2019 Convention Committee Report



The deadline for submitting proposed resolutions has passed. All proposed resolutions will be compiled and submitted to the relevant committees at the April Board of Directors meeting for review and comments.

The Resolutions Committee will mail the package of proposed resolutions with the appropriate committee’s recommended action for each proposed resolution to all state councils and chapters no later than May 17 by first-class mail.

At the National Convention committee hearings will be held following the opening ceremonies. During the hearings, the committees and delegates will review all resolutions pertaining to their committees prior to the resolutions being presented to the delegates on the Convention floor. Any subsequent revisions to the resolutions will be printed on color-coded paper for distribution to the delegates.

Resolutions are Goals and Objectives for our organization and many, if not all, have direct and indirect costs related to their implementation. Work toward accomplishing the mandates of the resolutions may take a few hours of staff time or it may take a week or a month, and those efforts cost our organization operating funds. To this end, some resolutions may be implemented immediately, others phased in over a period of time, and some may be impractical or impossible to achieve because of funding restrictions.

The Resolutions Committee: Dick Southern, Chair. Staff Support: Sharon Hodge.




LESLIE DeLONG, ©Michael KeatingThe deadline for submission of proposed Constitutional Amendments was March 17. No more proposals were accepted. On Friday, April 12, the National Constitution Committee will meet at the Doubletree Hotel in Silver Spring, Md., to discuss proposed amendments. Individuals who have submitted proposed amendments are welcome to speak in support of their submissions at this meeting.

After a full review and discussion of the proposed amendments, the committee will prepare its report to the membership. The report will contain copies of all proposed amendments, along with the committee’s recommendations regarding each one. The committee’s report will be made available via email and on the VVA website no later than May 17.

The Constitution Committee thanks all those who submitted proposed amendments for taking an active part in making Vietnam Veterans of America a dynamic service organization that is responsive to the needs of its members and dedicated to its founding principles.

The Constitution Committee: Leslie DeLong, Chair. Members: Ken Holybee, Beverly Stewart, Grant Coates, Barry Rice, Cliff Riley, and Shelby Pinkerton. AVVA Advisers: Mary Miller and Nancy Rekowski. Staff Support: Tracie Houston.