Founded the Vietnam Veterans
Institute in 1981 for the specific purpose of filling a legislative
void to promote job and small business opportunities for Vietnam
Veterans, to reaffirm the integrity of military service, to
eradicate the negative media image of Vietnam Veterans and
to assure an accurate historical record of the war and those
He developed the Institute into a national
affiliate network and solicited celebrities such as Bob Hope
and Adrian Cronauer to serve on the Board of Trustees. Dignitaries
who also serve on the Board of Trustees include General William
C. Westmoreland, the Honorable Henry Kissinger, Senator Robert
Dole, and the late Admiral E.R. Zumwalt, Jr.
Under his direction, the Institute
has grown into a recognized and respected think-tank, addressing
military, veterans, and domestic issues.
Accomplishments on behalf of the
1. Developed the initiative
to extend and expand the Veterans Readjustment Act for
federal government appointments, which provided Vietnam
Veterans who are college graduates the opportunity for
direct appointments that were heretofore denied.
2. Developmental work on
the Veterans Business Loan Act, part of Public Law 9772.
3. Drafted a resolution
calling for the Veterans Preference Act in the District
of Columbia, which resulted in the Veterans Appointment
Extension Act of 1981.
4. Developed the legislation
and concept for a Congressional Medal that was struck and
provided to the next of kin of the 2,500 Americans listed
as Missing-in-Action in Southeast Asia as a result of the
5. Worked in support of
Senator Strom Thurmond's legislation to create the judicial
review system which resulted in the Veterans Court of Appeals.
6. Established a college
seminar series that addresses the history of the Vietnam
War from the perspective of those who served.
7. Developed a Congressional
Life Service Award which each year is awarded to a member
of Congress for his/her life achievement service to American
8. Developed the Vietnam
Veterans Institute Symposiums.
9. Provided testimony in
support of the National Vietnam Memorial before several
arts and planning commissions.
10. Was a contributing writer
to the National Press Club's newspaper, "The Record." (1981)
11. Mobilized national grassroots
support for Congressman Bob Smith's POW/MIA Bill (HR 3603).
12. Editor of the Journal of the
Vietnam Veterans Institute.
13. Developed the Annual Patriots'
Ball: "A Celebration of Service to Country."
14. Coordinated the testimony
of VVI Officers (and testified) before the President's
Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Military.
Mr Yates also served as the Vice Chairman
of Governor Schaefer’s (MD) Executive Advisory Council. In
that capacity, he was responsible for developing law enforcement
policy and developed and coordinated a committee structure
of federal, state, and local law enforcement organizations.
He holds a Masters Degree, has taught at
the university level, and is listed in “Who’s Who in America,” and “Who’s
Who in the World.”