For Candidates

By Scott DeArman, Chair

The delegates to Vietnam Veterans of America’s Twentieth National Convention will cast their votes for VVA’s National President, National Vice President, National Secretary, National Treasurer, all ten At-large National Board members, and all nine Regional Board members on Friday, November 5. All positions are for two-year terms, beginning at the close of the 2021 Convention, through the close of the 2023 Convention.

In this issue of The VVA Veteran you will find the statements and photos of all registered candidates for national office. I encourage all delegates to read the statements carefully. These are the men and women who would like to lead this organization through some of its most difficult years. The election of officers and board is a heavy and happy burden that falls on the delegates.

CONDUCT OF CAMPAIGNS

2021 VVA Convention logoRegistered candidates may use the national flag of the United States, the VVA national logo, and the VVA national flag in their campaign materials. Although the appearance of endorsement by any part of VVA is forbidden, photographs of the candidate wearing VVA state and chapter logos, patches, or insignia are acceptable.

Candidates may not solicit nor accept endorsements or campaign contributions in any form from VVA or from any VVA state council or chapter. But they may receive contributions and endorsements from VVA members if the endorsements are on personal stationery. All of these regulations are outlined in full detail in the official Candidate Packet.  

RUNNING FROM THE FLOOR

Prospective candidates who did not register by the June 30 deadline have one last option: They can run from the floor. However—and it’s a big “however”—they cannot announce their intent to run for office either publicly or privately; cannot campaign in any way or distribute any campaign materials, including on the Internet; and cannot accept any contributions prior to being approved as a candidate by the Elections Committee at the Convention. Any violation of this rule will result in disqualification from the election process.  

At the Convention those prospective candidates must complete a Declaration of Candidacy and Eligibility, and 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.) Then they will receive petitions to be signed by delegates. The minimum number of signees will be determined by the committee.

Each candidate must return the petition with signatures no later than noon on Thursday, November 4, along with all required paperwork, the financial statement form, a copy of the DD-214 (if required), and a signed SF-180. Once certified by the committee, the candidate can begin campaigning.

For candidate photos and statements, go to https://vva.org/national-convention/candidate-statements.

The 2021 Elections Committee: Scott DeArman, Chair (928-710-1068), Jill Mishkel, Adolph Gardner (301-845-4296), Terry L. Nolan, and Ben Humphries.