Two Veterans Groups Unite
PERKASIE, Pa. (AP) _ Two Vietnam veterans groups have rejoined forces to give themselves more clout in Washington.
Vietnam Veterans of America and United Vietnam Veterans Organization, which split from VVA six years ago, have combined membership of 60,000.
″The merger gives us a greater voice,″ Joe Buscher, past national commander of the UVVO, said Monday. ″It gives us strength.″
Both organizations have lobbied on such issues as Agent Orange, jobs for Vietnam veterans and problems of adjustment encountered by some veterans.
The VVA received status as a federal charter organization in May, allowing federal employees to make tax-deductible donations to the group and giving it greater financial strength, Buscher said.
Individual chapters of the UVVO will get to choose between joining the VVA or becoming independent.