VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA INC

aka VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA INC CHAPTER 973   |   Sherman, TX   |  http://www.vva973.org/

Mission

Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veteran’s organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(19) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

Chapter 973 located in Sherman, Texas was founded in 2006.

GOALS

VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to all veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

VVA'S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE

"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."

We are very active in helping returning combat veterans adjust back into civilian life and get the benefits they deserve.

Several members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 are Bring Everyone In The Zone trained facilitators. We help by providing individuals who are trained as peer to peer facilitators willing to provide free confidential peer support.

Our goal is to help Active Duty, Reserves, Guard, Veterans, and their families, who suffer from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Military Sexual Assault.

Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event is at risk to develop PTSD.

We will meet with someone on a one-to-one basis, and offer free confidential peer-to-peer support group meetings led by individuals who may struggle with the same issues. We may also give referrals to professionals and other programs if needed.

WE:
• Do not replace Therapy Groups
• Do not replace Counseling Groups
• Not medical professionals • Not licensed to do therapy or counseling

Group focus:

1. Discuss external causes
2. Develop strategies to deal with pressures and barriers
3. Emphasize inspiration & support

Ruling year info

1984

President

Mr. Charles Holcomb

Main address

PO Box 2978 Attention Charles Holcomb

Sherman, TX 75091 USA

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EIN

74-3170845

NTEE code info

Military/Veterans' Organizations (W30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

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Military Veteran Peer Network PTSD Program

Serving Cooke, Fannin, and Grayson Counties, Texas

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 is a non-profit organization made up of trained professional facilitators who volunteer to lead community based veteran-to-veteran support groups.

Several members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 are Bring Everyone In The Zone trained facilitators. We help by providing individuals who are trained as peer to peer facilitators willing to provide free confidential peer support.

Our goal is to help Active Duty, Reserves, Guard, Veterans, and their families, who suffer from the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), or Military Sexual Assault.

Anyone who has experienced a traumatic event is at risk to develop PTSD.

We will meet with someone on a one-to-one basis, and offer free confidential peer-to-peer support group meetings led by individuals who may struggle with the same issues. We may also give referrals to professionals and other programs if needed.

WE:
• Do not replace Therapy Groups
• Do not replace Counseling Groups
• Not medical professionals
• Not licensed to do therapy or counseling

Group focus:
1. Discuss external causes
2. Develop strategies to deal with pressures and barriers
3. Emphasize inspiration & support

Population(s) Served

The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 973 (VVA 973) is partnered with the The Grayson County K9 Program (GCK9P) to help veterans with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), and/or Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

Trained service dogs paired with severely PTSD injured veterans helps by waking a veteran from a nightmare or create a buffer in large crowds or public places. PTSD injured veterans often experience a dramatic improvement, and feel renewed confidence in social situations, decrease medication use, and are less likely to experience a shock or be alarmed.

Because experience has shown that some individuals who have been wounded in war have untreated brain injuries and who are transitioning out of military service -- are much more likely to engage in risky behaviors such as excessive use of alcohol, licit, and illicit pharmaceuticals, the state has developed a network of trained peers who know how to reach out with help for these new war veterans. Realizing that new war veterans typically do not understand how their invisible wounds can affect their lives, and because they are unlikely to present themselves for medical or mental health treatment, they need a supportive hand from a peer who understands both their military experiences and their injuries. Because of this, the state has created the Military Veteran Peer Network. The understanding that comes from a fellow veteran often is the first and most important step a new veteran can take on their journey home from war.

The Grayson County K9 Program pairs wonderfully with our work with the Military Veteran Peer Network.

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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA INC

Board of directors
as of 12/17/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Charles Holcomb

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No