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NO. R-217.  House concurrent resolution honoring John and Joyce Miner for their devoted service on behalf of Vermont’s veterans.


Offered by:  Representatives Morrissey of Bennington, Corcoran of Bennington, Krawczyk of Bennington and Mook of Bennington

Whereas, John and Joyce Miner of Bennington are dedicated advocates on behalf of Vermont’s veterans, especially for those veterans who served in Vietnam, and

Whereas, he was a founding member of chapter 601 in Bennington of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), has served as its president, and as the VVA’s Vermont state council president, as regional director, and on several VVA national boards, and

Whereas, the VVA honored him as a Veteran of the Year in 2001, and in 2004, he was nominated to receive the VVA’s commendation award, and a number of distinguished individuals, including Governor Douglas, wrote letters of support, and

Whereas, a U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic and a permanent display of 50 flagpoles with each pole flying one state’s flag are located on the grounds of the Vermont Veterans Home in Bennington due to John Miner’s efforts, and

Whereas, his leadership was critical in the creation of  the original governor’s veterans advisory council and he later served as the council’s vice chair when it was reorganized in 2004, and

Whereas, mental health services that are provided to Vermont’s veterans have been improved due to John Miner’s persuasive advocacy, and

Whereas, Joyce Miner’s work as a VVA volunteer has been extensive, and

Whereas, since 1995, she has edited the VVA Bennington chapter’s monthly newsletter and has now served in this role for 144 consecutive issues, and

Whereas, she designed the logo for the VVA’s national veterans against drugs program, and locally, for the last 12 years, she has designed the Bennington VVA chapter’s race T-shirt, and she also created the support documentation that resulted in the Moving Wall’s two-week visit to Bennington in 1994, and

Whereas, she is the recipient of VVA awards on the local, state, and national levels, and

Whereas, in 1999, she was inducted into the Chapel of Four Chaplains in recognition of her work on veterans’ behalf, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly is pleased to honor John and Joyce Miner for their devoted service on behalf of Vermont’s veterans, and be it further

Resolved:  That the secretary of state be directed to send a copy of this resolution to John and Joyce Miner in Bennington.

Published by:

The Vermont General Assembly
115 State Street
Montpelier, Vermont