FROM THE NATIONAL CHAPLAIN
BY REV.PHIL SALOIS, M.S.
VVA and AVVA Members,
You will have noticed that there were no obituaries published in
the last two issues of
The VVA Veteran nor will there be any published in this
It is certainly not because there have been no deaths to report on
but quite on the contrary, the number continues to increase.
Please rest assured that the Taps column will resume with the next
issue of The VVA Veteran.
There were extenuating circumstances that prevented me from
keeping up with this
important ministry and work of VVA as the National Chaplain. At
the end of September, I was faced with the closing down of the
National Conference of Viet Nam Veteran Ministers, the
organization that I had founded in 1989. We lost some major
funding sources that enabled the organization to stay solvent all
these years. Some very painful decisions needed to be taken at our
last annual meeting in the Bronx in October.
We needed to let our administrative assistant go after thirteen
years of steady
employment. She was the clerical and administrative backbone of
the organization and was the one who assisted me in keeping up
with the VVA and AVVA obituaries. The problem was exacerbated by
my computer crashing and losing a lot of my files (VVA Obits among
them). I was not faithful as I should have been in backing up my
work. What a painful lesson that was.
With the help of the VVA staff, I have been able to retrieve most
of the files I had lost
and am in the process of rebuilding my records and will dutifully
save my work on disks and elsewhere.
Friends, please accept my apology for the temporary lapse of the
Taps column, as I know this column is widely read by all of you.
I hope you all have a most blessed holiday season and a happy and
prosperous New Year.
Father Phil Salois, M.S.
VVA National Chaplain