The Veterans Administration Voluntary Service (VAVS) National Certifying Officer is appointed by the National Board Chair at the first board meeting. The VAVS Officer is responsible for certifying Representatives and Deputies to each VAVS Medical Center in which Gold Star Wives of America, Inc. has volunteers. She is the point of contact to the Veterans Administration Voluntary Service (VAVS) , will attend the National Advisory Council (NAC) meeting each year.
Since my appointment in July I have appointed Augustine Chapman as a Deputy National Representative at America Lake Medical Center in Tacoma, Washington, and Carolyn Sparks Edwards as a Deputy National Representative at Salem Veterans Hospital in Roanoke, Virginia.
The VAVS Officer is responsible for collecting all VA volunteer forms from GSW members and consolidating them to report to the VA, the GSW National Convention, and for representation of those numbers to Congress.