VIETNAM VETERANS of AMERICA, INC., Chapter 820, Bend, Oregon


"Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another"


The Vietnam Service Medal was awarded to all members of the armed forces who served in Vietnam and contiguous waters and airspace between 3 July 1965 and 28 March 1973. In addition, personnel serving in Thailand, Laos or Cambodia, in direct support of operations in Vietnam during the same time period, are also eligible for the medal. If you served in the areas noted on the map, during the dates, above, you are entitled to this medal. For each campaign you participated in, you are entitled to a bronze star on the ribbon portion of the medal. If you served in five campaigns, you are entitled to wear a silver battle star.


Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. 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 holds as its first principle that the organization is measured by deeds and openness as evidence of the core values of justice, integrity, and meaningful achievement.

Chapter 820's members live in the high desert of Central Oregon and are committed to the principles and goals that govern the national organization. We are involved in a variety of community service projects which include outreach, financial support of the local battered women and children's shelter and assistance to all veterans in need of services from federal, state and local veterans' service agencies.


Chapter 820 members and a staff psychologist from the Bend VA Clinic made an outreach trip to the Blackfeet Reservation in Northwest Montana. They went to assist Blackfeet Vietnam veterans with their VA claims for PTSD. Here, Chapter 820 Vice President, Jim Gunn, teaches a young Blackfeet girl to play one of his flutes.

Over 50,000 individual members.
43 state councils.

525 local chapters.

national board of directors

Government Relations Advocacy on the range of veterans issues.

National Task Force for Homeless Veterans.

Health care for veterans, including disabled veterans.

Issues pertaining to women and minority veterans.

National scholarship fund.

Program providing assistance to veterans seeking benefits/services from the government.

Vietnam Veterans of America relies totally on private contributions for its revenue. VVA does not receive any funding from federal, state, or local governments.

VVA is governed by a national board of directors and by national officers -- 24 women and men democratically elected by VVA delegates, are sent by their respective chapters to biennial conventions. VVA's essential purpose is to promote the educational, economic, health, cultural, and emotional readjustment of the Vietnam-era veteran to civilian life. This is done by promoting legislation and public-awareness programs to eliminate discrimination suffered by Vietnam veterans.

VVA helps to provide greater public awareness of the outstanding issues surrounding Vietnam-era veterans by disseminating written information on a continual basis. The VVA Veteran , VVA's award-winning newspaper, is mailed to all VVA members and friends of the organization. In addition, self-help guides on issues such as Agent Orange, to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, to discharge upgrading are published and made available to anyone interested.

Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., National Office, 8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910-3710 * 1-800-VVA-1316 *

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