Welcome to the South Carolina State Council web page. The primary function of the state council is to provide management guidance and administrative support for the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) chapters within the state. In addition, the Council may from time to time be responsible for various state wide initiatives. The council is comprised of representatives (or delegates) from each of the chapters plus a representative from the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA). The AVVA is a separate 501C(4) organization comprised of concerned individuals who may not otherwise be eligible for membership in the VVA, a 501c(19) organization. For more information about AVVA please click here → AVVA Web Site
The Council meets three times a year on the second Sunday of the months of February, June and October. This is a change to the bylaws approved by the State Council in June 2019. Anyone and everyone is welcome to attend our "always open " meetings (there may be times to invoke executive session, but that is rare.)
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Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only National Vietnam Veterans 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.GOALS:
VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam Veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans and to change public perception of Vietnam Veterans.
VVA'S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE: "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."
The National BOD consists of four officers, 10 at-large directors, and 9 regional directors representing each of the regions. The National AVVA president also sits on the BOD as a non-voting special adviser. South Carolina falls in the seven-state mid-Atlantic region, Region III. The director for the current term is Sara McVicker of MD. Each state or territory with at least three chapters may elect to have a state council and there are currently 48 state councils, including Puerto Rico. The presidents of each state elect one member from among them to sit on the BOD and represent the interests of the states.
For complete extended information about VVA, please visit our web site at: http://www.vva.org/
The flu season is just around the corner and you need to get your flu shot. If you are enrolled in the VA health care, you can receive the seasonal flu vaccination at more than 60,000 locations through the Community Care Network in-network retail pharmacies and urgent care partners. VA will pay for the standard-dose and high-dose flu shots. Even if you haven't had a flu shot lately, make a point this year to have it done. if you are enrolled Veterans can visit www.va.gov/communitycare/flushot.asp to find a location near you and receive the flu shot at no-cost.
Happy New Year Everyone, This year is finally coming to an end and what a year it was. We faced many challenges during 2020 with the COVID-19 pandemic, intensifying political division, widening economic inequality, climate crisis (all the wild fires in the west) , these are just a few. As we jump into the new year many of these challenges still remain, there is hope and we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. To all South Carolina VVA Chapter Members, wishing you and your families good health, safe, and prosperous New Year.
For All you Marines, Click the link below for the article on Camp Lejeune Contaminated Drinking Water. If you have not registered go to www.va.org/camplejeune water and fill out the form. Just received additional information concerning Camp Lejeune water Contaminated water, see Marine water.
AS Vietnam Veterans we are not getting any younger and being exposed to Agent Orange, we are prim targets for COVID-19, many of us have existing health problems like diabetes, hart disease, just naming a few, have a higher risk of sever illness from COVID-19. This is why all of us should receive the COVID vaccination. Unfortunately the vaccinations are only given in two locations within South Carolina VA - Charleston and Columbia. Its my understanding the reason being, these are the only two locations that can handle the required temperature for both medicines. The VA has recently allowed designated family caregivers of Veterans participating in the PROGRAM OF COMPRENSIVE ASSISTANCE for family
caregivers can receive the COVID-19 testing and vaccinations. Each facility will determine its own start date based on site-specific resources, needed and vaccine availability. So get out there and get your shot. S.C. is starting to offer COVID-19 vaccinations at different locations, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite Aid, and several food stores, and they are free.