No. 015-99  
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                              August 2, 1999                      (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


George C. Duggins, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), formally announced the selection of Francis Edward Croucher as the new Executive Officer for the national headquarters.

Duggins said, "We screened hundreds of candidates for the position over a period of several months before selecting Ed Croucher.  We are particularly pleased with his background and qualifications.  Ed has been a dedicated and vocal advocate for veterans' causes for several years and we are extremely gratified that he has joined the team in our national office."

Croucher served over 29 years in the U.S. Marine Corps.  He rose from the enlisted ranks, through the warrant officer ranks, to captain.  Croucher served two tours in Vietnam as a helicopter air crewman in I Corps, August 1965 to October 1967, and as an aviation ordnance technician in the Danang ammunition depot, December 1969 to August 1970.

In addition to his military experience and training, Croucher is a graduate of Southern Illinois University with a degree in aviation management.  He also possesses a master's degree in management from Troy State.

Croucher's dedicated career of service to veterans includes participating in the Management Advisory Council and the Long Term Care Planning Group for the Department of Veterans Affairs, Rocky Mountain Network, as well as being the founder and past president of Community Giving Assistance to Employment, a nonprofit organization providing supportive services to the unemployed.  Croucher is a past member of Montana's Veterans Advisory Council.  Prior to accepting the position of Executive Director for VVA, Croucher was the administrator of the Eastern Montana Veterans Home.

Croucher is married to the former Chris Brock, a public assistance coordinator.  They have three grown children and two grandchildren.

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VVA's point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (202) 628- 2700 Ext.158. 

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