The Tennessee State Council has provided assistance in the chartering of the newest chapter of VVA in Robertson County. The process from expression of interest to the presentation of the charter was begun in December.
After about three months of planning, the Tennessee State Council of Vietnam Veterans of America charted a Robertson County chapter Thursday at Springfield Memorial Funeral Home on Highway 41.
Tennessee State Council President Barry Rice hosted a charter meeting in December to talk about Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and get the required 25 signatures for the charter petition, which was sent to the organization’s national headquarters in Maryland for approval, Rice said in a previous interview with the Times.
“When the traveling wall was up, I met quite a number of Vietnam vets, and a number of them asked if they could have a chapter in Robertson County,” Rice said in a previous interview with the Times. “And I said that ‘I’d be more than tickled.’”
Rice presented the Robertson County chapter with their charter and a $200 check from the Tennessee State Council to get everything set up.
Robertson County VVA Vice President Doug Quick said he’s happy that the county finally has a chapter and is looking forward to getting started, he said.
“We’ve been waiting for a long time to get recognized,” Quick said.
When Vietnam vets came home, they were spit on and called names, he noted.
VVA helps ensure that will never happen again with the founding principle of “never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”
Robertson County Mayor Bradley told veterans at the charter ceremony that they have the county’s support and expressed his gratitude for all veterans.
“With my office in the courthouse, every day I walk by a monument of the 14 Robertson Countians that did not come home,” Bradley said. “I think about them every day and I think about you and the sacrifices that you made.”
Source: The Tennessean