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Press Release

August 4, 2009

No. 09-025

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

John Rowan to Serve Third Term As National President of
Vietnam Veterans of America

(Washington, D.C.) - John Rowan was reelected August 1 to a third term as National President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) at the organization’s 14th National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky. Rowan, who was elected to VVA’s highest office in 2005, has served as the chairman of VVA’s Conference of State Council Presidents, for three terms on the organization's Board of Directors, and as president of VVA’s New York State Council. He served as a linguist in the U.S. Air Force’s 6990 Security Squadron in Vietnam and at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa, providing the Strategic Air Command with intelligence on North Vietnam’s SAM sites to protect their bombing missions.

Rowan was a founding member and the first president of VVA Chapter 32 in Queens, New York. He retired from city service as an investigator with the City of New York’s Comptroller’s Office. He lives in Middle Village, New York, with his wife, Mariann.

Two other national officers also were re-elected: Jack Devine, Vice President; and Barry Hagge, Secretary. Larry Frazee of Pickerington, Ohio, was elected as VVA’s Treasurer. Charlie Montgomery continues as the Chair of the Conference of State Council Presidents. In addition, 19 National Board of Directors were elected: Ten At-Large and nine Regional. The At-Large directors are Marsha Four; Jerry Yamamoto; John Margowski; Thomas Burke; Sandie Wilson; Dan Stenvold; Bill Meeks, Jr.; Pat Bessigano; Patrick W. Welch; and Richard DeLong.

The nine Regional directors are: Region 1, Wayne Cartier; Region 2, Fred Elliott; Region 3, Bruce Whitaker; Region 4, Carol Schetrompf; Region 5, Tom Meinhardt; Region 6, Steven House; Region 7, Allen J. Manuel; Region 8, Frances Rowan; and Region 9, Dick Southern.


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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