We, the veterans who served during the Vietnam War, who embraced through sacrifice and service to country the most fundamental and cherished bonds of our democracy, reaffirm that commitment to spirit and ideals, accepting it as the solemn responsibility to our survival, to bear the burden of what has been, so that tragedy once endured can never be forgotten. And so do resolve that the true measure of our worth as citizens, as veterans, and as patriots be found in our willingness to draw from and abide by these strengths and convictions born of heritage and experience.
To hold that a sacred and binding contact exists between governors and governed, with the latter recognizing an obligation to compulsory foreign and domestic policies that are clear, consistent, and reflective of the will of the people.
To hold further, that the contract extends to post obligatory service with the Nation, bound whenever and wherever appropriate to the prompt delivery of compensation to individuals or survivors in direct proportion to sacrifice and service rendered.
To honor with dignity the sacred memory of the war dead, and so in dignity, insure that the lasting legacy of the fallen is responsible toward, not exploitation of, their sacrifice.
To stand for cooperation, dialogue, and friendship among the nations of the world community, with full respect and support for those principles central to our national life.
The By-Laws for Chapter 522 defines five specific objectives for our organization. They are:
1. To help foster, encourage and promote the improvement of the condition of the Vietnam Veteran.
2. To promote physical and cultural improvement, growth and development, self-respect, self-confidence and usefulness of Vietnam-era veterans and others.
3. To eliminate discrimination suffered by Vietnam veterans and to develop channels of communication, which will assist Vietnam veterans to maximize self-realization and enrichment of their lives and enhance life fulfillment.
4. To help disabled and needy war veterans including, but not limited to Vietnam veterans and their dependents, and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.
5. To abide by the constitution set forth by The National Headquarters of the Vietnam Veterans of America.