The Public Affairs Committee, with
the encouragement of VVA's national officers and Board of
Directors, has begun an ambitious project to educate, inform,
and inspire American citizens to register and vote. The VVA
Vote for America 2004 project will continue until Election Day
November 2. Former VVA national presidents Mary Stout
(1987-1991) and George Duggins (1997-2001) are leading the
Those of you who attended the
National Convention in St. Louis remember the rousing call to
action by Keynote Speaker and Medal of Honor recipient Paul
Bucha. In his speech, Bucha challenged each of us to take part
in the democratic process by participating directly in the
presidential primaries and the general election. We are making
plans for VVA delegations to attend the Republican and
Democratic National conventions to make a case for a strong
veterans' plank in both parties' platforms.
We all know the failures and
successes of the VA system. It is up to each of us to be
strong, forceful advocates for renewing the system that bears
the motto, "To care for him who has borne the battle, and his
wife and orphan.''
Election materials, including
issue papers, posters, buttons, and postcardswill be
distributed soon. The Public Affairs Committee urges each of
you to talk to your neighbors, co-workers, friends, and
relatives and inform them about the importance of voting.
You have probably noticed how
the major party candidates have made an effort to woo
veterans. But on November 3 we will likely be relegated to the
back burner once againunless we are actively involved in the
electoral process at the local, state, and national levels.