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Committee Report

BY TOM BURKE, CHAIR

As required for compliance with Public Affairs Resolution P-7, we offer the following update concerning the efforts to advance the committee's 2013 Convention Resolutions.

P-1 Community Service: The committee continues to encourage state councils and chapters to be involved in local events in their communities. Face time with federal, state, and local officials in events sponsored by VVA do a great deal to enhance VVA's image. Achievements of our state councils and chapters are evident when you read The Veteran, especially "Membership Notes," and when you view events posted on Facebook. Also check out the accomplishments of our members in the electronic version of The Veteran at www.vvaveteran.org

P-2 Children's Welfare: This resolution encourages efforts to safeguard children and infants. Although generally outside of VVA's legislative agenda, many members organize programs that support the welfare of children. Many state councils and chapters are sponsoring town hall meetings on subjects such as the Faces of Agent Orange, which target the offspring of Vietnam veterans suffering from Agent Orange-related health problems.

P-3 Chapter Involvement with Educational Institutions on Teaching the Vietnam War: Our chapters and members are committed to the theory that Vietnam veterans should be the ones who teach our young people about the war. The VVA Veteran has encouraged the participation of our members in this regard by highlighting stories about members at schools across the nation who are talking to students about the war. Postings by our Communications Department on social media also have highlighted events related to student education about the war. Tom Hall, Education Subchair of the Public Affairs Committee, has completed an update of the Education Guideline, which is available for chapter use.

P-4 Regulation of Activities at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial: The memorial always will be hallowed ground. VVA wishes this ground to remain unsoiled by politicians, hawkers, vendors, or anyone else who wishes to use it as a backdrop for partisan issues.

P-5 Endorsement for Participation in Local Environmental Efforts: This resolution came from Vietnam veterans' firsthand experiences with environmental damage caused by Agent Orange. This issue is best handled at the chapter level. We continue to encourage its development.

P-7 Requirement To Report Progress on All Currently Approved Convention Resolutions by All Standing Committees at Least Once per Year: This report fulfills the requirement for the Public Affairs Committee, which encourages compliance with the reporting process by all committees. Any committee may report in any issue of The Veteran; however, every committee with resolutions must report on the progress in advancing those resolutions at least once per year.

P-8 The Vietnam Veterans Memorial: Our commitment to the conservation and legacy of The Wall must be maintained. VVA encourages the active participation of VVA members in the care and maintenance of The Wall. One example is the monthly washing by Silver Spring, Maryland, Chapter 641.

P-12 Public Awareness for Veterans Benefits Campaigns: Members of the Public Affairs Committee attend meetings of the Veterans Benefits Committee to coordinate our efforts. These joint meetings encourage the best of ideas for the further support and procurement of federal veterans benefits.

P-13 Gold Star Mothers National Monument: This resolution supports the establishment of a memorial in Washington, D.C., to honor the sacrifices of America's Gold Star Mothers. VVA will continue to support this effort.


Public Affairs Committee Veteran Article Mar-Apr 2014

January 31, 2014

As is required for compliance by Public Affairs Resolution P-7 we offer the following update concerning the efforts to advance the Committees 2013 Convention Resolutions.

P-1 Community Service The committee continues to encourage State Councils and Chapters to be involved in local events in their communities. Face time with Federal State and local officials in events sponsored by VVA do a great deal to enhance VVA's imagine. Achievements of our State Councils and Chapters are evident when you read the Veteran, looking at "Membership Notes"  and view on line events on face-book. Check out the accomplishments of our members by looking at out electronic version of the Veteran @ www.vvaveteran.org.

P-2 - Children's Welfare -Resolution encourages efforts to safeguard children and infants. This area although generally outside of VVA's legislative agenda, many members organize to provide programs that support the welfare of children. Nothing is more important than to secure the future of Vietnam Veteran children. Many State Council's are currently sponsoring "Town Hall Meetings" covering among other things, "Faces of Agent Orange"  that specifically target the off-springs of  Vietnam Veterans who have come down with ailments they have no business having.

P-3 Chapter Involvement with the Educational Institutions on Teaching the Vietnam War Story. Our chapters and members are committed  to the theory,  that those who walked the walk and talk the talk should be the individuals who teach our young people in this country about a war that no one wanted to know about. The VVA veteran has encouraged participation of our members work in this regard by highlighting stories of members at schools across the nation, talking to students about the war. Postings by our communications department on social media has also highlighted events related to student education of the war.  Tom Hall Educational Sub-Chair of the Public Affairs committee has completed an update of the Education Guideline that is available for chapter use.

P-4 Regulation of Activities at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial - Our D.C. memorial, and I feel it is well to include many outstanding memorial erected across the nation, has and always will be  hallowed ground. All VVA wishes this ground to remain unsoiled by politicians, hawkers, vendors or anyone else who wishes to use our memorial(s)  as a backdrop for partisan issues.

P- 5 - This resolution was born out of firsthand experience of Vietnam Veterans with environmental issues and damage caused by Agent Orange, among other items. It is technically outside the purview of VVA's legislative agenda. This issue is best handled at the Chapter Level.  It was recommended for retirement by the committee at our last convention, however the delegates at the convention was it differently and held on to this issue. We continue to encourage development at the Chapter level.

P-7 - Requirement to report progress on all currently approved convention resolutions by all standing committees at least once per year. This report fulfills the requirement for the Public Affairs Committee. Encouraging compliance the process for reporting by all committees has been formalized. Any committee may report in any issue of the Veteran, however every committee with resolutions, must report on the progress in advancing those resolutions at least once per year.

P- 8 - The Vietnam Veterans Memorial - This is a constant reminder that our the commitment to conservation and legacy of the Wall be maintained. VVA encourages the active participation of VVA Members in the care and maintenance of "The Wall". One example is the monthly washing of the Wall by the Silver Spring, Maryland chapter 641.

P-12 - Public Awareness for Veteran Benefits Campaigns - Members of Public Affairs attend meetings of the Veterans Benefits Committee for the purpose of coordinating efforts of both committees. These joint meetings are to encourage the best of ideas for the further  support and procurement of  federal  veteran benefits.     

P-13 Gold Star Mothers National Monument - This supports the establishment of a memorial in Washington D.C. that will honor the singular sacrifices of America's Gold Star Mothers. VVA has and will continue to support those efforts.     

Tom Burke -Chair

The Public Affairs Committee - Tom Burke, Chair: Herb Worthington, Vice Chair, Awards Chair - Dan Stenvold, Members: Grant Coates, Ken Holybee, James Maddox, Tom Owen, Richard Delong, Bob Barry, Ronald Morgan, John Riling, Beverly Stewart, Charles Stapleton, Ron Zink, Staff: Wes Guidry, Mokie Porter, Michael Keating.   


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