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  • The VVA Veteran: Air Force Pilots Missing from the Vietnam War Are Identified
    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 Air Force Pilots Missing from the Vietnam War Are Identified On September 24 five days after National POW MIA Recognition Day the Department of Defense s POW Missing Personnel Office announced that the remains of two U S servicemen missing from the Vietnam War have been identified and will be returned to their families for burial with full military honors Air Force Captains James E Cross of Warren Ohio and Gomer D Reese III of Scarsdale N Y were flying a U 17B light aircraft April 24 1970 on an orientation flight over Xiangkhoang Province in Laos when it was struck by enemy ground fire crashed and burned Recovery efforts proved futile Cross 27 and Reese 25 were Raven Forward Air Controllers assigned to the Ambassador to Laos American and Lao teams led

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  • The VVA Veteran: Advance Appropriation
    SEPT OCT nov dec Advance Appropriation A Different Way to Achieve Sufficient Timely Predictable Funding for Healthcare For years VVA and eight other VSOs that comprise the Partnership for Veterans Healthcare Budget Reform have been knocking our collective heads against a bipartisan wall of opposition in Congress in an attempt to achieve assured or mandatory funding of veterans health care We ve been told flat out that Congress is not going to opt for any form of mandatory funding having learned its lesson from making funding for Medicaid and Medicare mandatory If the object is to get to the other side of the wall and you can t get through it then you ve got to find a way around it or over it or under it The Partnership thinks it has found that way through advance appropriation for health care funding What does this mean Initially it means that Congress would fund the Veterans Health Administration VHA for two years That way VA hospital and VISN directors will know what their budgets will be at least by the beginning of each fiscal year even if Congress can t get its budget act together and pass appropriations legislation on time a rare and wondrous thing when it actually occurs as it has this year Congress has failed to approve a new VA appropriation bill on time for 19 of the past 21 years Over the past several months the Partnership led by folks from Disabled American Veterans DAV has met with members of Congress and with key staff at both the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees promoting the advance appropriation concept Congress has greeted this concept favorably In September SVAC Chair Sen Daniel Akaka D Hawaii and HVAC Chair Bob Filner D Calif introduced legislation that would adopt advance

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  • The VVA Veteran: DoD Launches Chem-Bio Warfare Exposures Website
    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 DoD Launches Chem Bio Warfare Exposures Website The Department of Defense Force Health Protection and Readiness Directorate has launched the Chemical Biological CB Warfare Exposures website to provide service members veterans their families and the public information on the testing of chemical and biological warfare agents from 1942 to 1975 The website has sections on World War II Project 112 SHAD Shipboard Hazard and Defense and the Cold War To evaluate the ability of U S forces to fight on a chemical and biological battlefield DoD conducted testing programs In some programs service members were present but were not test subjects In other programs they were volunteer subjects This testing ended in 1975 According to DoD it has been actively engaged in an extensive search of official records to find the names of veterans who may have been exposed to the chemical or biological agents DoD plans to complete the search in 2011 Attention VVA Members If you served at or participated in any of the chemical biological experiments conducted at Fort Detrick Edgewood Arsenal or any other military facility between the late 1950s and the early 1970s we would very

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  • The VVA Veteran: Celebrating 20 Years: The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    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 Celebrating 20 Years The California Vietnam Veterans Memorial BY BOB JOHNSTON CALIFORNIA STATE COUNCIL PRESIDENT 20 years Has it been that long It seems like only yesterday that Vietnam veterans their families and friends joined citizens from all over California on December 10 1988 in Sacramento for a bittersweet celebration the dedication of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Capitol Park No one who was there will ever forget the remarks made by the late B T Collins an Army Special Forces captain in Vietnam and the moving force behind the Memorial The Memorial is a beautiful and fitting tribute to California s sons and daughters who lost their lives in the war in Southeast Asia It consists of gray granite columns arranged in a circle with outfacing black marble panels that bear the names of those who fell in the Vietnam War In 1988 we somberly gazed at the 5 822 names of California s dead and missing in action and remembered that long ago bloody struggle half a world away These are names of men and women we fought alongside men and women we never had the opportunity to know We reflected on the Memorial inscription that reads All Gave Some Some Gave All We the living came to honor our dead We will never forget we promised The VVA California State Council and the California Department of Veterans Affairs are hosting the 20th Anniversary Celebration of the California Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Sacramento December 10 14 The commemoration will begin with a reading of the names

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  • The VVA Veteran: Stayin’ Alive: Chapter 582’s: People’s Choice Car Show
    tri tip sandwiches were a highlight Chapter 582 s John Herbert is responsible for them and he and his helpers have done it all for eight years His sandwiches and his handlebar mustache are in the gourmet category Some of the factors involved in a successful car show are Registration and Awards Food including sandwiches we made 1 000 Raffle It s the best in town and continues all day Water and soft drinks one vendor sold root beer floats Delicious Vendors who don t compete with our sales of shirts hats etc Restrooms Clean up We invite local sheriffs search and rescue personnel firefighters and Red Cross workers in order to bring that world a little closer We offer space to vendors at low cost They all made money We try to get all of our beverages and food donated The community is often willing to help All the donors for our raffle gifts are sent thank you letters We always try to acknowledge them in our show program too For the first time this year we sold advertising Two ads raised a little over 1 000 We had to advertise on the radio and television but a local business gave us a great deal on radio spots a few weeks before the show We sent a press release to the local newspaper and of course to all community bulletin boards Although I was told the cars were wonderful I didn t really get a chance to take a long look at them because there was a lot of action going on behind the scenes Last year I was the emcee I didn t know I was going to do that until someone shoved a mike in my hands and I welcomed people to the show We always open with the National Anthem this year sung by one of our own At that moment we face the flag and think about why we are all there Every one of these tasks is simple but when we join together as a team we take responsibility for each other and for the chapter It s a little like being on a mission Curiously a car that never made it to the show won first place It s all straightened out now but I still am wondering who picked up that first place trophy The guy washed the engine the night before and was pre registered But he couldn t get it started the morning of the show So yes there are screw ups every year We learn by our mistakes though and learn to streamline our efforts Next year s show will be on September 12 You re all invited With our proceeds we have been able to provide small loans to veterans in need The loans have always been repaid We have provided money to help with veterans claims and veterans in need We just passed a resolution that our outreach efforts will include providing heating fuel Additionally we are

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  • The VVA Veteran: Snowball Express: Remembering the Families of the Fallen…
    ve already paid everything they need to pay to this country The purpose of the trip is to let the children know their sacrifices aren t forgotten Members of VVA Chapter 785 in Orange County California are doing all they can to ensure there are many more trips in the future Former Chapter 785 President Bill Monsoon Mimiaga is a Snowball Express trustee and VVA s liaison to the organization He speaks of the group s work with the enthusiasm of an evangelist This is something greater than all of us The amount of goodwill from ordinary people from across this nation is awe inspiring You can t help but be transformed by it The chapter has been involved from the very beginning The first Snowball Express event took place in December 2006 when 900 family members from all across America came to Southern California for an unforgettable trip to Disneyland It was there that the children and widows discovered for the first time they weren t alone and they weren t forgotten As one mother later wrote My husband had only been gone two months and I had not seen my son smile since the day we got the news Standing in line at Disneyland he looked at me and said Mom I guess we can still have fun even though Dad is gone In 2007 more than 1 100 participated in Snowball Express They were welcomed to California with a dinner and a concert by actor Gary Sinise and his Lt Dan Band They spent the next day as guests at Foothill Ranch the 42 acre home of sunglass maker Oakley Inc There they were entertained by sports demonstrations a pirate themed playland exotic animals a computer music lab celebrity visits and free food and gifts Once again Disneyland was the perfect finale Events of this magnitude require large numbers of volunteers and Chapter 765 members love to get their hands dirty They are the ones who greet participants as they arrive at John Wayne LAX and Long Beach airports They drive the vans back and forth to the hotels They serve as hotel captains part chaperones part concierge You can even find chapter members dressed as Elmo and other kid friendly television characters Word has traveled fast and nearby VVA chapters have been eager to volunteer In southern California everyone knows the name Snowball and everyone wants to chip in Mimiaga said The key to Snowball Express s success is its sponsors American Airlines has donated the use of charter aircraft and its pilots flight attendants and ground crews have donated their time for the weekend Many other companies such as Oakley Eyewear Quiksilver Surfwear Panda Express Taco Bell Starwood Hotels Resorts Marriott Best Western Southwest Airlines AirTran Airways JetBlue Airways and Disney also have contributed Local clubs churches and schools also have donated resources It simply could not have happened without them White said The recent distressing economic news would be a convenient excuse for companies

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  • The VVA Veteran: Tears and Rejoicing The 15th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial
    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 Tears and Rejoicing The 15th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Vietnam Women s Memorial TEXT PHOTOS BY MARK JURY With temperatures barely above freezing in the early morning of November 11 Janet Gorman King read her poem about nurses in Vietnam Hers Was the Last Face He Saw King read in front of the Vietnam Women s Memorial in Washington D C The crowd attending the reading had come to celebrate the 15th anniversary of the dedication of the Memorial As the temperature rose and the warmth of the day spread over the thousands of Vietnam veterans and their supporters the spirit of the motto of the Memorial A Legacy of Healing and Hope also spread over the crowd A day of storytelling speakers and camaraderie culminated with the Color Guard Pass in Review that was developed and organized by VVA Fifteen years ago we talked about leaving a legacy said Diane Carlson Evans an Army nurse in Vietnam founder and president of the board of the Vietnam Women s Memorial Foundation But what is that legacy remembering honoring and connecting with a new generation I hear women say If it wasn t for the Memorial I wouldn t be where I am today Throughout the day every visitor to the Women s Memorial was given a single rose to place on the statue Sue Miller a Navy nurse in Vietnam who retired after 34 years in

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  • The VVA Veteran: Till in Some Living Stream: A Warrior’s Art Of Redemption
    world away I was as it were incarcerated in a cell of anger and I could not break out I was afraid that at any moment I was going to get up and smash somebody in the mouth break a bottle over somebody s head Abruptly I paid the check and told my date we had to leave She looked at me baffled and frightened as if she didn t recognize me Indeed I did not recognize myself I thought I was going crazy We now have a name for this suite of symptoms post traumatic stress disorder I have some problems with that term It is too clinical lifeless and mushy especially when compared with the harsh directness of its World War I antecedent shell shock Of course shell shock a mental and physical paralysis brought on by extremely heavy combat is a different thing altogether It occurs during the event not afterward I also wonder if the delayed reaction to what we generalize and euphemize as the horrors of war is really a disorder Maybe it is a perfectly normal reaction to an experience so far beyond the usual as to be like a trip to an alien galaxy and not a pleasant one Fact is I sometimes think that those who come home from a war and pick up their lives as if nothing has happened are the ones with the disorder In his novel of Vietnam Close Quarters Larry Heinemann observes that first the war works on you then you go to work on the war In battle the soldier s moral being his very character is repeatedly violated by the sights he is forced to witness the bloody deeds he is forced to do the indignities and fear he is forced to suffer But the warrior is not by training or nature and his nature is largely formed by his training a passive victim He is an active agent One way to end the rape of his inner self is to learn to like it to mesh with the madness to become one with it and in a manner of speaking fall in love with the rapist Home from the battlefields I felt as out of place as an undomesticated pitbull at the Westminster Dog Show a feeling I m sure was shared by many veterans It seemed that I knew things about the human animal in general and myself in particular it would have been better not to know that I had seen things it would have been better not to have seen done things it would have been better not to have done Yet a big part of me missed the war Despite all the fine principles I d been taught in parochial schools I d enjoyed it even as I hated it the danger the hot adrenal rush the killing In combat one is both god and beast which means one is no longer fully human A door had opened for me

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