The Beirut Veterans of America, Inc. (BVA/organization/corporation/association) was formed by its founders, certain veterans of the expedition of the United States Armed Forces in and around Beirut, Lebanon, in 1982-1985. These founders resolved to create this organization consisting primarily of veterans of that conflict, and of the United States Armed Forces expedition in and around Beirut, Lebanon in 1958, and during other periods as listed elsewhere in these by-laws. The BVA was intended as a fraternal organization formed for the mutual support and benefit of its members, in memory of those that perished, there and since service there, and in perpetuating the memory of those actions.
Since inception of the Beirut Veterans of America, the Armed Forces of the United States have again participated in actions in and around Beirut, Lebanon; members who served in Beirut in the 1950’s, 1970’s and the conflict in the 1980’s are dying, and it is understood that eventually none will remain to carry on the purposes and missions for which this organization was originally formed.
Therefore, on October 22, 2012, and 2013 at its regularly scheduled annual meeting, the membership of the Beirut Veterans of America empowered and directed the Chairman of the Board of Directors to prepare and form a legally recognized corporation that would live far into the future. This would require the preparation and implementation of new Bylaws. The Chairman of the Board was directed to take those actions deemed appropriate to satisfy the members’ directives, to include hiring professionals as deemed necessary to effectuate those ends, signing and filing required paperwork, and protecting the name, logo and slogans of the organization to the greatest extent possible.
The Beirut Veterans of America was originally formed as a not for profit corporation in or around The Commonwealth of Virginia in time for the annual remembrance of those that died in the bombing of the Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon on October 23, 1983, and all others who perished in Beirut and during the Operation on the Island of Grenada. That was accomplished in time for the remembrance held October 23, 1993. While all other actions were appropriate, the original corporation paperwork lapsed. A diligent search for the same found none of the original supporting documentation.