VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA, CHAPTER 20
2 – Operations Policies
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To represent Chapter 20 at all ceremonies or dedications where the colors are to be posted or presented. To provide a proper representation at the funeral of any Vietnam Veteran with full military honors or any other deemed appropriate, by the Honor Guard Commander.
The Honor Guard Commander shall act as Committee Chairperson and is appointed by the Chapter President.
Any Individual Chapter member in good standing.
Donations are not required for participation of the Honor Guard for member or veteran’s funeral, but are accepted and appreciated.
The Honor Guard will pay honor and tribute to a deceased Veteran member of the Chapter, an AVVA member, any Veteran whose family wishes to have the Chapter Honor Guard pay a final tribute, or any other deemed appropriate. The Honor Guard Commander must be contacted by the Funeral Director or a family member (in the following order – spouse, child, parent, sibling).
The only ceremonies that will not be done exclusively by the Honor Guard are those that take place at the Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park for Memorial Day and Veterans Day. Those ceremonies are open to all Marching Unit members as well as Honor Guard members.
Honor Guard members will only participate in the military honors for a funeral (pallbearers, standing guard at the casket, rifle squad, folding the flag, the playing of Taps, and flag presentation to the next of kin).
The Honor Guard Commander or assistant will do the flag presentation. If neither of them are present, it will be presented by whomever the Commander appoints in advance.
It will be at the discretion of the Commander or Assistant Commander to accept or decline an Honor Guard service request.
Hat – OD Green Boonie Hat (Clean - no pins or other items on hat)
Shirt – OD Green. Clean and ironed, starched if possible. The only items allowed on the shirt are as follows:
Left Sleeve – Honor Guard rocker patch at top; unit or division patch immediately below followed by the National VVA 20 patch
Right Sleeve – American flag patch at top (blue field closest to heart); Chapter patch immediately below
Left Breast Pocket – Above the pocket will be branch of service strip; above that will be ribbons and badges earned while in military service, only as per your DD-214 or DD-215 (No exceptions). NYS awards like the Medal of Merit, Conspicuous Service Star and the Conspicuous Service Cross are acceptable.
Right Breast Pocket – On the pocket shall be the black and white POW/MIA patch
No other patches, pins or insignia’s of any kind are to be worn on this shirt
T-Shirt - Black only. No neck jewelry is to be worn outside of the t-shirt at any time (dog tags, necklaces, etc.)
Trousers – OD Green. Clean, pressed and bloused over boot top with blousing rubbers
Boots - Polished jungle boots with the green canvas sides
Belt - Clean, black pistol belt. The kind with a plastic clip. (Clean meaning nothing on the belt)
Name Tag - To be worn on the flap of the right breast pocket. Will read as follows:
Vietnam Veterans of America
Field Jacket - Will only be worn for Honor Guard details and/or if the Commander calls for it to be worn for any other occasion. The following is what is to be on the jacket only:
Right Sleeve – American flag patch at top ( blue field closest to your heart); Chapter patch immediately below
Left Breast Pocket – Above the pocket will be branch of service strip
Right breast pocket- on the pocket shall be the black and white POW/MIA patch
No other patches, pins or insignia’s of any kind are to be worn on the field jacket
Reviewed: 9/07 Revised: 9/11