Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1067
Sound track from "Good Morning Vietnam" for your enjoyment
Home of Medal of Honor Recipient Col Leo K. Thorsness
I am proud to serve as your President and Leader of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chap 1067, Huntsville, AL and home chapter of Medal of Honor recipient Col. (Ret) Leo K. Thorsness, Life Member (recently deceased). We are currently planning on naming our Chapter after Leo, in the near future. Before I go any further, I would like to thank my 2nd Vice President, John Mays, for the outstanding job that he has done in giving our web page a much needed face lift, by completely redesigning the site. Please let him know how you like the new design. Richard Crimes has also made a great contribution by posting his videos and pictures that he has taken at the many ceremonies and events that our Chapter has been involved in while he has been a member. Both of these members have gone above and beyond the call of duty in serving our Chapters needs.
This past year has been filled with many exciting events and activities for our organization. We are pleased that our membership has grown to over 503 VVA Members, with 10 AVVA Members in the time that we have been an official chapter. Thank you Membership Chairman Richard Knight and our members for your efforts in getting our fellow Vietnam veterans to join this fine organization. At last count, our Chapter was listed in the top 25 VVA Chapter's in membership at #10. Be sure and check out our calendar of events for information regarding the many events and activities that we will be involved in between now and the end of the year.
Having successfully completed our 6th annual "Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day" Celebration held at the Huntsville/Madison County Veterans Memorial on April 8, 2017, we are look forward to planning our seventh annual event beginning around October of this year (TBA). I wish to sincerely thank all of the Sponsors that supported us for this event in the past. There are so many people and businesses to thank, but we just want to make an honorable mention of Starbucks, Duncan Donuts, and Krispi-Creme for their contributions to our Meet and Greet part of the program. We could not have done it without the help of Janet Marino, and we especially thank Janet for providing our Sound System for the 3rd year in a row, and the City of Huntsville, the Madison County Sheriff's Department, Tom Brown, and the 1st Patriot Support Group for all the help they provided. We also thank our long time sponsors, Keller Williams Realty, Landers McClarty Family of Dealerships,and AAAA Tennessee Valley Chapter, for their continued support. We appreciate the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration Office for providing their support team to us this year including our Keynote Speaker, Joe Galloway, and Team Leader, Mr. Larry Brom.
We completed a contribution request application to Lockheed Martin for $8,000.00 in support of the 2016 joint venture with our friends at Intuitive Research (John Perry) in presenting the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Lecture Series at the Jackson Center on Saturday November 5, 2016, and Lockheed Martin graciously donated those funds. Thanks goes out to Audrey Rones of Lockheed Martin here in Huntsville for her help in securing this generous donation from Lockheed Martin as our major Corporate sponsor of this ongoing event as part of the DoD Commemoration War Office, Commemorative Partnership Program, for support in recognizing our Vietnam Veterans at patriotic events scheduled around the World through the year 2025. We are grateful to the Lockheed Corporate Office and Management for their support in this ongoing effort to recognize the Vietnam War and our Vietnam Veterans in events such as this one. I have recently been notified that Lockheed Martin has once again stepped up to the plate, and is offering to donate $7K in support of the next scheduled 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Lecture Series to be held at the Jackson Center in November. We are in the process of completing an application for their CyberGrant Program, and President Harmon will be working with Cari Holden from Lockheed Martin's Lawton Field Office while completing the application process. Please support our Corporate Partners as they endeavor to make these huge contributions in support of our programs. THANKS LOCKHEED MARTIN!!!!!!!!
WE STILL NEED OUR MEMBERSHIP'S HELP IN GETTING OUR DATA BASE CORRECT, and we are making every effort to obtain the correct data from members.
IF AN INDIVIDUAL OR BUSINESS DESIRES TO MAKE A DONATION IN SPONSORSHIP OF OUR ANNUAL programs, PLEASE CONTACT PRESIDENT HARMON AT 256-566-3267. ANY DONATION TO OUR VETERANS ORGANIZATION IS 100% TAX DEDUCTIBLE AND THE APPROPRIATE PAPERWORK WILL BE FURNISHED TO INDIVIDUALS OR BUSINESSES AFTER DONATIONS ARE RECEIVED. John Mays has added the capability of making contributions through PayPal to our Web Site for your convenience. WE THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!!!!!!!!!!
As part of the Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War, VVA Chapter 1067 would like to offer a free one year membership in the VVA for Vietnam Veterans that apply through our chapter until this offer is rescinded, although we encourage all new members to take advantage of lifetime membership in the VVA for $100 regardless of age group. Interested applicants who want to take advantage of this offer should obtain a membership application from our Membership Chairman, Richard Knight (256-722-3027), and forward the completed application along with a copy of their DD214 and payment in the amount of $100 by check or credit card for Lifetime Membership to VVA Chapter 1067, 446 Covina Dr., SW, Decatur, AL 35603, or contact Richard (256-722-3027) and he will make arrangements with you to pick up the application and DD214 from you at your convenience. We are currently at 503 VVA Members, and our new goal is to reach 525 or more members by the end of November 2017, after our Delegates attend the VVA Convention August 8-12, 2017. Also, the VVA Membership Affairs Committee (MAC) has announced that the Chapter membership growth awards for those chapters with the most growth in a fiscal year will continue. Our Chapter received this AWARD in 2015 for the 200-300 membership category and in 2016 for the 300-400 membership category. The Membership Growth Award for 1Mar16-28Feb17 will be announced and presented at the August 2017 VVA Conference and Convention in New Orleans. Based on our growth of over 90 members during this time frame, it is anticipated that we will receive the Membership Growth Award for our Chapter's size for the 3rd straight year in a row. Our Chapter is also among the VVA TOP 25 CHAPTERS in membership, based on our end of June roster strength, we were in 10th place with a reported strength of 488 VVA Members. We currently have 503 or more VVA Members to be reported on our end of September 2017 roster.
Our upcoming events included the VVA Conference in New Orleans, and the next 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Lecture Series at the Jackson Center in November, 2017, as well as all of the scheduled Veterans Day activities in Cullman and Huntsville during November, 2017. Please check out our Calendar of Events. Also, a Committee chaired by John Perry has submitted paperwork requesting that our Organization be selected to host the Wall that Heals during their 2018 travel schedule in Huntsville, AL. Only 35 locations will be selected, and those selected will be notified during October 2017. If selected, our dates would be during the Spring or Fall schedule, and the upfront cost will be $8K, with the first $4K due when selected. Other associated cost could almost double this figure, so we have already began fundraising in anticipation of being selected to host the Wall. Any Organization or individual wishing to make a donation to bringing the Wall that Heals to the Huntsville Area during 2018, please contact Pete Fast at 256-655-3278. Our desire is to bring in donations from all veterans organizations, small businesses, and individuals, rather than seek larger donations from big businesses, although, all donations will be appreciated.
PLEASE VISIT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE AT CHAPTER 1067 VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA. My condolences go out to the families of all Vietnam Veterans who made Final Muster during the past year, GOD BLESS ONE AND ALL,
WARREN HARMON, President
VVA CHAP 1067
VVA CHAPTER 1067 Meeting
Our Aug 10th Meeting was cancelled due to most of our leadership attending the VVA Conference in New Orleans 8-12Aug17, so our next meeting will be Sep 14, 2017 at the American Legion on Drake Ave (large meeting room, enter at back side entrance) due to our meeting building being under renovation until further notice. Meeting times remain the same; however, no food or beverages will be served. Hope to see you there!!