We will soon
be holding our elections during our Second Biennial Meeting. I
would like to thank all of the board members who have spent the
last three years working hard to organize and develop AVVA.
We have gone
through a lot together. I have always considered us a team
rather than a board. Our concern for veterans and their families
has been intense. We have challenged the system and will
continue to challenge the system so that the next generation of
veterans will not have to go through some of the issues the
Vietnam veteran has.
Congress to adequately fund the VA. The VA must have the funds
to insure that our veterans obtain the rights and honor they
There is one
board member whom I would especially like to thank: Marcia
Hicks. She has chosen not to run as the Region 5 Director.
Marcia has been very instrumental in assisting our board in
various areas. Her expertise and ideas as the Membership chair
have been wonderful for us. So has her take-control attitude in
creating the booklet for our Procedure Manual. She is always
jumping in and helping wherever she can, and I hope she still
will not be a Regional Director, I know that she will still be
putting her fingers to the touch for us on various projects.
She is a lovely lady. Her friendship has meant a lot to all of
us these past three years.