For Candidates

By Scott DeArman, Chair

Vietnam Veterans of America will conduct its election of all National Officer and Board positions during the 19th National Convention to be held July 16-20, 2019, in Spokane, Wash.

Fellow veterans: The Elections Committee invites you to think about your future role in the leadership of VVA. The committee encourages all those who are considering running for office in 2019 to think about and evaluate whether you are willing to take on the responsibilities of an Officer or a Board member. Take time now to consult with your family, friends, and those whose opinions you value to determine if this is the next step you are willing to take in your involvement in VVA.

Prospective candidates who have not yet filed with the Elections Committee can still run from the floor. Those candidates need to go to the Elections Committee’s room at the Convention and complete a Declaration of Candidacy and Eligibility. They must produce a DD-214 and sign an SF-180. (Only current and former National Officers and National Board members may disregard the DD-214 and SF-180 requirement.) They will receive petitions to be signed by delegates. The minimum number of signees will be determined by the committee. Once the required number of signatures is obtained, the petitions must be returned no later than noon on Thursday, July 18, including all required paperwork, financial statement form, copy of DD-214 if required, signed SF-180, campaign material form, and campaign committee form. The committee will verify that the signatures are those of registered delegates. If candidates have gathered the required number of signatures, they will be certified.

Positions Open for Election

  • VVA National President
  • VVA National Vice-President
  • VVA National Secretary
  • VVA National Treasurer
  • VVA National Board of Directors (At-large) [All Ten Seats]
  • VVA National Board of Directors (Regional) [All Nine Seats]

Important Notes

Those who plan to run for an elected position from the floor cannot announce their intent to run for office either publicly or privately, cannot campaign in any way or distribute any campaign material, including on the Internet, and cannot accept any authorized contributions prior to submitting a Letter of Intent and Declaration of Candidacy with the Elections Committee at the National Convention. Once you sign your Letter of Intent and Declaration of Candidacy, you will be considered a candidate and may attend caucuses and campaign. To reiterate: Only after you submit all the necessary paperwork and obtain the required number of delegate signatures will your name be placed on the ballot. Any violation of these rules will result in disqualification.

Eligibility

Candidates for all positions open for election must be individual members of VVA in good standing.

Candidates for National Officer positions must meet the requirements to hold office as set forth in the VVA National Constitution under Article I, Section 5, Paragraph A, as revised August 12, 2017.

Candidates for At-Large and Regional Board of Directors must meet similar requirements, as set down in the VVA National Constitution, Article I , Section 4, Paragraph (1 and 2) for Regional Directors, and Article I, Section 4, Paragraph B (1 and 3) for At-Large Directors, as revised August 12, 2017. Candidates for Regional Board positions must reside within the region they wish to represent. Refer to the VVA Constitution for a complete description of requirements.

Conduct of Campaigns

Candidates may use the flag of the United States, the VVA logo, and the VVA flag on their campaign materials. No VVA, state council, or chapter letterhead may be used. However, a photograph of a candidate wearing a VVA national, state council, or chapter logo or lapel pin is acceptable.

Candidates may not solicit or accept campaign contributions in any form from VVA or from any VVA state council or chapter. Candidates may not solicit or accept any campaign endorsement from VVA, any VVA state council or chapter, or VVA newsletters, newspapers, websites, or electronic mail sites. Refer to the VVA Constitution, Article IV, Section 3 Restricted Activities, Paragraph F.

Candidates may solicit and accept campaign contributions and endorsements from any member of VVA, provided that the contributions or endorsements are not in violation of rules and that any written endorsements are on the individual’s personal stationery. It is strictly prohibited for anyone to use VVA national, state council, or chapter letterhead stationery, web, or electronic mail sites for the purposes of writing letters of endorsement. Refer to the VVA Constitution, Article IV, Section 3 Restricted Activities, Paragraph F.