An extract on #veteran
The Confederate Veteran was established by S. A. Cunningham in Nashville, Tennessee in 1893. Initially, it began as a fundraising newsletter for the construction of a monument in honor of Jefferson Davis, the President of the Confederate States, in Richmond, Virginia. Its first issue included several articles about Jefferson Davis written by Cunningham, Abram Joseph Ryan's poem entitled, The Conquered Banner, and an article about the town of Lexington, Virginia written by J. William Jones, a Southern Baptist minister.
The magazine became "the official organ first of the United Confederate Veterans and later of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Sons of Confederate Veterans, and the Confederate Southern Memorial Society." Over the years, the magazine became "one of the New South's most influential monthlies." It had a readership of over 20,000 by 1900. After Cunningham's death in 1913, the second editor was Edith P. Pope. The magazine ceased publication in 1932.
The magazine was revived in 1984 under the auspices of the Sons of Confederate Veterans and Military Order of Stars & Bars. The current magazine is published six times a year and maintains a blog.
The concept of Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) was developed when Disabled Veteran Michael Focareto (US Navy) attended the 2008 Super Bowl in Phoenix, AZ. As the seat next to him went empty for the entire game, Focareto wondered why it had not been filled with one of the military members who presented down on the field before the game started. Focareto quickly formed a team of individuals who would help him carry out his mission.
In 2016, Veteran Tickets Foundation (Vet Tix) has given away over 810,959 FREE tickets (in all 50 states and DC) to deserving veterans, currently serving military members and their families at a value over $31.5 Million. Since their inception, Vet Tix has given away over 2,633,933 tickets with an estimates face value of $99,494,420.00... serving over 500,000 Military and Veteran Families
VVA aims to campaign on issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to improve public perception of Vietnam veterans. The organization's main efforts concern:
Government Relations Advocacy on veterans' issues
National Task Force for Homeless Veterans
Health care for veterans, including disabled veterans
Issues pertaining to women and minority veterans
National scholarship fund
Assisting veterans seeking benefits/services from the government
Organizes "Stand Downs" for the hard to reach homeless veteran in need of services.
VVA has organizing councils in 43 states, 525 local chapters, and over 50,000 individual members.