Boca Raton, FL — Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 1125, serving veterans in Boca Raton, and the surrounding communities in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, has announced that the Florida State Coordinator for the Missing In  America Project (MIAP) will be the featured guest speaker at their monthly meeting November 26th in Patch Reef Park.  

The purpose of the MIA Project is to locate, identify and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state and federal organizations and to provide honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes.

The Missing in America Veterans Recovery Program (MIAP) is a Federal recognized Non-Profit Veterans Organization for the identification, location, verification, and movement of Veterans and their Dependents.

The VVA Chapter meeting at 6:30 PM at the James A. Rutherford Community Center in Patch Reef Park, 200 W. Yamato Road in Boca Raton, is open to the public.  VVA is a national non-profit organization founded in the United States that is committed to serving the needs of all veterans.  It is  is funded without any contribution from any branch of government. VVA is the only such organization chartered by the United States Congress and dedicated to Vietnam veterans and their families. Its founding principle is ”Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

VVA’s goals are to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.

Chapter 1125 has awarded five scholarships during 2018 to include high school students in Palm Beach and Broward and a Florida Atlantic (FAU) Army ROTC cadet.  Members are also very active in the community helping homeless veterans through their Veterans Helping All Veterans support program, projects at the West Palm Beach Veterans Hospital and at the State Veterans Nursing Home in Pembroke Pines.  Funding for their many endeavors comes primarily from donations and contributions received from their “Take A Book” program at The Delray Affair and various Publix supermarkets in Palm Beach County, and individual support from the local community.