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  • The VVA Veteran: Credentials Committee Report
    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 When a chapter elects not to send a delegate it may transfer the delegate vote to another eligible VVA member in good standing from any chapter within the state or to its state council If a state council elects not to send a delegate it may transfer the delegate vote to another eligible VVA member in good standing from any chapter within the state Transfer authority must be in writing and signed by two of the chapter officers or in the case of a state council signed by two state council officers 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

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/0607/credentials.html (2016-02-15)
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  • The VVA Veteran:Maintaining Your Medical Records
    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 MAY JUNE 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message 2007 VVA Candidates Election Committee Report Letters Ask The Parliamentarian SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Credentials Committee Report Veterans Health Care Committee Report Government Affairs Committee Report AVVA Report AVVA Scholarship AVVA Election Chapel of the 4 Chaplains Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Rules Committee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Benefits Update Consitution Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report 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 Veterans health care COMMITTEE REPORT Maintaining Your Medical Records BY PATRICIA BESSIGANO CHAIR VVA members are now either in our retirement years or quickly approaching them One of the challenges facing Veterans Service Officers is the filing of new claims for Vietnam veterans without proper medical evidence If veterans have not kept copies of their records it can be virtually impossible to document the progress of an illness especially if they have received medical care in the private sector Private physicians are required to maintain medical records for seven years Many keep them at least ten years However record storage beyond that often becomes cumbersome and those records are destroyed The opportunity for the patient to obtain those records is then lost and the opportunity

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  • The VVA Veteran: Government Affairs
    departments and how to realize the by now clichéd seamless transition Everyone agrees it s a good idea but all the interagency task forces and executive councils and many meetings and memos have resulted in very little concrete progress Said freshman Sen Jon Tester D Mont Veterans should not have to fight for their benefits The answer said fellow freshman Johnny Isakson R Ga lies in finding effective ways to achieve collaboration and coordination Part of the problem is the bottom line There is not enough funding to meet the needs of patients Denise Mettie whose son Evan was grievously wounded in Iraq on New Year s Day 2006 pointed out that more than half the beds at the VA s Polytrauma Center in Palo Alto California remain unfilled because administrators don t have the funds to hire the staff they need Former Major Tammy Duckworth the helicopter pilot who lost both legs when her bird crashed in Iraq and Captain John Pruden who also suffered major wounds in Baghdad praised the medical miracles of DoD doctors and bemoaned the holes in aftercare Dr Michael Kussman whose title at the time was executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration and Ellen Embrey Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Force Health Protection and Readiness each gave rosy statistics laden overviews of what their respective departments are doing to meet the medical needs of their patients Embrey though was not very good in responding to questions posed by Sen Richard Burr R N C Does DoD have the capability today to electronically transfer health records to the VA he asked Yes came Embrey s tentative reply But how many stories must we hear to the contrary Burr pondered Why not invest in flash drives to get information to the families of the wounded Hopefully before the next such hearing the two departments will have made major inroads in achieving some semblance of a reasonable transition from military medical care to veterans health care at the VA and Congress will have added funding to improve the health care delivery by both DoD and VA What is needed however is for the political will to exist at DoD to quit dissembling and get it done It appears to us that the VA has been willing in this regard all along and already has an automated patient treatment record that works well Therefore the problem seems to be with the DoD The need now is urgent as much for the aging population of Vietnam veterans with increasing medical needs as the new wounded from Iraq and Afghanistan VA HEALTH CARE BUDGET FOR FY 08 If they had their druthers some at the Office of Management Budget OMB and currently on the Domestic Policy Council in this White House would eviscerate the VA health care system They would ax Priority 7 and 8 veterans from the rolls forever and cut funding all the while claiming that the monies budgeted to fund the system are adequate to continue to provide timely world class health care to a growing number of veterans who need it the most including expanded services for veterans returning from Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operating Enduring Freedom to borrow from a recent VA press release As we have in recent years VVA has serious disagreements with the VA leadership about how much money is needed to fund what is the largest health care system in the world In fact what is at minimum needed for FY 2008 which begins October 1 2007 is an increase of 6 9 billion more than the current year assuming that we ultimately get the 1 7 billion additional veterans health care dollars from the Emergency Supplemental which the Administration is opposing If we do not get those extra funds then timeliness of service access quality of care and patient safety all will be compromised VVA will continue to press for enough resources and proper accountability for both quality of care services and cost effectiveness no matter who is in power in the Congress or in the White House What s right is right and it is wrong to short change veterans of any generation HONORING MEMBERS OF CONGRESS WHO SERVED On April 25 VVA National President John Rowan hosted a reception at the Washington Court Hotel for friends and supporters of VVA honoring members of Congress who served in the Armed Forces Freshman Representative Tim Walz of Minnesota was among those who attended Your voice is being heard he said of VVA Your voice is being translated by this Congress into action Congressman Walz is the highest ranking enlisted soldier ever to be elected to the United States Congress He led his unit to Iraq as Command Sergeant Major Another fresh presence in the 110th Congress Representative Nancy Boyda of Kansas said that what you do as VVA makes a real difference Thank you for your support and let me know what I can do to help you She also remembered VVA activist Randy Barnes in her remarks praising his passion for and commitment to his fellow veterans Nebraska Senator Chuck Hagel opened by saying he was always glad to be among Rick Weidman s rich friends which elicited an appreciative chuckle from the crowd Senator Hagel often mentioned as a possible presidential contender is the only enlisted combat veteran of Vietnam in the United States Senate and a VVA member Hagel spoke of how the Vietnam War shaped a generation He lamented the disconnect in our society the responsibility the obligation of citizens to connect to a cause greater than one s own self interest Veterans groups like VVA are more important than ever before to bridge those citizenship gaps he said Current Ranking Republican on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs Steve Buyer praised VVA leadership He noted that it was John Rowan and Rick Weidman not the leadership of the American Legion or VFW or DAV who came to his office to discuss issues

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA Committee Report
    Election Chapel of the 4 Chaplains Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Rules Committee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Benefits Update Consitution Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report 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 On To Springfield BY MARY MILLER PRESIDENT The new version of The Updates has been sent to all those who have requested it It is also on our website www avva org We are grateful to Elaine Simmons our Vice President and her husband Dave who have spent many hours on this project One of the articles written by Fran Davis a past AVVA vice president is on everything available in Springfield She mentions different restaurants and places to go I hope you can take advantage of seeing some of the sights in Springfield Several states Ohio Tennessee and Alabama have received packets for state start up kits AVVA is waiting for all the final paperwork for them to be incorporated Project Friendship in Springfield will be The Chapel of Four Chaplains and the Mini O Beirne Crisis Nursery which helps children from infants to 6 years in crisis Needed are many types of supplies for children Every little bit helps The Chapel of Four Chaplains needs funding for maintenance and upkeep Elaine Simmons and I were privileged to help VVA s Montgomery County Maryland Chapter 641 on Easter Saturday wash The Wall and other monuments While we were there the PBS station WETA shot footage for a documentary

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/0607/avva.html (2016-02-15)
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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA Scholarship Committee
    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 MAY JUNE 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message 2007 VVA Candidates Election Committee Report Letters Ask The Parliamentarian SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Credentials Committee Report Veterans Health Care Committee Report Government Affairs Committee Report AVVA Report AVVA Scholarship AVVA Election Chapel of the 4 Chaplains Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Rules Committee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Benefits Update Consitution Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report 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

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA Election Committee Report
    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 MAY JUNE 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message 2007 VVA Candidates Election Committee Report Letters Ask The Parliamentarian SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Credentials Committee Report Veterans Health Care Committee Report Government Affairs Committee Report AVVA Report AVVA Scholarship AVVA Election Chapel of the 4 Chaplains Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Rules Committee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Benefits Update Consitution Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report 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 It s Election Time BY KATHY ANDRAS AVVA ELECTION COMMITTEE CHAIR It is the duty of regional directors

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  • The VVA Veteran: Chapel Of Four Chaplains
    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 MAY JUNE 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message 2007 VVA Candidates Election Committee Report Letters Ask The Parliamentarian SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Credentials Committee Report Veterans Health Care Committee Report Government Affairs Committee Report AVVA Report AVVA Scholarship AVVA Election Chapel of the 4 Chaplains Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Rules Committee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Benefits Update Consitution Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report 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 Chapel Of Four Chaplains By

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  • The VVA Veteran: HEARTH and Homeless
    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 HOMELESS VETERANS TASK FORCE REPORT HEARTH and Homeless BY SANDY MILLER CHAIR As we approach the Springfield National Convention the Task Force has taken a look at our resolutions and has made some changes and adjustments Our mission continues On February 6 new homeless legislation was introduced in Congress The Homeless Emergency Assistance and Rapid Transition to Housing Act HEARTH H R 840 was introduced by Reps Julia Carson D Ind Geoff Davis R Ky Barbara Lee D Calif and Rick Renzi R Ariz In seeking to re authorize and strengthen the HUD McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance programs HEARTH respects greater decision making at the local level more closely aligns the HUD definition of homelessness with other federal agencies expands resources for emergency shelter and supportive services provides a framework for greater homeless prevention activity and allows communities the flexibility to implement a range of housing solutions Though the HEARTH bill does not designate veterans as a sub population it does provide a way for agencies to offer expanded services to all homeless individuals Twenty years ago VA began a national effort to eradicate chronic homelessness by providing 5 million for a pilot program to support contract residential care and to create domiciliary care for homeless veterans Today the VA funds more than 15 000 beds in transitional housing facilities and VA residential treatment programs Local non profit and faith based agencies provide the services for these programs One of the biggest barriers for these

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