Minnesota Veterans for Progress (MVP) supports veterans, military service members, and their families through education, advocacy, and reconciliation.
Minnesota Veterans for Progress (MVP) is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization incorporated in 2006 to support veterans and their families. The organization educates members and the public about veteran’s issues and supports initiatives and projects that address veteran’s needs. It also advocates for veteran’s issues, causes, and programs.
Past activities of MVP have included the development of a high school curriculum called “Telling Stories of Vietnam”. MVP provided speakers for high school and college classes. The organization has participated in forums on reintegration services for returning veterans and participated in discussions that helped reorganize the local Veterans Service office.
In 2008, MVP began reconciliation work in South East Asia by conducting veteran initiated humanitarian projects in Vietnam and Cambodia. Funding and completing these projects is now the primary focus of MVP. These projects provide veterans of the Vietnam Era with an opportunity to move toward reconciliation and emotional closure of their war time experiences by allowing them to participate in beneficial service projects in the social and cultural environment of Southeast Asia.
Minnesota Veterans for Progress has and continues to conduct humanitarian projects in Southeast Asia, such as the following:
- Installing water wells in rural Cambodia for land mine victims.
- Supporting ethnic schools and their students that are located in the poorest Provinces in Vietnam.
- Building a Sewing Center in Siem Reap Province of Cambodia to empower rural women and help reduce sex trafficking of girls and young women.
- Supporting orphanages for abandoned children in Vietnam and Cambodia.
- Installing bore wells and water filtration systems in Vietnam.
If you are a veteran from any war or a concerned citizen who wants to participate in reconciliation work by initiating humanitarian projects in Southeast Asia, please contact Minnesota Veterans for Progress.