Vetlands      

Mission

  1. Assist disabled and needy war veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces, their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased war veterans. 
  2. To perpetuate the memory of deceased war veterans and members of the Armed Forces and to comfort their survivors. 
  3.  To provide social and recreational activities for war veterans and members of the Armed Forces.

 

Vetlands will acquire land throughout the United States to be held, improved, managed, and disposed for the benefit of war veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.

  

Benefits to Veterans

Veterans will benefit in several ways:

 

  1.  They can use the properties free of charge for recreational enjoyment with their families and friends and for emotional healing.
  2.  Memorials to deceased war veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces will be placed at properties acquired.
  3. Revenue generated from disposal of properties shall be used to assist disabled and needy war veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces and their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased veterans.

 

                      

Acquisition of Lands

 

Vetlands has negotiated the donation of its first property, located in West Virginia.  The property is mountainous and has direct access to the George Washington National Forest.  It offers scenic vistas, clean mountain air, seclusion, hunting and fishing, and general recreation potential.  There are no accommodations, but donations will be sought to fund construction of a cabin.

 

In the first few years of operations, Vetlands will spend a significant amount of time seeking donations of land and capital.  This is essential to build the base of properties throughout the United States to ensure a significant number of war veterans have convenient access to a Vetlands property.  Land acquired by Vetlands will primarily be in remote scenic areas affording natural beauty and serenity.  Donations of land to Vetlands will be solicited from landowners throughout the United States.  In addition donations of cash will be solicited for purchase of lands and improvements to lands. 

 

                                             

Improvements to Lands

As resources permit, lands acquired will be improved in various ways including addition of living accommodations, clearing of land for recreational farming and gardening, cutting trails for walking and recreational vehicles, and fostering wildlife habitat for improvement of hunting and fishing conditions.  Properties with no improvements will nevertheless be available for camping, hunting, fishing, and other forms of recreation.  Improvements will enhance the experience for veterans, providing a higher chance that they will benefit emotionally and physically. 

 

Management of Lands

Veterans will be able to reserve properties for use through an on-line reservation system.  The system will contain photos and descriptions of the properties and accommodations.  There will be no charge to veterans for use of properties.  The Vetlands website will offer a forum for veterans to connect with each other.  Virtual bulletin boards will be included, one with a general focus and others focused by Vetlands property.  While using a property, veterans will be required to maintain a daily log book, recording visitors, events, perceptions, and general comments, and any maintenance problems at the property that need to be addressed by Vetlands.  Log book entries will be entered into the Vetlands website for the benefit of all veterans to read.  

 

                                             

Memorials to Deceased Veterans

With guidance and approval of families of deceased war veterans and members of the United States Armed Forces, Vetlands will place memorial plaques at properties held.  Memorials placed at a property will be limited to deceased war veterans and deceased members of the United States Armed Forces who resided in the state where the property is located.     

 

                                               

Disposal of Lands

Properties that get limited usage or that do not fit the characteristics desired by veterans for usage will be sold and the proceeds will be used to improve other properties, fund Vetlands operations, and assist disabled and needy war veterans and members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their dependents and the widows and orphans of deceased war veterans.  Assistance will be focused on relieving needy and disabled veterans who are in financial stress.

 

Vetlands Legal and Accounting Representatives

Anthony Hubbard, Mintz Levin, Boston (http://www.mintz.com/about/directory/biography/235/Anthony_E_Hubbard/) is the organizations attorney.

 

 Tim MacLellan, Morgan & Morgan, P.C. (www.morgancpa.com) is the organization’s accountant.

 
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