Upcoming Trips

2019 Trip Information!
Vets With A Mission is pleased to annnouce its trip dates for 2019. There will be two teams. One will be a training team for medical/health professionals only, and a medical team for both medical/health volunteers and non-medical/health volunteers -  especially Vietnam veterans!

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The training team will be April 4-14. Trip price from Atlanta or west coast is $2,874 plus a non-refundable deposit of $125. This team is for medical/health professional volunteers, and is "By invitation only." If you are a physician or physician assistant, please contact Dr. Mike Bernardo at mbernardo777@gmail.com for information and consideration, or call him at 803-924-1152.

If you are a Nurse, Nurse Practitioner or EMT/EMS, please contact RN Steve Scott at wabisabifarm@yahoo.com for information and consideration, or call him at 941-625-0381. The training team trip itinerary:

VLS-FA & PHYSICIAN/CLINIC TRAINING TEAM
April 04/Thursday: ATL, overnight airport hotel.
April 05/Friday: ATL to ICN (Seoul, South Korea).
April 06/Saturday: ICN to DAD (Da Nang). 
April 07/Sunday: Jet-lag day.
April 08/Monday: Da Nang to Hue; prepare for training (Physicians & VLS-FA together).
April 09/Tuesday: 1st day of training in Nam Dong (One hour southwest of Hue City).
April 10/Wednesday: 2nd day of training. (One hour southwest of Hue City).
April 11/Thursday: Last training day; joint training session after lunch; then graduation and van down to Da Nang.
April 12/Friday: R&R Day in Da Nang.
April 13/Saturday: Last day in Vietnam. Check-out from hotel at 6pm. DAD to ICN this evening.
April 14/Sunday: ICN to ATL.

Trip price includes:
- Roundtrip economy-class airfare on Korean Airlines (Departure cities include ATL, SFO, LAX & SEA).
- One night in Atlanta at the team airport hotel.
- All airport - hotel - airport transfers.
- All hotels in Vietnam with daily breakfast; 5 Star Furama in Da Nang & 5 Star Imperial in Hue, 2 Star Guesthouse in Nam Dong.
- Lunch on days the team has training in Nam Dong.
- All team ground transportation in Vietnam.
- Visa & Health/Medical/Evacuation insurance.
- All taxes, fees, service charges and VAT in Vietnam.

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                                                                                                        "MEDICAL & VET/NON-VET TEAM"

The medical team will be April 13 - 30. Trip price from Atlanta or the west coast is $3,874 plus a $125 non-refundable deposit. This team is for both non-medical and medical volunteers. Vietnam veterans are encouraged to participant! Vets are given priority placement on this team regardless of professional medical/health training or lack thereof. Please note that here is a role for all volunteers to play on this team. Team will serve in Thua Thien Hue Province in Nam Dong, which is about one hour southwest from Hue City. The medical team trip itinerary:

2019 MEDICAL TEAM
April 13/Saturday: ATL, team meeting, overnight.
April 14/Sunday: ATL to ICN (Seoul, South Korea).
April 15/Monday: ICN to DAD (Da Nang).
April 16/Tuesday: Jet-lag Day.
April 17/Wednesday: Van up to Hue.
April 18-19-20/Thursday-Friday-Saturday: Clinic #1 Nam Dong District.
April 21/Sunday: R&R Day.
April 22-23/Monday-Tuesday: Clinic #2 Nam Dong District.
April 24/Wednesday: R&R Day.
April 25-26/Thursday-Friday: Clinic #3 Nam Dong District.
April 27/Saturday: A.M. clinic for Downs Syndrome & Special Needs Children. Checkout after lunch & van down to Da Nang/Furama.
April 28/Sunday: R&R day in Vietnam. Team dinner at 7pm.
April 29/Monday: Check-out from hotel at 6pm. DAD to ICN this evening.
April 30/Tuesday:  ICN to ATL.

​A trip highlight is the special team farewell dinner held in honor of Vietnam and Vietnam Era veterans at the Furama Resort,  China Beach, Da Nang. Trip price includes:

  • Roundtrip economy-class airfare on Korean Airlines (Departure cities include ATL, SFO, LAX & SEA).
  • One night in Atlanta at an airport hotel.
  • All airport - hotel - airport transfers.
  • All hotels in Vietnam with daily breakfast; 5 Star Furama in Da Nang & 5 Star Imperial in Hue.
  • Lunch on days the team has clinic in Nam Dong.
  • All team ground transportation in Vietnam.
  • Farewell team dinner in honor of the veterans.
  • Visa & Health/Medical/Evacuation insurance.
  • All taxes, fees, service charges and VAT in Vietnam.

Airline and hotel upgrades available at extra cost.

Each team member is responsible for their domestic flight to and from Atlanta or their departure airport, if going out from the west coast. 

If interested, REQUEST A TEAM APPLICATION from Chuck Ward at vetswithamission@backroads.net, or call him at 803-405-9926, for more information and details.

***An email account/address is required of all team communications***
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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