Upcoming Trips

2020 Trip Information!
Vets With A Mission's 2020 Vietnam humanitarian medical team trip has been finalized!

The Vietnamese government and related agencies have asked VWAM to focus on medical and helath training teams instead of medical mission teams. Therefore, VWAM will not have a medical mission team in 2020 or beyond. Teaching and training teams will be the focus, and are much smaller than a medical mission. This type of team does not include non-medical/health volunteers.

However, the Vietnamse government has agreed to one more, a a final medical mission team March 6-24. It will be comprised mostly of volunteers from VWAM's Board of Director's and Board of Advisor's. But there is a need for a few non-board member volunteers, and another way on which to serve on this last medical mission team is to win the Vietnam Trip Raffle!

1 or 2 additional volunteers will come from the winner of this raffle, which runs from August 1 - Septembert 30. By making a donation, during this two month period, you will be elgible for the drawing on October 16.

If you did not get the mailing or email blast sent on August 1 for this promotion, or would like the information to be able to take advantage of this final Vietnam Trip Raffle, please contact Chuck  Ward (Contact info below) for details!

Please email Chuck Ward at vetswithamission@backroads.net or call him at 803-405-9926 with another other questions.
What do VWAM humanitarian teams do?
You do not have to be a medical-health professional to participate on a VWAM team. Medical teams usually work out of a previously built or sponsored VWAM clinic in Hue City, its suburbs, or rural areas in Thua Thien Hue Provinces. It could be in a Ward, Commune or District in the city or in a rural mountainous area. Vets With A Mission has a reputation for going to those places well off the beaten tourist path to help the most disadvantaged. Both health/medical volunteers and non-health/non-medical volunteers have opportunities to serve on each team, and Vietnam veterans are given preferred placement on teams. Previous team members are also given priority placement on a trip/team over first-time applicants. Non-veterans, who are not medical-health professionals, are also welcome to join a team! Approximately 35 volunteer positions are available on each team.

For additional information or to have any questions answered, please don’t hesitate to contact Chuck Ward, Executive Director, at 803-405-9926 or vetswithamission@backroads.net

Teams serve at a clinic VWAM built or sponsored, and each medical/health professional has an interpreter assigned to them. Medical/health professionals obviously do things like screening of patients (Nurses) and Patient examiners (Physicians, PA’s or NP’s, dentist or optometrist/ophthalmologists, PT’s etc.) see the patients. Pharmacists fill prescriptions and distribute supplies as well as canes, walkers, etc. Non-medical/health professionals maintain clinic security and order, assist in the flow and movement of patients at the clinic, serve in the pharmacy or patient registration, and fulfill other duties. There is a role for every team member volunteer to fill regardless of professional training or lack thereof!

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Vietnam vets served our country on land, sea and in the air to help the Vietnamese people. It was said, “We were the best and the brightest.” Well, we believe that is still true today. Vets return for a number of reasons including personal, religious/spiritual and humanitarian. Vets With A Mission is dedicated to reconciliation in helping Vietnam veterans and all veterans – even those of former South Vietnam, North Vietnam and the Viet Cong – to honor the past and embrace the future. Vietnam is no longer a war; it is a country. Since 1989 nearly 2,600 volunteers, both veterans and non-veterans, have traveled to Vietnam with VWAM. Now you can join us in making a difference in your life and the lives of others.
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