Richard C. DeLong is serving his seventh term as a Director at Large on VVA’s National Board, a position he has held since 2009.
DeLong enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1965 and served four years with the Army Security Agency. After two consecutive tours in Vietnam, he was honorably discharged in 1969.
A life member, DeLong is a member and former chair of the VVA’s National POW/MIA Committee, which seeks to promote the fullest possible accounting of those still listed as POW/MIAs. In addition, he has served on VVA’s Veterans Incarcerated Committee, Veterans Against Drugs Task Force, Membership Affairs Committee, and Public Affairs Subcommittee on Awards. In 2007, DeLong helped revise VVA’s National Disciplinary Code, and he now serves as a member of the national and Region 7 Disciplinary committees.
DeLong has also served as sergeant-at-arms, treasurer, and president of VVA Chapter 141. He was president of the VVA Louisiana State Council for three consecutive terms starting in 1998, and chaired the VVA Conference of State Council Presidents from 2002–2004. In 2003, he was appointed to the board of the Veterans Assistance Foundation, and is a former member of the Veteran’s Advisory Committee for the VA Medical Center in Alexandria, La.
Richard is retired from BellSouth and resides in Lafayette, La., with his wife, Leslie — also a life member of VVA.