A VVA is looking forward very
much to our biennial Leadership Conference, which we will
hold concurrently with the VVA National Convention in Reno
in August. We are working hard to make this a very special
event for everyone who attends. As we have in the past, this
year’s Leadership Conference will feature Project
Friendship. We will be supporting two special programs. The
first is a local transitional house for women and children.
The other is Fisher House, the special program at several
military installations where families can stay while their
loved ones are recuperating at VA and military hospitals.
Please help us support these worthy causes with your
sponsoring the Chapel of Four Chaplains awards at Cape May,
New Jersey, on September 18, 2005. The deadline for making
AVVA nominations is June 18 and for VVA, June 25. See the
Chapel of Four Chaplains column for details. We also will
present the annual AVVA Fellowship Award at Reno. The
application deadline was June 10. Recipients are honored for
their above-and-beyond-the-call efforts on behalf of
veterans and the nation. Applicants must be AVVA members in
good standing. Applications should be one to two pages long
and should list the applicant’s attributes and
accomplishments. Newspaper articles or other documentation
may be included. Send applications to: Judy Bolio, Awards
Committee Chair, 326-16th Ave., Silvis, IL 61282-1809.
again will hold our luncheon on Wednesday, following the
Convention’s Opening Ceremonies. On Thursday, we will
present an array of seminars during the entire day. We hope
that all AVVA members will attend what promises to be an
enlightening and fun-filled Leadership Conference.
pleased to report that AVVA purchased and donated a computer
and printer for use at Mologne House, a housing facility at
Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington for recovering
service personnel wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan. We also
donated a walker to a wounded veteran who was recuperating
at Walter Reed. We continue working with families of the
wounded from those conflicts, donating coats and teddy bears
to the families.
encourage all AVVA chapters to work hard on membership. It’s
equally important to retain old members and recruit new
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.