Vietnam vets work to make back-to-school transition easier

Len Ignatowski, vice president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227, presents $4,825 worth of gift cards to assist the back-to-school needs of veterans and children of veterans to Ky’Neike King, Dinisha Johnson and Jasmine Wilson of the VA Supportive Housing (VASH) Program.

For the ninth consecutive year, Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 227 of Northern Virginia contributed gift cards totaling more than $4,800 to assist veterans and children of veterans in the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Supportive Housing (VASH) Program with their back-to-school needs.

Thanks to generous donations, fifty-nine $75 gift cards were provided for VASH family children who are in school, and, for the first time, four $100 gift cards were provided to veterans in educational programs.

The VASH program is a joint effort between the Departments of Housing and Urban Development and Veterans Affairs to assist homeless veterans and their families in transitioning from homelessness to normalcy with affordable and stable lodging. Case managers serve more than 100 veterans and their families in Northern Virginia.

The Vietnam Veterans of America chapter also plans on providing a holiday credit-card gift card for needy VASH families and single military veterans,and fulfilling the “Santa List” of one military family with a member in the Fort Belvoir Hospital. 

Anyone wishing to contribute to the holiday program or Santa List can mail a check made payable to “VVA Chapter 227” with memo “2019 Holiday Gift Card” to VVA Chapter 227, P.O. Box 5653, Arlington, Va. 22205. For information, call Len Ignatowski at (703) 255-0353.

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