February 2001/March 2001
Region 3 Report
2000: A Very Good Year
By Charlie Montgomery
I would like to wish you a wonderful and prosperous 2001. If it turns
out to be as good as 2000, weíll be in great shape.
Last year was a busy but exciting year for our region. New members and
new chapters were added throughout Region 3. We are the third largest
region in Vietnam Veterans of America. We have chartered three new
chapters: Chapter 851 in Kentucky, Chapter 306 (which might become 860) in
West Virginia, and Chapter 868 in Kentucky. This past year was a very
successful one for membership recruitment, and I owe much thanks to our
state council presidents and members for doing an excellent job getting
others to make a commitment to this great organization. Without you, there
would be no Vietnam Veterans of America.
Also in 2000, we were the first to kick off the hepatitis C program
with Miss America, Heather French, in Louisville, Kentucky, at the Ford
UAW union hall. Chapter 454 hosted the event.
On Fatherís Day, Baltimore Chapter 451 provided lunch for Sons and
Daughters in Touch, which had their Fatherís Day ceremony at The Wall.
Northern Virginia Chapter 227 helped SDIT with a hospitality suite and
provided information about the local area. The ceremony was impressive and
will be remembered for many years to come.
Vietnam Veterans of America was honored to host the Veterans Day
ceremonies at Arlington National Cemetery. Chapter 451 of Baltimore led
off the ceremony as the official honor guard, and they looked very sharp.
Two members from Chapter 48 of Virginia Beach--Jim Blount and Doug
Perkins--led the Procession of Flags.
From north to south and east to west, many region chapters and state
councils were involved in bringing The Wall that Heals to their
communities. This project involves a lot of hard work. Souls were healed
and many friends were brought together by this Wall. We shall not
forget our fallen brothers and sisters and those who have not been
accounted for. Thanks to all for your dedication and efforts.
Let us also not forget the work we do throughout our region in the VA
hospitals. We all deserve a pat on the back. Our veterans love us when we
come visit. Whether itís playing bingo, hosting a Christmas party,
having a summer picnic, or just saying "Hello," they appreciate
our visits. As our motto says, "Never Again Will One Generation of
Veterans Abandon Another."
I could go on about how much Region 3 has accomplished this past year.
We have a great region, and we should be proud of our achievements. Thank
you for all you do. Have a good 2001 and I look forward to seeing you in
Chattanooga in June and Greensboro in August.