Our mission is to deploy nationwide implementing veteran marches to proudly support our nation's veterans in a patriotic way, and raise awareness to the issues affecting veterans. We provide assistance to homeless, unemployed, and less fortunate veterans, to improve their quality of life.
The MVM is a 501(c)19, not for profit, tax exempt, Veteran organization. Our membership is comprised entirely of war veterans. We are not a protest organization, and do not promote political agendas, but instead, choose to operate in a spirit of unity. We commend the Department of Veteran Affairs and Veteran Service Organizations for a job well done.
Mel Johnson, Jr., E6 Retired US Navy, President, Director
Homeless Committee Rolanda Burns (804) 237-2634
Jerry Brown (804) 222-8213
Membership Committee/Recruiter/Veteran Service Officer
Lincoln Ball (804) 503-6224
Veteran and Family March Committee
Eric Johnson (804) 437-6875
Mel Johnson (619) 786-0622
Branch/Chapter Expansion Committee
Eric Johnson (804) 437-6875
Organize, plan, and implement veteran marches throughout the country, to honor our veteran's service, their sacrifice, and to enthusiastically support our nation's values.
Build solidarity among veterans and Veteran Service Organizations to raise awareness to the issues that affect veterans.
Provide homeless, unemployed, or under privileged veterans with comprehensive services.
Develop resources for short term emergency services, transitional housing, education, job skills certification and training programs.
Create new partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs, the business, community, economic, and education sectors, to remove obstacles, thus enabling veterans to obtain comprehensive services.
Develop mentoring programs that encourage veterans to work with one another in the absence of a supporting Organization.
The MVM plans to build a long term housing facility for homeless or under privileged Veterans, that features a separate wing for Women Veterans, which will be managed and operated by an all female staff. The facility will be a joint endeavor between Federal, Local, and Community Organizations that support Veterans.
Veterans and Family March
US Capitol Area#2, Washington D.C. May 26, 2012
The March and program was a great success! Thanks to all that supported this event.
The MVM want to give a very special thank you to Major General Tackett for a job "Well Done" as Keynote Speaker at the first annual Veterans and Family March, held May 26, 2012. His unique ability to unite people of different backgrounds around a common goal were on display during this outstanding event.
Major General Tackett served in uniform for over forty-eight years (Almost a half a Century), including over 15 years as West Virginia's Adjutant General, the longest serving Adjutant General in the nation and in state history. He led the West Virginia National Guard through one of the most tumultuous periods in history, deploying nearly 11,000 Guard members overseas for Federal missions and directing the guards response to more than eighty state emergencies.
Senator Jay Rockefeller spoke at the General's ceremony. Below is the senator's speech:
Throughout his four decade long career, General Tackett has built the West Virginia National Guard into a nationally respected outfit that is always ready to answer the call to help, wherever it comes from. General Tackett has always taken the path that was best for the troops and for the state of West Virginia. He sought only what was best for our State and the nation. For that, we owe him our gratitude. I've been fortunate to call Allen a friend for many years and I doubt anyone who has watched his tenure can dispute the change he has made to the Guard. By extension, he has made West Virginia a better place to live and to work. He also has the unique ability to unite people of different backgrounds around a common goal. Most importantly, he does not believe in the words, "it can't be done".
General Tackett's modernization efforts have become an economic engine for communities throughout West Virginia that partnered with the Guard on more than $1 billion in construction projects. In the last 15 years, his leadership has been directly responsible for a tenfold increase in federal money to West Virginia military programs. This has resulted in the creation of more than 1,000 new full-time jobs since 1995.
He cares about people and his compassion is part of who he is. Not everyone sees the respect and honor he has paid to his folks in quiet ways, but I have shared so many exchanges where his true personal connection was evident. I remember his genuine interest in and connection with individuals, honoring them, their needs, and their families. He has seen off every unit prior to their deployment with special instruction to see that they return home, and he has frequently visited our men and women at Walter Reed Medical Center when they returned from combat wounded. As a former Governor of this great state, who had the privilege of serving as the state's Commander-in-Chief, I appreciate just how integral General Tackett's leadership has been to West Virginia.
General, I want to extend my deepest appreciation to you and Sallie Pat for all you have sacrificed for our Country and for West Virginia. You mean so much to this state. Your legacy lives on in the lives that you've touched and the remarkable Guard unit that you've built.
Spotlight: Million Veteran March is a proud sponsor of The VICTORIUM.
Under the direction of Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Sloan D. Gibson, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken significant steps to improve Veterans' access to quality health care. In keeping with the commitment to improve transparency in the department's processes, VA today released the latest update of facility-level patient access data.
In testimony before the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, Acting Secretary of Veterans Affairs Sloan D. Gibson outlined serious problems regarding access to healthcare and key actions the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has taken to get Veterans off wait lists and into clinics.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced several actions the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) is taking to ensure the integrity and accuracy of claims systems and processes. Under Secretary for Benefits Allison Hickey outlined the actions in testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee late Monday evening.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced that the Veterans Benefits Administration (VBA) has completed its one millionth disability claim in fiscal year 2014, and is on track to complete more than 1.3 million claims this year - ensuring that nearly 200,000 more Veterans will receive decisions on their disability claims than fiscal year 2013. Since 2011, VBA has been implementing the largest transformation in its history, fundamentally redesigning and streamlining the way it provides benefits and services to Veterans, their families and survivors.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and the White House Rural Council today announced the award of eight grants, totaling $815,051.50, which will improve access to health care for Veterans living in highly rural areas. The grants will assist over 11,000 Veterans in seven states and 56 counties by providing up to $50,000 per highly rural area to fund transportation services for Veterans to and from VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care. The grants are part of a program authorized by Congress to help state Veterans Service Agencies (SVSAs) and Veterans Service Organizations (VSOs) operate or contract for transportation services to transport Veterans to VA medical centers and other facilities that provide VA care.
Your donation of any amount will greatly assist our efforts to provide much needed resources to our veterans.
The MVM would like to thank our sponsor Mike Dickerson of Custom Logos, and our corporate donors Five Guys, Applebees, Wawa Inc., Sheetz, Food Lion, Martins, Pizza Hut, Walmart, Sams Club, Target, The Home Depot, Popeyes, Shoney's, Starbucks, Bed Bath and Beyond, Hull Street Outlet, Krispy Kreme, and Quality Inn. We would also like to thank our private donors, Pastor Teresa Johnson of Reapers For Christ Ministries, Mrs Claudia Waldrep, Mr. Frank Bradley III, Mr. Robert Bailie, Earl Spencer Jr., Spencer Brothers Citgo, and Stephanie Wall of Vallum Resources. We would like to extend a very special thanks to Morse High School Cheer Squad, San Diego, California and to Community Clovia Lawrence, Radio One on air personality, for her continuous support of the Million Veteran March Organization, and Veterans in the Richmond area.
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