About US

VVA 126 has served the New York City veterans community since 1983. As the premiere Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in Manhattan, we work to advance VVA's mission in the largest city in our nation.

 

Our Mission

Our mission is to ensure the appropriate recognition of military service, to assist veterans in obtaining benefits, and to provide service and leadership to our community.

We are a 501(c)19 non-profit veterans organization, dedicated to continued service to veterans in need of assistance. We provide services and support to veterans of all eras - including our newest generation of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan – through our Veterans Service Officers, our support of the Veterans of Modern Warfare and our work to aid our wounded warriors and others suffering the effects of combat.

Every day, we strive in every way possible to uphold our motto: “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” We invite you to join us in achieving our mission.

 

Our History

Over three decades ago, our Armed Forces departed Vietnam, taking with them the bittersweet memories of combat and camaraderie. More than 58,000 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice, and our five boroughs suffered the enormous impact of losing 1,741 men and women whose names now grace our Walk of Honor at the New York City Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

And yet, out of the ashes and battlefields left behind, a new battle was launched to gain our rightful status. Thus, in 1983, Vietnam Veterans of America, Angel Almedina Manhattan Chapter 126 (VVA 126) was founded by a diverse group of Vietnam Veterans frustrated at the public’s apathy to our service.

As the premiere Vietnam Veterans of America chapter in Manhattan, we have much to be proud of in our accomplished 25-year history:

  • Commission member of the 1985 Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade NYC
  • Founding member of the New York City Council Veterans Advisory Board
  • Instrumental in creating and maintaining the NYC Vietnam Veterans Memorial Plaza
  • Advised the Commissioner of the Mayor’s Office of Veterans Affairs in planning and executing City-supported programs serving our military and veterans, including Fleet Week and the annual NYC Veterans Day Parade
  • Led revival of annual NYC Veterans Day Parade, now the largest in the nation
  • Organized Operation Stand-Down, helping 25,000 homeless veterans in NYC
  • Helped open the first NYC Veterans residence (Borden Avenue, in Queens)
  • Provided educational services for over 35,000 veterans as a Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program Board member
  • Protected the Manhattan VA Hospital from closure, ensuring access to vital medical services for thousands of NYC veterans
  • Supported youth programs promoting service, including Junior ROTC and Stories of Service
  • Helped the Vietnamese and Amerasian community embrace American culture and society.

VVA 126 is a 501(c)19 non-profit veterans organization, dedicated to continued service to veterans in need of assistance. We provide services and support to veterans of all eras - including our newest generation of veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan – through our Veterans Service Officers, our support of the Veterans of Modern Warfare and our work to aid our wounded warriors and others suffering the effects of combat.

Every day, we strive in every way possible to uphold our motto: "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." We invite you to join us in service and brotherhood.