BY STEVE HOUSE
With another year in front of us,
another year of opportunity presents itself. Take time to be proud
of the past year’s accomplishments and start planning for new
projects. Every year seems to give us new challenges as we carry
the torches forward from the past.
Al Gibson, Missouri State Council
president and the chair of VVA’s Employment, Training & Business
Opportunities Committee, continues to provide us updates. He wants
to hear from you if your state has new, interesting, and important
programs in this area. Send him an e-mail,
Agibson@vva.org, and he will
include it in his updates.
New State Council presidents include Ed Gaudet from Iowa. I
attended a meeting in Marshalltown, and it was organized,
efficient, and orderly. Good job, Iowa. Wisconsin also has a new
State Council president: me. Yes, with my retirement, I decided I
would have the time to commit to the region and my state.
Wisconsin has a new program called “Mission Welcome Home.” It’s a
statewide effort to support our newest generation of veterans.
VSOs, the state, and other governmental agencies—along with
businesses and citizens—are joining together to help new veterans
get what they have earned.
Our seasoned presidents—Mike Kuhn
from Kansas, Jerry Kyser from Minnesota, Dottie Barickman from
Nebraska, Dan Stenvold from North Dakota, and Al Gibson from
Missouri—will be there for us, always willing to share their
experiences from their many years of hard work.
A regional meeting is scheduled for
April 29, 30, and May 1 in Milwaukee. The meeting begins on
Saturday and concludes early Sunday morning. All candidates
running for national office are invited. They will be asked to
address our region. There will also be a 30-year commemoration of
the end of the Vietnam War. Call to make your reservation at the
Holiday Inn City Center, 414-273-2950. Rates are $69 per night.
The group name is Vietnam Veterans of America. Hope to see many of
you at this meeting.