Looking Back and Looking Ahead
By Nancy Switzer, President
It was my pleasure to attend Veterans Day services with Barbara
"Peaches" Walton from Baltimore. Peaches, who is 24, is the new
AVVA Maryland State Representative. She brings young blood into
our organization. She is energetic and greatly dedicated to the
concerns of veterans and their families.
Also on Veterans Day, we laid a wreath at the Tomb of the
Unknowns and then Val Henrickson, the New York State Associate
rep, and Peaches placed a wreath at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
AVVA was well represented to honor our veterans. Peach’s husband
Jim helped AVVA in the membership booth. I thank everyone for
In the past year many events of note have taken place. They
include: our first elections of state representatives; our first
project for veterans, The Paper Safe; and our first
Leadership Conference, which took place during the VVA National
Convention. Many positives have been accomplished. We continue to
work in partnership with VVA to improve the lives of veterans and
This year will bring new programs to help families and
veterans. We are working on producing books for children that
teach the meanings of the American flag. Children will learn to
respect and honor the flag and the Pledge of Allegiance. This will
be done in honor of the Gold Star Mothers and with our commitment
to VVA in helping the Veterans Against Drugs Program. Our election
for national officers and Regional Directors will be taking place
in Tucson in August at VVA’s National Leadership Conference.
Many people have contacted me about getting copies of The
Paper Safe. It is being reproduced. We plan on distributing it
to AVVA and VVA members in the near future.
I wish everyone a happy and blessed New Year, and I look
forward to continuing our work for veterans and their families. If
you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at any