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January/February 2004

Recognizing The Spirit Of Sacrifice


For the seventh 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 both organizations at the chapter, state council and national levels. The seventh annual VVA/AVVA Sunday ceremony will honor deserving members of both organizations at no cost to VVA or AVVA. VVA already has honored 406 of its members, national office staff; and worthy citizens at similar ceremonies.

Some hundred members from approximately 21 states and the District of Columbia will be nominated by chapters and state councils, all of whom will be honored at the VVA/AVVA Chapel of Four Chaplains Sunday on September 19, 2004 at 1:00 p.m. in the Base Chapel at the U.S. Coast Guard Training Center, Cape May, N.J.

VVA and AVVA's growing reputation and increasing maturity in veterans community makes 2004 the right time to honor members whose work and deeds on behalf of VVA or AVVA might not necessarily qualify them for recognition through the award of the VVA Commendation Medal or VVA Member of the Year Award. Nonetheless, a growing number of VVA and AVVA members qualify for a form of recognition beyond Certificates of Appreciation bestowed at the chapter, state council or national levels.

The work for which VVA and AVVA members will be recognized at the awards ceremony will energize chapter members and associates by setting an example that will lead to increased community-service efforts by other VVA and AVVA members.

Nominations for the Legion of Honor inductees at this year's ceremony should be submitted by either the chapter or state council directly to the address shown at the end of this report no later than June 21. For information on the nominating process for the Humanitarian Award and the Bronze Medallion, contact your state council president and request a copy of the guidelines distributed in the national office mailing, or refer to VVA's web page,

The Chapel of Four Chaplains nomination and award process realizes four of the five Core Values (meaningful achievement, integrity, compassion and camaraderie) of VVA's 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 focus the attention of VVA, AVVA, the other VSOs, and the community on our compassion. Finally, it will greatly enhance camaraderie throughout VVA and AVVA.

The Legion of Honor of the Chapel of Four Chaplains is bestowed in a public ceremony and recognized with a certificate. 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, or National Board member of VVA 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 tow 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 must approve all VVA nominations. Please be as specific as possible, and include the nominee's full name, Chapter affiliation, address, and telephone number.

All nominations of VVA members 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) are to be mailed to: Paul L. Sutton, National Liaison/Trustee, Chapel of Four Chaplains, P. O. Box 159, Ocean View, NJ 08230-0159. Telephone inquiries may be made to 609-624-3504 (home), or by e-mail  All nominations must be received by Monday, June 21.

Nominations of AVVA members for The Legion of Honor of the Chapel of Four Chaplains by a state council representative (there is a limit of two nominations from each state council) are to be mailed to: Mary Miller, National Liaison, Chapel of Four Chaplains, 316 Erma Street, Johnstown, PA 15904; 814 266-2265 (home); e-mail All AVVA nominations must be received by May 29.


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