(St. Louis) – Thomas H.
Corey was reelected National President of Vietnam Veterans of America,
August 1, 2003, at the organization’s 11th National Convention.
Corey, of West Palm Beach, Florida, previously served as VVA’s secretary and
vice president and was elected the organization’s president in 2001.
“It’s an honor and a
privilege to serve in this office,” Corey said. “The delegates have chosen
me to lead for a second term, and I will do everything in my power to uphold
their faith in me and to continue our work for recognition of service to our
country. Together we will continue to advocate for an adequate budget,
timely and quality health care, and benefits to all entitled. We continue
to seek truth and justice for all veterans in fulfillment of our founding
principle, ‘Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another.’
A native of Detroit, Corey was drafted
into the U.S. Army and sent to Vietnam in May 1967. He served as a squad
leader with the U.S. Army’s 1st Air Cavalry Division. On January
31, 1968, during a battle, he received an enemy round in the neck that
severed his spinal cord and left him a quadriplegic. He was medically
retired in May 1968. Corey is a highly decorated veteran.
Three other national officers also were
elected. They are: Edward Chow, Vice President; Jimmy Grissom, Secretary;
and Alan Cook, Treasurer.
In addition, there were 19 National
Board of Directors elected: Ten At-Large and nine regional. The ten At-Large
are J. Randy Barnes, Lee Fisher, Marsha Four, Jerold Klein, Steve Mason,
Dave McMichael, Bill Meeks, Jr., Charlie Richardson, John Rowan, and Sandie
Wilson. The nine regional directors are: Region 1, Larry Goucher; Region
2, Fred Elliott; Region 3, Bruce Whitaker; Region 4, John Koprowski; Region
5, Lupe Alviar, Jr.; Region 6, Steven House; Region 7, Allen J. Manuel;
Region 8, Donald McDole; and Region 9, Darrol Brown.