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Vietnam Veterans Of America

Rating: 2.88 stars   8 reviews 2,352

Address:

8719 Colesville Road No 100 Silver Spring MD 20910 USA

Mission:

Founded in 1978, vietnam veterans of america is the only national vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to vietnam-era veterans and their families. Vva works to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of vietnam veterans.

Programs:

Membership affairs - vva membership is now over 74,700 with 61% of these members having committed to vva by becoming life members. In the past fiscal year, 17 new vva chapters have been chartered. The membership department is moving to use electronic communications for many of its formerly paper functions. These efforts include: electronic roster distribution, e-mail acknowledgement of state council and chapter annual election and financial reports and building an e-mail membership chairs distribution list.

government affairs - reached out to members of congress to advocate for the introduction and passage of the toxic exposure research act of 2015. H. R. 1769 in the house and s. 901 in the senate. Focused on congressional testimony and personal interactions on the need to "fix" several facets of the department of veterans affairs, e. G. And to extend benefits for c-123 and so-called blue water navy veterans exposed to dioxin and to open the va's formulary for pharmaceuticals to include newer drugs for maladies such as hepatitis c and diabetes mellitus and to ensure that va medical centers and outpatient clinics have enough qualified mental health clinicians staff; and to chang the often anti-veteran corporate culture of the va and to work on access and quality of care services for women veterans and to seek an evaluation of federal and community efforts to eliminate veteran homelessness. Advocated for protections against the "predatory" practices of certain institutions of higher learning for veterans accessing their earned benefits under the post-9/11 gi bill. Vva was instrumental in securing an executive order on helping "police" predatory entities that offer worthless degrees. Initiated and/or proceeded with lawsuits on behalf of veterans wrongfully discharged because of a "personality disorder," and other vets involved in the testing of toxic substances. Continued to push the addition of a veterans economic opportunities administration in the department of veterans affairs. Leading effort to move the veterans employment & training service to valeading effort to "clean up" verification of service disabled veteran owned businesses and veteran owned businesses, and move this function to the sba to apply government wide

vva veteran - now in its 35th year, the vva veteran and its associated media-the online magazine, www. Vvaveteran. Org; facebook. Vvaveteran. Org; and its two arts blogs, arts of war and books in review ii-are committed to presenting clear, lucid, accurate, informative, and entertaining reports on issues and subjects about and relevant to america's veterans-especially its vietnam veterans. The magazine remains the organization's best communication tool, its best recruitment tool, its best retention tool, and its best marketing tool. Our goal is to educate, to excite, and to energize our membership while broadcasting to the outside world the important work that vva does. To do that, we have assembled a large roster of skilled writers, photographers, and illustrators from across the country. With a fraction of the staff and a fraction of the budget of comparable publications, we produce the best veterans magazine, bar none. That fact was underscored in 2013 and again in 2014 by the presentation of apex awards to the vva veteran for magazine excellence. During fy2015 the vva veteran received the prestigious apex award for publication excellence. The award recognized overall excellence in the category of "magazines, journals, and tabloids over 32 pages. " in the previous year, we were awarded for the writing series, dien bien phu from the american, vietnamese, and french perspectives. During fy2015, we produced six issues of the veteran-each on time and under budget. At the same time, we produced an electronic version of each issue that was reconfigured for easy access on the internet and that takes into consideration the different demographic-younger readers and researchers--that turns to www. Vvaveteran. Org. Staff maintained with regular updates its vva veteran facebook page. Books in brief ii, which grew out of the book review column in the magazine, passed the milestone of five hundred books reviewed on the web. Additionally, arts of war, originally in the magazine, has greatly expanded on the web. Each issue of the magazine attempts to cover a wide variety of issues of interest to vietnam veterans.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

In 2015, my family has donated items to VVA over a dozen separate times during the year. VVA always arrived during their published pickup window, and always on the days we scheduled with them. The driver was always courteous, and took care to pickup the items without damaging them. Whether VVA gives veterans the items directly, recycles them in order to raise funds for veterans, or sells the items in thrift stores in order to raise funds for veterans .....or even raises funds to lobby congress to support and defend the benefits of veterans rather than cutting those hard-earned benefits.....I am okay with it. Granted, like others, I would like to see more transparency from VVA on how the donated items are translating into assistance, but I also don't want it resulting in lots of additional overhead for them (and thereby reducing the positive effects of our donations). We have four generations of veterans in this family, we understand the sacrifices, we support our fellow veteran families. Thank you VVA for trying to help.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I have been sending boxes of household and clothing items to VVA for years, and their front-step pick-up system has never let me down. Their drivers are always friendly and courteous. I don't know about the VVA finances, but they do provide a great pick-up service that I have found very helpful.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Yet another unreliable charity. When United War Veterans council didn't show up (twice) last week to pick up a very large donation, I called VVA on Saturday. They scheduled a pickup for today, September 3. I called this morning to confirm, and they told me I was on the schedule. When they didn't show up by 8:30PM, I called them. A supervisor told me he didn't know why the truck never came, but offered to reschedule. When I asked why I should trust them again, he had no answer. I'm sure this is not an isolated incident. The donation was 12 bags, lots of baby items, and a steam mop, as well as books, CDs, and DVDs. They offered to give me the address of a thrift shop where I could drop it off. Great. I have no car, and I guess they expected me to do all the loading and unloading. DON'T TRUST THEM!

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

19 people found this review helpful

Not impressed. Got a telephone solicitation and pledged $25. After receiving the follow-up bill in the mail, conducted some research of the foundation and its finances. Specifically the tax forms filed (2011-2013). Found it interesting that in 2011 the foundation reported $2,891,000 in salaries while donating 9 scholarships for $13,500.

Administrative costs in the fiscal year ending 28 Feb 2011 were $1,714,733, and fundraising costs were $740,962 for a total expenses of $2,455,695. Roughly 51% of the annual budget.

May be a great way to dump old mattresses and have them hauled away for free, but a very poor investment in our Vietnam Veterans. I’ll choose other methods to contribute thank-you.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Clearly state how much of my donated dollar makes it to the Veteran.

Was your donation impactful?

No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 2 stars  

12 people found this review helpful

I have left donations in front of my house and they always came when promised and left a donation receipt. However, after I read on this site that the VVA hosted a reception in Washington, D C honoring members of Congress who served in the armed forces, I am now rethinking any future donations. I do not want what they make from my donations to be spent on Members of Congresss who served in the military. I thank these elected officials for their service, but let's be honest, these people have high-paying jobs (that they don't always have to show up for); have excellent, free health coverage, and myriad other wonderful perks. They do NOT need another reception. The VVA should have spent the money it cost them to host this reception on the men and women who truly need help. I would appreciate knowing what percentage of their profits is actually going to benefit the needy veterans and what percentage is going for advertising, hosting receptions, etc.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unlikely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I don't know how much of the money raised actually helps veterans but it was easy to donate items. I originally chose this organization as it is one of the few that will take used mattresses. We had one in like new condition that we didn't want to have to pay to have it hauled to the dump if it could be used. We scheduled a pick-up and they called 30 minutes before the truck arrived. They will not come in the house but will take items from the garage or drive way. We are in Las Vegas.

Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

Yes, it was easy to schedule a pick up but the window is 8am to 5pm and THEY NEVER SHOWED UP and there was no call/contact from them. They only pick up on Wednesdays in this area (San Diego County). It is a pain, literally, to move everything from the house to the driveway and now we have to move it back inside and find storage. Not sure if we'll reschedule with this group for next Wednesday or find another charity. We like the VVA mission, but we were disappointed with this first donation experience.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Follow through with promised pick ups. If impossible for some legitimate reason, at least contact the donee.

Was your donation impactful?

Likely

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

Vietnam Veterans of America provides great service to those looking to donate used clothing and home items. They helped me get rid of all the clutter in my home and it was too easy. All I did was schedule a pick up and leave the bags on my porch and they came by and picked it all up. On top of that they even left a tax deductible receipt. Their services really came in handy!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I recieved a tax deductible receipt and reduced home clutter

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes

 
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