Work In Progress
BY JERRY YAMAMOTO, CHAIR
The Minority Affairs Committee now consists of the following
members: Connie Steers, Gumersindo Gomez, Tom Meinhardt, Jorge
Pedroza, Virgie Hibbler, Marshall Mudge, Larry Frazee, Joe
Jennings, Special AVVA Adviser Anne Pancrazio, VVA Special Adviser
Francisco Ivarra, Staff Adviser Joe Wynn, and myself.
The members have been working really hard on several projects. One
is the Minority Affairs Committee National Diversity Award. This
award will be presented at the Tucson Leadership Conference. The
award recognizes outstanding achievement by an individual,
business, or organization in the promotion of diversity within the
veterans’ community. Award criteria and the nominations process
are described below. The deadline for submitting nominations is
June 1. Please submit early.
Another project is the committee’s Leadership Conference seminar,
“Minority Veteran Leadership In Action.” Committee members will be
A third project is the Asian-American Pacific Islander (AAPI)
Roundtable in Los Angeles held on March 17 and sponsored by VVA.
It focused on providing information about VA services to all AAPI
veterans who served in the U.S. armed forces. It is the first time
that a national veterans service organization has done outreach to
the entire AAPI population in Los Angeles. The committee worked in
support of the VA Center for Minority Veterans on the roundtable.
The Minority Affairs Information and Membership Brochure is being
revised and will be available to you shortly. You also soon will
be able to access a Minority Affairs Committee link at
The committee congratulates the family of PFC Ralph H. Johnson, in
whose honor a road recently was dedicated in Charleston, S.C.
Johnson was awarded the Medal of Honor posthumously for action
with the 1st Recon Bn. of the 1st Mar. Div. on March 5, 1968.
PFC John J. Chubb was buried in Inglewood, Calif., on February 18.
His remains had been returned a few days earlier from Honolulu’s
JPAC under Army escort where they had been identified last June.
Chubb and his Huey crew mates were killed on March 20, 1971, while
transporting troops in Savannakhet Province, Laos. He was with B
Co., 101st Avn./101st Airborne Div.
Minority Affairs Committee Diversity Award:
Nominations, Applications, Criteria
Diversity is an integral part of our society and military
experience. VVA's Minority Veterans Committee encourages the
entire veteran's community to appreciate and experience diversity
within Vietnam Veterans of America. In support of the overall VVA
diversity initiative, the Committee has established an annual
Diversity Award given at the National Conventions and the
VVA's Minority Affairs Committee Diversity Award recognizes
outstanding achievements by an individual, business, or
organization in the promotion of diversity within the veterans'
community. The award represents efforts and achievements that
develop a culture and environment in which diversity is valued.
All nominees must have made a significant contribution to the
advancement of diversity and to VVA's mission statement.
Contributions may include, but are not limited to, initiatives and
programs that advance harmony and respect, and improve social
justice, human rights, and cultural awareness.
Nomination statements should not exceed two typed pages.
All team, group, or organizations' nominations should include a
list of all members.
Individual nominations should include a current vitae or resume
that outlines their minority veteran involvement, participation,
and accomplishments related to diversity.
All nominations should be submitted to the Chair of the Minority
Affairs Diversity Award Committee by June 1.
Incomplete submissions will not be reviewed.
Attach no more than two doubled-spaced typed pages explaining
the efforts you have made to promote diversity in the veterans'
community in accordance with the award committee's criteria.
Submit the typed information and a photo (individual or group)
by June 1. Include no more than three supporting documents such as
media clippings, testimonies, and excerpts from printed materials.
Submit applications to: Francisco F. Ivarra, 109 N. 122nd St.,
Seattle, WA 98133.
The VVA Minority Affairs Award Committee reserves the right to
verify any information
Submitted documentation will be assessed by the following
Cultivating relationships with veterans of different racial,
ethnic, religious, gender, cultural, and socio-economic status.
Self-examination of institutional philosophies and initiatives
or individual attitudes and behaviors to become more aligned with
principles of diversity and inclusion.
Taking a positive stand for equality and empowerment within the
veterans' community; initiating corrective action to eliminate
discriminatory policies and practices; and evidence of support for
efforts to encourage inclusion and promote diversity.
Learning about the importance of diversity and inclusion and
teaching about educational programs that promote inclusion and
appreciation of diversity.
Actively promoting diversity and improving cultural competency
within VVA, the Department of Veterans Affairs, and the political
and media arenas.