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CB Auto Absolute Advantage

Last issue I introduced you to a new program approved by the National Board of Directors: CB Auto Group Absolute Advantage. With this program—CB’s CEO is VVA life member John Perez—VVA members and their families can purchase cars easily and hassle free. Instead of spending hours in a car dealership hassling with a salesman, CB Auto offers a pleasant, personalized way to purchase vehicles at discounted prices.

VVA is the first veterans service organization to participate in this car-buying program. CB has agreements with car dealerships in all 50 states to provide discounted purchases. With each purchase of a vehicle by a VVA member, staff, family, or friend, VVA will receive $100. This could become a substantial fundraising effort for the organization.

The good news is the program is up and running. Go to www.cbabsoluteadvantage.com/vva to begin your car-buying experience. Once you register, you can search through millions of new and used cars, from Acuras to Volvos. Follow the prompts for the car you are looking to purchase. If you need assistance, a personal concierge will help you through the program.

If you would rather call, the dedicated number for VVA is 470-567-6382. The first car was sold in North Carolina four hours after the VVA program went live. In the first 24 hours, 112 VVA members signed up. A big thank-you to those who responded so quickly.


I accepted with regret the resignation of executive assistant and office manager Tina Foster. Alex Thompson has been hired to take her place. In addition, Matthew Simmons is our new administrative support specialist. He is working the front desk and the switchboard, as well as handling mail and providing security.

Please welcome them to VVA.


We need your support in getting a critical piece of legislation enacted into law. The bipartisan S. 952, Presumptive Benefits for War Fighters Exposed to Burn Pits and Other Toxins Act, introduced by Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), will establish a list of toxic-exposure, service-connected diseases for veterans deployed since August 2, 1990. Many call burn pits the post-9/11 generation’s Agent Orange.

Ask your senators to cosponsor the Warfighters Act now. It has been endorsed by 18 military and veterans service organizations. 


VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam War veterans and their families, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change the public perception of Vietnam veterans.

We are not sitting on our laurels. We are active. We are fighting to:

  • Aggressively advocate on issues important to veterans
  • Seek full access to quality health care for veterans
  • dentify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during our military service
  • Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans health care
  • Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans
  • Seek the fullest possible accounting of America’s POWs and MIAs
  • Support the next generation of America’s war veterans to get their full measure of care
  • Continue to serve our country and communities until our last breath

Our founding principle is, “Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another.”




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