At Nation’s Finest, our mission is to support America’s military veterans and their families with a comprehensive approach to housing, health and employment that helps them achieve self-sufficiency and reach their full potential.
A group of returning Vietnam veterans can't find the support they need, so they create a nonprofit organization in Santa Rosa, CA, on a $9,000 budget. They name it Flower of the Dragon.
As Saigon falls in April, our staff and volunteers perform critical roles in a dramatic airlift that extracts more than 2,000 Vietnamese children from their war-torn country to be adopted by American families.
We co-sponsor and organize the first National Symposium on the Issues of Vietnam Veterans. Held on the campus of Sonoma State University, with financial support provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities and Van Loben Sels Charitable Foundation of San Francisco, the symposium addresses the impact of war on veterans and their families.
We help convince the Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs to acknowledge the health impacts of Agent Orange exposure on veterans and their families.
We become a founding member of the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans (NCHV), which is established to advocate on a federal level for homeless veterans and their families.
We open a health clinic in Luong Son to serve the impoverished people of Vietnam.
We become a founding member of the California Association of Veteran Service Agencies (CAVSA), which is established to advocate for issues impacting California veterans and their families.
We build the first of three schools in Vietnam and continue to provide medical services and nutritional training to villagers in remote areas of Hoa Binh Province.
Our Board of Directors formally establishes a subsidiary, Veterans Housing Development Corporation, to focus its resources and expertise on responding to the critical need for affordable housing for veterans and their families.
We lead the efforts for California Proposition 41, which establishes a $600 million fund for affordable housing for low-income, disabled, and homeless veterans and their families.
We help lead the legislative and electoral campaigns for California Propositions 1 & 2, which establish $6 billion for affordable housing and home ownership for low-income individuals, including veterans.
One of our co-founders, Peter Cameron, retires as President and CEO after 47 years of outstanding service. He is replaced by Chris Johnson, who joins the agency following successful leadership roles at the American Red Cross, Woodcraft Rangers, and Mending Kids International.
Recognizing the need to stand out among the estimated 40,000 veteran organizations nationwide, we change our name to Nation's Finest.