All of us at Veterans Support Foundation (VSF), formerly Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund (VVAF) are extremely excited about serving our nation’s veterans that are in need of assistance. VSF formerly VVAF was founded in 1991 and since that time has been actively involved in supporting programs that have a direct and positive impact on our country’s sons and daughters. VSF supports, through financial grants, veteran related projects throughout the United States. Our two greatest areas of interest and support include our own VSF transitional housing program for homeless veterans and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Veterans Benefits Program (VBP).
The VVA VBP consists of over 400 accredited service officers and a small cadre of well trained appellate attorneys. Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs), such as VVA, may become recognized by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) as having the ability to represent claimants seeking benefits from the VA. This recognition allows VVA to utilize service officers to aid and assist veterans of all eras free of charge. In the event a claimant for benefits is unable to prevail before their local VA regional office VVA has appellate attorneys located in Washington, DC who can also provide free representation before the Board of Veterans’ Appeals. This representation is also available to all veterans regardless of when or where they served and whether or not they are members of VVA.
Claimants for VA benefits all too often need the assistance of a service officer or an appellate attorney when dealing with the VA. Veterans of all eras and conflicts have certain health conditions that are unique to their military service. We have seen this in Vietnam veterans due to their exposure to herbicide agents such as Agent Orange. Exposure to these types of chemicals often leads to veterans developing life threatening conditions such as Diabetes Type II and prostate cancer. Our newest veterans also suffer from similar disabilities due to Gulf War Illness. This, coupled with the ever increasing numbers of current service members suffering from Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and paraplegic injuries has created an entire generation of veterans in need of assistance. In numerous instances without service officer intervention these individuals would not receive the financial compensation and health care they are entitled to by law.Click here to view ongoing programs in the various states.