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Public Affairs


What follows are the Public Affairs Resolutions passed at the 2009 National Convention and a quick update on the progress over the last year to fulfill the Resolutions. I want to thank the members of the PA Committee for the support they have shown for the many initiatives we have undertaken over the past several years. If you enjoy the new Veteran, the new web site, and the Web Weekly emails, thank a member of the PA Committee. We look forward to posting the newest electronic version of The Veteran this year.

No new Public Affairs Resolutions were adopted at the 2009 Convention, but the Public Awareness Campaign for Veterans Benefits obligated the committee to launch a $20,000 advertising campaign to spread the word. It also encourages all VVA chapters to publicize the availability of our VVA Service Officers. The Public Affairs Committee has submitted the budget request. Upon approval of the budget, we will do the creative part and launch the campaign. 

P-12-07 Public Awareness for Veterans Benefits Campaign: Vietnam Veterans of America called for the Public Affairs Committee to budget at least $20,000 in the 2008 budget to advertise to the membership and to the public the availability of veterans’ benefits and how to claim them.

The Public Affairs Committee, with the support of the other committee chairs, has once again submitted our request for funding of this resolution. Once approved, we will shoot the PSAs and launch the campaign.

P-13-07 Gold Star Mothers National Monument: Vietnam Veterans of America supported the development and construction of an American Gold Star Mothers National Monument in Washington, D.C. Each chapter and state council was encouraged to reach out to Gold Star Mothers in their communities and to help in fund-raising.

VVA continues to support the development of the Gold Star Mothers National Monument in Washington, D.C. 

P-1-95 Community Services: Vietnam Veterans of America encouraged chapters to take the initiative to make a better community for everyone and to serve as a focal point to promote the interrelationship between Vietnam veterans and the community. VVA, at the national, state, and local levels, should publish useful materials, including national and state resolutions, through the media to communicate our message.

P-2-95 Children’s Welfare: Vietnam Veterans of America called upon Vietnam-era veterans and their families, through financial and personal contributions, to act responsibly to ensure the protection and development of infants and children in the United States and throughout the world.

P-3-95 Chapter Involvement with Educational Institutions on Teaching the Vietnam War: Vietnam Veterans of America encouraged the balanced and comprehensive teaching of the Vietnam War at all educational levels, including the Department of Defense education system. Chapters are encouraged to establish ties with schools and colleges in their areas for the purpose of making appropriate individuals available to help teach the Vietnam War.

P-5-95 Endorsement for Participation in Local Environmental Efforts: Vietnam Veterans of America encouraged chapters and state councils to network with other groups and participate in environmental programs such as efforts to minimize the adverse effects of toxic and nuclear waste dumping, general recycling efforts, and home energy efficiency.

The Public Affairs Resolutions P-1, -2, -3, and -5 were written to encourage Chapters to get involved within their communities. Although the PA Committee is always looking for outstanding examples of the work being done by our Chapters, we do not have an update to present regarding these continuing Resolutions. 

The Education Subcommittee has asked for funding to update and print the Education Guide; a budget has been submitted.

P-4-95 Regulation of Certain Activities at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Vietnam Veterans of America strongly recommended that the National Park Service prohibit the use of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C., and adjacent areas for press conferences, politically motivated actions or statements, and all conduct not in keeping with its purpose as a place of healing, remembrance, and acknowledgment of the costs of the Vietnam War.

Furthermore, VVA urges NPS to continue its vigilance concerning vendors and solicitors in the immediate vicinity of the memorial and ensure an atmosphere of reverrence and respect for those honored there. VVA continues to support the regulation of activities at The Wall

P-7-03 Requirement To Report Progress on All Currently Approved Convention Resolutions At Least Annually: Vietnam Veterans of America required that all national committees and task forces report at least annually in The VVA Veteran on actions taken to implement current Convention Resolutions.

This article in the Veteran meets this requirement.

P-8-01 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall: Vietnam Veterans of America called upon Vietnam veterans and AVVA members to support and maintain their commitment to conserve the legacy, respect, and honor that The Wall has come to mean to Vietnam veterans and their families.

The Public Affairs Committee: Keith King, Chair; Steve House, Vice Chair. Members: Grant Coates, Press Club Chair; Jerry Yamamoto; Dan Stenvold; Dick Southern, VVA Talklist Chair; James Maddox; Joe Jenkins; Tom Hall, Education Chair; Tom Burke; Charlie Montgomery, Awards Chair; John Miner, SPOC List Chair; Ken Diegel; and Tony Catapano. AVVA: Carol Southern and Suzanne Blohm-Weber. Staff: Mokie Porter, Carol Engle, Michael Keating, Wes Guidry, Candis Chaney, Marc Leepson, Mike Najarian, and Xande Anderer.



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