At-Large Director

Charlie Hobbs

At-Large Director

I am announcing my candidacy for the office of Director-at-Large for the 2021-2023 term. I believe that VVA is a membership organization and that the members should always have a say in any decisions made by the Board of Directors that affect them. I pledge to be the Board member who listens to the membership, and I promise to always consider the impact that my vote will have on them.

I joined the Army in February 1967, and eighteen weeks later, I landed in Vietnam.  After serving one year as a Military Policeman with the Americal Division based in Chu Lai, I returned to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, to finish my military commitment.  I joined VVA in July 1991, and I served as the Tennessee State Council President from 2008–2012; I am currently the Chapter 203 President and I have served in this capacity for approximately fourteen of the last twenty years. I believe that the work done by our chapter–level “boots-on-the-ground’ is the reason that VVA has a success story to tell. And although Agent Orange has wreaked havoc with our brothers and sisters, we are still adding new members every month.  Sharon and I have been married for forty-five years.  We have three daughters, five grandsons, and one great-grand daughter.

I served as an At-Large Director from 2013-2017; I served as the National Membership Chair from 2011-2019, so I am well aware of how the VVA system works at the national level–some practices are good and some are not so good. I am not so simple-minded as to believe that I can make changes alone, but I can promise you that I will lead the way for those changes, IF it will improve our members’ experience with VVA.

During the upcoming convention, decisions will be made that affect and determine VVA’s future. I firmly believe that this decision is to be made by the delegates who represent our states and chapters. VVA’s future is not a management or board decision. I will be serving as a delegate this year, I will not be poked or prodded into voting for anything that determines VVA future until all questions are answered and all options are made known; I hope your state and chapter delegates will stand with me.

I am announcing my candidacy for the office of Director-at-Large for the 2021-2023 term. I believe that VVA is a membership organization and that the members should always have a say in any decisions made by the Board of Directors that affect them. I pledge to be the Board member who listens to the membership, and I promise to always consider the impact that my vote will have on them.

I joined the Army in February 1967, and eighteen weeks later, I landed in Vietnam.  After serving one year as a Military Policeman with the Americal Division based in Chu Lai, I returned to Fort Devens, Massachusetts, to finish my military commitment.  I joined VVA in July 1991, and I served as the Tennessee State Council President from 2008–2012; I am currently the Chapter 203 President and I have served in this capacity for approximately fourteen of the last twenty years. I believe that the work done by our chapter–level “boots-on-the-ground’ is the reason that VVA has a success story to tell. And although Agent Orange has wreaked havoc with our brothers and sisters, we are still adding new members every month.  Sharon and I have been married for forty-five years.  We have three daughters, five grandsons, and one great-grand daughter.

I served as an At-Large Director from 2013-2017; I served as the National Membership Chair from 2011-2019, so I am well aware of how the VVA system works at the national level–some practices are good and some are not so good. I am not so simple-minded as to believe that I can make changes alone, but I can promise you that I will lead the way for those changes, IF it will improve our members’ experience with VVA.

During the upcoming convention, decisions will be made that affect and determine VVA’s future. I firmly believe that this decision is to be made by the delegates who represent our states and chapters. VVA’s future is not a management or board decision. I will be serving as a delegate this year, I will not be poked or prodded into voting for anything that determines VVA future until all questions are answered and all options are made known; I hope your state and chapter delegates will stand with me.