Notice:

Please visit the Vietnam War Memorial in Veterans Memorial Park.

 


Our Annual Car Show was a huge success! 

Look for photos coming soon.


If you would like to make a Donation to VVA 787,

Please mail to:

Vietnam Veterans of America
Chapter 787 
P.O. Box  89247
Tampa, FL 33689-0404


 

 VVA 787 MEETING INFORMATION

We meet on the 4th Thursday of each month (except Nov. & Dec.) @ 6:00 PM

NOTE THE NEW TIME AT 6:00 PM beginning in MAY 2014

Rasmussen College

4042 Park Oaks Boulevard

Tampa, FL 33619

Rasmussen College is on the North East corner of Faulkenberg and MLK

Park Oaks Blvd is between Faulkenberg and I-75

Room could change, but for now, it is Room 110 on the 1st floor.

September meeting will be held on Thursday, September 22, 2016 @ 6:00 PM.

October meeting will be held on Thursday, October 27 2016 @ 6:00 PM.

November meeting will be held on Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 6:00 PM.

We will hold a short meeting in December at our annual Christmas Party. Date and time to be announced.


 "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."


 

The purposes of Vietnam Veterans of America's national organization, its state councils, and its chapters are:

  • To help foster, encourage, and promote the improvement of the condition of the Vietnam-era 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-era veterans and to develop channels of communication which will assist Vietnam-era 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 military veterans including, but not limited to, Vietnam-era veterans and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.

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 Our Officers

PRESIDENT:  Mike O'Dell

"Thank you for your service in the Navy, Mike"

EMAIL: mikeodellclassiccars@gmail.com

VICE PRESIDENT:  Dave Jones

"Thank you for your service in the Navy, Dave"

SECRETARY:  Jim Fletcher

"Thank you for your service in the Army, Jim"

TREASURER:  Tony Towers

"Thank you for your service in the Navy, Tony"


Board of Directors:

             Bob Bates                              Guy Howerton                                 Herman Rainey

WHAT WE'VE DONE

We are continuing our Furniture and Household goods donation for Homeless Veterans in 2014 and 2015.   We continue to collect items to be distributed to homeless veterans.

We donated $500 to My Warriors Place in April 2015.

We donated $100 toward a Memorial Day BarBQ at the James A. Haley Hospital SCI.

We donated $250 for Agent Orange Training Materials to the National VVA Agent Orange Committee. 

We donated $250 to a Scout for his Eagle Scout Project which was to add on to the  AMVETS Post 44 building.   He is the son of a veteran and helping another Veteran Organization.

We participated in activities at the Veterans Plaza at Sun n Fun again in April 2015.

We collected 15 boxes of clothing from TIA under the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act in April 2015.  To date, we have collected 140 boxes.  These items will be distributed to needy veterans.

We donated $200 to New Beginnings for housing for a needy veteran in March 2015.

We will be presenting Awards to one JROTC Cadet from each JROTC program in Hillsborough County High School in March, April and May.

We held our 12th Annual Car Show in March 2015.  We had a very successful event with an estimated 450-500 people in attendance.

We held 2 Fundraisers in March 2015.

We collected another 18 boxes of clothing from TIA under the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act in February 2015.  That makes a total of 125 boxes we have collected.  These items will be distributed to needy veterans.

We held a Fundraiser in February that got rained out.

In December 2014, we donated $200 to a Female Veteran who was in need of money to pay her electric bill and other expenses.

We donated a Christmas meal to the residents of Fisher House at Christmas.

We donated 23 Christmas Meals consisting of Ham, and all the trimmings to 23 Needy Women Veterans and their families.  Each meal was for a family of 5.  In addition we donated $20 Gift Cards to the families.

We donated over $150 worth of food to the VA Women's Center to be distributed to families that needed additional food over the Christmas Holidays.

We participated in a Veterans Fair sponsored by Senator Marco Rubio on December 5, 2014.

We provided $170 worth of Shampoo, Shaving  Cream, and Deodorant to James A. Haley Hospital Volunteer Services for distribution to patients during the Christmas holiday period.  In addition to the items we purchased, we also gave them items donated to us by Two Men and a Truck.

We provided Turkeys and Hams for a Christmas Dinner at the Spinal Cord Injury Center at James A Haley Hospital.

We donated 31 boxes of clothing from our TIA collection and 7 boxes of clothing, blankets and sleeping bags from our Two Men and a Truck collection to the Boley Center for distribution to Homeless Veterans. 

We donated a meal to the Residents of Fisher House for Thanksgiving in 2014.

We donated 23 Thanksgiving Meals consisting of Turkey, dressing and all the trimmings to 23 Needy Veterans and their families.  Each meal is for a family of five.   In addition to the meals, we donated $20 gift cards. 

We donated $317 of additional food to the pantry at the VA Women's Veterans center to provide food to the children who may be without food during the Thanksgiving Holiday.   

We donated a large storage tub full of Toothbrushes, Tooth Paste and Mouthwash to the Chemo treatment area at James A Haley VA Hospital.  This was a part of the Two Men and a Truck donation.

We were the recipient of the Two Men and a Truck "Movers for Military" Donation Program in November.   They gave us 50 boxes of products that will be given to needy veterans.  In addition, we received a nice check that will help needy veterans.   THANK YOU TWO MEN AND A TRUCK.

We participated in the James A. Haley VA Hospital Veterans Day Parade on November 11th.

We participated in the Tampa Bay Area Veterans Day Parade on November 8th.

We collected 14 more boxes from TIA under the Clothe a Homeless Hero Act in November.

We donated a $200 Wal~Mart Gift Card to a wounded veteran with a young family to help with food in October.

We donated $500 toward the cost of a War Dog Memorial to be placed in the Vietnam War Memorial at Veterans Park.

We donated $200 to Stay in Step organization to help Veterans.

We donated a car to a Veteran and spent $300 in repairs and registration on the car.

We donated a Van to a Veteran.

We donated an Accessible van to New Beginnings to help them transport residents.

We sponsored a hole in the Haley House Golf Tournament.

We donated $500.00 to Liberty Manor to help with the cost of a Fire Suppression System that was required in their home.

We sponsored a hole in the Golf Tournament for VVA Chapter 522.

We donated $500 to Athena House for Women Veterans.

In September, we gave $200 to help a veteran pay a deposit on an apartment.  The Elks Lodge also helped the veteran.

In September we attended a ceremony before a football game between Plant High and Gaither High to remember 10 students from Plant High who paid the ultimate price with their lives in Vietnam.  A plaque was placed at the school by a group of Plant High alumni and a plaque will be placed in the Vietnam War Memorial at Veterans Park in Tampa.

In September we donated $200 to Liberty Manor to help pay rent for a Veteran.

In August, we picked up 7 more boxes of clothing items from TIA.  So far, we have picked up over 107 boxes from TIA.

In August we donated $42.99 for a hotel room for a female Veteran who was in a domestic dispute with her spouse.

In August we paid TECO $119.00 to help a Veteran get his electric bill paid so he could get his power turned back on.

In July 2014, we provided manpower and a vehicle to move a hospital bed from Tampa to Spring Hill for a Veteran being released from the SCI at James A. Haley VA Hospital.

We participated in the Brandon 4th of July Parade where we partnered with the Vietnamese American Professional Association.  VAPA is a group of Vietnamese refugees who have organized to give back to those who fought for them during the Vietnam Conflict.  We have done several events with them to build the relationship with the Vietnamese Americans. 

In June 2014, we picked up 14 more boxes of Clothing items from Tampa International Airport under the "Clothe a Homeless Hero" Act.  In all, we have now picked up over 100 boxes of clothing items, plus other items such as canes that have been lost at TIA.   We gave 23 of those boxes to Veteran's Outreach to distribute to the Homeless.

We gave $500 to a Veteran whose house burned to help with rebuilding his home.

We gave $250 for toothbrushes, toothpaste and mouthwash to the outpatient chemo department at James A. Haley VA Hospital.  Dental Hygiene is very important to Chemo patients.

In April and May we again presented Medals and Certificates of Achievement to Cadets in JROTC programs throughout Hillsborough County.

We sponsored a hole in the Rolling Thunder Golf Tournament in May 2014.

In April 2014, we picked up 16 more boxes of Clothing items from Tampa International Airport under the "Clothe a Homeless Hero" Act.  In all, we have now picked up over 86 boxes of clothing items, plus other items such as canes that have been lost at TIA.  These items are distributed to Veterans through other Veteran organizations in the West Central Florida area.

We picked up 11 Tower Computers from Chapter 1046 and we will give them to needy Veterans.  We also gave them 3 boxes of clothing that we had collected from TIA.  These Computers have been given to Veterans.

We sponsored a hole in the Rolling Thunder Golf Tournament.

We donated $150.00 to New Life for food. 

We donated $109.00 to a Veteran to help pay his deposit at the Electric Company in 2014.

We donated $200.00 to help a Veteran make repairs to their automobile.

We donated $100.00 to the Southwest Florida Tour de Cure, an event for curing Diabetes put on by the American Diabetes Association.

We donated $126.00 for Name Tags to the Fisher House Volunteers for use when the work at events outside the Fisher House.

We picked an additional 17 boxes of clothing from TIA  in January under the "Clothe a Homeless Hero" Act.  We are distributing the clothing through other Veteran organizations.

We donated a Wheel Chair Accessible Van to a disabled woman Veteran and gave her $200 to help with registration in 2014.   We received the van from a Vietnam Veteran.

We donated $200 to a Gold Star Mother in Wal~Mart Gift Cards to help with food and gas in 2014.

We donated $165 to help a veteran who needed for the deposit to the Electric Company in 2014.

We sponsored a hole at the New Beginnings Golf Tournament in 2014.

We hosted our 10th Annual Car Show on March 24, 2013 to raise money for needy Veterans.  Despite having forecasts of bad weather all around us, we had a successful showing of cars and many spectators at Veterans Memorial Park.

Throughout 2013, we continued our Furniture and Household goods donation program for Homeless Veterans.  We collect donations of items and store them in a storeroom.   When the VA finds a Veteran a home, they take the veteran to the storeroom to pick up necessary items.  To date, we have helped well over 300 families.  

In 2013, we collected 45 boxes of clothing from Tampa International Airport under the "Clothe a Homeless Hero" Act passed by congress that requires the airport to give lost items to a Veteran.   This event was covered by the Tampa Tribune and we got a nice write-up in the paper.  We are distributing the clothing items through our Homeless Veterans Program to several Veterans organizations.   In addition, TIA has asked us to pickup 8 more boxes of clothing, several strollers, car seats, canes and walkers which we are giving to needy veterans. 

We donated $500 to the Mason Dixon Christmas Wish Fund in 2013.

We donated $158 to Crossroads for meat for a dinner they hosted at the SCI in December 2013.

We donated $200 to help a needy veteran with Rent and Child Support in December 2013.

We provided Christmas meals and $20 gift cards for 20 Needy Women Veterans and their families in 2013.

We sponsored a Family of 6 at Christmas in 2013.  Toys and clothes were given to the children.  The mother received a $100 gift card to Wal~Mart and the family received a $100 Gift card to Cracker Barrel so they could enjoy a Christmas Dinner.

We served a Christmas Dinner to the Fisher House residents at the SCI in 2013.  Approximately 30 people dined that evening.

We provided Thanksgiving meals and $20 gift cards for 20 Needy Women Veterans  and their families in 2013.

We provided 30 Cracker Barrel gift cards to the Fisher House to give their residents a nice Thanksgiving meal.  The Fisher has is under renovation and the residents are being housed in a hotel so we could not do the traditional meal that we normally do for them.  The gift card will cover the Meal, drink, tax and tip. 

We were contacted by Logan International Airport in Boston to pickup clothing there under the "Clothe a Homeless Hero Act.  It was a little far for us to go, so we referred them to the Massachusetts State Council of the VVA.

We donated $100 to C.O.D.E Fitness for their Grand Opening.  C.O.D.E Fitness will address the physical fitness needs for veterans under My Warriors Place.

We donated $500 to My Warriors Place in 2013 to help with a Tax bill that was pending when the property was purchased.

We participated in the Tampa Bay Area Veterans Day Parade in Town and Country with 4 vehicles.

We participated in the James A. Haley VA Hospital Parade and Car Show with 3 vehicles.

We donated $290 to a homeless veteran to help get her into an apartment.

We donated a car to a disabled female veteran and provided her $155 to help with registration.   The car had been donated to us by a WWII veteran who wanted the car to go to disabled veteran.

We gave $100 worth of food to a needy Veteran through a donation from an individual. 

We donated $1,000 to K-9's for Veterans to help them pay their rent.

We donated $200 to the Honor Flight to help a Guardian go on a flight.

We participated in the Brandon 4th of July Parade and honored a WWII veteran and 2 Gold Star Mothers. 

We donated $1,000 to My Warrior's Place in 2013. 

In 2013, we donated $2,550 to help with repairs of a Veteran's roof.  Through donations from some other organizations and individuals, we provide all the shingles and some of the soffit materials for the project.

We provided a used car to a disabled veteran so he could get to his Doctor's appointment and provide basic transportation for his family in 2013.

In 2013, we were involved with 20 area High Schools that participated in the JROTC Programs.  The Chapter 787 Vietnam Medal and a Certificate of Excellence is presented to a cadet that was selected by the individual JROTC Commander at each school. 

We displayed 2 Vietnam Era Military Vehicles - a M151A1 Jeep and a Deuce and a Half - in the Veterans Plaza at the Sun n Fun in Lakeland to bring awareness to the VVA and the Veterans Memorial Park in Tampa.

In 2013, we donated $1,000 to Liberty Manor to help with food for the residents.

In 2013, we donated $1,000 to K9's for Veterans to provide an "accessible" motel room for a client who was confined to a wheelchair during his 2 week stay since the bus at their site is not accessible by wheelchair.

In 2012, we were involved with 23 area High Schools that participated in the JROTC Programs.  The Chapter 787 Vietnam Medal and a Certificate of Excellence is presented to a cadet that was selected by the individual JROTC Commander at each school. 

We hosted our 9th Annual Car Show on June 2, 2012 to raise money for needy Veterans.  We had 78 vehicles on display and drew an estimated 400 people to the park.

We hosted an Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting in September 2012 to inform Vietnam Veterans and their families of the effects of Agent Orange on the Veteran and his descendants.

We obtained a Storage Room and collected Furniture and Clothing items to assist 60+ Veteran families in 2012. 

We donated meals for 20 families and Wal~Mart Gift Cards for Needy Women Veterans at Thanksgiving in 2012.

We donated meals for 20 families and Wal~Mart Gift Cards for Needy Women Veterans at Christmas in 2012.

We donated a Thanksgiving Meal for the residents of Fisher House in 2012.

We donated a Christmas Meal for the residents of Fisher House in 2012.

We sponsored a Veteran's Family for Christmas in 2012.  The family received a $100 Cracker Barrel Gift Card so they could have a nice Christmas meal.  The children received a bicycle, helmet and lock or a Gift Card.

We helped a Veteran who was losing her home with some moving expenses and partial deposit on a new residence in 2012.

We donated $200 to a Vietnam Veteran for repairs of the roof on his home in 2012.

We donated $75 to Halley House as a Hole Sponsor for their Golf Tournament in 2012.

We donated $200 to Rolling Thunder as a Hole Sponsor for their Golf Tournament in 2012.

We donated $140 to the Haley House to provide a family pass to the Aquarium for residents of the Haley House in 2012.

We donated $500 to the K-9s for Veterans program in 2012.

We donated $200 to Rolling Thunder for their Paws for Patriots Car Show in 2012.

We donated meals for 20 families and Wal~Mart Gift Cards for Needy Women Veterans at Thanksgiving in 2011.

We donated Thanksgiving Meal for 40 residents at the Fisher House in 2011.

We donated meals for 20 families and Wal~Mart Gift Cards for Needy Women Veterans at Christmas in 2011.

We donated Christmas Meal for 40 residents at the Fisher House in 2011.

We donated $500 to the Mason Dixon Christmas Wish Fund in 2011.

We donated meals for 80 and Wal~Mart Gift Cards to the Fisher House in March 2011.

We donated $1000 to the FAVE Boating Expeditions for Gold Star Families in 2011.

We sponsored a hole in the Rolling Thunder Golf Tournament in 2011.

We sponsored a hole in the Haley House Golf Tournament in 2011.

We donated over $900 to the Hillsbourgh County Vietnam Memorial in 2011.

We donated Donuts and Coffee to the Homeless Veterans attending the Standdown in 2008, 2009 and 2011

We donated $200 to a needy Vietnam Veteran in 2011.

In 2005 the Speakers Bureau donated 594 hours to the Hillsborough County School System in 13 area High Schools to teach the Vietnam War.  This is a program to give the students of today the real inside story of the Vietnam War from members who were there.

We were involved with the JROTC Programs in the 15 High Schools that participated in 2006-2011.  

We donated $200 to a needy Vietnam Veteran Widow in 2010.
We donated $1200 to the Hillsbourgh County Vietnam Memorial in 2010.
We donated $7500 to the Hillsbourgh County Vietnam Memorial in 2009.

We supplied 45 Thanksgiving Meals to needy Veterans families in 2010.

We supplied 160 Holiday Meals to needy Veterans families in 2009.

We supplied 115 Holiday Meals to needy Veterans families in 2006.  There was a 30% increase in the price of Holiday Meals this year, that is why we could only purchase 115 meals this year.

We supplied 41 Holiday meals to needy families in 2007.  Plus 30 Walmart Gift Cards of $20.00 each for the Homeless Vets

We supplied 100 Holiday meals to needy families in 2008.  Plus 30 Publix Gift Cards of $10.00 each for the Homeless Vets

We provided a Thanksgiving and Christmas meal to the Fisher House for it's guests with many positive feedbacks in 2007, 2008 and 2009.

We purchased a room at the Haley House for 12 months for an injured Veterans family members in 2007

We donated $500.00 to the Mason Dixon Christmas Wish Foundation in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010.

We have a Chapter Newsletter called the "OutPost".  All past issues can be found on the page named OutPost Issues on this site.  They are in a .pdf format.


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