(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.