IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release

August 19, 2003

No. 03-33

Contact:
Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext.146

Alan Cook Elected National Treasurer
of Vietnam Veterans of America


(Washington, D.C.) – Alan Cook of Castro Valley, California, was elected National Treasurer of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) at the organization's Eleventh National Convention in St. Louis. Cook served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam and has been a veterans' advocate for more than 15 years. He has extensive experience in the nonprofit financial sector, and in corporate financial accounting.

Cook began his work at VVA as his local chapter's Treasurer and became the Treasurer of the VVA California State Council, a position he held for ten years. He also served as Treasurer for VVA's charitable arm, the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund, for three years. Has been a member of VVA's national Finance Committee since 1991, having chaired that panel for the last four years.

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

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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