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Membership Affairs COMMITTEE REPORT
A Close-Knit Family
BY BILL MEEKS, JR., CHAIR

VVA is nearing another milestone with our membership totals. In 2005, VVA went over the 50,000 figure. With our total at 57,836 as of September of this year, VVA has a chance to reach 60,000 members before the next Convention. Our success has come because the troops in the field are doing an outstanding job of recruiting new members and each chapter is working hard to retain members.

While recruiting new members, can you remember how many times this question has come up during your conversations with veterans: “What are the benefits for joining VVA?” Most members will respond that they get The VVA Veteran, they get advocacy in the U.S. Congress on veterans’ benefits and healthcare, plus they enjoy camaraderie with fellow veterans from across the country. That’s a good start, but we should further explain the VVA we all know and care deeply about.

VVA is much more than just a VSO; we’re a close-knit family. We work together very effectively no matter the task or mission. Our meetings are open to the public; our children and grandchildren have grown up within VVA; and we work in our communities on many projects that benefit all veterans and our neighborhoods. We assist younger veterans with their benefits, insure they are getting proper healthcare, and pass on our knowledge of advocacy in dealing with legislative bodies.

Fundraising is a big concern throughout our organization, but our VVA family never fails to respond when our members are hit by natural disasters. Plus AVVA is always there supporting our endeavors. VVA National has sent more than $50,000 to VVA members or their communities in the aftermath of recent hurricanes in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. An additional $24,000 has been donated by VVA state councils, members, and associates to the Texas State Council to help with the aftermath of Hurricane Ike.

 

 

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