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Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America, May/June 2023 -   -  

Convention Time Draws Near

This year’s Project Friendship will be the National Birth Defects Registry (BDR) in Orlando, Florida. Our official campaign began during the April Board of Director’s meeting. BDR is the only organization collecting research data and advocating for veterans who have children with disabilities linked to exposure to Agent Orange or toxic chemicals in the Persian Gulf War. Please help us reach our goal of $15,000 with a donation this year. We can only do it if individuals, chapters and state councils and associations help us.

The deadline for the submission of bylaw amendments has passed for our Convention in Orlando. At our Thursday business session, delegates will decide to accept or reject each offered addition, deletion, or amendment to the bylaws. Those decisions will determine our governing regulations for the next two years.

If your state and chapter held an election last year, you are entitled to send one voting delegate to the National Convention. The delegate registration form is on the AVVA website. The deadline is included on the form. It is very important to adhere to this date, as no late registrations will be accepted. Remember: A delegate also must register for the Convention. There are two separate forms sent to two different addresses.

AVVA has three awards of recognition each year designed to acknowledge the work and dedication of our members. The nomination deadline is quickly approaching.. Forms and criteria can be found on the AVVA website. All winners will be announced during the AVVA Awards Luncheon. The recipients do not have to be present to win. VISTA volunteer frontrunners also will be recognized for their service at the luncheon.

With this term coming to an end, AVVA’s National Board will focus on preparing for the Convention. However, we will never lose sight of our Mission and Vision Statements. Our successes will never be determined by one person. State and chapter achievements are very important to our success. We will all share in the victories of AVVA’s future.




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