BY JOHN H. RILING III, CHAIR
The Veterans Benefits Committee met via RingCentral on April 14 for two hours. In attendance were Director Felicia Mullaney and staff members Greg Nembhard, Alec Ghezzi, and Famata Conteh. VVA President John Rowan, Vice President Tom Burke, and Veterans Voices of America Board Chair Rebecca Patterson also attended, along with committee members Jerry Corrigan, Gene Crego, Gary Estermyer, Gumersindo Gomez, Bob Grabinski, John Margowski, Marc McCabe, John McGinty, Greg Pauline, Pete Peterson, Dick Southern, John Weiss, and Chuck Byers.
The VVA VSO yearly grant was presented to the committee in an updated format. It will consist of the grant application and an annual report. It will be presented to the VVA Board of Directors for approval. The committee worked on an MOU with Veterans Voices of America about transitioning the VVA Benefits Program.
Alec Ghezzi gave a presentation on the new VSO accreditation training. It will be held virtually and will include pre- and post-accreditation training. Due to the length of the meeting, a follow-up meeting was held April 20 to finish discussing accreditation training and to review the resolutions that will be sent to the Resolutions Committee for the National Convention.