VVAís fiscal year ended in
February. Where has all the time gone? It seems like only
yesterday that we were in St. Louis at the National
Convention, and here we are getting ready for the Leadership
conference in Nashville in August.
The past six months have been busy, but are nothing compared
to the next nine months ahead of us. You notice I said "us."
That means you and me. Itís such a simple thing to do, doesnít
require vigorous energy, involves a limited amount of your
time, is your right. You earned it. You fought for it. You owe
it to those who died for it and for those who will follow us.
Check out the cover of the last issue of The VVA Veteran,
the picture of the flag stuck in The Wall and the
phrase, "We canít vote, you can." Keep that picture in your
mind as you exercise your right to vote. You owe it to them.
I guess you are like meyou have been listening to the
candidates. Remember that you have to ask questions, hard
questions, about the issues pertaining to veterans. Ask direct
questions and donít forget to be polite.
For too many years veterans have been getting angry and upset
with the wrong people. Itís not the VA that controls the
funding for our health care, itís the lawmakers you and I
elected. They are the ones we need to remind of their
obligation to veteranspast, present, and future. So, donít
forget to vote and get everyone you know who is eligible to
Speaking of elections: Chapters and state councils will soon
be holding elections of their own. Chapters in April, state
councils in June. So hereís your opportunity again to exercise
your right to vote. As a member of your chapter and a delegate
representing your chapter, you will be electing the officers
who will represent you. Remember to ask questions of the
candidates and to get their views and opinions.
I remember something my wife told me a long time ago when I
was having a terrible time. "If you want to change things, you
canít do it from the outside, you have to do it from within.
So get involved and change things." She was right. If you want
to change things, get involved.
I would like to congratulate Thomas Stevens of Chapter 443 in
Georgia as Region 4 Member of the Year. It was a tough
decision as there were some great nominations submitted.
Remember to take care of each other. Donít forget the
brotherhood we have with each other. Weíre a breed of our own.
Donít forget to vote.