Congratulations to AVVA members
in Florida Project ABC who helped more than 955 families and
3,000 children. I want to congratulate and thank all VVA and
AVVA members across the nation who donated to, and helped
with, this project. AVVA states and affiliated chapters are
doing many projects for their communities and are helping
military personnel and their families. Nearly every state
has a program helping active-duty military, either by
sending care packages overseas or supporting families at
home. Community projects include serving meals at homeless
centers, visiting veterans at VA hospitals, and helping with
food pantries. Illinois has Project Pillow Christina. They
sew pillows and present them to service people heading
overseas on long flights. Austin, Texas, Chapter 915 has a
welcome home at the airport for returning veterans. There
are so many projects that are being done by AVVA, working
alone or with VVA. Please let us know what your projects
Leadership Conference will be held at Reno during the VVA
Convention. Our Project Friendship recipients will be the
Fisher House and a transitional home in Reno. The Fisher
House has facilities near hospitals that provide
accommodations for families to stay close to loved ones.
Money and airline miles are needed for the Fisher House. The
transitional house in Reno requires many items for grooming
and basic living supplies.
are being held for affiliated chapter representatives in
April. This is also the year elections will be held for
State Presidents for incorporated states and State
Representatives for unincorporated states before the end of
June. If we can be of any help, please let us know. Contact
your Regional Director or any national officer.
2005 AVVA Annual Fellowship Award
BY JUDY BOLIO
It is again time
to consider nominations for the Fellowship Award to be
presented at the AVVA Leadership Conference in Reno in
August. Past recipients were recognized for their work for
veterans and their country. We in AVVA want the Fellowship
Award to remain a prestigious honor. Honorees who have
received the Fellowship Award in the past three years are:
Marge and Loren Herrick
John Kahler and Lynda Greene
Nancy and Charlie Montgomery
The award goes to individuals who go one step beyond. The
requirements for nominations are:
1. Applicant must be a
current member in good standing of AVVA with no pending
2. Applications must be postmarked no later than June 10.
3. Applications must include a report of no less than one
page, but no more than two pages, describing the
individual’s attributes and accomplishments.
4. Application must include documents or articles that
reinforce your submission.
5. The Awards Committee is responsible for the selections.
All submissions will remain the sole property of the
Awards Committee until the AVVA Leadership Conference is
closed, at which time submissions will be stored at the
national office in Silver Spring, Maryland.
6. Submissions should be sent to:
Awards Committee Chair
Silvis, IL 61282-1809
BY KATHY ANDRAS
preparing for Affiliated Chapter and State Representative
elections. The candidates applying for these positions
must be aware of the tremendous responsibility that they
will be assuming.
elections for the Affiliated Chapter Representatives were
held annually in April. It is now up to AVVA members
affiliated with VVA chapters to decide if they would like
to have elections every two years or keep their elections
every year. Whichever they choose, the State
Representative should be notified.
must be at least 21 years old and a member in good
standing in AVVA with no pending disciplinary action. Each
candidate must provide a letter of intent to the person in
charge of running the election no later than 60 days prior
to the election. The forms, requirements, and duties of
the office of the Affiliated Chapter Representative are
found in the AVVA Policy and Procedure Manual, Section
This is the
year for State Representative elections. They are held in
odd-numbered years, with the elections taking place
between January 1 and June 30. The candidate must be 21
years of age and either an at-large regular member or a
regular member affiliated with a VVA chapter. To qualify,
you must have been a member for at least one year prior to
the election and have no pending disciplinary actions. The
current State Representative must receive a letter of
intent no later than 60 days prior to the election.
Members in the state will review the candidate’s letter of
important duty of a State Representative is to be the link
in the chain of communication to AVVA national. The State
Representative also keeps lines of communication open with
all members in the state, and serves as the liaison
between the state’s AVVA members and the VVA State
Council. The duties and forms for this election are found
in the AVVA Policy and Procedure Manual, Section Seven.
Now is the
time for us to focus on what our organization is about.
With ever-increasing budget cuts and higher demands for
health care services for Vietnam War veterans and
returning Iraqi and Afghanistan War veterans, a strained
VA will be looking for new ways to cut health care costs.
It is our duty as Americans to see that no veteran is
forgotten and that our country keeps its promises to those
who put their lives on the line for us all.
Better Chance Scholarship
In 1998, AVVA established the
Better Chance Scholarship Fund as a way to improve the lives
of veterans and their families through education. The
program targets students who want to go to college but
cannot afford the escalating costs. Typically, one $1,000
and two $500 scholarships are awarded.
A candidate must be an AVVA
or VVA member; the spouse, child or grandchild of a KIA or
MIA Vietnam veteran. Interested? Visit the AVVA website,
www.avva.org for details.