The VP-16 Reunion Association, Inc. (hereinafter referred to as The Association), is a 501(c)(19) non-profit Federal Income Tax-exempt U. S. Military Veteran-Affiliated Corporation under the U. S. IRS Tax Code. Additionally, The Association is a Tax-exempt Veterans Organization pursuant to Chapter 212, State of Florida Statutes. Incorporation enables the members to enjoy certain financial tax benefits. The Association is led and managed by a non-compensated Board of Directors (BoD) consisting of a President, Vice President, and Secretary who coordinate an annual corporate meeting during our reunions.
|The genesis of The Association is found in the year 1999 when a group of Patrol Squadron Sixteen (VP-16) Navy veteran Eagles and families gathered in reunion to reconnect with each other and share experiences, both during their active-duty years and afterwards. From that year onward, the early reunions were very popular and the organization has grown markedly to a point where the membership data base is now approximately 400. The Service years of squadron alumni range from 1953 to today.|
The abiding Principles and Objectives of the Eagles Veterans and their families are to continue to maintain contact with each other; maintain the commitments of loyalty to the Navy and the Nation established at their various times of original enlistmentsand/or appointments; and enjoy renewal of acquaintances through the traditional camaraderie of Shipmates, both amongst Association Membership and the Active Duty Squadron. Ongoing, cooperative partnership between The Association and the Commanding Officer of VP-16 and all squadron personnel enhances the opportunities of periodic fellowship enjoyed during formal reunions and other events.
The Association meets in periodic reunion (usually annually). Venues vary.
When reunions are held in Jacksonville, the entire War Eagle squadron has the opportunity to interact with the ‘Old’ Eagles. When convened in other cities to better accommodate a cross section of alumni, a contingent of War Eagles often journeys to participate in our reunion activities when deployment
schedules permit. Other combined events are held periodically, such as The VP-16 Heritage Day Celebrations, which are hosted by the squadron.
The Association BoD has worked with the VP-16 Commanding Officer to establish a Benefits Support Program designed to assist, where possible and within The Association’s financial means, active duty personnel where individual or collective needs are evident and official Navy funds may not be sufficient. This assistance is provided in the best spirit and ideals of citizenship, friendship, and the traditions of Navy Shipmates helping one another. The program includes two features: One, College Scholarships for deserving VP-16 Sailors who are pursuing college degrees in off-duty time, and, Two, Other minor financial assistance, in particular, that helps War Eagle families when occasional shortages of official funds may adversely impact their morale and welfare. The Benefits Support Program was approved by The Association membership during the October 2014 corporate meeting and jointly executed by the President of the BoD and the Squadron Commanding Officer in January 2015