As we start this new year, many different activities are
underway. The Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America will
be holding its Biennial Meeting in Tucson in July, along
with VVA’s National Leadership Conference. National
elections will be held during this meeting. VVA President
John Rowan has accepted our invitation to be the keynote
speaker at the AVVA luncheon.
Our National Project
Friendship is the United Spinal Association, which helps
spinal cord injuries and children with spinal bifida. The
local project for Tucson will be TIHAN, the Tucson
Interfaith HIV/AIDS Network.
is a tool that each state, whether incorporated or not, may
use for a common goal. Texas has used AMIGO for many years
doing Project Friendship. Pennsylvania’s Project Friendship
has many programs they support every year. New York is doing
a Project Friendship for Women Veterans in Batavia VAMC.
Florida is starting a program called School Supply Program.
No matter what the name, the work AVVA members do with these
projects is an achievement for the common good.
Nancy Switzer took
part in a panel with Rep. Lane Evans (D-Ill.) in December
that focused on families’ experiences with living with
veterans suffering from PTSD and the need for families to
receive counseling. (See “Government
Our Chapel of Four
Chaplains ceremonies will be held in Cape May, N.J., on
September 10. We also have our scholarships and awards
available. Please, if you know someone who goes above and
beyond for their community and veterans, let us know.
BY KATHY ANDRAS
It is again time
to consider nominations for the Fellowship Award to be
presented at the AVVA Convention in Tucson. Past recipients
were recognized for their work for veterans and their
country. We in AVVA want the Fellowship Award to remain a
prestigious honor. The honorees who have received the
Fellowship Award in the last four years are:
John Kahler and Lynda Greene
Nancy and Charlie Montgomery
VVA Florida State Council
AVVA Florida Association
requirements for nominations are:
1. Applicant must be a current member in good standing of
AVVA with no pending disciplinary actions.
must be postmarked no later than May 12.
3. Include a report, no less than one page but no more than
two pages, describing the individual’s attributes and
4. Include documents or articles to reinforce the
5. The Awards Committee is responsible for the selection.
The award will be presented during the Tucson AVVA
Convention. All submissions will remain the sole property of
the Awards Committee until the AVVA Convention is closed, at
which time they will be stored at the national office in
6. Submissions should be sent to: Judy Bolio, Awards
Committee Chair, 26-16th Avenue, Silvis, Il 61282-1809.
Please take the time to acknowledge someone who goes a step
beyond for their fellow veterans, families, and country.
BY KATHY ANDRAS
By now everyone
should have received their elections packets. If you have
not, please contact me, and one will be mailed to you.
Elections for National and Regional Directors will be held
during the VVA Leadership Conference in Tucson, July 11-16.
It is the duty of
the State Representative or State President to communicate
with all Chapter representatives about the candidates who
will be running for Regional Director in their areas as well
as the declared candidates for AVVA National Officers.
To all candidates:
The deadline for form 012 is June 11. A letter of intent
should be submitted at this time. Submit your letter of
intent as early as possible so that the State
representatives will have time to review the information
with their membership. There are no provisions in AVVA’s
Policy & Procedures for any unannounced candidates to run
off the floor for any elected office at any level.
deadline for form 021 is June 11. You will receive a
verification letter from the Election Committee once your
membership has been verified. There will be no delegate
registration at the National AVVA Convention by the Election
If your AVVA Chapter
is having an election for Chapter representative it must be
held between January and April. Within 45 days of the
election, you must notify the State representative or State
President with the name of the person who has been elected
as your Chapter representative.
This will be a very
busy and active year for AVVA. Remember the deadline for the
Candidate and Delegate forms is June 11. There will be no
exceptions to this rule. Mark your calendars for the
Convention in Tucson. Your participation in our organization
BY JUDY VARGO
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
AVVA PA Friendship
BY LINDA HABERKORN
AVVA and VVA members
in Pennsylvania in 2005 participated in our third annual
Project Friendship. Last year the project benefited the
women veterans at the Mary E. Walker House. The Mary E.
Walker House is a 30-bed transitional residence for homeless
women veterans. It is located at the Coatesville VA Medical
Center. AVVA and VVA members collected more than $1,500
worth of items on the center’s wish list. The items were
delivered in December.
Our first State
Project Friendship benefited homeless veterans at the
Philadelphia Multi Service & Education Center. We collected
underwear, hats, gloves, and toiletries. In 2004 the project
benefited the Yellow Ribbon Girls from Beaver, Pa., who send
boxes to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan every month.
AVVA CHAPEL OF FOUR CHAPLAINS CEREMONY
RULES OF ENGAGEMENT
2006 NOMINATION PROCESS
annual Chapel of Four Chaplains ceremony sponsored by
Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) will be
held on Sunday, September 10, 2006, at 1:00 p.m., in the
base chapel of the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center in Cape
The Legion of Honor, the Humanitarian Award, and the Bronze
Medallion of the Chapel of Four Chaplains are bestowed in a
public ceremony and recognized with honors relevant to their
significance. Members of AVVA and VVA may be nominated by
the three levels of either organization. Nonmembers may be
nominated by the three levels of both organizations as well.
Chapter representatives, state representatives, or members
of the AVVA National Board of Directors may nominate two
worthy individuals for induction from AVVA. VVA chapter or
state council presidents or members of the VVA National
Board of Directors may nominate two worthy individual
members for induction. Anyone who is a previous recipient of
this award may also nominate a prospective recipient.
In no more than two paragraphs describe the nominee’s
selfless service. The nomination may include, but is not
limited to, service to the community, places of worship, and
civil, fraternal, or veterans organizations. This
certificate is not awarded for simply serving as an officer
in AVVA or VVA. In all cases, the selfless service must go
above and beyond that which is required by the nominee’s
professional or organizational position. The Chapel Awards
Committee approves all nominations. Please be as specific as
possible, and include the nominee’s full name, chapter
affiliation (if applicable), address, and telephone number.
NOMINATIONS FOR THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD
Only the National President, a member of the National Board
of Directors, or a state representative of Associates of
Vietnam Veterans of America; or, only the National
President, a member of the National Board of Directors, or a
State Council President of Vietnam Veterans of America may
nominate a worthy individual.
In no more than four paragraphs, describe the nominee’s
selfless, sacrificial service. In all cases, the service
must go far above and beyond that which is normally required
in the course of human experience. Supplementary
documentation (news articles, letters of endorsement, etc.)
is required for all nominations. All nominations must be
approved by the Chapel Awards Committee, which subjects all
nominations to a rigorous review process. Please be as
specific as possible and include the nominee’s full name,
chapter affiliation (if applicable), address, and telephone
number. The National Presidents of AVVA and VVA shall be
advised of the names and credentials of those nominated for
NOMINATIONS FOR THE BRONZE MEDALLION
Only AVVA and VVA National Presidents and members of the
AVVA and VVA National Boards of Directors may nominate
individuals for the Bronze Medallion.
In no more than one page, describe the nominee’s
contributions to world peace, the well-being of mankind, or
to interfaith and interethnic tolerance. In all cases, the
efforts cited must go greatly above and beyond what is
normally required in the course of human experience to alter
the human experience in a positive way. Supplementary
documentation (news articles, letters of endorsement, etc.)
and substantiation of other awards received is required for
all nominations. Support for the submission must be
compelling and stress the nominee’s worthiness for this
honor. All nominations must be approved by the Chapel Awards
Committee, which subjects all nominations to a rigorous
selection procedure and limits the award of the Bronze
Medallion to one member of any organization per year.
Please be as specific as possible, and include the nominee’s
full name, chapter affiliation (if applicable), address, and
telephone number. The National Presidents of AVVA and VVA
shall be advised of the names and credentials of those
nominated for this recognition.
SUBMISSION OF NOMINATIONS
E-mail submissions are preferred. If a nominator does not
have access to e-mail, submissions via letter or fax are
acceptable. Deadlines are firm. Nominations received after
the dates shown below will not be considered.
All nominations should be sent to:
Chapel of Four Chaplains Awards Program
8605 Cameron Street, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910
submissions should be sent to
Anyone who feels
compelled to withdraw a nomination must do so by June 17.
Nomination withdrawals must be submitted in writing to the
address above; no phone calls or e-mails will be accepted.
the Chapel Awards Committee will be the final authority
concerning all awards. All nominations must be received by