On March 1, 1978, the founding of the Council of Vietnam Veterans was established to make a priority of legislative issues affecting veterans of the Vietnam War. The veterans knew that they needed the support of an advocacy organization and therefore sought to not only assist veterans of the Vietnam War-era, but all veterans.
The following year, the group’s moniker had changed to ‘Vietnam Veterans of America’ and their numbers began to grow.
Today, the VVA has had 6 presidents, with John Rowan leading the veterans service organization since 2005. The only national Vietnam veterans organization congressionally chartered finds its power from over 79,000 members comprising over 650 local chapters and state councils in nearly every state.
VVA salutes all the Vietnam-era veterans who have adopted to mission that “never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”