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CONGRATULATIONS VVA/AVVA CHAPTER 1048 This year we celebrate 10 years of helping and honoring our veterans, from 25 Charter Members to our current 257 members!  

The second largest chapter in the State of Florida

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Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach Chapter 1048, Inc. a non-profit 501 (c) (19) was founded in 2010 and serves the veteran community of Volusia County and surrounding cities. Our parent organizations is:

VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA  

​​​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 IRS code.

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PRESIDENT'S MESSAGE

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Currently, Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach Chapter 1048 is the 2nd largest chapter in the state of Florida with  247+ Vietnam Veteran members and 47+ Associate members  serving Daytona Beach, Volusia County and surrounding counties, Veterans Helping Veterans!  


 Our General Membership meetings are every third Thursday,  5:00 PM social hour, meeting, 6:00 PM at our base camp, the largest VFW post in Florida, VFW  Post 3282 , located at 5810 South Williamson Blvd.  Port Orange, Florida 32128 .   

Please join your brothers and sisters, make new friends and enjoy the camaraderie.   


Rod Phillips,  President    

                Our chapter mailing address is P O Box 9623 Daytona Beach, Florida 32120.                                                                                                                                                                                             

VETERANS COURT

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           Veterans Treatment Court is an initiative in the 7th Judicial Circuit designed to focus on the distinctive needs of veterans in the criminal justice system.  Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach Chapter 1048 , along with Team Red, White and Blue and Wounded Warriors are the primary Mentors.   

    

Military veterans are unique in that they undergo vigorous physical training emphasizing survival, endurance, and courage. They are also molded to respect authority, serve selflessly, and abide by the codes of duty, honor, and patriotism. Although these are admirable traits, these characteristics have the potential for extreme emotional and mental strain for those leaving military service and reintegrating to civilian life.

The military acknowledges that veterans have distinctive needs and that many veterans require treatment to deal with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), substance abuse issues, mental health issues, and suicidal thoughts. The courts have also recognized these needs and in 2008 the country’s first Veterans Treatment Court (VTC) was implemented in Buffalo, New York. Since then more programs have been implemented throughout the country, including several in Florida.

Veterans Treatment Courts follow a positive, authoritative model to assist veterans with resolving legal matters while linking veterans to services to which they are entitled. Therefore, these individuals already have benefits for medical, substance abuse, and mental health treatment. Additionally, the Department of Veterans Affairs can assist with daily needs such as housing and sustenance.

Eligibility
An individual who is charged with a crime, served in the U.S. Armed Forces and was honorably or generally discharged may be eligible. Inclusion in VTC depends on verification of the service and discharge record and a criminal background check.

Veterans Court Volusia

Presiding in our Veterans Courts are:
Volusia County Court Judge Bryan Feigenbaum - east Volusia/Daytona Beach
Volusia County Court Judge Steven Henderson - west Volusia/DeLand
Circuit Judge Howard O. McGillin, Jr. - St. Johns County/St. Augustine

For more information, please contact 
Daytona Beach/east Volusia - Court Services Officer Judy Beechler via email or (386) 254-4672 
DeLand/west Volusia - Court Services Officer Joe Sterthaus via email or (386) 822-5741 
St. Johns County Veterans Treatment Court Coordinator Brian Jacobson via email or (904) 827-5626

​Rod Phillips- VVA Chapter 1048  cobra101st@gmail.com or 386.690.9553                    

EDUCATION in our SCHOOLS

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Members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Daytona Beach Chapter 1048 helped teacher Chase Tramont tell the story of sacrifice made by nearly 58, 000 Americans in the Vietnam War.


At Spruce Creek High School in Port Orange, students found themselves in the jungles of Vietnam.  After nearly 10 hours of setup, the classroom was transformed with camouflage netting on the walls, round helmets called “steel pots” on desks and reed grass sprouts standing tall from the floor. This way, the students could feel submersed in a more interactive, realistic environment for learning.  


Members of Chapter 1048 were brought back to their time in Vietnam. Ken Kisler was 26 in 1968 when he was drafted. He left behind a wife and 2-year-old son. He and the other members of his chapter that visited the classroom expressed the beauty of the country, but do not necessarily want to go back. The emotional burdens of war that they have carried are heavy.


Tramont has been doing this unit in his classroom for over six years, and has had support from many people. Much of his props are donated by veterans who support Tramont, who seeks to give his students experiences that will open their eyes and affect them more deeply than simply studying for a test.ere to add a brief description of one your services or programs.

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