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Veterans Day National Committee Bylaws
OBJECTIVES, ORGANIZATION, MEMBERSHIP AND PROCEDURES OF THE VETERANS DAY NATIONAL COMMITTEE
By-Laws Revised Sept. 12, 2013
Consistent with the Act of Congress (Public Law 380, of the 83rd Congress), and pursuant to the Proclamation by the President of the United States (Presidential Proclamation No. 3071, dated October 8, 1954) designating the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs to lead in the organization of appropriate observance of Veterans Day (November 11 of each year), there is hereby created by mutual agreement a Veterans Day National Committee.
- To promote public interest in the military service of veterans to the United States during peacetime or time of war or armed conflict.
- To honor those who served, to encourage the maintenance of an honorable peace while maintaining military readiness to deter aggression.
- To stimulate the participation of the American public in such objectives.
The Veterans Day National Committee (VDNC) shall be composed of a Chairperson, Vice Chair, Secretary-Treasurer, Executive Director, Committee Members, Associate Members and Honorary Members.
- The Chairperson of the Veterans Day National Committee shall be the Secretary, Department of Veterans Affairs, who shall have the authority to designate a Vice Chair. The Vice Chair will nominate a Secretary-Treasurer subject to confirmation by the Veterans Day National Committee Members. The Chairperson's approval shall be requisite to all decisions of the Members. Meetings will be held on call by the Chairperson, or may be held by petition of three (3) Members.
- The Vice Chair shall act as Chairperson in the absence of the Chairperson, as required.
- The Secretary-Treasurer, nominated by the Vice Chair and confirmed by the Members, shall call meetings as directed by the Chairperson or upon the request of three (3) Members of the Veterans Day National Committee. The Secretary-Treasurer will keep a record of the actions of the National Committee and inform members of the National Committee accordingly. The Secretary-Treasurer will maintain the accounts for the Committee and provide the Committee with fiscal statements at least three (3) times annually.
- The Veterans Day National Committee will consist of four classes of membership: Members, Associate Members, Emeritus Members and Honorary Members.
- The VDNC Members is limited to 25. Members shall consist of Non-Profit Veterans organizations that are national in scope, of good reputation, in existence and involved with veterans for a minimum of 10 years, and dedicated to a wide range of veterans’ issues.
- VDNC Associate Members shall consist of Non Profit organizations that are national in scope, of good reputation, in existence and involved with veterans for a minimum of five years, and dedicated to a wide range of veteran’s issues.
- At such time as conditions preclude the active participation of any Member organization in the national program they may upon application to the Chairperson and subject to a resolution by the Members apply for Emeritus status. If their petition is granted the organization will be carried on the Associate Member roster and be exempt from dues.
- Honorary Members shall be prominent persons, approved by the Chairperson, who have an interest in Veterans Day or veterans.
- Organizations that are auxiliary, subordinate or otherwise affiliated with current VDNC organizations are considered represented on the Committee and will not be considered for a separate Associate Membership.
- The Chairperson will select an Executive Director who will be responsible for the administration of the Veterans Day National Committee and perform such other duties as directed by the Chairperson.
- When a vacancy occurs from among the 25 Members, Associate Members in good standing meeting the qualifications stated in Section II, D1, may apply for Member status by submitting an application, which will be referred to a Selection Committee.
- Organizations may submit applications to become Associate Members. The applying organization must meet the requirements stated in Section II, D2, and be approved by at least a two-thirds vote of the Selection Committee. Upon approval by the Selection Committee, the application will be referred to the Veterans Day National Committee with a recommendation for approval or denial of Associate Membership.
- Upon approval by the Chairperson, new Associate Member organizations shall be added to all Veterans Day National Committee membership listings and afforded all the rights and privileges of Associate Membership.
- The Selection Committee shall consist of the current year Member host organization, plus two other Members appointed by the Chairperson. The Selection Committee’s sole task is to review all applications for membership. If the applying organization meets the requirements stated in Section II, D1 or D2 and is approved by at least a two-thirds vote of the Selection Committee, the application shall be referred to the Veterans Day National Committee Members with a recommendation for approval or denial of membership.
- A four-fifths vote by the Members, as well as approval by the Chairperson of the Veterans Day National Committee, is necessary for membership.
- The Veterans Day National Committee shall:
- Direct the planning, promotion, scope and operations for the observance of Veterans Day on the national and regional levels, and afford advisory cooperation with local committees or member organizations throughout the Nation in arranging and conducting Veterans Day ceremonies.
- Observe Robert's Rules of Order in the conduct of business. A majority of the representatives of the members shall constitute a quorum.
- Confirm, by a majority vote, the nominee by the Chairman for the position of Secretary-Treasurer.
- Maintain a fund to cover the cost of the national program.
- Decide on discontinuance, for cause, of any membership.
- Organizations on the Veterans Day National Committee will be urged to participate in local and regional ceremonies each year when they are not the host organization for the national observance.
- VDNC Members and Associate Members, unless otherwise noted, shall contribute to the annual dues assessment prior to the deadline date as established by the Committee. Failure to comply with the dues requirement may be cause for action by the Veterans Day National Committee.
Attachment A – Veterans Day National Committee Members
The following organizations comprise the 25 Members of the Veterans Day National Committee:
1. American Ex-Prisoners of War
2. American G.I. Forum
4. Army Navy Union, USA
5. Blinded Veterans Association
6. Catholic War Veterans, USA
7. Congressional Medal of Honor Society
8. Disabled American Veterans
9. Fleet Reserve Association
10. Jewish War Veterans of the USA
11. Korean War Veterans Association
12. Legion of Valor of the USA
13. Marine Corps League
14. Military Chaplains Association of the USA
15. Military Officers Association of America
16. Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA, Inc.
17. Military Order of the World Wars
18. National Association for Uniformed Services
19. Non Commissioned Officers Association
20. Paralyzed Veterans of America
21. Polish Legion of American Veterans, USA
22. The American Legion
23. The Retired Enlisted Association
24. Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
25. Vietnam Veterans of America
Attachment B – Member Host Rotation Order
The following is the rotation of Veteran’s organizations hosting the national ceremony. If new members are added they will be placed at the bottom of the list in order of acceptance. If there are National Committee withdrawals, the Committee shall determine the order of rotation.
2013 Congressional Medal of Honor Society
2014 Disabled American Veterans
2015 Military Officers Association of America
2016 Polish Legion of American Veterans, USA
2017 Korean War Veterans Association
2018 American G.I. Forum
2019 Catholic War Veterans
2020 American Ex-Prisoners of War
2021 Jewish War Veterans of the USA
2022 Vietnam Veterans of America
2023 Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
2025 Blinded Veterans Association
2026 Army and Navy Union, USA
2027 Non Commissioned Officers Association
2028 The American Legion
2029 Military Order of the Purple Heart of the USA, Inc.
2030 Fleet Reserve Association
2031 Marine Corps League
2032 Military Chaplains Association of the USA
2033 Paralyzed Veterans of America
2034 Legion of Valor of the USA
2035 Military Order of the World Wars
2036 The Retired Enlisted Association
Attachment C - Veterans Day National Committee Associate Members
The following organizations comprise the Associate Members of the Veterans Day National Committee:
1. American Gold Star Mothers, Inc.
2. Gold Star Wives of America, Inc.
3. Veterans of the Vietnam War, Inc. & The Veterans Coalition
4. Blue Star Mothers of America
5. Air Force Association
6. Navy Seabee Veterans of America
7. Air Force Sergeants Association
8. The American Red Cross
9. Help Hospitalized Veterans
10. National Association of State Veterans Homes
11. Veterans of the Battle of the Bulge
12. Japanese American Veterans Association
13. Bowlers to Veterans Link
14. Wounded Warrior Project
15. Reserve Officers Association
16. Association of the United States Navy
17. State Directors of Veterans Affairs
18. Women's Army Corps Veterans Association (Emeritus status)