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Planning for the AVVA Biennial Meeting
BY NANCY SWITZER, AVVA
If you are an AVVA member planning to attend the VVA
Leadership Conference or the AVVA Biennial Meeting, you need
to know the following information:
I hope to see you there. If you
have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
If you plan to attend any seminars
or functions of the VVA Leadership Conference, you need to
register with VVA and use the registration form, which can
be found on the web site at www.vva.org and in the VVA
If you will only be attending the
AVVA Biennial Meeting, you do not have to pay the
registration fee for VVA. But that means you cannot attend
any VVA seminars.
Come to the AVVA table if you have
not registered and do not plan to. We will give you a name
tag and AVVA's and VVA's agenda.
I strongly recommend that you come
to the VVA Leadership Conference and the AVVA Biennial
Meeting. VVA has many great seminars planned and will give
you a great amount of knowledge on issues that concern our
veterans and their families.
What follows is an article submitted by AVVA member
who of Chapter 223,
Santa Rosa, California, about the efforts of the associates
working side by side with the veterans in their community to
make a difference.
Both AVVA members and VVA members are very active in their
Veterans Homeless Outreach. Members spend every other Sunday
at the local homeless shelter helping fill out paperwork to
get veterans at the shelter into the VA system for
disability benefits and medical care. During the week, as
time allows, members go to the National Guard Armory and do
the same thing. Our homeless population has grown by leaps
and bounds, and we have made them a priority in our
AVVA life member Pat Jones and her husband have been very
instrumental in this program. She spends several days per
week helping her "guys" obtain lost DD214s and get to
appointments at local Vet Centers and VA clinics. Chapter
223 members Ken Sullivan and Calvin Taylor help with
transportation. Pat Jones also is a full-time housewife, and
she is home schooling three children.
Many Chapter 223 AVVA and VVA members work the phone banks
to help the chapter keep its major fund-raising project.
Each year, the available membersassociate and veteran
alikeband together for one hard week of work.
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