Chapter 522 is actively engaged in a diverse set of community activities. Our members place special emphasis on programs that provide proactive and comprehensive support for Vietnam veterans. We frequently participate in partnership agreements with other veteran groups and community service organizations. Because several of our members are disabled veterans, we are particularly mindful and supportive of handicap-related initiatives.
Some of the projects and programs undertaken include:
1. Working with homeless veterans. We provided administrative and financial assistance to veterans in an effort to secure medical help through the Veterans Administration. We provided clothing, batteries, and other personal need items for homeless veterans.
2. Keeping the awareness alive for POW/MIA programs. Our members walk the beaches of Pinellas County on major holidays with flags to display our support for all missing and unaccounted service personnel. We proudly displayed POW/MIA flags at the VA Health Care Center in Bay Pines on POW/MIA day and at other events where we participate.
3. Providing a VVA nationally appointed representative and three deputy representatives to the VAVS (Veterans Administration Voluntary Service). Our representatives attend quarterly meetings and provide input regarding current programs undertaken by the VA. We also have several members who have completed the volunteer services training program; these members are approved to work at Bay Pines VAMC and/or the VA Palm Harbor Clinic.
4. Partnering with organizations such as Make-A-Difference for children with disabilities. Our members provided sweat equity for these types of programs. Chapter 522 also provides financial donations and gifts to various community organizations.
5. Supporting local military organizations that were either deploying overseas or returning home from extended overseas tours.
6. Providing comfort and support to military families who have lost a son or daughter while serving in the armed forces of the United States of America.
7. Assisting our own members who need help with home projects. For example, we have done landscaping, painting, carpentry work, and wheelchair repairs for our own brothers.
8. Supporting volunteers who are also members of Chapter 522 in their work at the USO in Tampa.