The purpose of Vietnam Veterans of America's national organization, the state councils, and chapters is:
To help foster, encourage, and promote the improvement of the condition of the Vietnam veteran.
To promote physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect, self-confidence, and usefulness of Vietnam-era veterans and others.
To eliminate discrimination suffered by Vietnam veterans and to develop channels of communications which will assist Vietnam veterans to maximize self-realization and enrichment of their lives and enhance life-fulfillment.
To study, on a non-partisan basis, proposed legislation, rules, or regulations introduced in any federal, state, or local legislative or administrative body which may affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others; and to develop public-policy proposals designed to improve the quality of life of the Vietnam-era veteran and others especially in the areas of employment, education, training, and health.
To conduct and publish research, on a non-partisan basis, pertaining to the relationship between Vietnam-era veterans and the American society, the Vietnam War experience, the role of the United States in securing peaceful co-existence for the world community, and other matters which affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others.
To assist disabled and needy war veterans including, but not limited to, Vietnam veterans and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
There are close to 18,000 veterans in the Broome County area alone. With the imminent return of our service men from Iraq, that number will certainly increase.
Our chapter is in its infancy, but we would like to be able to fund a program to help all veterans in the area, especially those young men and women coming out of the service now. These new veterans have families with young children and they will need to be able to turn to us existing veterans, who have lived through what the future holds for them, for help. “Vets Helping Vets” isn’t just a slogan; it’s what we do.
This proposed program, “Helping Hands For Greater Binghamton” would enable us to help our veterans with some small financial problems, along with our already existing food bank. For example; who among us hasn’t fallen behind on their bills? With this program we would be in a position to offer some small assistance. In addition, we would be able to provide some of their children with small financial assistance for things like school field trips, entering a sport, or getting to a doctor.
It is our hope that our Annual Amateur Bass Tournament will generate the funds to run this program in the future. However; we currently don’t have the money or resources to get it started. We respectfully ask for your aid in helping us to get this program under way.