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.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today announced selection of five organizations and State and local governments to participate in a new pilot program to assist Veterans and their families who are transitioning from military service to civilian life in rural or underserved communities.
Speaking to a crowd of medical students, residents and faculty at Duke University's School of Medicine, Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald today launched a recruiting initiative aimed at bringing the best and brightest health professionals to the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) which will ultimately expand access to care for Veterans.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) today launched an improved version of the GI Bill® Comparison Tool, which was first launched in February 2014. The GI Bill Comparison Tool is designed to make it easier for Veterans, Servicemembers, and dependents to estimate their GI Bill education benefits and learn more about VA's approved college, university, and other education and training programs across the country. It also provides key information about college affordability and value so beneficiaries can choose the best education program to meet their needs.
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and U.S. Interagency Council on Homelessness (USICH) today released a new national estimate of veteran homelessness in the United States. Data collected during the annual Point-in-Time Count conducted in January 2014 shows there were 49,933 homeless veterans in America, a decline of 33 percent (or 24,837 people) since 2010. This includes a nearly 40 percent drop in the number of veterans sleeping on the street.
The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) today released the final report of its review of systemic issues with patient scheduling and access issues at the Phoenix VA Health Care System (PVAHCS). VA concurred with the recommendations in the final report and, in many cases, has already implemented action plans and made improvements that respond to the OIG's recommendations.
Dan Dellinger, American Legion National President, thanks for that kind introduction-and thank you all for your warm welcome.
Let me first recognize your national leadership: Dan Wheeler, Adjutant; Peter Gaytan, Executive Director; your National Vice Commanders, Paul Dillard, Southeast; Robert Newman, Central; William Rakestraw, Northeast; Wayne Satrom, Midwest; and, Douglas Wooddell, Western Region; your Auxiliary President, Peggy Thomas; and, Kris Huntzinger, Commander, Sons Of The American Legion.
The Department of Veterans Affairs today announced plans to issue a Request for Proposal (RFP) for a new Medical Appointment Scheduling System; the next step in a series of actions VA has taken to replace its antiquated legacy scheduling system. The new system will improve access to care for Veterans by providing medical schedulers with cutting-edge, management-based scheduling software. The RFP will be made public by the end of September 2014; eligible vendors will have 30 days to respond from the day of issuance.
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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