Bill Meeks of The Woodlands, Texas, was elected Aug. 20 to serve as National Secretary of VVA at the organization’s 15th National Convention in Reno, Nevada. Since joining VVA in 1992, Meeks has held numerous elected positions at the chapter, state council, and national levels. He has served on the VVA National Board in the capacity of At-Large Director for three terms and he recently completed his fifth consecutive term as Chair of the VVA Membership Affairs.
Meeks has served on the VVA National Disciplinary Task Force, the VVA Resolutions Committee, Government Affairs Committee and the Council of State Council Presidents Handbook Committee. He has participated in drafting numerous policies, including the 2008 “Policy on the Use of the Vietnam Veterans of America Trademarks, Service Marks, and Logos.” Meeks served as president of the VVA Texas State Council for over five years. In 1994-1995 he chaired the Texas Planning Committee as president of host Chapter 343 for VVA’s 1995 convention. In 1999, Meeks was recognized as VVA Member of the Year.
Meeks served in the U.S. Marine Corps for less than three years and received an honorable discharge as a Lance Corporal (E-3). During his 1968 tour of duty in the Vietnam War, he served as squad/platoon radioman with Bravo Company, 1st Battalion, 27th Marines, 1st Marine Division in I Corp, and was awarded three Purple Hearts.
Meeks has been employed by Van De Wiele & Vogler Engineering for the past 22 years. He is married to Suzie, and together they have three children and nine grandchildren. His son, Chris Meeks, a Desert Storm veteran, served two tours in Iraq.