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.
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.
Active representation on issues and concerns affecting Veterans and their
families within the State of Florida before the following bodies:
Active association with other Veteran oriented organizations throughout the
State of Florida, through which local or regional projects can receive Statewide support