Former Navy Corpsman Chad Vander Velden is the leader of "Volusia Vets". Below is information about the group straight from the horses mouth:
"I am Navy Corpsman HM3 Chad Vander Velden. First thing I always make clear is I never saw combat. At no time ever will I claim that scar. I took an oath as a Corpsman and feel that since my card wasn’t picked to go to war, I still can help returning soldiers by closing the gap here at home with resources available in one location. My father, USMC PFC Vander Velden, committed suicide in 1999.
We began this organization in September of 2015 with the goal of uniting Vets and networking to improve the lives of returning soldiers. The camaraderie that is missed once in the “civilian world”, the process of navigating the VA system, looking for work and writing a resume can be an eye opening experience. Without the right resources and guidance, a Vet may be lead down the wrong path in the transition process. Hence our mission statement;
“Closing the gap between military discharge and civilian transition.”
So who are we? Are we a 501c, non for profit or a “Wounded Warrior” type group? The answer is no, and no.
We are a group of Vets that look out for one another, guide each other through the good times and bad, we network with employers, and volunteer in the community because it's the right thing to do.
No Vet after discharge from the military in Volusia County should feel lost. Lost navigating the VA system, lost in society, or lost looking for looking for employment. We are here to guide and support our Vets as best we can utilizing the same resources we all have available, but some just don't know about.
Sometimes it just takes a few people to help connect the dots to make a real difference in a Vets life.
That’s what being a Volusia Vet is all about.
If you have any questions please feel free to ask!
Have a great day Doc-
Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots campaign Award Recipient - Dec 2015
Volunteer Work - South Daytona Cemetery clean up - Jan 10
Outreach - Prevented a solider suicide - Feb 2016"
For more information on services, meetings or how to help, check out Volusia Vets' on Facebook at