About VVnW
Post Locations
Beacon House
Service Officers
Support Packages
Tm Vet Leader
Bulletin Board






Richard D. Brody






Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. and The Veterans Coalition


NJ State Coordinator
Post Commander
National Board Member


Awards- Commendations

Outstanding Male Recognition Ceremony- Camden, NJ Bd. of County Freeholders

Distinguished Center of Influence Award, NJ Army National Guard (2005)


Military Background

US Army NORAD 1968-1969

Btry A, 4th / 44th Arty, Korea 1970-1971

Civilian Experience- Positions Held  

 Goddard College, VT

§         Assistant Vice President, LS Power Development, LLC  

§         President, NJ Association of Energy Engineers

§         Member and Associate, American Society of Mechanical Engineers, ICE Division 


Additional Affiliations


§         Veterans of Foreign Wars-Life Member

§         Disabled American Veterans- Life Member

§         Honorary Silver Life Member: Camden, NJ PBA Local #35 

§         Chairman: Millstone Township, NJ Veterans Memorial Council 



    I first became actively involved with Veterans organizations in 1978 when I joined Military Riders Motorcycle Club, Chapter V, NJ. We held M/C runs and events to benefit the local DAV chapter. Coincidentally, the banner beneath our M/C club colors read:

“ We Care.” I later became President of Chapter V-NJ.  I attended the early Rolling Thunder M/C runs held in Washington, DC to raise awareness of the POW/MIA issue. I was introduced to VvNW at a Rolling Thunder motorcycle run through its (then) Vice Commander, Mike Milne.  I joined the VVnW in 1992, when NJ- 03 was formed.

     In 1994, I read a news story about a homeless Veteran who died because he was sleeping in a large trash container. When the garbage truck picked up the container, the veteran was crushed inside the truck. I thought that’s no-way for someone who served their country and risked his life for our freedom and the freedom of others to have to live. And it’s certainly no-way for a US military veteran to die or to be remembered. Through my civilian work position in the electric power industry, I sought donated services of inner- city lawyers to council homeless veterans at a “Stand-Down” event in NJ. We learned that some Vets were living on the streets just because minor warrants had been issued against them, and they were afraid of being arrested and possibly imprisoned. 

   I rode along with (military veteran) officers of Camden, NJ’s Police Dept. patrolling the city, and I contacted other NJ PBA’ to help identify homeless veterans living on the streets in winter and to get warm coats to them.

     Among my proudest accomplishments was helping to organize fundraising and manage construction of a town Veterans Memorial.

    The two issues most important to me are America’s POW’s- MIA’s and its homeless veterans.  I developed a lesson program that teaches school children and their teachers about the POW-MIA flag.  The children write letters to the families of MIA’s.  I keep abreast of US efforts to recover and bring home America’s MIA’s by attending national POW/MIA family organization regional meetings. I introduced a local ordinance to fly the POW/MIA flag at my town’s municipal building 24/7.

   Through its nationwide “Beacon House Program,” VVnW and the Veterans Coalition has taken the lead among veterans organizations by assisting our homeless Veterans to transition from drug and alcohol dependency to living normal lives. And, to better deal with social phobias and integrate back into society. In the everyday course of our lives, each of us can make a difference in helping our fellow Veterans. What is said and what I believe about America never forgetting its POWs’ and MIA’s should also apply to our veterans in need:  When one soldier’s life is not worth the effort to save, and when one American is not worth the effort to bring home, then we as Americans have lost.   





Veterans of the
Vietnam War, Inc.
International Headquarters
805 So. Township Boulevard
Pittston, PA 



"An organization succeeds, not because it is long-established,
but because there are people in it who live it, sleep it, dream it,
and build future plans for it."