SANTA FE — Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Northern New Mexico Chapter 996 is looking for local volunteers to join the chapter and assist with its mission of helping local veterans and their families.
The invitation is extended to all Vietnam War veterans and veterans of any war era—along with families, students, non-veterans and any community/civic-minded members of the general public.
Founded in 1978, the VVA is the only national Vietnam veterans’ organization congressionally chartered and dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families. But VVA Northern New Mexico Chapter 996 has expanded its mission to helping all veterans and families—especially those recently returning from Iraq, Afghanistan and other missions related America’s Global War on Terror, which commenced in response to the 2001 9/11 Terrorist Attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C.
The VVA is congressionally chartered as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c) (19) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.
The Northern New Mexico/Chapter 996 is one of seven VVA chapters in New Mexico. It is one of the more active and visible community organizations in northern New Mexico.
The chapter organizes food and clothing drives—and is an active partner with the annualStand Down for Homeless Veterans held every Fall at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design. The chapter’s “Color Guard” is one of the most frequently-requested units to “Post the Colors” at civic and community events throughout northern and central New Mexico.
For more information and to become a member of Vietnam Veterans of American/Northern New Mexico Chapter 996, contact Eddie Romero at (505).930.9194