At-Large Director

Dennis Howland

At-Large Director

I am requesting the opportunity to continue to serve you, our members, as an At-Large Director. I currently serve as an At-Large Director, as National Public Affairs Committee Chair, and as President of the VVA Utah State Council. Your vote will permit me to continue to serve our organization and to assist in the growth and future of Vietnam Veterans of America.

 

I have been a veterans advocate for more than four decades, routinely serving in positions of leadership and as a member of successful teams. I am a VVA Life Member; I established Utah’s Chapter 1079 and the Utah State Council. I served as Chapter President and am currently serving as Utah State Council President. In 2016 President Rowan appointed me as Chair of the VVA National Public Affairs Committee. Our committee created the JROTC Cadet Medal program and the Eagle Scout Medal with a focus on VVA’s legacy. I am currently a member of the VVA Government Affairs and POW/MIA committees.

 

I served as a Marine for nearly eight years, in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. I am a retired federal employee, and I retired a second time from the local school district as a Computer Tech. After my military service I served as a First Responder Firefighter/Rescue EMT, Engineer, and a Chief Officer. I have had extensive experience as a Public Affairs Officer, a radio DJ, and TV News Anchor.

 

My service to our nation’s veterans includes as Chair, Project Development, Fundraising, and Construction of Utah’s Replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, dedicated July 14, 2018. I am a member of the team that developed, built, and dedicated a Vietnam Combat War Dog Memorial, dedicated in December 2020. I am honored to serve as a member of the Utah Governor’s Veterans and Military Affairs Commission, this being my sixth year, and the County Veterans Advisory Committee. I have spearheaded or co-spearheaded five pieces of state legislation to honor Vietnam veterans and served on the Utah Governor’s Veterans Advisory Council for three years. I have continually lobbied our congressmen and senators for support of legislation beneficial to veterans.

 

In addition, my veterans service includes originating the Northern Utah Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade. I served on the Construction Oversight Committee for the Northern Utah Veterans Home and the Veterans Home Advisory Council for six years. I continue to work with our South Vietnamese community to honor U.S. veterans and worked with publisher/producer of the book Time to Honor and the documentary Journey Home for Vietnam Veterans. The book and CD were distributed to 47,000 Utah Vietnam veterans and have been reproduced in five additional states and coordinated and distributed by State Councils of Vietnam Veterans of America. Fifteen years ago, I brought back the Veterans Parade to Northern Utah after it had been absent for fifty years. I am a VFW life member and past Utah VFW Commander.

 

My personal awards include the Utah Governor’s Veterans Service Award; Utah State Elks Citizen of the Year; DAR Utah, Southwest Region, and National Veterans Volunteer of the Year 2021; VVA Achievement Medal; Myers Veteran Service Award; England Corporation Honored Veteran; Utah Veterans Home Distinguished Veteran; and this past year, I was honored by Utah Congressman John Curtis for my veterans service.

I am requesting the opportunity to continue to serve you, our members, as an At-Large Director. I currently serve as an At-Large Director, as National Public Affairs Committee Chair, and as President of the VVA Utah State Council. Your vote will permit me to continue to serve our organization and to assist in the growth and future of Vietnam Veterans of America.

 

I have been a veterans advocate for more than four decades, routinely serving in positions of leadership and as a member of successful teams. I am a VVA Life Member; I established Utah’s Chapter 1079 and the Utah State Council. I served as Chapter President and am currently serving as Utah State Council President. In 2016 President Rowan appointed me as Chair of the VVA National Public Affairs Committee. Our committee created the JROTC Cadet Medal program and the Eagle Scout Medal with a focus on VVA’s legacy. I am currently a member of the VVA Government Affairs and POW/MIA committees.

 

I served as a Marine for nearly eight years, in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967. I am a retired federal employee, and I retired a second time from the local school district as a Computer Tech. After my military service I served as a First Responder Firefighter/Rescue EMT, Engineer, and a Chief Officer. I have had extensive experience as a Public Affairs Officer, a radio DJ, and TV News Anchor.

 

My service to our nation’s veterans includes as Chair, Project Development, Fundraising, and Construction of Utah’s Replica Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall, dedicated July 14, 2018. I am a member of the team that developed, built, and dedicated a Vietnam Combat War Dog Memorial, dedicated in December 2020. I am honored to serve as a member of the Utah Governor’s Veterans and Military Affairs Commission, this being my sixth year, and the County Veterans Advisory Committee. I have spearheaded or co-spearheaded five pieces of state legislation to honor Vietnam veterans and served on the Utah Governor’s Veterans Advisory Council for three years. I have continually lobbied our congressmen and senators for support of legislation beneficial to veterans.

 

In addition, my veterans service includes originating the Northern Utah Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Parade. I served on the Construction Oversight Committee for the Northern Utah Veterans Home and the Veterans Home Advisory Council for six years. I continue to work with our South Vietnamese community to honor U.S. veterans and worked with publisher/producer of the book Time to Honor and the documentary Journey Home for Vietnam Veterans. The book and CD were distributed to 47,000 Utah Vietnam veterans and have been reproduced in five additional states and coordinated and distributed by State Councils of Vietnam Veterans of America. Fifteen years ago, I brought back the Veterans Parade to Northern Utah after it had been absent for fifty years. I am a VFW life member and past Utah VFW Commander.

 

My personal awards include the Utah Governor’s Veterans Service Award; Utah State Elks Citizen of the Year; DAR Utah, Southwest Region, and National Veterans Volunteer of the Year 2021; VVA Achievement Medal; Myers Veteran Service Award; England Corporation Honored Veteran; Utah Veterans Home Distinguished Veteran; and this past year, I was honored by Utah Congressman John Curtis for my veterans service.