Vets 4 Veterans is a local, grass-roots non-profit 501(c)3 ID # 80-0657134, dedicated to empowering local veterans, who are suffering the physical and psychological wounds of war, to successfully reintegrate into the life of the community. Vets 4 Veterans was founded by a group of Vietnam combat veterans who were attending a PTSD therapy group at the Antelope Valley Vet Center. We learned through our own healing process that "staying busy doing good" was a where we wanted to be. We learned the meaning and the action of the word altruism.
The goal of Vets 4 Veterans is to assist any veteran that needs help, whether it be medical or dental assistance, assistance in pursuing their education, or assistance in their living situation. Vets 4 Veterans is dedicated to providing support for our young warriors as they return and readjust to civilian life. We are sensitive to the needs of women veterans who have served their country. Having been through difficult times as we returned from combat, we understand what they may be going through. We are here to help.
Due to the large number of deserving veterans, we have found we can not do this all on our own. We need our community. That is where you come in, whether it be with your membership and volunteer time, donations for the Raffle at our Annual Car Show, or your monetary donations. All funds raised through our Car Show and Raffle go to needy veterans, who are trying to put their lives back together after serving our country.
No officer of our organization receives a salary or any monetary gain from our fund raising activities.
Tom entered the US Army in 1968 and trained at Fort Ord, California. He went to Fort Lenard Wood, Missouri, for Advanced Individual Training. Tom was in Vietnam '69-'70, assigned to the 31st Engineers, and worked with the 1st Cavalry, stationed at LZ Buttons.
Tom states, "My hopes are that we can help vets. If we can stop one vet from getting a divorce and save a family, if we can stop one vet from living on the streets, if we can save one vet from suicide, then all the hard work has been worth it."
Mark entered the US Navy in 1968, and did his training in San Diego, California. He received orders to the USS Regulus AF57, a supply ship. Mark served two tours in Vietnam, '68-'69, and '69-'70, in the South China Sea and Cambodia. The Regulus supplied swift boats, helicopters, and ships at sea. Mark comes from a Navy family, his father serving on a cruiser during World War !!. His father's ship was hit by kamakazi planes and was fired on many times.
Upon his return, Mark worked with LACO Fire CDF. Mark is proud to be a founding member of Vets 4 Veterans. He feels they are "paying it forward." Working to change the feelings of disreception that he and many of his fellow Vietnam veterans experienced when they returned.
Sgt at Arms
I'm John Allen, MM3, that's MachinIst Mate 3rd Class. I'm from a small city on the outskirts of Cincinnati, Ohio. I joined the service in December of '67. I'd signed up for the Army, but ended up in the Navy, where I spent 3 years and 7 months of my 4 year enlistment aboard the destroyer, Theodore E. Chandler. We went directly to Vietnam where we performed NGFS, Naval Gunfire Support. We arrived in April and were hit in May of '68 by two 85 millimeter shells from enemy shore guns. Our duties took us to Cam Rohn Bay, Da Nang Harbor, and all up and down the China Seas. I am thankful for the service because it allowed me to grow, despite my fears. I'm now involved with a group of other Vietnam veterans and it's the best move I've ever made. It's good to be alive!