"PEOPLE WHO CARE"
Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. 1980- present
THE VETERAN LEADER
Born & raised in Wilkes-Barre, PA
Graduate of Hanover High School
Served in the US Army 1967-1970
Life Member of American Legion
National Treasurer VVnW 1981-1996; 1998- present
Married to the former Dawn C.
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.
The 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.
Since the 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.
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 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 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 bank deposits.
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 members.
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.
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 members.
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.
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.
|Born in 1948, the fourth of
August, in Cincinnati, Ohio. Served in the United States Army from 1969 to
I am Married, my wifes name is Sonja.
High School - Western Hills - 1968
Department Manager Riemeler Lumber Co. 1974 -1984
Deputy Sheriff - Hamilton County Sheriff Department 1984 - present
|Born Pottsville, PA November 23,
Graduated Schuylkill Haven High School 1965
Enlisted in United States Navy 1965
Served with Naval Support Activity Danang Vietnam - June 1967 to June 1968
Honorable Discharge from the United States Navy - June 1968
Life Member VVnW Post 29 Pottsville, Pennsylvania
Volunteer and National Board Member since 1985
National Commander VVnW 1991 to 1994
Appointed to the board VVnW 1996
Member of American Legion Robert E. Baker Post Schuylkill Haven, PA.
|I am a member of Post PA-61,
dedicating my life to the worth of Vietnam Veterans.
I was born in Italy 1945
At the age of twelve, I came to America.
Drafted into the U.S. Army 1965
Served in Vietnam with Charlie Co. 2/28
"Big Red One" 1966 - 1967
Became a member of Post PA-61, which I helped to start 1989
Commander of Post PA-61 1990 - 1995, 1998 - 1999
Vice Commander of Post PA-61 1996-1997
Currently running for Post PA-61 Commander in the upcoming election.
Life member of the DAV and the VFW