Vietnam Veterans Assistance Foundation of Texas, Inc, (VVAFT)
is a Texas-based Publicly Supported Charitable Foundation a 509(a)(1) under IRS Code 501(c)(3).
Incorporated in the State of Texas on March 14, 1997 (File #01437671010) and converted on November 23, 1997 to a
Publicly Supported Charitable Foundation and is in good standing with the State of Texas,
AS SUCH, YOUR DONATION IS FULLY TAX DEDUCTIBLE.
VVAFT has a Federal Tax ID Number but is unwilling to display it in the public domain.
If you need the Federal Tax ID # or a copy of I.R.S. Form 990 please contact the VVAFT President
whose address and phone number are listed on the Home Page & Board of Directors Page.
Vietnam Veterans Assistance Foundation of Texas, Inc. (VVAFT) primarily serves as a non-profit-non-membership
veterans service organization designed to help all veterans in need, and to support the service programs of
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Texas State Council ( TSC) as well as helping to improve our communities.
All of the members of VVAFT Board of Directors are also members of VVA and/or VVA Texas State Council. Our
Officers and Board members serve at the local, state and national level of Vietnam Veterans of America. Our president
is the past vice president of the VVA Texas State Council. One of our board members and past VVAFT President is
also the VVA National Secretary. Our Treasurer is a past member of the VVA National Public Affairs Committee, served
as the chair of a sub-committee as the VVA National Press Club Editor-in-Chief and has been the editor of the Texas
Vietnam Veterans News since 1999. The VVAFT Vice President is the also the President fo VVA Chapter 278. The
VVAFT Secretary is also the VVA Texas State Council Vice President and is President of his VVA Chapter 292 and is a
Corporate Attorney. The VVA Texas State Council President is one of the founding members of VVAFT and is a
member of the VVAFT Board of Directors and his chapter treasurer. Three of our directors also serve as Texas VVA
our VVAFT Officer are elected every two year in the odd numbered years . Positions on VVAFT's board of director are
open every two years during the even number years. VVAFT officers serve a two year term of office, the board of
directors also serve a two year term however, our board is staggered to over lap the two year term of the elected
officers so that there is never a problem with the entire board being new at any one time.
To be considered to become a member of the VVAFT Board of Directors you have to be a member in good standing
with VVA in the State of Texas, submit your resume, a copy of your DD-214 and a signed SF-180. After a review by
the current VVAFT Board you will be notified to come before the current Board of Directors to state why you should
be accepted on the board. However keep in mind that the number of directors is limited to nine (9) unless by motion
and approval of board to increase the size of the board of directors. Of the nine (9) current members of the current
board five (5) members are founding members of VVAFT. The other four (4) have been added over the years.
There is also two other positions on the board as non-voting members. The Texas Vietnam Veterans News Assistant
Editor and the VVA TSC President as a liaison between the TSC and VVAFT. However, if the TSC President is already
an elected member of VVAFT as is the current situation, he has voting rights as a board member. However, this will not
always be the case. VVAFT and the TSC work hand-in-hand on issues pertaining to any veteran and that is the reason
we have in our by-law that the elected TSC President, as a non-voting advisory member of the board of directors
(except in the case sited above as the president was already sitting on the board as a voting member when he was
elected as the TSC President).
VVAFT has obtained the assistance and services of a paid professional fund raiser, to assist in our fund
Associated Community Services, Inc.
23800 Ten Mile Road, Suite 200
Southfield, MI 48032
- Publish the "TEXAS VIETNAM VETERANS NEWS" - (a 36 page newspaper as a service for the VVA Texas State
Council published two times a year and two electronic newsletters.)
- Assist financially the VVA Texas State Council & Texas VVA Chapters
- To assist financially ANY Texas veteran, veterans organizations, and veterans related activities on a case-by-case
- Issues to be considered but not limited to are the following: [Disabled, ill, needy, homeless veterans, families of the
afore named veterans, and Education, Etc.] (Individuals Use Individual Specific Assistance Form ONLY and NOT the
- Support financially the VVA TSC Service Officer Program which helps veterans file disability claims with the
Department of Veterans Affairs. VVA Service Officers aggressively advocate on behalf of the veteran with the
Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).
- To seek full access to quality health care for veterans.
- Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans.
- Support the next generation of America's war veterans.
Excerpts from the VVAFT Articles of Incorporation on file with the
Texas Secretary of State - Corporation Commission
- The Corporation shall engage in any lawful act or activity for which non-profit organizations may be
organized under the provisions of the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act.
- It shall be organized and operated exclusively for such purposes and activities as permitted by Section 501 (c)
(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provisions of any future United States Internal
Revenue law), including, but not limited to, the following purposes. The corporation shall be organized and
operated exclusively as a public charitable veterans service organization to promote the social welfare of the
community, assist Texas disabled, needy and homeless veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces,
their dependents, widows or widowers, and orphans of deceased veterans, and provide entertainment, care
and assistance to hospitalized veterans or members of the U.S. Armed Forces; carry out programs to
perpetuate the memory of deceased veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces and comfort their
survivors; conduct programs for religious, charitable, scientific, and educational activities of a patriotic nature,
and provide social and recreational activities.
- In furtherance of such purposes, the Corporation shall have the full power and authority:
- To publish, conduct, sponsor, promote and support publications, periodicals, lectures,seminars, meetings and
discussions on matters related to the forgoing purposes; The Corporation, generally, shall assist federal, state
and local governments and agencies and assisting and cooperating with said governments to lessen the
burden and to facilitate their services to assist veterans, their families, their dependents, their widows, widowers
- To acquire or receive from any individual, firm, association, corporation, trust, foundation or any governmental
subdivisions, unit or agency, by deed, gift, purchase, bequest, devise, appointment, or otherwise, cash,
securities and other property tangible or intangible, real or personal, and to hold, administer, manage, invest,
reinvest, and disburse the principal and income for the purposes hereof;
- To receive and maintain a fund or funds, to invest or reinvest such fund or funds and to apply the income and
principal of any funds received to promote the goals and purposes set out herein; and
- To perform all other acts necessary or incidental to the above and to do whatever is deemed necessary, useful,
advisable, or conductive, directly or indirectly, to carry out any of the purposes of the corporation, as set forth in
these Articles of Incorporation, including the exercise of all other powers and authority enjoyed by non-profit
corporations generally by virtue of the provisions of the Texas Non-Profit Corporation Act (within and subject to
the limitations of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code). The Corporation shall be neither organized nor
operated for pecuniary gain or profit. No part of the net earnings of the Corporation shall inure to the benefit of,
or be distributable to, any director, or officer of the Corporation, but the Corporation shall be authorized and
empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in
furtherance of the purposes as set forth in Article Four.