National Executive Director
As the 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.
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
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:
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,
In this 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
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 speakers.
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
In 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.
I 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 Committee
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
Agent 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 Gulf Veterans.
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
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
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.
Legal 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.
I 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.
War 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.
I prepare all correspondence, create all Certificates,
flyers and other publications that are then distributed to posts or
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.
I 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 up.
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