February 2001/March 2001
Chapel of Four Chaplains Report
By Paul L. Sutton, National Liaison
For the fourth consecutive year, VVA will have a means
of recognizing the community service contributions of VVA and AVVA
members. This program continues an effective way of granting overdue
recognition to members of VVA and AVVA at the chapter, state, and national
level. This fourth annual VVA/AVVA ceremony will honor deserving members
of both organizations at no cost to VVA or AVVA. In the past four years,
VVA has honored 187 of its members, associates, national office staff, and
worthy citizens at similar ceremonies.
Approximately one hundred VVA and AVVA members from
some 21 states and the District of Columbia will be nominated by chapters
and state councils. All will be honored at the VVA Chapel of Four
Chaplains ceremony on Thursday, August 2, during VVA’s Tenth National
Convention in Greensboro, North Carolina.
VVA's growing reputation and increasing maturity in the
wider veterans community makes 2001 the right time to continue the process
of honoring VVA and AVVA members whose works and deeds might not qualify
them for recognition with the award of the VVA Commendation Medal or VVA
Member of the Year Award. Nonetheless, there is a growing number of
members throughout VVA whose words, acts, and deeds qualify them for a
form of recognition beyond certificates of appreciation bestowed at the
chapter, state council, or national levels.
The work for which the members of Vietnam Veterans of
America and Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America will be cited at the
2001 awards ceremony will energize members by setting the example that
will lead to increased commitment to community efforts by other VVA and
Nominations for this year’s Legion of Honor inductees
should be submitted by chapters or state councils to the address at the
end of this report no later than May 4. For information on the nominating
process for the Humanitarian Award and the Bronze Medallion, contact your
chapter or state council president for a copy of the guidelines.
The Chapel of Four Chaplains nomination and award
process realizes four of the five Core Values--meaningful achievement,
integrity, compassion and camaraderie--of the VVA Strategic Plan. This
program will facilitate the intensity of meaningful achievement by
allowing VVA's and AVVA's growing national reputation to attract new
members because of increased grass roots recognition that will result in
additional resources for the organization. It also will reinforce the
organization's expanding integrity and will focus the attention of VVA,
AVVA, the other veterans service organizations, and the community on our
compassion. Plus, it will greatly enhance camaraderie throughout VVA and
The Legion of Honor of the Chapel of Four Chaplains is bestowed in a
public ceremony and recognized with certificates. It is awarded for
outstanding, sacrificial volunteer service to one's community and fellow
human beings without regard for faith or race in keeping with the spirit
of sacrifice of the Four Chaplains.
Only a chapter or state council president may nominate
two worthy individual members from each chapter or state council for
induction into the Legion of Honor of the Chapel of Four Chaplains.
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 serving as a
chapter or state council officer. 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 VVA
Please be as specific as possible and include the nominee's full name,
chapter affiliation, address, and telephone number.
All nominations for the Legion of Honor of the Chapel of Four Chaplains
by chapter or state council presidents (note there is a limit of two
nominations from each chapter or state council) should be sent to: Paul L.
Sutton, National Liaison/Trustee, Chapel of Four Chaplains, P.O. Box 159,
Ocean View, NJ 08230-0159; 609-624-3504 (home); 609-567-3715 (office); firstname.lastname@example.org
All nominations must be received by Friday, May 4.