President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation
Bobby Muller is the President of the Vietnam Veterans of America Foundation.
In 1991, Mr. 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.
Raised 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.
During rehabilitation at the Veterans Administration Hospital, Mr. Muller experienced firsthand the problems of neglect, frustration and inadequate care being given to wounded veterans in the United States. 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.
His 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.
In 1981, Mr. 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.