The first mobile medical unit to
operate in Vietnam may be intro-
duced into the country as early
as this summer.
After returning from the spring
humanitarian medical mission
teams, VWAM’s Executive Direc-
tor has been busy coordinating
the MMU’s transport to Vietnam
as well as completing the re-
quired documentation of Viet-
namese and US authorities.
The MMU project has to be ap-
proved by the United States
Agency for International Develop-
ment, the United States Air Force
and Navy, the Embassy’s of Viet-
nam and the United States, the
U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi
Minh City, the People’s Aid and
Coordinating Committee, the
Ministry of Health in Hanoi, and
the Prime Minister of Vietnam him-
self has to sign-off on the project.
In addition, VWAM must have
an in-country sponsor who is will-
ing to enter into a partnership
with VWAM and the MMU project.
That partner has come forward. It
is SOMEDCO, the Social and Medical Committee of the Evangelical
Church of Vietnam South. They will use the MMU when VWAM is not.
SOMEDCO’s Dr. Thanh Tran, M.D., stated, “SOMEDCO is delighted to
join Vets With A Mission in this unique and practical application to de-
liver health services to the poor. We are excited to join VWAM in this
effort, and to be associated with an organization that is so well-
respected and known for its
commitment to serving the
people of Vietnam.”
The redesigned and spe-
cially outfitted Winnebago
RV is presently at the Dream
Center Clinic, an outreach
of Seacoast Church, Mt.
Pleasant, SC undergoing
minor repairs and painting.
It’s hoped the MMU can be
flown to Okinawa where it
would be loaded on a US
Naval vessel making a hu-
manitarian visit to Da Nang
in July. Otherwise the MMU will be transported by container ship from
the Port of Charleston, SC.
The MMU Project is in it’s second fundraising phase. A $39,000 two-
year operational fund goal was established to equip, repair, paint,
transport, train and support the project operationally. As of April 15,
$12,467 has been received leaving a balance of $26,533 that needs
to be raised before the MMU can be sent to Vietnam. The MMU will
help VWAM and SOMEDCO provide charity health services.
Chinh will move from Ho Chi
Minh City in June with his wife
Minh Ha and the two children,
Vy and Tien. They will come to
Da Nang from Saigon after com-
pleting their school term.
The first-floor has a living area
that includes a kitchen, bath-
room, and a motorbike/auto
garage. The third-floor area has
another bedroom, living area
and bathroom. The top-floor/
roof design is open with water
tank, solar heater, and a vege-
It’s the second-floor VWAM
would rent to be the future Rep-
resentative Office. It has ample
space for an office, file/records
The City of Da Nang is the likely
location of a “Representative Of-
fice” for Vets With A Mission.
Nguyen Van Chinh, VWAM’s
volunteer coordinator, has built a
house in Hoa Hai not far from Mar-
ble Mountain. With the help of
family, friends, and his personal
investment the three-story house
was completed earlier this year.
room, and storage for medical/
VWAM’s PTO will be renewed
soon. Once that is done proce-
dures will be completed, with as-
sistance from PACCOM and the
guidance of Mr. Tran Kim Cuong,
Expert American Desk, to estab-
lish a Representative Office.