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December 2001/January 2002

Region 7 Report

Making it Happen

By Allen Manuel

I would like to thank all of you for your confidence in giving me another term as your Region 7 Director. We have achieved many great things in the past two years, but we can't stop now. We must continue working on membership and communication between the state councils, chapters, and members.

Region 7 started its own talk list in September. It is a very good tool that our region can use to communicate between chapters and the members. It is open to all VVA and AVVA members in Region 7.

Region 7 held a regional conference in Texarkana in July and had a big turnout. George Beck was named Region 7 Veteran of the Year. Region 7 Chapter of the Year awards went to: Arkansas Chapter 846, Louisiana Chapter 689, Oklahoma Chapter 784, and Texas Chapter 343.

It is very important to recognize individuals and chapters for their outstanding work and service to Vietnam Veterans of America. Chapter 278 did an excellent job putting the conference together. Barry Hagge did an excellent job helping us with our conference.

Our National Convention was a big success. Now we need to move forward. Region 7 welcomes Bill Meeks as VVA National Membership Chair. I was appointed AVVA Special Adviser by Tom Corey, our National President. I attended Veterans Day programs and banquets with Incarcerated Chapters 689 and 847. Louisiana State Council is very proud of our Incarcerated Chapter 689 in Angola. Eleven chapter members installed the Moving Wall in Gonzales, Louisiana, the week of November 11. It helped them in their healing processes. We thank Warden Cain for his help.

The bottom line is: Let's get back to "Veterans Helping Veterans'' and make it happen.


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