Who are The Lost Patrol?

After the Vietnam War, there was a great need to help veterans of that era assimilate back into society and live a productive life. The Lost Patrol is a chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, founded in 1988, in the city of Santa Clarita, California.

 

OUR PURPOSE AS A CHAPTER IS TO:

  • Help foster, encourage, and promote the improvement of the quality of life for the Vietnam-era veteran.

  • Promote the physical and cultural improvement, growth, and development, self-respect, self-confidence, and usefulness of the Vietnam-era veteran.

  • Identify discrimination of Vietnam-era veterans and develop channels of communication which will assist Vietnam-era veterans to miximize self-realization and enrichment of their lives and enhance life-fulfillment.

  • Study, on a non-partisan basis, proposed legislation, rules, or regulations introduced in any federal, state, or local legislative or administrative body which may affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfare of the Vietnam-era veteran or others; and to develop public policy proposals designed to improve the quality of life of the Vietnam-era veteran and others, especially in the area of employment, education, training, and health.

  • Conduct and publish research, on a non-partisan basis, pertaining to the relationship between Vietnam-era veterans and the American society, the Vietnam War experience, the role of the United States in securing peaceful coexistence for the world community and other matters which affect the social, economic, educational, or physical welfar of the Vietnam-era veterans and others.

  • Assist disabled and needy war veterans including, but not limited to, Vietnam-era veterans and their dependants, and the spouses and orphans of deceased veterans.

 

THE VVA:

  • Advocates on issues important to all veterans.

  • Seeks full access to quality health care for veterans.

  • Identifies the full range of diabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service.

  • Holds government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans health care.

  • Creates a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans.

  • Seeks the fulles possible accounting of America's POW/MIAs.

  • Supports the next generation of America's war veterans.

  • Serves our communities.

 

MEMBERSHIP ELIGIBILITY:

Membership is open to U.S. armed forces veterans who served on active duty (for other than training purposes) in the Republic of Vietnam between February February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between August 5, 1964, and May 7, 1975.

 

 MEMBERSHIP QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS:

 Are DD-214s kept on file at the VVA National Office?

 VVA's National Membership Department will not maintain original or copies o DD-214's. The DD-214 is destroyed within thirty (30) days of receipt. DO NOT SEND ORIGINAL.

 If a VVA new member card is not delivered within a reasonable amount of time (after mailing), who should be contacted and what information is needed to resolve the problem?

 The VVA database is managed by the VVA Membership Dept. Know the individuals's name, date submitted, and type of payment, and contact the Membership Department at 1-800-882-1316 or 301-585-4000 or email: membership@vva.org

 

Membership includes a subscription to our award-winning newspapers, The VVA Veteran.

Monthly meetings are usually held the third Sunday of each month. We meet at the Sizzler Restaurant on Golden Valley. Please arrive by 8:45. The meeting starts promptly at 9:00 AM.

(Exceptions are made for December when we have our holiday party and when the meeting coincides with a holiday like Mother's Day or Easter.) Check the calendar of events or contact the board of directors for more information.