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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec ASK THE PARLIAMENTARIAN Minutes And Majorities BY MIKE SWIFT VVA PARLIAMENTARIAN Q Can members who did not attend a committee meeting vote on the motion to approve the minutes of that meeting A Minutes are usually approved by unanimous consent without taking a vote If a vote is taken all members of the committee are entitled to vote on the motion to approve the minutes whether or not they attended the meeting at which the minutes were taken If however it is the end of the term of the committee members and the entire committee is being replaced they should approve the minutes of their last meeting at the close of that meeting Q What are the options available after someone submits his or her resignation and it has been accepted Can it be un accepted or withdrawn A When a resignation has been acted upon or a person has been elected to or expelled from membership or office and the person was present or has been officially notified of the action the only way to reverse an expulsion is to follow whatever procedure is prescribed by the bylaws for admission or reinstatement Robert s page 298 line 1 Q If a member submits his or her resignation can it be rejected or denied A Although the assembly can by a vote reject a resignation or the individual appointing authority can reject a resignation it serves no practical purpose in a volunteer organization such as VVA If a member decides a resignation is in everyone s best interest it should be accepted by unanimous consent and an offer of gratitude for service rendered should be extended to the member Q A chapter is electing four

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 Project 112 SHAD REPORT Larry Pilkinton 1938 2007 BY JACK ALDERSON CHAIR Larry Pilkinton served with the Project SHAD Technical Staff I first met him when the light tugs were reorganized and I and other new crew members reported in October 1964 The following is an excerpt from his obituary In 1964 he was selected for Project 112 SHAD which was a top secret project of chemical and biological warfare tests He had various duties for SHAD and in addition to his laboratory research work he was assistant safety officer and exposed to many agents He was injured in the line of duty but could not receive a medical discharge due to the top secret nature of his duties So after serving almost 13 years he received an honorable discharge from the Navy Now for the rest of the story Larry was not on board the light tugs LTs but was assigned as part of the laboratory and support staff After returning from the test called Shady Grove Larry was sent to Hawaii s Big Island as part of a land test He told me that he was loading bomblets with nerve and biological agents The next thing he knew was when he woke up back in Oahu at Tripler Army Hospital When we heard that he had been injured a couple of the crew went to see him However they were denied entry by a Marine stationed outside his room The next time we were in port we were informed he had died and that his family had shipped back to the mainland Everyone on the staff thought of him dead including those who worked closely with him It came as a great shock then when I received an e mail from him in March 2006 He had read one of these columns in The VVA Veteran In talking with him and his wife Doreen he told me that he had been shipped to Oaknoll Naval Hospital and placed in the psychiatric ward He was told that he had a prior mental illness and his security clearance was revoked His medical records had no indication he was part of the SHAD staff Rather than going back to being a regular hospital orderly he preferred to leave the Navy and restart his life as a civilian The Project SHAD Technical Staff members were carefully selected and all had final secret security clearances and periodically interim top secret This means that background investigations had been performed Why had this not come up with evidence of his prior mental illnesses Why were his medical records devoid of PSTS information Agent Orange Committee chair Buzz Sawyer noted Larry died on February 13 Many of

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    it there s no light at the end of the tunnel Her husband a World War II veteran thought he could solve the mystery himself He told the governor of Oklahoma that if he could go to Kham Duc he d find Freddy himself He knew he could find him He just knew it It was difficult to talk about Freddy at home the husband and wife thing Laverne calls it He didn t know how to talk to her about it and she said she was the same way with him The not knowing changed everything You try to be nice she said You separate yourself from the working world and you separate yourself from a lot of people because you absolutely cannot talk about it And you know that they don t even want to hear about it Not everyone didn t want to talk about it though The Ransbottoms went to meetings in Washington with family members of other men who were missing Laverne thought the meetings were geared more toward the wives of the missing but they went nonetheless Back home they found closeness still hard to find The world had changed too much We could not get back to where we were and so we both had to move away from it a little bit Laverne said You ve got to move it out far enough so that it s not an all consuming thing You can t keep it close to you all day long or you re going to lose your mind You ve got to move it out far enough so you can look at it almost like it s happening to someone else And it was happening to someone else It was happening to many people one of them a young Texas woman Vickie Gannon barely out of her teens when Laverne Ransbottom met her at one of the POW MIA family meetings in Washington Her brother Danny Widner was one of the missing from Kham Duc and remains MIA today She thinks it might have been 1979 when she met Laverne at the meeting in Washington I love her to death Vickie said We ve bunked together in all kinds of places She s been such a huge advocate for all the guys Each seizes on the word family to describe not only their relationship but everyone they ve met on the long road to finding the missing the Kham Duc survivors VVA Tim Brown the JPAC archaeologist Brad Sturm other families of the missing Oh absolutely family Laverne said Vickie Gannon was two weeks shy of her thirteenth birthday when she walked home from school one day and saw a group of people at her house When she went inside nobody spoke to her but she knew something was wrong She could see it in the faces feel it in the room and she didn t want to know what it was She went straight back to her room

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report 38 Year Odyssey Region 5 Report Credentials Committee Report Conference of State Council Presidents Government Affairs Committee Report Project Hero AVVA Report AVVA Awards AVVA Election Chapel of the 4 Chaplains Convention Resolutions Committee Report Elections Committee Report Consitution Committee Report VVA s Talklist 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 Region 5 REPORT Discuss Dissect And Absorb BY LEVERETT HOBBS I would like to apologize to the Michigan State Council for my absence from its meetings It seems as though when I plan on coming I have to go to a funeral instead I also would like to thank all of you for your prayers and support since my mother had a stroke It has been an emotional time for my family with a lot of uncertainty It has also taken away from my travel On the business end I urge you to keep up with the bills in Congress and to let your congressional representatives know our stand on the issues Government Affairs has put together our legislative agenda and we will be working to obtain our goals One of our major efforts will be assured funding for VA healthcare Another bill that should be reintroduced is to help incarcerated veterans with reintegration into society through support in housing training and other issues In Indiana I proposed that VVA get some legislators to submit a bill to provide funding through the state for veterans organizations similar to

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 CREDENTIALS COMMITTEE REPORT The Door Keeper BY JIM BLOUNT CHAIR The Credentials Committee insures the proper credentialing of delegates to the VVA National Convention and helps seat the delegates in accordance with the VVA Constitution The committee consists of a chair and the nine VVA Regional Directors CREDENTIALING The VVA member strength as of February 28 determines the chapter and state council delegate count for the Convention No transfers of VVA members shall be authorized 90 days prior to the start of the Convention until after the end of Convention New delegates who are attending their first VVA Convention must attach a copy of their DD Form 214 to their Convention registration form Delegates who attended VVA Conventions in 1999 2001 2003 or 2005 or are life members or are state council presidents do not need to attach a copy of their DD214 All delegates are encouraged to have a copy of their DD Form 214 with them at the Convention to assist in answering potential credentialing questions All challenges at the Convention will be brought to the attention of the Credentials Committee chair The chair will confer with the applicable regional director state council president and VVA membership staff for clarification of a delegate s credentials If a challenge cannot be resolved at that level a meeting of the Credentials Committee will convene and arbitrate If VVA national has not received a copy of a state council or a chapter s annual financial report that state council or chapter s delegates

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS March April 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Letters Member Matters Ask The Parliamentarian SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report 38 Year Odyssey Region 5 Report Credentials Committee Report Conference of State Council Presidents Government Affairs Committee Report Project Hero AVVA Report AVVA Awards AVVA Election Chapel of the 4 Chaplains Convention Resolutions Committee Report Elections Committee Report Consitution Committee Report VVA s Talklist 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 Conference Of State Council Presidents Snow And Fire BY CHARLIE MONTGOMERY CSCP CHAIR Abnormal snowfall freezing cold and no kind of snow removal equipment to speak of did not stop VVA s Conference of State Council Presidents from having its Annual Winter meeting in Albuquerque New Mexico January 4 7 It was a very productive learning experience for all who attended We are pleased to welcome Mississippi aboard as our newest state council We had three distinguished guest speakers our own National President John Rowan New Mexico Department of Veterans Services Cabinet Secretary and VVA member John Garcia and Vietnam Veterans Memorial State Park Manager Thomas Turnbull He manages the famed Angel Fire Vietnam Veterans Memorial We had 32 out of 47 State Council Presidents present at this meeting Six presentations were made by the core group All presentations were planned and presented by the State Presidents in attendance We also conducted CSCP business during the two day event We approved an

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Rockefeller called Mansfield s statement a farce that was totally unresponsive to the committee and to veterans The packed hearing room on the fourth floor of the Russell Senate Office Building was stunned In his remarks David S C Chu Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness the only other witness to testify said he had been misunderstood or misinterpreted or misquoted by the Wall Street Journal when he told a reporter that the burdensome costs of caring for veterans was affecting the ability of the nation to defend itself Chu praised Mansfield and waxed poetic about his department s transition assistance program It is a different relationship today than it was six years ago and I think the reason for that difference is commitment commitment by the administration commitment by the two cabinet secretaries commitment by the individuals up and down the line in the two agencies that are responsible for our military personnel and the veterans of the United States Chu said Sen Patty Murray D Wash in her remarks did not let up We don t need a hearing to discover if we have a seamless transition I know we don t And we don t need this hearing to find out if the Pentagon and the VA are working together or not I don t think they are We do need to use this hearing to find out from our witnesses what they are doing about it and how they are going to fix it And I can tell you one thing The veterans I talked to don t really care about Washington D C talk They care about the reality they see in my state and across the nation whether they can get a job whether they can get health care whether they get the benefits they need If we do want to make progress I think we have to understand how we got here so we can change course How did we get to a point where four years into this war we have a two year backlog for VA benefits mental health care that s inaccessible and long lines to see a VA doctor We better understand how we got here so that we do not make the same mistakes moving forward Murray was unflinching in her summation of the administration s failures The first problem she said is that the Bush administration did a miserable job planning for the aftermath of the war The failures we ve seen in the planning on the military side are mirrored by failures of planning on the VA side We all know the VA has some of the best employees in the world and we re very proud of the work they do But for too long we ve had a VA leadership that has not done an adequate job planning for the many veterans this war is creating and the VA is still woefully behind in its projections Last year the VA planned to see 110 000 veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan it ended up seeing more than 185 000 The second problem is the Bush administration has never made a commitment to fund veterans health care as an essential part of the cost of war This war is being paid for by supplementals but those supplementals do not include funding for veterans health care This has gone up but it s still not tied to the real needs Mirroring VVA s Leave No Veteran Behind button Murray said We need to get the VA and the White House to match the funding for what the real needs are so that our veterans are not left behind And the third problem is that we have not been able to get straight answers or real numbers out of the VA The Government Accountability Office has found in report after report that VA has misled Congress concealed funding problems and based its projections on inaccurate models That has to change because our veterans are paying the price With all due respect to our witnesses other officials from your agencies have assured us that everything was fine when it certainly was not I was assured many times that the VA had the funding it needed only to learn later that the VA had a 3 billion shortfall and the agency had falsified budget savings over many years Sen Bernie Sanders of Vermont also lambasted the VA If we go to war I think what we have to understand is that the cost of war does not stop the day that the war ends he said The cost of war stops when the last veteran stops needing benefits and the help that they should receive as a result of their service to this country Let s be very blunt about it Sanders said We had a major problem in the VA before the Iraq war began Before the Iraq war began in my state and all over this country there were very long waiting lists to get into the VA system Now how could that be How could people who put their lives on the line defending this country have to wait month after month after month to get the health care that they need How could it happen that the Bush administration in order to save money would throw hundreds of thousands of Category 8 veterans off of VA entirely so that a 90 year old veteran who calls my office and served in World War II can t get into the VA because he is too wealthy earning more than 27 000 a year This Sanders intoned is a national disgrace If this seems to be a venting ground for disgruntled Democrats readers ought to know that in addition to Sen Akaka six of his Democratic colleagues Rockefeller Murray Sherrod Brown Jim Webb and Barack Obama attended the hearing On the other side of the aisle only Larry Craig of Idaho now ranking member of the

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    4 Chaplains Convention Resolutions Committee Report Elections Committee Report Consitution Committee Report VVA s Talklist 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 Project HERO Hardly Heroic Even with Revised Solicitation In early February the following letter was sent by VVA and five other VSOs to Deputy Secretary Gordon Mansfield Dear Secretary Mansfield The undersigned veterans service organizations appreciate the opportunity to provide comments on the revised solicitation for Project HERO We had been advised that the revised RFP issued on January 12 2007 would have a more limited scope with its primary objective to reduce overall VA contract care costs while improving service to veterans eligible for and now receiving VA contract health care services Our immediate concern with this solicitation was contract language that would have permitted a 500 percent increase in dollars expended for contract care in FY 05 for each of the specialty care items listed in the solicitation that would be subject to award After hearing our concerns your staff advised us on February 2 2007 that this maximum limitation will be reduced not to exceed 150 percent of FY 06 contract expenditures for medical and surgical costs and 200 percent for all other specialties and services While we appreciate this reduction in scope and certainly the professionalism and courtesies of your staff in attempting to assuage our concerns we remain concerned that this pilot project may result in an overall increase in contract care costs and further erode the already

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