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Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, May/June 2022 -   -  

Project Friendship Recipient

Project Friendship is one of AVVA’s longest running programs and it’s successful every year. This year’s recipient is Fellow Countrymen in Greenville, S.C.

Fellow Countrymen is a community-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to ending veteran homelessness in upstate South Carolina. Since its founding in late 2016, Fellow Countrymen has housed and supported more than 760 veterans in their transition to normal life after homelessness and transitional struggles.

Please help us with your contribution made payable to AVVA with “Project Friendship” written on your check. Mail your donation to our national office or bring it to the Leadership & Education Conference in August in Geenville.  

The In Memory Plaque holds a special place in AVVA’s heart. The inscription reads: “In memory of the men and women who served in the Vietnam War and later died as a result of their service. We honor and remember their sacrifice.”

This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C. On June 17, as part of the anniversary commemoration, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund will hold the first-ever in-person In Memory Honor Roll Call, a reading of the more than 5,000 In Memory honorees inducted between 1993 and 2021. The names of the 2022 In Memory honorees will not be read at this event. The families will read those names at the In Memory Induction Ceremony the following day, June 18.

In January we began the search for our national award nominees. Do you know someone who is worthy of national recognition? A member who is always volunteering their time and energies to veterans and their community? Please take the time to nominate that person for one of this year’s awards. Criteria for the awards and the nomination forms can be found on our website, www.avva.org  Don’t delay; the deadline is May 31. The winners will be announced during the AVVA Luncheon in Greenville. The recipient does not have to be present to win.

AVVA’s mission is to provide support to veterans and their families through programs, projects, and education. This will be our focus during the Leadership & Education Conference. If accepted by the Conference Committee, we will present a seminar to our members that will rejuvenate and motivate them to actively promote the AVVA mission through our programs. I hope to see you in Greenville.




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