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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 Project 112 SHAD REPORT A Question Of Responsibility BY JACK ALDERSON CHAIR As this is being written Congress is in its lame duck session with not much expected to be accomplished H R 4259 the Veterans Right To Know Act of 2006 although it had 38 co sponsors from both sides of the aisle did not even get a hearing This means that it must be reintroduced in the 110th Congress Rep Mike Thompson D Calif who sponsored the bill hopes to get the same bill number in 2007 Shipboard Hazard and Defense SHAD veterans were not given pre deployment physicals nor was their health monitored by the government The Soviet Union which also conducted chemical and biological tests did follow the health history of its personnel involved in its tests Project SHAD Technical Staff PSTS with whom I served were only given security debriefings when departing and told if they said anything about SHAD operations they would receive free room and board at a federal correctional facility We were never checked during our time as PSTS This was a valuable health opportunity lost TESTING NOW The Project SHAD technical staff participated in tests of hot agents simulants and trace elements as well as decontamination agents that were used during tests and during training between tests We were assured of our safety and we believed that everything we did was within the knowledge and safety precautions of the time I say this because there is similar training and testing going on right now with service personnel and civilians The Air Force

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    be ashamed of its collective self left a mess for the incoming Democratic majority Congress to fix What will the Democrats who now lead the House and Senate do The incoming chairs of the House and Senate appropriations committees Rep David Obey of Wisconsin and Sen Robert Byrd of West Virginia said in a joint statement that they do not see how it will be possible to give full consideration to the FY 07 federal budget next year while also working simultaneously on the FY 08 budget They said they are inclined to extend the continuing resolution and its flat spending levels through the end of the current fiscal year This is no solution at all It will succeed only in putting veterans at risk as VA medical centers and outpatient clinics scramble to stretch the dollars they get In some hospitals waiting lists for specialists and primary care providers will get longer The hiring of replacement nurses will be put off Facility maintenance will be deferred State of the art medical equipment will not be purchased And let s not even think about cutting the backlog of claims that linger in the Veterans Benefits Administration queues overwhelming a system that is not all that efficient under the best of circumstances True Congress did authorize the VA to transfer up to 694 million to its health care accounts But because of the failure of the do little 109th Congress to pass a budget the VA will lose some 3 billion in health care funding alone And don t be surprised if VA honchos appear before Congress next spring hat in hand seeking additional funding just to maintain a status quo of minimal service THE VETERANS BENEFITS HEALTH CARE AND INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY IMPROVEMENT ACT OF 2006 On the other hand happily the Veterans Benefits Health Care and Information Technology Improvement Act of 2006 was passed before the 109th Congress faded into history It has been signed and enacted into law Among its provisions More than 600 million for repair or replacement of flood damaged facilities in New Orleans and elsewhere on the Gulf Coast and 98 million for the replacement of the VA Medical Center in Denver 65 million to increase the number of clinicians treating PTSD and improve their training to expand tele health initiatives that are of particular benefit to veterans living in rural areas to expand the number of outpatient clinics able to treat mental illness and to further the collaboration between the VA and DoD in diagnosing and treating PTSD Families of those soldiers and Marines lost to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan will have increased access to bereavement counseling Increased support according to a press release from Rep Steve Buyer R Ind outgoing chair of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs for veterans undergoing blind rehabilitation although not nearly as much as urged by the Blinded Veterans Association treatment for Parkinson s disease and multiple sclerosis and for veterans who are homeless A new office

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    COMMITTEE REPORT Ideas Issues And Concerns BY MARSHA FOUR CHAIR The activities of the committee and the chair are posted on VVA s web site The committee in conjunction with the chair of the VVA Homeless Veterans Task Force had the opportunity to present ideas issues and concerns about homeless women veterans at the field meeting of the VA Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans Subcommittee on Women Veterans VVA HVTF chair Sandy Miller is the vice chair of this VA committee and chair of its subcommittee I was asked by Women s Policy Inc to provide a presentation on women veterans at its annual breakfast briefing at the Cannon House Office Building in early December It was a fairly large gathering and included a significant number of Senate and House congressional staff from both parties The committee invites speakers to its meetings in an effort to stay abreast of current trends and information Linda Piquet Woman Veteran Coordinator from the Veterans Benefits Administration in Washington was a presenter at our October meeting She spoke about claims related collateral duties military sexual trauma MST PTSD proving the claim WVC assistance with local contacts and the existence of no tracking sub codes in VBA for MST PTSD claims This committee helped with an oversight hearing statement to Rep Christopher Shays R Conn related to MST We stated that one of our concerns is that the report of the Pentagon s Task Force on Sexual Harassment and Violence at the Military Service Academies fulfilled the requirements of P L 108 136 However it is more than one year later and the Secretary of Defense has yet to select members for a second committee for sexual assault in the armed forces as directed by Congress The charge of this second committee as we understand

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT About To Launch BY KEITH KING CHAIR The year 2007 is shaping up to be an exciting one on the communications front for VVA We have launched the new VVA web site We are still working on the bugs and glitches but we hope that you will enjoy the site s new look and search capabilities Another aspect of the new site is the ability to make donations online The addition of banner and video ads will provide us with a new source of revenue which in turn we will use to support our veterans programs We are about to launch a full scale web based marketing campaign promoting what VVA is all about and we hope to reach millions of potential new members We already have released 90 plus white papers on subjects such as PTSD and Agent Orange to the web search engines The response has been phenomenal Our papers have been picked up and placed on more than 35 000 other web sites We also are looking at other sites to link to our site and build up the amount of unique visitors to VVA org We have successfully conducted three test e mail campaigns to VVA and AVVA members e mail addresses If you haven t signed up yet please do so today and follow these instructions In order to receive e mail from VVA you need to sign up There are three easy steps in the sign up process Go to http www vva org applications emailsignupform aspx Fill out the information Follow through on the confirmation e mail when it arrives Remember Check the box if you want to receive e mail from VVA If you leave the box unchecked you won t

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    PTSD Substance Abuse Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Government Affairs Committee Report Women Veterans Report Public Affairs Committee Report AVVA Report AVVA Scholarship AVVA Election Convention Resolutions Committee Report Elections Committee Report Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Consitution Committee Report Arts of War Books In Review Membership Notes Reunions Taps Locator 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 Updates BY MARY MILLER PRESIDENT AVVA s elections will be held beginning in January and running through June for State Representatives and State Presidents Candidates should have received information from Kathy Andras Election Chair in the mail The details also were published in an article in The Veteran Affiliated Chapter Representatives elections should be held in April We will have our Leadership Conference in Springfield Illinois in July while VVA has its National Convention The Board is working on the details A newsletter called Updates was sent out via e mail and then put up on our website It contains articles from each Region If you want to write about something you are doing in your affiliated chapter or state get in touch with Elaine Simmons at esimmons avva org States and Regions across the nation have been busy with many projects Pennsylvania AVVA presented three quilts to Sheila and Henry Snyder who have taken over Jennie Le Fevre s Agent Orange Quilt of Tears To find out more about the quilt go to www agentorangequiltoftears com Missouri and Kansas combined to do a joint seminar about Coping Skills and

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 january february 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Letters VVAF Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Veterans Benefit Update Ask The Parliamentarian PTSD Substance Abuse Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Government Affairs Committee Report Women Veterans Report Public Affairs Committee Report AVVA Report AVVA Scholarship AVVA Election Convention Resolutions Committee Report Elections Committee Report Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Consitution Committee Report Arts of War Books In Review Membership Notes Reunions Taps Locator 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 Now Is The Time BY KATHY ANDRAS CHAIR AND LINDA HABERKORN CO CHAIR SCHOLARSHIP COMMITTEE It s time to start spreading the word about AVVA s Better Chance Scholarship It was started in January 1998 by AVVA to help veterans and their families ease the financial burdens on students The scholarships are for 1 000 750 and 500 ELIGIBILITY Recipients must be VVA or AVVA members the spouse child or grandchild of a VVA or AVVA member or the spouse child or grandchild of a KIA or MIA Vietnam veteran Recipients must be registered in an accredited college university or post secondary training institute and must be able to prove financial need through the Federal Student Aid Application form APPLICATION Applicants must submit

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 january february 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Letters VVAF Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Veterans Benefit Update Ask The Parliamentarian PTSD Substance Abuse Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Government Affairs Committee Report Women Veterans Report Public Affairs Committee Report AVVA Report AVVA Scholarship AVVA Election Convention Resolutions Committee Report Elections Committee Report Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Consitution Committee Report Arts of War Books In Review Membership Notes Reunions Taps Locator 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 AVVA Election Time To Run KATHY ANDRAS AVVA ELECTION COMMITTEE CHAIR Winter is here so get out of the cold and get warm with AVVA This is your organization now is the time to get involved Stop being just a number In January election packets will be sent to Regional Directors State Representatives State Presidents VVA State Council Presidents and VVA National Officers It is your job as a State Representative or President to spread the word about the upcoming elections for State President Vice President Secretary and Treasury for Incorporated State Representative and Chapter Representatives It is best at this time to appoint an election committee from your state to handle the elections The state committee will insure that information reaches

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 Convention resolutions COMMITTEE REPORT Resolved That BY FRED ELLIOTT CHAIR Get ready get set and send in those Convention Resolutions For the 2007 Convention we hope to improve further the process of submitting evaluating presenting and finalizing resolutions submitted by members of Vietnam Veterans of America Like the committee before us we are encouraging you to submit resolutions that are workable concise and have attainable objectives We realize that resolutions will and do range from the feel good to the serious and we will gladly accept them all as directed by the VVA Constitution Each state council and chapter will receive a copy of the Policies and Procedures of the 2007 Convention Resolutions Committee to be used as a guide for the submission of resolutions Included in each package will be an official resolution submission form This is the only form acceptable for submissions When you are considering a resolution give it this litmus test Can this be accomplished through the regular action of the National Board of Directors a state council or other VVA leadership Is this something we are already or should be doing If so can we get this accomplished through a simple request by a National Officer or Director If the answer to any part of either question is yes reconsider submitting your resolution and follow one of the paths described above If no was the answer then you should ask yourself Can we accomplish this without breaking the bank Does the funding requirement match the priority of the resolution Does it fit within the long range goals of the organization If you can answer

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