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May/June 2006

The 2006 AVVA Awards


As the Chair of the Awards Committee, I am disappointed not to see more nominees for the 2006 AVVA Fellowship Award, and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains’ Legion of Honor Award, Humanitarian Award, and Bronze Medallion.

The Fellowship Award is AVVA’s highest honor, recognizing members for the work they have done. These are members who are always there when they are needed, come to all of the associated Chapter or State meetings, volunteer at VA hospitals, or donate time to veterans’ homes. They are the members who work to help those who are victims of hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and take the time to feed, cloth, and shelter the homeless.

The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award is an AVVA-sponsored award that honors the good works of people who serve their communities, places of worship, and civil, fraternal, and veterans’ service organizations. Chapter Representatives, AVVA State Representatives, and State Presidents, or members of the AVVA National Board of Directors may nominate two worthy individuals. VVA Chapter and State Council Presidents or members of the VVA National Board of Directors also may nominate two worthy individuals for induction. Anyone who is a previous recipient of this award may also nominate a prospective recipient.

The Humanitarian Award of the Chapel of Four Chaplains is an honor for which only the AVVA National President, a member of the National of Directors, a State Representative, or the VVA National President, a member of the National Board of Directors, or a State Council President may nominate a worthy individual. The award recognizes selfless, sacrificial service. The service rendered must go far beyond that which is normally required in the course of human experience. 

Only the AVVA or VVA National President or a member of the National Board of Directors may nominate an individual for the Bronze Medallion. The nominator must describe the nominee’s contribution to world peace, the well-being of humankind, or to inter-faith and inter-ethnic tolerance. The efforts must go greatly above and beyond that which is normally required in the course of the human experience, as well alter it in a positive way.


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