VETERANS OF MODERN WARFARE REPORT
BY JULIE MOCK, PRESIDENT
I’d like to thank the VVA leadership for this opportunity
to address the VVA membership. Although I’m sure most
of you have heard about Veterans of Modern Warfare, there
may be some who haven’t.
VMW was formed with the mission
of serving all veterans who have served since August 1990.
The number and types of challenges that face this group of
veterans is overwhelming. One has only to open a newspaper
to see the impact service to their country is costing this
generation. The physical and mental wounds these veterans
are suffering will have to be dealt with for the next forty
to fifty years. Not unlike VVA, which we modeled ourselves
after, we will do everything we can to ensure that care,
treatment, and support is there for current veterans.
though the VMW is a new organization, we have set our goals
high. Some of our priorities for the coming year are:
The occurrence of this disease is virtually universal.
Our goal is to work with other veterans’ organizations
to destigmatize this disease. Every veteran needs to understand
that we often don’t come home when we come home.
- Female Veterans The sisters, daughters, and mothers in this
era have faced and will face the greatest challenges of any
serving group in the history of our nation.
- Homeless Veterans The percentage and number of homeless men
and women veterans are climbing daily.
- Incarcerated Veterans VMW, along with other veterans’ organizations,
is working to establish in every state a stopgap to intercede
on behalf of veterans who are arrested.
As you can see, we
have our work cut out. VVA chapters across the country, from
New York to Washington, have been instrumental in the growth
and development of VMW, the premier organization for modern
We want to thank the VVA leadership for its support. We look
forward to seeing everyone at our first National Meeting,
which will take place in conjunction with the VVA Leadership
Conference in Greenville in July.