Class of 2003
BY LEONARD J. SELFON, VETERANS
Benefits Program conducted its annual basic service representative
training class June 22 through 28. For the first time in the
program's history, classes were conducted at VVA's national office
in Silver Spring, Maryland. Our students represent a cross section
of VVA. They came from 14 states, California to Vermont, and are
involved with VVA at all levels: members, non-member volunteers,
even a state council president. They will return to their home
towns with knowledge and a new set of skills that will allow them
to help veterans and their families in obtaining the benefits and
health care that many so desperately need.
The students (and future accredited VVA service representatives)
included: Michael L. Barker, Roy R. Beardsley, Peter C. Bessenger,
Wilburn L. Dailey, David W. Douglas, Melvin L. Dove, Michael A.
Draeger, Edward J. Gaudet, Sarah Haley, Robert M. Laguban, Lori L.
Lamoureaux, James H. Lynch, Donald R. McDole, Michael R. Morgan,
Anthony R. Musolino, John E. Olsen, Gregory A. O'Neill, Daniel P.
Ouellette, John T. Phillips, Timothy J. Susengill, Leigh Ann
Vogel, Lee J. Ward, and Gregory E. Williams.
Having the class at the national office allowed us to take
advantage of a wide range of guest speakers, including national
office staff and consultant attorneys. It also allowed for a
guided tour of the VA Regional Office in Washington, D.C.