Press Release

August 19, 2003

No. 03-31

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146




(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 in 1966-67.

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.


Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated 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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