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In 1972, Domenic Gatto founded Atlantic Express Transportation Corp., a small school bus business in New York.
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Before launching his career as a successful businessman and President and Chief Executive Officer of Atlantic Express Transportation Corp., Domenic Gatto served his country in the Vietnam War. Upon returning home in 1969, Domenic Gatto became a member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).
Founded in 1978 by a small group of Vietnam veteran activists, Vietnam Veterans of America is an advocacy organization that exclusively represents soldiers returning home from the Vietnam War and their families. Although VVA maintained a high level of activity during its early years and gained the support of several media outlets, the organization experienced setbacks when arguing its case in front of Congress. After the triumphant return of hostages from Iran in the early 1980s, VVA began to demand proper recognition for Vietnam veterans. One year after the dedication of the Vietnam War Memorial in 1982, VVA established the Vietnam Veterans of America Legal Services (VVALS) to assist veterans seeking benefits from the government. Soon thereafter, VVALS became the most prominent veteran benefits legal service and contributed to the growth of the VVA as an organization. The VVA soon won the respect of Congress and the public and began to enact new advocacy programs for veterans of the Vietnam War.
Today, VVA maintains a membership of over 50,000 veterans across more than 600 chapters in the United States. Under the guidance of a national board of directors, composed of 24 men and women from local chapters across the country, VVA seeks to advance the cultural, educational, health, economic, and emotional needs of Vietnam veterans adjusting to their lives as civilians.
To accomplish the stated goal of serving Vietnam veterans, VVA identifies three courses of action for legislative success: working with the media, lobbying, and mobilizing constituents. The strategy has produced significant results in the past, including the establishment of the Vet Center system, increased job placement and unemployment services for veterans, and health care assistance for veterans suffering from the effects of Agent Orange exposure. To learn more about Vietnam Veterans of America or to find out how to become involved, visit the website at vva.org.