The United States Veterans’ Artists Alliance (USVAA) is a 501 © 3, non-profit, multi-disciplinary arts organization. Founded in 2004 by military veterans and artists, USVAA provides opportunities for veterans in the arts by networking with veterans, artists, supportive individuals and organizations within the arts and veterans’ communities to find funding and support for individual artistic projects in theater, film, television, the visual/fine arts and a wide variety of crafts.
In addition to our work with veterans and artists, we strive – as spokespersons in the veteran’s community and in our endeavors as artists – to highlight issues of concern to veterans and their families. These issues include the transition from military to civilian life, education, employment, the effects of wartime and military service injuries such as PTSD, TBI and Military Sexual Trauma (MST) and homelessness among veterans.
The last component of our mission is to honor those veterans of all eras who have distinguished themselves in the arts and humanities. These individuals include, Edgar Allan Poe, Julia Child, Sam Maloof, H.C. Westermann, Lou Rawls, Irving Berlin, Abraham Lincoln, Kurt Vonnegut, James Earl Jones and many, many, others. These individuals inspire us and it is in their spirit that we are able to persevere in our work with the next generation of great American artists.
USVAA is a non-partisan organization dedicated to supporting veterans in the arts, humanities and the entertainment industry. We do not engage in electoral politics. USVAA’s endorsements of political candidates, votes and propositions are limited to issues that affect veterans and the arts. Our board members and the artists associated with USVAA are a diverse group that reflects the wide variety of beliefs held among veterans. Their individual opinions and/or political activities should not be construed as reflecting positions held by USVAA.
Keith Jeffreys – USA (5th SFG[A])
Jeffrey Tally – Lt. Col. (Ret.) USA (3rd, 5th SFG [A] OIF)
Charles “Chris” Cross – USA (OEF 3rd SFG [A])
Daniel Cano – USA (101st Airborne Division, Vietnam)
ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
John Keaveney (Veteran, 1/75th Rangers, Vietnam 1968-1971, Founder, New Directions, Inc.)
Daniel Cano, Professor of English, Santa Monica City College (Veteran, 101st Airborne Division, Vietnam)
Judith Broder, M.D. (Founder /Chair – The Soldiers Project)
John Perrin Flynn, veteran, U.S. Army, Director, TV and Film, Founder, Rogue Machine Theater.
John Densmore, musician, writer, actor and filmmaker, with a long and award-winning involvement with theater.
Ron Kovic (Veteran, United States Marine Corps, Vietnam 1965-1968, Author: “ Born on the Fourth of July”)
Dan Lauria (Veteran, United States Marine Corps, Vietnam). Noted stage, television and film actor.
DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROJECTS
DIRECTOR OF HISTORICAL RESEARCH