At-Large Director

Steve Mackey

At-Large Director

I am announcing my candidacy for the office of Director at Large for the 2021-2023 term. To me, VVA is a membership organization, always has been, always will be. The members make up the organization. We are not always listened to and are not informed as to what occurred at a national board meeting, as we should be. I am tired of hearing “If you want to know what went on at a national board meeting, go to the web site, and read the minutes”. As a Board member, I will listen to the members, and I promise to always consider the membership’s views when voting.

 

I was drafted into the Army in September 1969. I went to Fort Ord for Basic and AIT. Arrived in Vietnam March 3, 1970, as an infantryman. I was sent to Chu Lai and the Americal Division. When I arrived there, they were looking for door gunners for Huey’s. I volunteered and was chosen. After two months as a door gunner, they promoted me to crew chief. I spent my 12 months flying around I Corps with a total of 1,340 flight hours.

 

I returned to the States on March 3, 1971. Spent my last five months in the Army at Fort Carson, CO.

 

I joined VVA in October 1996, Chapter 47 Riverside, CA. I served as a Chapter 47 board member and vice president. Then from 2001 to 2019, I served as Chapter 47 president. From 2019 to 2021, I was the chapter secretary.

 

I served as president of the California State Council from 2010 to 2020. I served as Secretary of the VVA Conference of State Council Presidents from 2014 to 2020.

 

My belief is that VVA is held together by its chapter members. The members make up the organization. The members need to be heard and listened to by the National Board of Directors, and I don’t believe this is happening.

 

While California State Council President, I attended two and three National Board meetings a year, so I have seen how things work at the National level. Some are great; others not so good. If elected, I will, with others, try to make everything great.

 

To me, VVA is a last man standing organization. I joined VVA because it is an organization of veterans from my era, my war. They understand me, and I believe I understand them. I hope your delegates will support me. Let’s make VVA even better.

 

On a personal note, I lost my wife of 48 years, 2 years ago. That sent me into a downward spiral. Our daughter saw that and called our Pastor. My Pastor immediately called me, and we had a very long, positive talk. He turned my thinking around on the spot, and I got back to work for VVA.

I am announcing my candidacy for the office of Director at Large for the 2021-2023 term. To me, VVA is a membership organization, always has been, always will be. The members make up the organization. We are not always listened to and are not informed as to what occurred at a national board meeting, as we should be. I am tired of hearing “If you want to know what went on at a national board meeting, go to the web site, and read the minutes”. As a Board member, I will listen to the members, and I promise to always consider the membership’s views when voting.

 

I was drafted into the Army in September 1969. I went to Fort Ord for Basic and AIT. Arrived in Vietnam March 3, 1970, as an infantryman. I was sent to Chu Lai and the Americal Division. When I arrived there, they were looking for door gunners for Huey’s. I volunteered and was chosen. After two months as a door gunner, they promoted me to crew chief. I spent my 12 months flying around I Corps with a total of 1,340 flight hours.

 

I returned to the States on March 3, 1971. Spent my last five months in the Army at Fort Carson, CO.

 

I joined VVA in October 1996, Chapter 47 Riverside, CA. I served as a Chapter 47 board member and vice president. Then from 2001 to 2019, I served as Chapter 47 president. From 2019 to 2021, I was the chapter secretary.

 

I served as president of the California State Council from 2010 to 2020. I served as Secretary of the VVA Conference of State Council Presidents from 2014 to 2020.

 

My belief is that VVA is held together by its chapter members. The members make up the organization. The members need to be heard and listened to by the National Board of Directors, and I don’t believe this is happening.

 

While California State Council President, I attended two and three National Board meetings a year, so I have seen how things work at the National level. Some are great; others not so good. If elected, I will, with others, try to make everything great.

 

To me, VVA is a last man standing organization. I joined VVA because it is an organization of veterans from my era, my war. They understand me, and I believe I understand them. I hope your delegates will support me. Let’s make VVA even better.

 

On a personal note, I lost my wife of 48 years, 2 years ago. That sent me into a downward spiral. Our daughter saw that and called our Pastor. My Pastor immediately called me, and we had a very long, positive talk. He turned my thinking around on the spot, and I got back to work for VVA.