Vice-President

Thomas R. Burke

Vice-President

VVA has come a long way over the last forty years. We have built one of the best, if not the best, service organization in the country. Have we made mistakes? Sure we have, but in my opinion we have made more right decisions than we have made wrong ones. Thus our stature and status have risen considerably over many years. You and I as members have been part of those decisions. Hopefully you have voiced your opinions along the way.

 

Is there more to do? Always! You need only to look at the agendas of our National Standing Committees to realize that our job is yet not complete. My belief is that we need to carry on as long as possible. We now stand among the best in the country. Major decisions will have to be made in the near future. How much longer will we exist? What will happen to our State Councils and Chapters? Will we pass on our knowledge and know-how to a new group? If so, who and when? These are questions that must be addressed. The future direction of our organization may well be decided at the Convention in Spokane.

 

I wish to be a part of any decisions that affect VVA’s future. I also believe we are up to the task. As a member of the National Board of Directors, we should listen to you the members and your desires regarding the future direction of VVA. I also know that the majority of the National Board of Directors desires to do the right thing and make good decisions. I am here for one reason: you the Vietnam veteran, your spouse, and children.

 

Most of you know that I have been around VVA for many years. I am a proud life member. I have served in many capacities. National Board of Directors as At-Large Director, then as Region 5 Director. Many National committees: Government Affairs, Veterans Benefits, Public Affairs, Finance, Veterans Incarcerated, Disciplinary Committee, CSCP, and others. State Council President for eight years, and Chapter President/Vice President.

 

In 2006 I retired from the Canadian National Railroad after twenty-seven years as a Market Manager responsible for $38 million in pulp & paper products. The last several years I worked in the trucking industry, attaining the level of Vice President Marketing.

 

I ask for your support as the next Vice President of our organization. The position is so much more than just a title. First of all it’s a privilege, also a passion, commitment, and a dedication to you my fellow veterans and to our organization. It is the willingness to listen as well as act on our needs and the well-being of our members for the overall good of us all. No matter where our future takes us, strong leadership is a must. I hope you will agree to support my effort to become the next Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America.

VVA has come a long way over the last forty years. We have built one of the best, if not the best, service organization in the country. Have we made mistakes? Sure we have, but in my opinion we have made more right decisions than we have made wrong ones. Thus our stature and status have risen considerably over many years. You and I as members have been part of those decisions. Hopefully you have voiced your opinions along the way.

 

Is there more to do? Always! You need only to look at the agendas of our National Standing Committees to realize that our job is yet not complete. My belief is that we need to carry on as long as possible. We now stand among the best in the country. Major decisions will have to be made in the near future. How much longer will we exist? What will happen to our State Councils and Chapters? Will we pass on our knowledge and know-how to a new group? If so, who and when? These are questions that must be addressed. The future direction of our organization may well be decided at the Convention in Spokane.

 

I wish to be a part of any decisions that affect VVA’s future. I also believe we are up to the task. As a member of the National Board of Directors, we should listen to you the members and your desires regarding the future direction of VVA. I also know that the majority of the National Board of Directors desires to do the right thing and make good decisions. I am here for one reason: you the Vietnam veteran, your spouse, and children.

 

Most of you know that I have been around VVA for many years. I am a proud life member. I have served in many capacities. National Board of Directors as At-Large Director, then as Region 5 Director. Many National committees: Government Affairs, Veterans Benefits, Public Affairs, Finance, Veterans Incarcerated, Disciplinary Committee, CSCP, and others. State Council President for eight years, and Chapter President/Vice President.

 

In 2006 I retired from the Canadian National Railroad after twenty-seven years as a Market Manager responsible for $38 million in pulp & paper products. The last several years I worked in the trucking industry, attaining the level of Vice President Marketing.

 

I ask for your support as the next Vice President of our organization. The position is so much more than just a title. First of all it’s a privilege, also a passion, commitment, and a dedication to you my fellow veterans and to our organization. It is the willingness to listen as well as act on our needs and the well-being of our members for the overall good of us all. No matter where our future takes us, strong leadership is a must. I hope you will agree to support my effort to become the next Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America.