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Membership Affairs


The VVA Membership Affairs Committee, as required by the VVA National Board of Directors, provides this yearly report on the Membership Resolutions.

M-1-95 Verification and Security of DD Form 214: Vietnam Veterans of America requires that all applicants for individual membership in VVA must provide a copy of their DD Form 214 or other acceptable documentation establishing eligibility for membership. These documents are to be kept at the local level in a confidential and secure manner in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution. Verification to the national organization shall be done by the local chapter secretary or, in the absence of the secretary, a designated chapter official.

All DD 214s for life members or incarcerated members that are sent to the VVA Membership Department are entered into the VVA database and then destroyed as required by the VVA Constitution. The VVA database is under password, behind locked doors (at the VVA office); all information in the database is backed up and stored at a secure off-site location.

M-2-95 Communication Between VVA’s Organizational Levels: Vietnam Veterans of America recognizes that the national office must reply to all communications from state councils and chapters within five working days and state councils and chapters must reply to all communications from the national office within ten working days.

The VVA Membership Department makes every effort to address any and all questions or inquiries pertaining to membership matters in a timely manner. The VVA Membership Affairs Committee has a Membership Chairs talk list to distribute membership-related information. Many times this input from the talk list members (VVA Officers, State Council Presidents, and State Council Membership Chairs) provides insight on membership matters from the other organizational levels of VVA.

Your comments and suggestions are always welcome pertaining to improving your membership experience with VVA.

The Membership Affairs Committee: Bill Meeks, Jr., Chair; Dick Southern, Vice Chair. Members: Carol Baker, Peter Bessigano, Charlie Hobbs, Len Ignatowski, Charlie Montgomery, Marshall Mudge, Mike Oravetz, Jim Pace, Carol Schetrompf, and Wayne Watkins. Special Advisors: Sharon Hobbs (AVVA Membership Chair), John Pancrazio, and Jeff White. Staff Coordinator: Ernestine Horton.



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