State Coalition Background and History

Fact Sheet

The Vietnam and ALL Veterans of Florida, Inc., was organized in 1984, under the Name Vietnam Veterans of Florida Inc., It was a Coalition of independent Vietnam Veterans oriented organizations, to address issues affecting Vietnam Veterans and their families both in the State of Florida, and nationally. Since its inception the Coalition has grown to be inclusive, and more open to all Veterans organizations. In 2005 the Membership of the Coalition voted unanimously to change the long established name to reflect that sentiment, and to let others know we would be for All Veterans.

Cognizant of the need to promote awareness of issues and concerns unique to Veterans, the Coalition serves as a single unified voice of our organizations with representation before the Florida State Legislature, the State Veterans Planning Group, the Florida and the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs.

Conceived as a "Grass Roots" organization, the Coalition provides it's member organizations the flexibility of retaining their own autonomous identity both as independent Chapters, and in affiliation with other Veteran organizations, while at the same time being able to benefit from an association dedicated to the concept of strength of numbers and unified action on issues.

Working together through a democratic process, Member Organizations of the Coalition provide mutual support to each other for projects and programs, develop strategies and implement plans of action to address and resolve areas of common concern to all Veterans.

The motto of the Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida, Inc., "Together Then.....Together Again", recognizes the special bond of Brotherhood that exists among Veterans and promotes the inherent benefits and positive results that can be achieved as a result of that bond, now and in the future through continued association.

Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida, Inc.

State Coalition

While the Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida, Inc., is a "Grass Roots" oriented organization which operates on the firm base of democratic principle, emanating from the Member Organizations, the conduct of the day to day business of the Coalition, a tradition of continuity and the requirement for the Coalition to be able to address issues with a common voice in many different forums, necessitates the existence of a "Executive Board" of Officers and Committee Chairpersons. Elected by the Member Organizations of the Coalition, as their spokesperson's and representatives, the Officers of the Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida, Inc., handle the day to day conduct of the business of the Coalition, represent the Member Organizations throughout the State of Florida, and at Regional and National levels, and carry out the policies of the Coalition as determined by the Member Organizations, and governed by the By-Laws.

The Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida, Inc., is a Coalition of Organizations, rather than of individuals. Member Organizations select delegates from amongst their Members to attend the quarterly meetings and represent the Organization before the Coalition. The number of delegates from each Member Organization is unlimited, however, each Member Organization receives only 1 vote on the floor.

Business meetings of the Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida, Inc., are currently convened on a quarterly basis (January, April, July, October), at locations throughout the State of Florida. Member Organizations determine the locations, and quarterly meetings are hosted by one or more of the Member Organizations.

Vietnam and All Veterans of Florida, Inc.


Active representation on issues and concerns affecting Veterans and their families within the State of Florida before the following bodies: