April 2000/May 2000
Public Affairs Committee Report
Committed to Communication
By Jim Doyle, Chair
The ability to manage information has become an important component in
our effort to communicate with our membership. Communication is key to the
success of VVA, and the Public Affairs Committee is committed to improving, expanding, and
strengthening communications with our members.
In addition to the traditional methods of communication we have used
for many years, VVA is using the Internet. Through their use of the VVA Talk List, the
Single Point Of Contact (SPOC) database, the VVA web page, and Capitol Watch, our
members will have the opportunity to learn about important issues, activities, and
programs in a timely manner.
The VVA Talk List is an effective, interactive means by which the
organization and its members can conduct unrestricted dialogue on issues of immediate
importance. It also is a forum for ongoing discussions about issues that, over time, produce
The VVA Talk List and SPOC list have also been used as tools to
distribute press releases issued from the Washington office concerning
subjects that are of immediate importance to our membership. A recent
example is the release of the Ranch Hand research data that points to a
connection between dioxin contamination and diabetes in Vietnam veterans.
The VVA web page, vva.org is a gateway for our members and--perhaps
more importantly--nonmembers to access the organization and learn about
the programs conducted by VVA. The web page is a dynamic document that
needs constant monitoring in order to keep it current and relevant to our
mission. To that end, the committee is working closely with the
Communications Department to insure that the VVA web page will be an
accessible and exciting site on the World Wide Web.
By developing links with other veteran sites, and by using those sites
as a link to VVA, we expect that our universe will continue to expand.
This expansion will enhance our ability to move our agenda into the public
arena where we will be able to join those who share our passion for
justice for all of the nation's veterans.