June 2000/July 2000
Public Affairs Committee Report
Communications At Ground Zero
By Jim Doyle, Chair
On June 14 President Clinton signed the In Memory Plaque bill into law.
This bill authorizes the placement of a plaque in the vicinity of the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington commemorating Vietnam veterans who
returned home but died years later as a direct result of their service.
VVA has been a supporter of this project since we were first made aware of
it in 1998.
Soon the design, site selection, and fund-raising will begin. Our help
is still needed. VVA members are encouraged to continue to be part of this
admirable project. For more information about the In Memory Plaque, go to http://members.aol.com/vietwarmem/plaque.htm
Effective communication is an essential element in the growth and
survival of any organization. At the Leadership 2000 Conference in
Buffalo, the Public Affairs Committee will present two workshops dealing
The education subcommittee will present a 90- minute session on the
mechanics of developing a Speakers Bureau and the tools necessary to
manage it effectively and efficiently.
As Vietnam Veterans, we are often asked to talk about our service and
the issues that we have dealt with for over 25 years. The Speakers Bureau
workshop will provide chapters and state councils with information that
will simplify the task of developing and presenting information about the
Vietnam War to students of all ages
The subcommittee has targeted the 2001 National Convention in
Greensboro for distribution of the VVA Speakers Bureau handbook.
The Public Affairs Committee and the staff of The VVA Veteran
will present a workshop, "Communication At Ground Zero." This
workshop is aimed at the experienced newsletter editor, and the novice.
Effective internal and external communication is essential to our mission,
and a quality chapter newsletter is just one tool that can be used. If you
have specific questions about any aspect of newsletter production, from
copy to layout, copyright to libel, photography, illustration, etc., bring
them to the workshop, and let the group take them on.