The ASMDA Veterans Programs Committee is responsible for planning and executing the applicable ASMDA Veterans programs and associated budgets.
As part of ASMDA's stated objective to be "an organization, which can benefit the missile defense industry professionally and foster community and civic interests and goals," ASMDA is deeply rooted in its support to local Veterans' organizations across North Alabama. In addition to ASMDA's financial support of these organizations, several ASMDA members have volunteered their time, often spearheading efforts, to provide needed support and well deserved recognition to our veterans and their families. Listed below are some of the activities and partner organizations ASMDA has been associated with since 1995.
Madison County Veterans Memorial Foundation - ASMDA is the proud sponsor of the Korean War Black Granite Marker and the U.S. Coast Guard Flag. The memorial was dedicated at a ceremony on November 11, 2011 and in conjunction with the annual Huntsville Veterans Day Parade.
The Blue Star Program - Through this national program ASMDA partnering with the North Alabama Veterans and Fraternal Order Coalition (NAVFOC) helps honor the mothers of Service members currently serving in the Armed Forces of our great country.
Gold Star Banner Shadow Boxes - Like the Blue Star banners that recognize mothers of Service members, Gold Star banners are given to the surviving mother or spouse of Service members who lost their lives while on Active Duty. Over the last five years, with ASMDA's financial support, one of our members has volunteered to build the shadow boxes for the Gold Star banners, which are presented annually (in conduction with the Huntsville Veterans Day Parade) to families from across North Alabama, who's Service member recently lost their life while serving on Active Duty.
Operation Christmas Bear - 2011 marked the 8th year of this annual Christmas Party, held at the Cahaba Shrine in Huntsville, Alabama, for the families of Service men and women deployed to a combat zone. With attendance in the hundreds, ASMDA and NAVFOC and their affiliated members, have been heavily involved with this great event since its inception.
Still Serving Veterans - A local non-profit organization, started in the Huntsville area, whose goal is to provide counseling and vocational assistance to active, wounded, and/or retired Veterans. ASMDA is a proud sponsor of this Veteran run, non-profit organization.
Honor Flight (Tennessee Valley Chapter) - This all volunteer non-profit organization, to which ASMDA annually donated money to support, flew more than 1300 North Alabama WWII Veterans to Washington D.C.
Valor Flight - Valor Flight, like Honor Flight before it, is a recipient of ASMDA's financial support and flies North Alabama Korean War Veterans to Washington D.C. to visit their Memorial.
The Huntsville Veterans Memorial Museum and the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives - The Huntsville Veterans Memorial Museum in Huntsville, AL and the Alabama Veterans Museum and Archives in Athens, AL (Limestone County) receive financial donations on behalf of ASMDA. In addition to this support, some ASMDA members have also donated personal artifacts and mementos so they can be displayed and shared with museum visitors.
Semper Fi Community Task Force's Warriors' Week (part of Project Wounded Warrior) - Each year the Task Force sponsors an all-expense paid trip to Huntsville for the Warrior and their spouse, friend, or caregiver. The week is filled with activities across North Alabama ranging from fishing tournaments with local professional fisherman, to formal galas dinners, to being the honored guests riding in (or even driving) a Corvette in the annual Huntsville Veteran Day Parade. In addition to donations to the Task Force, ASMDA also covers the initiation fee for a lifetime membership in the Military Order of the Purple Heart for those Warriors who are not already members.
The Huntsville Veterans Day Parade - ASMDA recruits and sponsors local high school and university marching bands for participation in the parade honoring those who are serving or have served in our Nation's Armed Forces.
Within 14 days of completion of any specific Veterans program activity, the chairman of this activity will provide a paragraph, and possibly pictures to the ASMDA President and the Website Committee Chair for publication on the ASMDA website.