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"Never Again Will One Generation of Veterans Abandon Another”

This phrase is the provocative motto of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), and is the fundamental guiding principle of the VVA Florida State Council (VVAFSC) and its chapters. The America Serving Veterans Foundation (ASVF) also adheres in action and spirit to the maxim.

The ASVF is committed to providing support and rehabilitation services to veterans, as well as their families, to access medical care and other benefits earned through their military service.

One of the most compelling programs supported by the VVAFSC and the ASVF are the Town Hall meetings providing information about Agent Orange, other herbicides widely used in Southeast Asia, and their medical impact and legacy to hundreds of thousands of veterans. The meetings – 12 have been held so far and many more are planned -- are designed to provide information and facts to the medical community, veterans and their families and the dangers associated with this exposure. Untold cases of proven generational damage to those exposed to and affected by Agent Orange during their military service – including a 42-year-old woman, daughter of a veteran, who is identified with Spina Bifida as a result of her father’s exposure to Agent Orange, but who had never filed a claim with the VA yet learned through our meeting the medical care she needs to manage the disease is covered by the VA!

Going forward, a new ASVF program garnering support is the concept of Veterans’ Treatment Court. Experience has shown that providing a treatment plan for the veteran for rehabilitation, strictly and closely monitored by the court, rather than incarceration, is much more productive and successful for the individual. In the plan, in exchange for incarceration, the veteran would be required to follow the strict medical and vocational plan for at least a year under the care of the VA, which would ensure the veteran is provided the appropriate medical and mental health services, shelter, education, job training and placement.

ASVF also supports various homeless programs for veterans. The goal is to ensure that veterans not only are being provided necessary shelter, but are also able to access job training and placement services, and the appropriate medical and mental health services. Our organization also collaborates with other community service agencies to place service dogs with veterans for those who need help with hearing, mobility, or perhaps just companionship.

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