Bobby Muller

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Bobby Muller is Chairman of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF), which he founded in 1980 with John F. Terzano, and a co-founder with Terzano of Veterans for America, which was established in June 2006. He founded Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) in 1978. He is married to Solange MacArthur.

"The VVAF co-founded a 1997 Nobel Peace Prize-winning campaign to ban landmines. In 2004, Muller founded Alliance for Security." Muller is also a Member of the Board of Advisors of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America. [1]


According to his Veterans for America bio, "[r]aised in a New York City suburb, Bobby Muller's commission with the US Marines began the same day he received his Bachelors in Business Administration from Hofstra University in 1968. As a Marine Lieutenant, he served as a combat infantry officer in Vietnam. In April of 1969, Muller was leading an assault when a bullet severed his spinal cord and left him paralyzed from the chest down. His service in Vietnam and its aftermath changed his life. During rehabilitation at the Veterans Administration Hospital in the Bronx, NY, Muller experienced firsthand the problems of neglect, frustration and inadequate care being given to wounded veterans in the US. He decided to fight for fair and just treatment for all veterans by joining the anti-war movement, enrolling in law school at Hofstra and eventually serving as legal counsel for the Eastern Paralyzed Veterans Association. He founded Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) in 1978 and Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation (VVAF) in 1980.

"Despite the shift - from Marine Lieutenant to anti-war activist - Bobby Muller continued to heed his generation's call to service. Because of his efforts, VVA is the only Congressionally chartered organization for Vietnam veterans in America. His tireless efforts as head of VVA resulted in the passage of landmark legislation granting veterans compensation for Vietnam-related maladies, including Agent Orange and post-traumatic stress disorder. VVA also won for all veterans the right to judicial review of Veterans Administration (VA) decisions. The challenges to the VA have created a revolutionary transformation of the way in which the US government treats veterans.

"In 1981, Muller led the first delegation of American veterans to return to Vietnam since the end of the war. As a result of that trip, Muller and VVAF became leading advocates of reconciliation with America's former enemies in Vietnam. The veterans' reconciliation work ultimately helped to lift the economic embargo by the US and normalize relations between the countries.

"Muller also traveled to the killing fields of Cambodia in 1984. Genocide had claimed one-quarter of the country's population in four years, and Muller found survivors needing medical care, rehabilitative assistance and hope for the future. Deeply affected by the exposure to this tragedy, he decided to work for landmine victims and all victims of war around the world. He established a prosthetic clinic on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia's capital, which is now the National Rehabilitation Center for the country, a modern and fully equipped workshop producing more than 140 prostheses and orthoses and 30 wheelchairs each month.

"In 1991, Muller co-founded the International Campaign to Ban Landmines to continue the work begun in Cambodia. The global landmine campaign received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1997. Today, through Muller's efforts, VVAF's humanitarian programs assist innocent civilian victims of conflict in 14 war-torn countries through a wide range of physical and social rehabilitation services as well as the coordination of survey operations that assess humanitarian assistance needs such as mine/unexploded ordnance clearance and other public health priorities.

"Other campaigns co-founded by Muller include the Nuclear Threat Reduction Campaign and the Campaign for Criminal Justice Reform, an initiative of The Justice Project, which is affiliated with VVAF and Veterans for America Campaign.

"Muller holds a doctorate of laws, Honoris Causa, from Hofstra University."

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