Dennis Howland was elected at the 19th National Convention in Spokane, WA, to serve the VVA as one of ten National At-Large Directors. He serves as the newest member of the Board of Directors. Dennis was elected to the only At-Large Director’s slot in which an incumbent wasn’t re-elected.
Howland served in the U.S. Marine Corps for nearly 8 years, receiving an honorable discharge at the rank of Sergeant (E-5). He served in Vietnam in 1966 and 1967 in Aviation Operations with MACS-7, MASS-3 and MAG 36.
Since joining Vietnam Veterans of America Dennis has created a new VVA Chapter serving as President, created a new State Council and is serving his third term as SC President in Utah. He has served as VVA National Public Affairs Committee Chair for nearly than 3 years. During that time the Committee has been instrumental in creating the JROTC Cadet Ribbon and Medal Award and the Eagle Scout Medal. He also serves the Region 9 Disciplinary, Government Affairs and POW/MIA Committees.
Howland currently serves on Utah’s Veterans and Military Affairs Commission, was recently appointed to serve on the Utah Governor’s World War II Monument Commission, serves the County Veterans Advisory Council, and serves as VFW Utah’s Legislative Chair. He has spearheaded or co-spearheaded 5 pieces of legislation in Utah to honor Vietnam Veterans and most recently served as project chair with VVA Chapter 1079 Team to partner with Layton City, Utah to create, raise funds, develop and build a beautiful replica of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall. He coordinates many activities with other veterans’ organizations such as the Veterans Parade in November, Wreaths Across America in December and periodically serves on Honor Guards for Veterans Funerals. He also works with the Vietnamese Community in Salt Lake City to bring the community and our veterans together by participating in joint Memorial Day services, inviting them to VVA programs and parades. They use these programs to say “Thank You for all you did for our country.”
Dennis has a background in the fire service, taught the Fire Science Jr. College program, is a retired federal employee, retired a second time from the local school district and is a member of several veterans’ organizations.
Among his personal awards for service to veterans are the Vietnam Veterans of America Achievement Medal, Utah Governor’s Veterans Service Award, Utah Elks Assoc. Citizen of the Year, England Corporation Honored Veteran, Utah’s Veterans Home Distinguished Veteran and numerous organization and local awards.
He and his wife Sherry live in Ogden, Utah. They have 5 children, 26 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.Send Email