The Official Voice of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. ®
An organization chartered by the U.S. Congress
CHAPEL OF FOUR
Recognizing The Spirit Of Sacrifice
BY PAUL L. SUTTON, NATIONAL
For the seventh consecutive year,
VVA will have a means of recognizing the community service
contributions of VVA and AVVA members. This program continues
an effective way of granting overdue recognition to members of
both organizations at the chapter, state council and national
levels. The seventh annual VVA/AVVA Sunday ceremony will honor
deserving members of both organizations at no cost to VVA or
AVVA. VVA already has honored 406 of its members, national
office staff; and worthy citizens at similar ceremonies.
Some hundred members from approximately 21 states and the
District of Columbia will be nominated by chapters and state
councils, all of whom will be honored at the VVA/AVVA Chapel
of Four Chaplains Sunday on September 19, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. in
the Base Chapel at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape
VVA and AVVA's growing reputation and increasing maturity in
veterans community makes 2004 the right time to honor members
whose work and deeds on behalf of VVA or AVVA might not
necessarily qualify them for recognition through the award of
the VVA Commendation Medal or VVA Member of the Year Award.
Nonetheless, a growing number of VVA and AVVA members qualify
for a form of recognition beyond Certificates of Appreciation
bestowed at the chapter, state council or national levels.
The work for which VVA and AVVA members will be recognized at
the awards ceremony will energize chapter members and
associates by setting an example that will lead to increased
community-service efforts by other VVA and AVVA members.
Nominations for the Legion of Honor inductees at this year's
ceremony should be submitted by either the chapter or state
council directly to the address shown at the end of this
report no later than June 21. For information on the
nominating process for the Humanitarian Award and the Bronze
Medallion, contact your state council president and request a
copy of the guidelines distributed in the national office
mailing, or refer to VVA's web page,
The Chapel of Four Chaplains
nomination and award process realizes four of the five Core
Values (meaningful achievement, integrity, compassion and
camaraderie) of VVA's Strategic Plan. This program will
facilitate the intensity of meaningful achievement by allowing
VVA's and AVVA's growing national reputation to attract new
members because of increased grass-roots recognition that will
result in additional resources for the organization. It also
will reinforce the organization's expanding integrity and
focus the attention of VVA, AVVA, the other VSOs, and the
community on our compassion. Finally, it will greatly enhance
camaraderie throughout VVA and AVVA.
The Legion of Honor of the Chapel of Four Chaplains is
bestowed in a public ceremony and recognized with a
certificate. It is awarded for outstanding, sacrificial
volunteer service to one's community and fellow human beings
without regard for faith or race in keeping with the spirit of
sacrifice of the Four Chaplains.
Only a Chapter or State Council President, or National Board
member of VVA may nominate two worthy individual members from
each chapter or state council for induction into The Legion of
Honor of the Chapel of Four Chaplains.
In no more than tow paragraphs, describe the nominee's
selfless service. The nomination may include, but is not
limited to, service to the community; places of worship; and
civil, fraternal, or veterans organizations. This certificate
is not awarded for serving as a chapter or state council
officer. In all cases, the selfless service must go above and
beyond that which is required by the nominee's professional or
organizational position. The Chapel Awards Committee must
approve all VVA nominations. Please be as specific as
possible, and include the nominee's full name, Chapter
affiliation, address, and telephone number.
All nominations of VVA members for The Legion of Honor of the
Chapel of Four Chaplains by chapter or state council
presidents (Note: there is a limit of two nominations from
each chapter or state council) are to be mailed to: Paul L.
Sutton, National Liaison/Trustee, Chapel of Four Chaplains, P.
O. Box 159, Ocean View, NJ 08230-0159. Telephone inquiries may
be made to 609-624-3504 (home), or by e-mail
firstname.lastname@example.org All nominations must be
received by Monday, June 21.
Nominations of AVVA members for The Legion of Honor of the
Chapel of Four Chaplains by a state council representative
(there is a limit of two nominations from each state council)
are to be mailed to: Mary Miller, National Liaison, Chapel of
Four Chaplains, 316 Erma Street, Johnstown, PA 15904; 814
266-2265 (home); e-mail
All AVVA nominations must be received by May 29.
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