Mike Johnson, a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 982 in Arroyo Grande, Calif., visited the Kauai Veterans Center last week to provide information about a new VVA chapter he hopes to launch on the island. “I found out there is no chapter on Kauai,” he told The Garden Island. “I couldn’t find one on Maui, and the only Hawaii chapter I could find was on Oahu.”
Veterans who served in the U.S. military for other than training purposes between Feb. 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975 within Vietnam, and those who served between Aug. 5, 1964 through May 7, 1975 during the Vietnam, are eligible for VVA membership. Johnson said that once a Kauai chapter launches, it can establish officers and engage in fundraising and other activities.
“We need at least 25 members to start up a chapter,” Johnson said. “People wishing to be part of the chapter need to fill out an application form, and for veterans, [provide] a copy of their DD 214. Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another. That’s the credo [of] the VVA and, to date, we’ve lived up to that.”