The Center for American Archeology is pleased to announce a new program, the Veterans Archeological Mission (VAM), that will help both our returning veterans and archeological collections. The CAA has developed the VAM in partnership with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Louis District’s Veterans Curation Program (VCP). The VCP is a national curation program that employs veterans to assist with the management of national archeological collections. The VCP teaches veterans how to manage, preserve, and curate archeological artifacts and documents within a structured, civilian employment environment. Through this process, the VCP provides veterans an opportunity to build new job skills, while teaching them how their military training can be an asset to potential employers. Overall, the VCP helps military veterans gain employment in non-military fields and assists them in the transition to civilian life. The CAA’s VAM program is build upon the success of the VCP.
The CAA’s VAM program will facilitate professional growth and development of military veterans, while cultivating a successful transition to civilian life, by financially sponsoring a veteran to participate in the VCP. The VAM is a meaningful way to support community and economic development by helping our veterans find success after their military career and service to our country has ended, while promoting preservation of our nation’s cultural heritage.
You can help our efforts to support military veterans and the preservation of the past. Please consider donating (the gold donate link is located towards the bottom of the page) to this program so more military veterans can participate in this outstanding and highly successful program. If you are unable to donate, please let others know about the CAA, the VAM, and our mission of archeological education, research, and cultural stewardship.