National Executive Director of the Veterans of the Vietnam War,
Inc. (VVnW), my duties cover a wide range of areas. With this
position comes a seat as a Board Member on the National Board of
Directors of the VVnW, Inc.
position brings with it the overall responsibility for every
program and project of the organization and requires a close
working relationship with each of the other eight board members,
the commanders of all the posts, the state commanders, the
program directors, advisors and the National Members-at-Large.
programs and projects of the VVnW are so varied so are the
responsibilities of the National Executive Director. General
information about some of the duties follows:
Veterans Service Officer After
completion of the Veterans Service Officer (VSO) training
provided by the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA), I received
official accreditation as a VSO for the VVnW, Inc.
position I advise and assist veterans or their beneficiaries in
presenting claims for benefits under Federal, State or local
laws and work in cooperation with the DVA, other governmental
agencies, and other VSOs.
Secretary to the National Board of Directors Since I am most
aware of the day-to-day activities, problems and challenges
within the National Headquarters, serving as the Secretary to
the National Board of Directors and taking the minutes of the
six yearly meetings, comes as a logical duty. Since I am aware
of the daily operations I am able to assist the National
Commander in his preparations for the meetings and insure that
all of the items that come into the office are directed to the
proper individual(s) and then given consideration and discussion
time at the board meeting.
National Convention I work with the
National Convention Committee to select a site, negotiate a
hotel contract, negotiate the band contract, prepare the
tentative agenda and arrange for program presentations and other
National Elections With a committee, I
prepare the notification of upcoming open board positions,
request letters of intent, DD-214s, and resumes from those
interested in running for the positions and then prepare and
send out all ballots to each member for voting. Ballots are
returned to an independent office for tabulation and results are
announced at the National Convention.
Accounting I maintain the multiple
checking accounts for the VVnW, Inc. and prepare and make all
addition to the manual preparation of these records, I am
responsible for the actual input of all data into the Real World
Accounting System, the reconciliation of each of the accounts
and the distribution of this information to the National
Treasurer, Accountant and Auditors upon request. I also provide
the presentation of all records for the Auditors at the end of
each Fiscal Year.
Membership On a daily basis I maintain
the membership database for the VVnW, which requires the
physical input of each application, the issuance of membership
cards, the issuance of renewal notices, contact with all posts
on a continuing basis, and the preparation of the necessary
paperwork sent to those interested in starting a new post.
maintain on-going contact with Post Commanders and provide the
continually changing, updated information to all National Board
Members and Program Directors as well as to the Membership
Fund-Raising I work closely with the
National Commander, the staff of the fund-raising consultants
and those involved with the projects being presented through the
direct-mail program to be sure of the accuracy of the
information being shared.
Orange I work closely with the National Veterans Services
Fund and its directors to get and distribute the most current
information on Agent Orange, its health effects and now also
to include the health problems being experienced by Persian
Bylaws I forward all questions regarding the National Bylaws
to the Bylaws Committee for review and presentation to the
National Board of Directors for approval or disapproval.
Education I work closely with the Education Program Director
in distributing to and getting information from posts as to
how they educate the students in their areas in relation to
Vietnam and its veterans.
Homeless Veterans I work closely with the Homeless Veterans
Program Director as well as with the President of the United
Veterans Beacon House (UVBH) in Akron, Pennsylvania to
determine their needs, how well they are functioning and
continually try to establish involvement in other similar
projects through the country.
Incarcerated Veterans I work closely with the Program
Director and maintain all incarcerated veteran posts
membership. I answer their questions regarding their
eligibility for benefits, etc. and make arrangements for
visits to whatever facilities are open to those visits.
Advisor I work closely with our attorney and get legal
interpretations from him whenever necessary.
Paraphernalia I order all of the stock for the paraphernalia
program and oversee the input, order fulfillment and
maintenance of the items by an assistant.
POW/MIA I work closely with the POW/MIA Program Directors to
distribute the most current information on the status of the
full accounting for the POW/MIAs from all wars.
Webmaster I work closely with the Webmaster on constantly
updating the Website information and developing new ways to
bring the message of the VVnW to the public.
coordinate programming plans and computer projects with our
computer advisor to constantly enhance the computer systems
within the National Headquarters.
Veteran Leader Newsletter I work
closely with the Editor to select information and ads to be
presented in the Veteran Leader. I then type, edit and
print all information to be used in the issue and finally
I prepare the mailing labels, zip code counts and mailing
instructions for bulk mail and work closely with the printer in
the production of each issue.
on Drugs/Gang Suppression Working
closely with the Program Director, we are re-establishing this
program with an emphasis on veterans protecting their own
countries through a national awareness program on the dangers of
drugs and gangs.
Miscellaneous activities - While answering
the telephones at National Headquarters may not seem like a
major job duty, at the VVnW the phones are sometimes the only
way that a veteran can get the help he or she needs with many
different and unique problems, and the calls are sometimes
non-stop. The help we provide is very valuable to the veteran
and sometimes requires a great deal of patience and research.
Referrals are made to the DVA, a VSO, local Veterans Affairs
Offices, SBA offices, Vet Centers as well as to other
organizations. Even if we help just one person per day it is
most definitely worth the effort.
prepare all correspondence, create all Certificates, flyers and
other publications that are then distributed to posts or
Employees Volunteers I oversee the other office employee and
any volunteers who come into National Headquarters to work on
National projects. I also coordinate the use of outside
volunteers such as the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP)
for large projects.
provide assistance to the National Commander on a daily basis
with correspondence, travel plans, scheduling, installations of
post officers, speech writing and any other area that may come