietnam-era veterans, their families, and the community.

     VVA is an all volunteer, not-for-profit veteran’s organization dedicated to passing on the positive legacy of those who served in the longest war in U.S. history.

     Because the Vietnam Veterans of America is an organization made up of those who served during a specific period in history, the members will pass on to become a piece of history. This is not unlike the Grand Army of the Republic, the veteran’s organization for Civil War veterans.

     Both served in difficult and divisive conflicts. The confusing nature of service and trying circumstances for each has forged a special bond among the warriors.

     May we all learn from their sacrifices? Freedom requires vigilance and civic participation to survive. May those who have served and will serve be remembered, respected, and reintegrated as worthy members of our community. The work of VVA is an example of warriors that continue to serve.

Yours in service,
Richard Earley, President
Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 116

50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration

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Vietnam War 50th Anniversary

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