PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT
History In The Making
BY JIM DOYLE, CHAIR
The history of VVA and its members
is a remarkable journey through the last four decades of the 20th
century. The experience of our members reflects the experience of
our nation during a period that was marked by tragedy and triumph,
failure and success.
The Public Affairs Committee has embarked on an ambitious
project to chronicle the history of our organization, as told by
those who helped shape that history--our members.
At the January National Board Meeting, the committee began to
record on videotape the recollections of how, when, and why VVA
members chose to join our family. This is a project that by its
very nature will be ongoing.
The goal of the project is to produce a videotaped document
that will chronicle the history of a dynamic generation of men and
women who chose to continue serving their country long after
packing away their uniforms. Our membership represents what is best about
the generation that came of age during the sixties, and they
deserve to share their stories. We have an
obligation to provide our members the means to share those
The project will include recollections about the creation of
VVA, its chapters and state councils, and the battles we have
fought and the victories we have achieved together.
Quiet on the set: Lights. Camera. Action!■
EDUCATION SUBCOMMITTEE REPORT
BY TOM HALL, CHAIR
The Education Subcommittee of the
Public Affairs Committee continues to expand educational programs
for our chapters and to form relationships with organizations that
have similar goals. We recently formed partnerships
with two organizations.
We established a partnership with the Library of
Congress' Veterans History Project, a program to collect and
preserve audio and videotaped oral histories, and documentary
materials such as letters, diaries, maps, photographs, and home
movies of America's veterans. Knowing that future generations of
Americans have much to learn from those who served, the Library of
Congress and VVA have embraced this project. Every chapter will
receive a packet in the mail. We encourage all veterans to record
their histories for the Library of Congress.
VVA also formed a partnership with the National Council
for the Social Studies (NCSS), which has a membership of 340,000
social studies teachers. We submitted an article to their magazine
on our resources for social studies teachers. In addition, NCSS
will be publishing an article about the VVA website and the
section, "About the War," as a research tool for students across
Their members were very impressed with the
Education Guidebook and the aggressive approach we are taking
to being involved with student education about the Vietnam War.
The VVA Education Guidebook continues to receive impressive
reviews, and our team continues developing additional projects for
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