No. 013-00 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             February 25, 2000                         (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Executive Director Ed Croucher reiterated today that VVA does not endorse candidates for any elected office.

"VVA’s constitution and our not-for-profit tax status strictly prohibit the national organization, as well as local VVA state councils and chapters, from making any endorsements. I must remind our membership, as we have during each election cycle in the past, not to engage in campaign events where it might appear VVA is endorsing a candidate for political office," Croucher said.

"The federal tax code is very clear in this regard." Croucher continued, "Any implication of improper activities could cause VVA to lose its tax exemption and not-for-profit status. As long as no VVA endorsement of a political candidate is given or implied, individual members are wholeheartedly encouraged to participate in the political process. As private citizens, it is our right."

Vietnam Veterans of America was founded in 1978 to fight for and affect laws and policies to ensure that Vietnam veterans receive the help they have earned and need. VVA is the only congressionally chartered national Vietnam veterans organization exclusively comprised of Vietnam-era veterans. VVA’s commitment to all veterans is exemplified by its founding principle, "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." Its top priority remains advocacy on behalf of veterans.

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

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is  "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."   


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