At-Large Director

Gene Crego

At-Large Director

It would be an honor and privilege to serve Vietnam Veterans of America as At-Large Director, representing our members and continuing to fulfill our motto, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” I wouldn’t be where I am, if it wasn’t for the support of VVA, my wife, Sue, and my family.

 

I’m a life member of VVA, AVVA, American Legion, DAV, 1st Marine Div., MCL, and VFW.

 

I was born in Glendale, Calif., in 1948, and graduated in 1966 from Paradise High School. I completed almost two years of college courses while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

 

I joined the USMC in 1967 at MCRD in San Diego and served two tours in Vietnam (Jan. 1968-March 1970). I graduated from Staff NCO Academy in 1981 and retired in August 1989 at Twentynine Palms at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (E-7).

 

In July 1990, I began working as a security officer for the Flamingo Hilton in Laughlin, Nev. In 2003, I was elected as Union President for Security, Fire, and Police Professionals of America. I retired in 2005.

 

In Oct. 29, 2004, I joined VVA at Yuma. VVA Arizona State Council President William Messer appointed me as At-Large Director. I have served for 16 years as a veterans advocate, working with legislators in Arizona and in Washington, D.C.

 

I serve on the following VVA national committees: Veteran Benefits (2013-present); Government Affairs (2014-present); Women Veterans (2015-present); and Veterans Health (2018-present). Additionally, I serve on the VVA Region 9 Disciplinary Committee (2009-present).

 

As Arizona State Council President, I served on VVA’s Conference of State Council Presidents (CSCP) from 2012-2020. In 2017, I was assigned Legislative Chair by CSCP Chair Rex Moody, a position I held until 2020. Prior to serving as VVA AZ State Council President, I served as the VVA AZ State Council Vice President from 2010 until 2012.

 

I serve on the VVA AZ State Council BOD (2004-present). Between 2012 and 2020, the VVA AZ State Council and chapters have presented 163 VVA Achievement Medals to members of VVA and AVVA; AZ members of the U.S Congress; AZ State Legislators; and leaders for the VAMCs in Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, and the VARO in Phoenix.

 

I am a VVA Mohave County Chapter 975 founding member and served as chapter president from 2006-2009. From 2008-2010, I served as chair of VVA Chapter 975’s Veterans Expo and Education, covering the Tristate area of AZ, CA, and NV.

 

In 2016, I was awarded the VVA Achievement Medal. In 2017, I was inducted into the AZ Veterans Hall of Fame. I have served since 2012 on the BOD of the Unified Arizona Veterans, Inc., and was elected Vice Chair for 2021. Since 2019, I have served on the AZ Department of Veterans’ Services Veterans Advisory Commission. I serve on the AZ U.S. Congress Veterans Advisory Committees for Senators Sinema and Kelly and Representatives Biggs (Dist. 5) and Stanton (Dist. 9).

 

Thank you for your consideration, Sisters and Brothers Forever.

It would be an honor and privilege to serve Vietnam Veterans of America as At-Large Director, representing our members and continuing to fulfill our motto, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.” I wouldn’t be where I am, if it wasn’t for the support of VVA, my wife, Sue, and my family.

 

I’m a life member of VVA, AVVA, American Legion, DAV, 1st Marine Div., MCL, and VFW.

 

I was born in Glendale, Calif., in 1948, and graduated in 1966 from Paradise High School. I completed almost two years of college courses while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps.

 

I joined the USMC in 1967 at MCRD in San Diego and served two tours in Vietnam (Jan. 1968-March 1970). I graduated from Staff NCO Academy in 1981 and retired in August 1989 at Twentynine Palms at the rank of Gunnery Sergeant (E-7).

 

In July 1990, I began working as a security officer for the Flamingo Hilton in Laughlin, Nev. In 2003, I was elected as Union President for Security, Fire, and Police Professionals of America. I retired in 2005.

 

In Oct. 29, 2004, I joined VVA at Yuma. VVA Arizona State Council President William Messer appointed me as At-Large Director. I have served for 16 years as a veterans advocate, working with legislators in Arizona and in Washington, D.C.

 

I serve on the following VVA national committees: Veteran Benefits (2013-present); Government Affairs (2014-present); Women Veterans (2015-present); and Veterans Health (2018-present). Additionally, I serve on the VVA Region 9 Disciplinary Committee (2009-present).

 

As Arizona State Council President, I served on VVA’s Conference of State Council Presidents (CSCP) from 2012-2020. In 2017, I was assigned Legislative Chair by CSCP Chair Rex Moody, a position I held until 2020. Prior to serving as VVA AZ State Council President, I served as the VVA AZ State Council Vice President from 2010 until 2012.

 

I serve on the VVA AZ State Council BOD (2004-present). Between 2012 and 2020, the VVA AZ State Council and chapters have presented 163 VVA Achievement Medals to members of VVA and AVVA; AZ members of the U.S Congress; AZ State Legislators; and leaders for the VAMCs in Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, and the VARO in Phoenix.

 

I am a VVA Mohave County Chapter 975 founding member and served as chapter president from 2006-2009. From 2008-2010, I served as chair of VVA Chapter 975’s Veterans Expo and Education, covering the Tristate area of AZ, CA, and NV.

 

In 2016, I was awarded the VVA Achievement Medal. In 2017, I was inducted into the AZ Veterans Hall of Fame. I have served since 2012 on the BOD of the Unified Arizona Veterans, Inc., and was elected Vice Chair for 2021. Since 2019, I have served on the AZ Department of Veterans’ Services Veterans Advisory Commission. I serve on the AZ U.S. Congress Veterans Advisory Committees for Senators Sinema and Kelly and Representatives Biggs (Dist. 5) and Stanton (Dist. 9).

 

Thank you for your consideration, Sisters and Brothers Forever.