(Washington, D.C.) – Edward
Chow, Jr., was elected to his second term as National Vice President of
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) at the organization's Eleventh National
Convention in St. Louis. VVA is the nation's only congressionally chartered
veteran's service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam War-era
veterans and their families. Chow is VVA's first Asian-American national
officer. He served as a captain in the United States Army in the Vietnam War
Before accepting his position with the VA, Chow, who grew up in Seattle, was
the City Administrator of the city of Kent, Washington. Prior to that, he
had been Director of Emergency Affairs for the State of Washington. Chow
most recently served as a Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department
of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C.
Three other national officers also were
elected. They are: Thomas H. Corey, 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.