Colorado Elks Association
Elks CARE. ELKS SHARE.
Veterans Administration Voluntary Service
Veterans Administration Voluntary Service Committee Purpose:
So long as there are veterans, the Elks will never forget them.
Since its inception in 1930, the Veterans Administration has encouraged and sought citizen volunteer assistance in its medical centers and domiciliaries. By 1946, it was obvious that in order to function effectively and eliminate duplication, a viable organization was needed. Thus, the VAVS was established to provide members of veterans, service and fraternal Organizations an opportunity to assume important roles in determining the quality of life for hospitalized veterans.
The plan included an advisory committee comprising national representatives of participating organizations. The Order is represented on this prestigious committee by the director of the National Veterans Service Commission. Through its involvement with VAVS, the Elks provide effective use of its Lodges, members and state associations.
The VAVS is made up of 60 national organizations and meets annually to conduct business, elect officers and hold workshops for the instruction of its members. Regional organizations also render meaningful support to several activities.
Every organization whose members participate in the VAVS program may certify one representative and up to three deputy representatives to the medical facility’s VAVS Advisory Committee. Deputy representatives work closely with the representative to fulfill our obligation of caring for veteran patients at the VA medical center.
When members cross a state line to serve as volunteers, one VAVS associate representative and one Deputy Representative may be certified from that neighboring state.
The certification of representatives to the director of the VA medical center is done by the director of the Elks National Veterans Service Commission. VAVS representatives and associate representatives must be endorsed by the Past Grand Exalted Ruler of jurisdiction. Deputy representatives must be endorsed by a state association official or the representative.
A VAVS Representative must demonstrate a sincere interest in the welfare of hospitalized veterans and have the ability to work with others. He must have the full support of our organization and be able to promote and coordinate the program among the local Lodges.
He must be able to attend the quarterly meetings of the medical center VAVS Advisory Committee. A deputy representative should be on hand if the representative is unable to attend.