Welcome to the South Carolina State Council web page. The primary function of the State Council is to provide management guidance and administrative support for the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) chapters within the State. In addition, the Council may from time to time be responsible for various state wide initiatives. The council is comprised of representatives (or delegates) from each of the chapters plus a representative from the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA).
The AVVA Inc.is a 501(c)3 corporation whose main object is to support Veterans and their families, as well as the families of our active military personnel. We are a National, nonprofit, membership organization dedicated to advancing the awareness of issues affecting Veterans, their families and their communities. AVVA is made up of Veterans of all eras, families and friends of Veterans and all persons who support Veterans' issues. For more information on the AVVA go to www.avva.org
The Council meets three times a year on the second Sunday of the months of February, June and October. This is a change to the bylaws approved by the State Council in June 2019. Anyone and everyone are welcome to attend our "always open " meetings (there may be times to invoke executive session, but that is rare.)
The State Council has three meeting a year, February, June, and October.
Dues are now $50 for life membership only.
Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only National Vietnam Veterans Organization 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.
GOALS: VVA's goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam Veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans and to change public perception of Vietnam Veterans.
About Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.
VVA'S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE: "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."
The National BOD consists of four officers, 10 at-large directors, and 9 regional directors representing each of the regions. The National AVVA president also sits on the BOD as a non-voting special adviser. South Carolina falls in the seven-state mid-Atlantic region, Region III. The director for the current term is Rossie Nance NC State Council President. Each state or territory with at least three chapters may elect to have a state council and there are currently 48 state councils, including Puerto Rico. The presidents of each state elects one member from among them to sit on the Conference of State Council Presidents. They are the voice of the membership and have a seat on the National Board. They provide opinions and recommendations of the membership to the board and it respond. See Section 11 of art 1 of the Constitution.
A recent regulations change allows dependent family members of permanently and totally disabled veterans to fly on space-available, or Space-A, flights.
On Oct. 23, 2020, a change to DOD/4514.13 the eligibility requirements for Space-A travel, adding dependents of permanently and totally disabled veterans.
In 2019, those veterans became eligible to fly Space-A on regularly scheduled military passenger aircraft, joining retirees and their spouses; National Guard and Reserve members on the Active Status List; and surviving spouses of those who died on active duty. However, the dependents of those disabled veterans were not allowed to accompany them on Space-A flights. The regulation change states that dependents of permanently and totally disabled veterans may accompany the veteran on flights within the continental United States (CONUS) or on flights between CONUS and Alaska, Hawaii or U.S. territories. Dependents cannot travel without the veteran sponsor. space - available flights, also known as military hops, allow eligible passengers to fill unused seats on Defense Department-owned or -controlled aircraft. Space-A passengers can fly only after all the space-required passengers and cargo have been accommodated. Space-A passengers are then loaded by priority group; those on emergency leave are the top priority, or category 1, and retirees and disabled veterans are the lowest priority, or category 6. Other categories of Space-A travelers include those on environmental and morale leave (EML), house-hunting leave, or other mission-critical or official travel. Several years ago a bill was passed allowing disabled veterans (100%) to fly on space A on military flights but did not allow their dependents. The article appeared in Military.com 02/16/2021.
It’s never too early to start thinking about receiving your annual flu shot, and with COVID‑19 getting a flu shot is more important than ever. A flu shot is a safe way to help protect yourself, and those around you, from getting sick and having complications from flu. During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is especially important for all of us to do our part to help reduce the spread of the flu in our communities.
Beginning September 15, 2022, flu vaccines are available at no cost to eligible Veterans at more than 70,000 in-network community providers nationwide. www.va/gov/communitycare/flushot.asp If you haven't had a flu shot, Make this year that you do!!
The Department of Defense is now in the process of replacing within the next several years all military ID cards including all indefinite cards with no expiration date. To Schedule an appointment to replace your existing card go to idco.cmdc.osd.mil on your browser. When you open the site there are four boxes. Click on the far-left box for appointments. Select the closest base and follow the prompts. Pretty easy. Read the material and make sure you bring enough additional ID. To Schedule an appointment to replace your existing card to https://idco.dmdc.osd.mil on your web browser. When you open the site there are 4 boxes. Click the far-left box for appointments. Select the closets base and follow the prompts.
Help Yourself or Someone in Need
As of July 16, 2022, dialing 988 will connect all landline and cell phone users with the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. Call 988 if you or someone you know is in danger of suicide or experiencing a mental health crisis. Callers can receive immediate crisis counseling, resources, and referrals for future treatment. In some cases and where available, they may dispatch a mobile crisis unit to your location.
The 988-dialing code aims to provide people with an easy-to-remember number to use in a crisis, like 911.
Before July 16 and any time, people who need crisis support can:
Many veterans have reached out regarding the Camp LeJeune provisions (Section 804) of the recently passed PACT ACT. Please be advised that there is an offset of VA disability benefits with any settlement that may be received through a lawsuit. Veterans are encouraged NOT to sign any contracts to participate in lawsuits until VA clarifies how the settlement will affect service-connected benefits and care. VA regulations on this are expected in the coming months. For clarification on the impact to your current of future VA benefits, contact an accredited service office near you. Be careful who you contact, the lawyers are charging up to 50% for their fee's