February 25, 2000 (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA AND CAMPAIGN
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,"
"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