June 2014

Who We Are

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

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

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.


  • Over 65,000 individual members
  • 48 state councils
  • 650 local chapters


  • 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
  • Serve our communities

national office

Vietnam Veterans Of America
8719 Colesville Rd., Suite 100
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910

Phone: 301-585-4000
Fax: 301-585-0519
Toll Free: 1-800-882-1316

The members of VVA Chapter 480 meet on the first Wednesday evening of the month at 7:00 pm at 207 Main Street, Owego NY. The VFW building. (across from the movie theater) Maybe you are a Vietnam Veteran who would like to join our organization. We also have applications for associate membership for those who want to assist the Vietnam Vets. Stop in and check us out. We would like to meet you and welcome you into our group. Call Bill Chandler at 607-222-6357.


Our organization donates to our local food pantries, supports many of our local youth activities such as the Annual Children Picnic at Marvin Park, Rudins Halloween event, the Boys and Girls club and more. The biggest event we hold is our Annual Catfish Derby  held at Hickories Park in Owego, NY on the first weekend in June.


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If you would like to donate to our organization, please make your check payable to VVA Chapter 480 and send it to: VVA Chapter 480, PO Box 491, Owego, NY 13827.  All Donations are greatly appreciated.

VVA Chapter 480 Officers


President - Lee Spinner 

 Vice President - Mike Riggs

Treasurer - William T. Hudreck

Secretary - Ron Traue

Chaplain - Joe Buttacavoli