Press Release

August 13, 2005

No. 05-019

Mokie Porter

(301) 585-4000 Ext. 146
(301) 996-0901


John Rowan Elected National President
of Vietnam Veterans of America

Photograph of John Rowan

(Washington, D.C.) –  John Rowan was elected National President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) at the organization's Twelfth National Convention in Reno, Nevada. Rowan, who has served as the chairman of VVA’s Conference of State Council Presidents and three terms on the organization’s Board of Directors, is the president of VVA’s New York State Council. He served as a linguist in the U.S. Air Force’s Security Service during the Vietnam War. VVA is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam War-era veterans and their families.

Rowan was a founding member and the first president of VVA Chapter 32 in Queens, New York. He recently retired as an investigator in the City of New York’s Comptroller’s Office. He is a veterans’ service representative for Vietnam Veterans of America in New York City. He lives in Middle Village, New York, with his wife, Mariann.


Three other national officers also were elected: Jack Devine, Vice President; Barry Hagge, Secretary; and Alan Cook, Treasurer. In addition, 19 National Board of Directors were elected: Ten At-Large and nine regional. The ten At-Large directors are Marsha Four, Gerald Yamamoto, John Margowski, Billee Cullin, Sandi Wilson, Randy Barnes, Alan Gibson, Jerry Klein, Francisco Ivarra, and Robert Johnston, Jr.


The nine regional directors are:  Region 1, Albert Cummings; Region 2, Fred Elliott; Region 3, Bruce Whitaker; Region 4, James Gilmer; Region 5, Leverett Hobbs.; Region 6, Steven House; Region 7, Allen J. Manuel; Region 8, Robert Hampson; 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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