The Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America
The Associates of the Vietnam Veterans of America, (AVVA) is the cornerstone for support to the VVA and the means to ensure that the VVA legacy continues in the future. AVVA consists of the family and extended family of Vietnam Veterans and is comprised of their parents, spouse, children, grandchildren, friends, and veterans of other eras.
Being a member of AVVA gives us the opportunity to support the plans and programs of our 1046 VVA Chapter. We also support the National AVVA to meet the needs of all Vietnam Veterans. AVVA is a worthwhile, non-profit organization. Please consider becoming an Associate member of VVA Chapter 1046 by completing the application below and mailing to Monument Bank, AVVA Lock Box 8602 Colesville Rd., Silver Spring, MD 20910.
We look forward to your membership and hope to see you at a VVA meeting soon on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. (Elks Lodge 1855 West Road). When the 1046 AVVA grows to a sufficient number, we will hold separate AVVA meetings to work on our 1046 support projects.
Thank you for supporting our Vietnam Veterans.
Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) is a national, nonprofit Membership and Service Organization dedicated to advancing the awareness of issues affecting Vietnam Veterans, their families, and their communities. Over the years, we have evolved into an organization that has become cognizant and responsive to the problems affecting all Veterans.
In our infancy, AVVA was a group of members within Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. In 1999, as the scope of activities and the number of members grew, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. was established. AVVA now functions as an independent Membership and Service Organization. AVVA continues to work in conjunction with Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. (VVA) striving to ensure that Vietnam veterans, as well as ALL veterans, attain the honor, respect, and benefits they deserve. We lend our expertise, support, and leadership to all VVA programs, legislative actions, community service, and social activities, while remaining actively involved in our own programs, legislative agenda, and services.
AVVA is the extended family of VVA. We are made up of Veterans of all eras, familes and friends of Veterans, and all persons who support Veterans' issues. AVVA is a catalyst for action, healing, reconciliation, mutual support, and fellowship. With more than 8,000 members, we are a thriving and strong organization. Read the history of AVVA at this link: AVVA History.
AVVA is a non-partisan, tax exempt organization.
AVVA MISSION STATEMENT
To provide support to Veterans and their families through programs, projects, and education.
AVVA VISION STATEMENT
To create a better everyday life for Veterans and their families.
AVVA'S CORE VALUES
As Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, we are passionate about our work and the real life issues facing Veterans and their families. We strive to create a positive impact on our Veterans and their families by making life better. Our achievements are built on a solid foundation of core values that inspire action, integrity, teamwork and outstanding results. Our values form the basis for decision-making and all actions of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America – both as individuals and as a Veterans Service Organization.
In everything we do as Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, our perspective is based on the view of our members, Veterans and their families, ensuring that we understand their needs and expectations, and can prioritize and problem-solve for their unique challenges.
Ethics & Integrity
As a National Veterans Service Organization, we expect all conduct to be rooted in integrity, mutual respect, and civility. We value ethical behavior in our members and leaders at all levels of AVVA. We believe in the dignity and worth of all people, strive to foster an appreciation of and respect for diversity and differences among our leaders, members and peers.
• We are committed to a teamwork environment where every Associate is a valued member, treated with respect, encouraged to contribute, and recognized and rewarded for his/her efforts.
• Everyone at AVVA is responsible for considering the ethical implications of each decision or action and is urged to challenge assumptions, raise alternatives and seek out diversity.
Our expertise and progressive, proactive atmosphere yield a powerful combination that continuously sets us apart. It is an approach that translates into timely decisions and executions, a constant quest for solutions, rapid responses to the media on issues facing Veterans and their families, legislative advocacy on all bills pertinent to the well being of Veterans and their families and any issue that may make a tangible difference in the world around us for the better.
• We anticipate opportunities and challenges and are quick to confront complex or ambiguous situations. While we work with a sense of urgency, we always consider the impact of our actions before we proceed.
We believe knowledge is power and we support our Members' right to access information that impacts their roles as Veteran advocates. We also recognize everyone's right to be listened to and heard regardless of their point of view.
• AVVA members are a team, loyal to one another, caring for each other both personally and professionally while being supportive of each other's efforts.
• Our system of teamwork inspires people to make their best contributions, provides them with the support they need to be successful, promotes communication and celebrates their shared accomplishments.
• We present a unified image, both visually and in behavior, so that we may ensure the integrity of the organization while building a recognizable reputation as a service organization.