CUMBERLAND PLATEAU VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
CHAPTER 1015 CROSSVILLE TENNESSEE

Our Founding Principle




WHO WE ARE

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), founded in 1978, is the only national Vietnam veteran’s organization that is 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. We have over 50,000 members in 46 states among 630 local chapters.
Our local Cumberland Plateau chapter, founded in 2008 after the momentum generated by Welcome Home 2008 in Crossville, currently has 70 members. We are beginning to develop our local programs and community service efforts in concert with the national organization.

WHY WE EXIST
To promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans
To create a new identity for this generation of veterans
To change public perception of Vietnam veterans

WHAT WE DO
Aggressively advocate on issues important to veterans
Seek full access to quality health care for veterans
Identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service
Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans health care
Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans
Seek the fullest possible accounting of America's POW/MIAs
Support the next generation of America's war veterans and their families in need
Seek out needy Veterans in our area no matter what war they are a veteran of and help in any way possible. To serve our community

GUIDELINES FOR INTERVIEWS/PRESENTATIONS
Have a reason for the event that you can clearly state to those you
want to invite you to speak
Decide on the message that you want to deliver
Develop simple, quotable statements (“sound bites”)
Prepare a few visual aids
Provide background materials (handouts)
Practice the presentation
If more than one person is to be involved, practice the various roles
Try to have a single spokesperson
Several speakers gets confusing and can cloud the message
Dress appropriately, remembering one of the VVA purposes:
“To change public perception of Vietnam veterans”