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  • The VVA Veteran: A Spring Snow
    VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS november december 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Affairs Membership Notes Chapter 88 Chapter 366 Chapter 463 Chapter 620 Region 3 Region 4 Veterans Against Drugs ETABO AVVA Voluntary Service Convention Resolutions Public Affairs Veterans Incarcerated Reunions The Locator Letters Books In Review Taps MIA Identified Advance Appropriation Chemical Biological Exposures Website California Memorial PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Rapid City South Dakota Chapter 463 A Spring Snow BY VIRGIL STOCKSTAD Rapid City Chapter 463 sponsored a Vietnam era reunion in Deadwood South Dakota on May 2 4 On May 1 a huge spring storm left two feet of snow on the lower elevations and even more up in the hills It looked like a year s worth of planning was going to go down the drain but Chapter 463 President Jack Dean would not be denied Coming as far as we had he said we were not about to back out The reunion would proceed even if it meant losing money Which we did Friday night s events were cancelled because most businesses were closed On Saturday morning the hotel s guests grabbed shovels and cleared a path for us to the building where we were hosting some of the day s events Those events required a lot of improvisation and only a small number attended the activities Saturday night was the big night of the reunion Fifty six guests attended from all over

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  • The VVA Veteran: Well Deserved Honors
    Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS november december 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Affairs Membership Notes Chapter 88 Chapter 366 Chapter 463 Chapter 620 Region 3 Region 4 Veterans Against Drugs ETABO AVVA Voluntary Service Convention Resolutions Public Affairs Veterans Incarcerated Reunions The Locator Letters Books In Review Taps MIA Identified Advance Appropriation Chemical Biological Exposures Website California Memorial PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Well Deserved Honors Thomas M Yarosz a member of Miami Dade Florida Chapter 620 received the prestigious Congressional Black Caucus Veterans Braintrust Award September 26 in ceremonies held at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington D C Yarosz a disabled Army Vietnam veteran and life member of VVA has been a driving force for representing and advocating for veterans concerns and issues as well as being a community activist when representing our veteran population said Alvin W Roberts Chapter 620 s 1st Vice President Yarosz has an impeccable record of spearheading numerous veterans projects that have created jobs and housing He also has headed successful clothing drives recruitment efforts and chapter memberships Overall he has been a spectacular force in civil and community service to veterans persons with disabilities elderly and children for over 30 years Named the Florida State Council s Member of the Year in 2007 Yarosz is a member of the Board of Directors of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court Veterans Committee He also has

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  • The VVA Veteran: Region 3 REPORT
    Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS november december 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Affairs Membership Notes Chapter 88 Chapter 366 Chapter 463 Chapter 620 Region 3 Region 4 Veterans Against Drugs ETABO AVVA Voluntary Service Convention Resolutions Public Affairs Veterans Incarcerated Reunions The Locator Letters Books In Review Taps MIA Identified Advance Appropriation Chemical Biological Exposures Website California Memorial PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Region 3 REPORT Thank You And Good Luck BY BRUCE W WHITAKER DIRECTOR A belated thank you to all who made the 2008 Leadership Conference a success Attendees from throughout VVA and AVVA were presented with genuine Southern hospitality by the South Carolina State Council and chapters and from local merchants in Greenville Region 3 is looking forward to having the same type of success and hospitality at the 2009 VVA National Convention in Louisville The Kentucky State Council and chapters already are preparing to extend their hospitality to the Convention delegates A high turnover of State Council leadership occurred this year Welcome to the Jungle is extended to Joe Kristek the new North Carolina SC President Charlie Hobbs

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  • The VVA Veteran: Region 4 REPORT
    Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS november december 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Affairs Membership Notes Chapter 88 Chapter 366 Chapter 463 Chapter 620 Region 3 Region 4 Veterans Against Drugs ETABO AVVA Voluntary Service Convention Resolutions Public Affairs Veterans Incarcerated Reunions The Locator Letters Books In Review Taps MIA Identified Advance Appropriation Chemical Biological Exposures Website California Memorial PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Region 4 REPORT Rock Steady BY CAROL SCHETROMPF DIRECTOR This summer saw some changes among the Region s state presidents Wayne Watkins a past Georgia State President stepped up to do the job again Rex Moody from Mississippi was state vice president and is now the state president I am looking forward to working with the new state presidents as well as those who were re elected Region 4 is growing slowly but steadily Mississippi now has three chapters and will soon have two more Florida is starting to prepare for the Leadership Conference in Orlando in 2010 They are very excited and are planning lots of great activities Alabama Georgia and Puerto Rico continue to do great things We have chapters very close to military

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  • The VVA Veteran: VETERANS AGAINST DRUGS PROGRAM
    Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Affairs Membership Notes Chapter 88 Chapter 366 Chapter 463 Chapter 620 Region 3 Region 4 Veterans Against Drugs ETABO AVVA Voluntary Service Convention Resolutions Public Affairs Veterans Incarcerated Reunions The Locator Letters Books In Review Taps MIA Identified Advance Appropriation Chemical Biological Exposures Website California Memorial PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec VETERANS AGAINST DRUGS PROGRAM Spreading The Word BY DAVE SIMMONS DIRECTOR This is an exciting time for the Veterans Against Drugs Program which is now completely sponsored and supported by VVA s Veterans Support Foundation formerly the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund VSF has worked to make Veterans Against Drugs a program that will continue to reach out to communities across the country with a positive message for America s youth The members of our program have worked for over a year to expand our message into new areas and to make our lesson plans and materials easier for members chapters state councils and other VSOs to use At the VVA National Leadership Conference in Greenville South Carolina we were fortunate to have several panels of the Lost Dreams on Canvas display on exhibit Each painting is created by a student at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts who selects a photograph of a young person cut down by violence or illegal drug use and creates a portrait as a tribute to this victim What results is a moving and permanent reminder of the young lives that are lost to drugs and violence every day

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1208/vad.html (2016-02-15)
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  • The VVA Veteran: ETABO COMMITTEE REPORT
    Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS november december 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Affairs Membership Notes Chapter 88 Chapter 366 Chapter 463 Chapter 620 Region 3 Region 4 Veterans Against Drugs ETABO AVVA Voluntary Service Convention Resolutions Public Affairs Veterans Incarcerated Reunions The Locator Letters Books In Review Taps MIA Identified Advance Appropriation Chemical Biological Exposures Website California Memorial PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec ETABO COMMITTEE REPORT Time To Step Up To The Plate BY ALAN GIBSON CHAIR With the economy in the shape it is in are you able to retire or do you need to go back to work to make ends meet Durn ETaBO just may be useful after all With 17 25 percent of the returning veterans facing unemployment it s time for more than a few folks to step up to the plate to help our younger brothers and sisters Many of you may not be able to retire on your pensions because they have dwindled As a society not just veterans but the whole society we have been too involved in looking out for No 1 Remember hearing Look after the troops and the troops will look after you This attitude seems to have been forgotten by those who have served and never understood by those who have not Each of us knows that we can and could have done more but it is never too

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  • The VVA Veteran: Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America
    3 Region 4 Veterans Against Drugs ETABO AVVA Voluntary Service Convention Resolutions Public Affairs Veterans Incarcerated Reunions The Locator Letters Books In Review Taps MIA Identified Advance Appropriation Chemical Biological Exposures Website California Memorial PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Ten Years Of Strong Growth BY ELAINE SIMMONS PRESIDENT So many things are happening in AVVA that I hardly know where to begin In my last column I was excited to inform our members that AVVA was developing a Veterans Service Officer Program I am very pleased to announce that the AVVA Veterans Benefits Committee has in fact completed the policies the application and all the other necessary paperwork and documentation required by the VA to be approved as a recognized veterans service organization The application has been submitted to the VA and we are looking forward to its approval in the very near future Also in my last column I informed our membership that AVVA is now prepared to begin accepting petitions for chapter incorporation I congratulate the members of AVVA who are affiliated with VVA Chapter 542 in Harrisburg Pennsylvania for completing the paperwork to become the first AVVA chapter For additional information on how to form an AVVA chapter contact AVVA Membership Chair Sharon Hobbs She can be reached at shobbs avva org AVVA has begun to move into the electronic age and will now be using email as the tool to send all materials and information to State Representatives State Presidents Chapter Representatives and Chapter

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  • The VVA Veteran: VA VOLUNTARY SERVICE REPORT
    Review Taps MIA Identified Advance Appropriation Chemical Biological Exposures Website California Memorial PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec VA VOLUNTARY SERVICE REPORT A Priceless Asset BY JUDITH McCOMBS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE In the most recent fiscal year 564 regularly scheduled volunteers credited VVA with 81 190 hours in the VA s Voluntary Service program an additional 4 921 hours were given by individuals classified as occasional volunteers Some of VVA s VAVS volunteers have participated in the VAVS program for decades others are relatively new VAVS was founded in 1946 to provide for our nation s veterans while they are cared for at VA health care facilities It is the largest centralized volunteer program in the federal government supplementing staff and resources in all areas of patient care and support Its mission is to provide a structured volunteer program under the management of VA employees in cooperation with community resources to serve America s veterans and their families with dignity and compassion VAVS volunteers augment staff in hospital wards nursing homes ambulatory care domiciliaries community based volunteer programs end of life care programs veterans outreach centers national cemeteries and Veterans Benefits Administration regional offices VAVS volunteers and their organizations annually contribute millions of dollars in gifts donations and time Monetary estimates aside it is impossible to calculate the amount of sharing and caring VAVS volunteers give to veteran patients Volunteers are a priceless asset to veterans and the VA The VAVS National Advisory Committee the oldest federal advisory committee advises the VA on the coordination and

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