CENTRAL VALLEY VIETNAM VETERANS
The Central Valley Vietnam Veterans Club was established in 2007 by nine disabled Vietnam Veterans who were in therapy for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. The veterans came to the conclusion, not only could they help veterans of all stripes though their new club, they could make their community a better place for veterans and children by sponsoring a series of fund-raising events along with events designed to promote veterans awareness within the community. Article 1 of our By-Laws says in part: “This club shall be known as the Central Valley Vietnam Veterans Club. Its purpose and objectives are to promote and encourage the welfare of all Vietnam Veterans, and to promote their social, recreational, physical and moral welfare.” Our events were designed to be non-threatening, inclusive, and veteran friendly.
While veteran’s issues and the wellness of veterans, both physically and mentally, are a large focus of our efforts, we remain equally committed to local youth in our community. We feel they need our nurturing support and our oral histories to help them become well informed, well-rounded Americans.
As a club we have many fundraisers throughout the year, which raises money for various children’s organizations. We have established fund-raisers for Valley Children’s Hospital’s Camp Sunshine Dreams, a summer camp for children with leukemia; Royal Family Camp for abused children; local deployed military families; the Central Valley Cadet program; and the Claude Meitzenheimer Annual Easter Egg Hunt for lower socio-economical youth in our community. The organization also has a Color guard, which presents or posts the Colors at different events in our local area. An Honor guard is also part of the club, which gives a military salute at funerals of past veterans whose family have asked for this service.
The Central Valley Vietnam Veterans Club is the most active veteran’s organization in the area and has grown from that small beginning of nine concerned Vietnam Veterans to sixty dedicated members in short order. Vietnam Era Veterans are flocking to this inclusive, community active, 501 C-19 life enhancing veteran organization.
We extend a warm welcome and invitation to all Vietnam Veterans as well as Vietnam-Era Veterans to join our group and become part of a family of brothers and sisters who are dedicated to serving our community.
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Charity Events for 2017:
April 1 – Club 10 Year Anniversary Festival
April 8 – Dinner Dance / Silent Auction
May 29 – Pancake Breakfast / Avenue of Flags
July 22 – Casino Night
September 2 – Car Show
October 9 – Golf Tournament
November 4 – Veterans Tulare Parade / Club Barbeque
December 3 – Christmas Dinner
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE.