The Official Voice of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. ®
An organization chartered by the U.S. Congress
Haunting Faces On Perpetual Patrol
BY JIM DOYLE, CHAIR
With the New Year, the Public
Affairs Committee again is working on a full slate of issues
and projects. VVA Poet Laureate Steve Mason has begun to
compile an anthology poetry submitted by our membership. The
anthology's format hasn't been determined, but we hope to
complete this project by the end of the year.
At the upcoming leadership conference to be held in August
2004, representatives from the Library of Congress' Veterans
History Project will lead workshops on conducting interviews,
making the collection of oral history much easier for our
We have resumed the VVA video history project. We hope to
capture on tape the stories of our members, why they became
involved with VVA, and the sometimes rocky road we faced as an
organization to get where we are since our founding in 1978.
VVA was the first organization to support the installation of
a plaque within the 13-acre Vietnam Veterans Memorial site in
Washington honoring those who returned home, only to die later
as a direct result of their participation in the war. The
Vietnam War In Memory Memorial Plaque design (http://members.aol.com/vietwarmem/plaque.htm)
has been accepted and the bronze plaque has been cast. We have
been asked by the project founders to host the 2004 dedication
Our excellent web site (www.vva.org)
is in a constant state of development. In the coming months,
you will see changes and additions that will expand the range
of information and simplify navigation. Our goal is to make
the VVA web page the site of choice for those seeking
information about services, benefits, and programs for
veterans and their families.
From now until November, VVA and the Public Affairs Committee
will devote a great deal of effort in support of our 2004 VVA
Vote America! campaign. This effort
will include public service announcements, posters, voter
registration materials, and other resources to help our
membership mobilize fellow veterans and the American public to
honor the service and sacrifice of our nation's veteransand
those serving nowby getting out and voting for the candidate
of their choice.
after row of white crosses and Stars of David in national
cemeteries across the nation demand we exercise our franchise
and vote for those who lead us. More than 58,000 names on the
Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington cry out tous not to
forget them by sitting quietly at home on Election Day. The
haunting faces on perpetual patrol at the Korean War Memorial
demand that we recognize their service by marching to our
polling places on Election Day.
Please join with us and pledge to acknowledge and respect the
service of those American men and women in uniform around the
world who daily fight the battle against international
VVA Vote America 2004!
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