Why YOU Should Join the VVAA

Lord Kitchener
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I have been asked this question many times, and I still think that it’s an important issue. Some Vietnam veterans need help, others can give it. Some have no interest in the politics of legislation, others have a point of view they need to get across. Some are able to articulate their problems and suggest solutions but others cannot. Some like the social contact it provides, and the opportunity to find out what’s going on in the veterans’ community. Some are interested in the day-to-day administration of the organisation while others just want to get the newsletters. Still others have business skills and contacts which will enable the organisation to spread its message and conduct fund-raising in a more professional manner.

There’s a place for everyone, and jobs for those who wish to do them.  No matter what the particular reason you decide to join, you will find that you will extend your horizons as you learn more about the organisation and what it is doing for veterans.  It's not unusual for someone to join because they want to help, and end up receiving it - and it is just as common for someone to join because they need help, and end up giving it!

To my mind, the broader the membership of the VVAA and the more points of view it encompasses, the less opportunity there is for one group or another to take the organisation in a direction which damages the interests or image of Vietnam veterans as a whole. Should this occur, all the work which has been done will be wasted, all the lines of communication with government and other organisations lost.

Regimental, ship and squadron associations are great, but they aren’t going to give you the information which is critical to your continued well-being, and that of your family. The R&SL has a much broader constituency, and it isn’t focussed in on quite the same issues that the VVAA is. The great thing about it, however, is that you can be a member of all these organisations, and there is no conflict of interest, they are simply filling different roles. Even better, there is a multiplier effect as the various organisations lobby government!

Clive Mitchell-Taylor
Past National President

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