President

John Rowan

President

As a new Congress opens with Democrats in charge of the House, I find myself working with my fifth Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.). I have known him for several years. He is a friend of VVA leaders in Southern California. We look forward to working with him and Ranking Member Dr. Roe (R-Tenn). As always, we maintain relations with all Committee members no matter the party.

 

I have had the privilege of serving as your President for fourteen years and thank all the members, Chapters, State Councils and the Regional and At-Large Directors for having faith in me over these years and thanks to my fellow officers for their continued support. They each took on areas of responsibility that have made my job easier, especially Vice President Marsha Four, who helped with administration and staff issues. I will miss Marsha who is not running this year. I wish her well.

 

We have gone through some staff changes this year, but they have performed excellently on behalf of our members and all veterans and their families. We are very proud of them. Thank them when you can.

 

The VVA Veteran has been an award-winning newspaper thanks to the peerless staff for which we are very proud.

 

Our Membership Department with guidance from the Membership Affairs Committee has persevered through changes in consultants, staff, technology, and structure.

 

Our Government Affairs Department has no peer in Congress. The courts have supported the Blue Water veterans, but we continue to push for legislation and our lobbying effort has been enhanced by our Chapters and State Councils.

 

The Finance Department, the Administration Department, the IT staff, and our Household Goods Program also keep our organization running efficiently. I want to thank them for their efforts.

 

The Veterans Benefits Department has been dealing with the changes that have gone on in the VA as well as VVA. Thankfully, our new Director, Felicia Mullaney, a recent Army veteran, and Senior Attorney Kelsey Yoon, and all our legal staff are up to the task.

 

The Communications Department has brought us into the digital era with Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets, while getting our message out to the print and video media. Thanks to Amber Chaney and Kris Goldsmith in Government Affairs, we are reaching many new audiences and insuring our message is not corrupted.

 

The Veterans Health Council recently welcomed its new Director, Col. Dr. Artie Shelton (USA ret.). He is already expanding our reach through our new 501(c)(3).

 

I thank the members, chapters, and state councils for the hard work you do on behalf of our veterans and families. You make us look good and give us the authority to work on your behalf in Congress and the VA.

 

I thank you for your support and hope you will allow me to continue to serve as your President.

As a new Congress opens with Democrats in charge of the House, I find myself working with my fifth Chair of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Rep. Mark Takano (D-Calif.). I have known him for several years. He is a friend of VVA leaders in Southern California. We look forward to working with him and Ranking Member Dr. Roe (R-Tenn). As always, we maintain relations with all Committee members no matter the party.

 

I have had the privilege of serving as your President for fourteen years and thank all the members, Chapters, State Councils and the Regional and At-Large Directors for having faith in me over these years and thanks to my fellow officers for their continued support. They each took on areas of responsibility that have made my job easier, especially Vice President Marsha Four, who helped with administration and staff issues. I will miss Marsha who is not running this year. I wish her well.

 

We have gone through some staff changes this year, but they have performed excellently on behalf of our members and all veterans and their families. We are very proud of them. Thank them when you can.

 

The VVA Veteran has been an award-winning newspaper thanks to the peerless staff for which we are very proud.

 

Our Membership Department with guidance from the Membership Affairs Committee has persevered through changes in consultants, staff, technology, and structure.

 

Our Government Affairs Department has no peer in Congress. The courts have supported the Blue Water veterans, but we continue to push for legislation and our lobbying effort has been enhanced by our Chapters and State Councils.

 

The Finance Department, the Administration Department, the IT staff, and our Household Goods Program also keep our organization running efficiently. I want to thank them for their efforts.

 

The Veterans Benefits Department has been dealing with the changes that have gone on in the VA as well as VVA. Thankfully, our new Director, Felicia Mullaney, a recent Army veteran, and Senior Attorney Kelsey Yoon, and all our legal staff are up to the task.

 

The Communications Department has brought us into the digital era with Facebook, Twitter, and other outlets, while getting our message out to the print and video media. Thanks to Amber Chaney and Kris Goldsmith in Government Affairs, we are reaching many new audiences and insuring our message is not corrupted.

 

The Veterans Health Council recently welcomed its new Director, Col. Dr. Artie Shelton (USA ret.). He is already expanding our reach through our new 501(c)(3).

 

I thank the members, chapters, and state councils for the hard work you do on behalf of our veterans and families. You make us look good and give us the authority to work on your behalf in Congress and the VA.

 

I thank you for your support and hope you will allow me to continue to serve as your President.