Scott C. Barber
Jerold A. Klein
Thomas H. Corey
Michelle R. Watson
Douglas L. Phipps, Esq.
Tom Corey currently serves as
President of the
Vietnam Veterans Peace Initiative.
Corey served as President and CEO of Vietnam
Veterans of America, the nation's only congressionally chartered
organization exclusively serving the needs of Vietnam-era
veterans and their families, retiring from that position in
He currently works at the West Palm Beach VA
Medical Center as an Ombudsman and Program Specialists with the
A native of Detroit, Corey entered the U.S. Army
and was sent to Vietnam in May 1967 where he served as a combat
infantryman and squad leader with the 1st Air Cavalry
Division, 1st Battalion, 12 Calvary. While engaged in an assault
against enemy positions on January 31, 1968, Tet Offense, he
received an enemy round in the neck, which hit his spinal cord
and left him paralyzed and a quadriplegic. He was medically
retired from the U.S. Army in May 1968. Corey is a decorated
combat veteran receiving the Bronze Star Medal with V device, 2
Purple Hearts, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Presidential
Unit Citation, Valorous Unit Citation, Republic Vietnam
Gallantry Cross, Combat Infantry Badge along with other awards.
After an extended hospitalization, Corey returned
to his family in Detroit where he spent his time in and out of
the local VA hospital. He relocated to West Palm Beach, Florida,
in 1972, where he has been involved in community affairs, a
veterans leader and advocate and served on many advisory boards
with local Government, and with the VA Medical Centers in Miami
and West Palm Beach, the VA Research Foundation of Palm Beaches,
VSIN 8 Management Assistance Council, Friends of Veterans Board,
Friends of Fisher House Board, Vietnam Veterans of America,
Chapter 25, Board and Vietnam Veterans Peace Initiative,
President. He has received numerous awards for speaking out on
veterans' and disabled persons' rights since the mid seventies.
Corey has returned to Vietnam 16 times since 1994
representing Vietnam Veterans of America, Veterans Initiative
program regarding our POW/MIA's and Agent Orange issues with
successful results. He led delegations meeting with top
Vietnamese and Laos leaders, Government Officials at every
level, the Veterans Association of Viet Nam organization leaders
and members throughout Vietnam, with Health Care leaders on
Agent Orange effects and research from U.S. and Vietnam, U.S.
Ambassador's to Vietnam and Laos, the U.S. Joint Task Force-Full
Accounting in Vietnam and Laos, who are responsible for recovery
efforts of Americans still listed as POW/MIA. Corey was
nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts in Vietnam.
Corey was the first recipient of the Vietnam
Veterans of America's Commendation Medal, VVA's highest award
for service to veterans, their families, and the community.
Corey was the founding President of VVA Palm
Beach County Chapter 25 in 1981. In 1991, the chapter was named
the Thomas H. Corey Chapter at its tenth anniversary
celebration. In 1985, he was elected to VVA's National Board of
Directors. In 1987, he was elected VVA's national Secretary and
was re-elected in 1989, 1991, 1993, and 1995. In 1997, he was
elected VVA's national Vice President and re-elected in 1999; in
2001 he was elected VVA President and was re-elected in 2003 and
served until 2005.
Corey is also a member of the Paralyzed Veterans
of America, Military Order of the Purple Heart Association,
Disabled American Veterans, American Legion, Veterans of Foreign
War, 1st Cavalry Association, and the National Association of
Tom Corey resides in Jupiter, Florida. He has a
son Brian, and a daughter, Trang.