Press Release

August 6, 2001

No. 01-21 
301 585-4000
Contact: Jim Greene


Greensboro, N.C. (August 4, 2001)---Thomas H. Corey of West Palm Beach, Florida, a decorated war veteran, was elected national president of Vietnam Veterans of America at the organization’s 10th national biennial convention in Greensboro, North Carolina.

“I am honored to be VVA’s leader for the next two years,” said Corey, a native of Detroit, Michigan, who has served as the organization’s vice president since 1997.  Corey has been a leading advocate for veterans’ issues at the local, state, and national level since 1975.  In 1981, he was the founding president of VVA Chapter 25 in West Palm Beach, Florida.  Since that time, he has served in numerous capacities in VVA.

Corey entered the U.S. Army and was sent to Vietnam in May 1967.  While serving as a squad leader with the 1st Air Calvary Division, on January 31, 1968, he received an enemy round in the neck that hit his spinal cord and left him paralyzed.

“As in the past, VVA will continue to be a leading advocate for health care and entitlements for veterans,” Corey said.  “We will continue working for all veterans who need our assistance. It is our duty to speak up for those veterans who don’t have a voice.  And we will continue to meet our responsibility to those still unaccounted for and their families who need our support.  Together, we will meet our obligations to our nation’s veterans.”

Three other national officers also were elected.  They are: Edward Chow, Vice President; Mary Ellen White, Secretary; and Wayne Reynolds, Treasurer.

In addition, there were 19 National Board of Directors elected: 10 At-Large and nine regional. The 10 At-Large are:  Marsha Four, Steve Mason, Sandie Wilson, Jerry Klein, Bill Meeks, Calvin Gross, Robert Maras, Randy Barnes, Alan Gibson, and Fred Elliot.  The nine regional directors are:  Region 1; John J. Miner, Region 2; Larry Klein, Region 3; Richard LaBarre, Region 4; John (Ski) Koprowski, Region 5; Lupe Alviar, Jr., Region 6; Steven Mulcahy, Region 7; Allen J. Manuel, Region 8; Jimmy Grissom, and Region 9; Alan Cook. 

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is 
"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."   


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