Vietnam Veterans of America - SC

South Carolina State Council

                              South Carolina State Council

 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 October, February, and June. 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.)

The next meeting:       

  •  9 Feb 2020
  • Lunch @ 12:00, Meeting @ 1:00
  • American Legion Post 6, 200 Pickens Street, Columbia, SC
  • Chapter 960 is host.
Dues are now $50 for life only.  There are no other dues types anymore.

Col. Jack van Loan Memorial - 26 October 2019

Chapter 303, named for Col Jack van Loan, in Columbia, SC, attended the memorial service along with family members including Jack's wife Linda (in red).

Photo: Shirley Smith 

                   About Vietnam Veterans of America, inc.

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.


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: