IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

August 19, 2003

No. 03-32

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Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146

Jim Grissom Elected National Secretary
of Vietnam Veterans of America


(Washington, D.C.) – Jim Grissom of Coeur D’Alene, Idaho, was elected National Secretary 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. Grissom, who served as an infantryman in the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, previously sat on VVA’s Board of Directors representing one of the organization’s nine national regions. 

Grissom has been an active member of the organization since he joined VVA Chapter 686 in Moses Lake, Washington, in 1996. He has served as Membership Chair, Vice President and President of VVA’s Washington State Council. In 2001 he was elected as VVA Region 8 Director and has served on the organization’s national Veterans Benefits Committee for four years.

Three other national officers also were elected.  They are: Thomas H. Corey, President; Edward Chow, Vice President; 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.

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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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