Frank “Paco” Arce, Marine Air wing, Vietnam.
Day two of the VVA Board of Directors and Conferencen of State Chapter Presidents meeting, Silver Spring, MD. Very moving and useful. Great opportunities for oral histories here.
The VVA is worrying about its longevity. Some years ago it decided to be a ‘last man standing’ organization. How long can it hold out? If the decision is made to close down, how will this be done? The VVA has assets that will have to be disposed of. But, even as discussion about this issue grows, membership numbers are increasing nationally; VVA now has 78,816 members, an all time high.
Listening to VVA board of directors committee reports: is it reasonable to understand this organization and its goals as class-based resistance? An effort to make the country accountable for the damage it did to an entire generation of working class soldiers?
National President of VVA John Rowan says Clinton, Sanders and Trump support Toxic Exposure Research Act. Both Dems and Repubs have active Veteran’s committees. Encourages political activity by all members. Organization is of course nonpartisan.
Last week I was notified that the CUNY TV interview I did has been nominated for a NY Emmy Award in the “military” category.
My grateful thanks to writer and producer Margaret Ramirez at CUNY Media for making this possible.