What is AVVA?

Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) are a group of people who are dedicated to advancing the work of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. (VVA), through cooperative projects and/or programs, to facilitate, enhance and improve communications with our members and the general public, and to continue legislative efforts to ensure the rights of, and benefits for, all veterans and their families.  AVVA is dedicated to the aggressive advancement of realistic goals with integrity and in the spirit of unity that reflects its commitment to Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., all veterans, their families, and communities.  The AVVA is an independent membership and service organization.

Who can be a member of AVVA?

Any person who holds true to the purposes of AVVA regardless of their age, race or creed may apply for membership. Persons who qualify for membership in VVA are accepted as non-voting members.

AVVA Structure

AVVA membership is divided into nine regions that consist of States, Chapters, and At-Large Members.  AVVA members have the choice of incorporating or remaining unincorporated at the state and chapter levels.

AVVA Programs

  • Service Officer Program
  • Project Friendship:  A nonprofit organization is selected by the host VVA Chapter and affiliated Associates to receive assistance.  Presentation is made at the national meetings.
  • Veterans Against Drugs (VAD):  This is a former VVA project adopted by the AVVA.  The program helps young people develop a sense of self-worth that helps them resist the temptation of drugs.
  • Paper Safe:  A free publication to store personal important papers.
  • Homeless Project Grant
  • Agent Orange Town Hall Meetings:  Actively coordinates and participates in the meetings.
  • Survivor's Benefits:  Publication to assist surviving spouses/children to receive compensation and educational benefits through the VA.

Legislative Efforts

  • Homeless Veterans.
  • Postage Stamp Resolution to Honor WWII Veteran.
  • Agent Orange Education Campaign
  • Many illnesses suffered by veterans, including current legislation:  Agent Orange Extension Act (H.R. 3423); Military Toxic Exposure Act of 2015 (S.901).


Contact Linda Yates, President, at lsy1858@gmail.com or (615) 965-2058.

New Life Member dues structure:  59 years old and under $175.00; 60 years old and older $100.00.

Website:  avva.org.

Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA)

VVA Chapter 1004 ~ Lebanon, TN