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  • The VVA Veteran: Aims And Accomplishments
    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 incarcErated COMMITTEE REPORT Aims And Accomplishments BY WAYNE MILLER CHAIR The Veterans Incarcerated Committee is a standing national committee in accordance with the Constitution of the Vietnam Veterans of America Article 1 Section 7 Paragraph B and further defined in Appendix II The Veterans Incarcerated Committee develops advocacy programs to address the special needs of veterans who are presently or formerly incarcerated The committee works with various state and federal agencies to develop programs to assist the successful reentry of veterans incarcerated into society The committee interacts with all other committees in an advisory capacity The committee looks for issues that could be reshaped to help develop programs for this special needs group of veterans Many committee members have been in law enforcement or state corrections positions Special advisers have backgrounds in criminal law veterans law and not for profit reentry programs as well as federal and state political experience ACCOMPLISHMENTS Helped the Department of Justice publish a special ongoing report in conjunction with the Department of Veterans Affairs Prepared testimony for the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees and attended presentations on veterans incarcerated issues as a special needs group Wrote the White Paper on Veterans Incarcerated that is on the VVA web site Conducted an annual review of Veterans Incarcerated Committee Resolutions Attended meetings with the Department of Veterans Affairs on veterans incarcerated issues and programs Attended the National GAINS Center workshop which sets policies within the Department of Justice DELIVERABLES Supported and added language that allows grants for veterans incarcerated programs from the Department of Justice Amended H

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  • The VVA Veteran: The Convention Rules
    Credentials Committee B Identification badges shall not be transferable C Such identification must be worn during all meetings of the Convention D A member registered as an Alternate may become a Delegate only after proper clearance with the Credentials Committee No Alternate or other person may substitute for a Delegate who remains registered QUORUM A majority of the credentialed delegates shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the conduct of business SEATING There shall be a designated seating area for Delegates Non delegates and guests shall be seated in a designated observers area COMMITTEE REPORTS AND RESOLUTIONS The Chair of the Constitution Committee shall report the work of that committee and shall provide the delegates with an overview of the process for hearings to be conducted on each proposed amendment to the bylaws as written The report of the Constitution Committee shall be subject to a hearing to be held before a reading at a general session of the Convention Following the Constitution Committee s hearing each proposed amendment shall be read at a general session of the Convention and moved by the Chair of the Constitution Committee and deemed to be seconded by a member of that Committee and shall then be put before the Convention for debate and upon a motion to close debate for a vote on the proposed amendment Amendments to the bylaws shall require the affirmative vote of two thirds of the delegates present and voting for passage Any amendments referred back to the committee shall be subject to further review and appropriate action Those proposed amendments will then be presented a second time at a general session of the Convention and shall be subject to full debate amendment and vote by the delegates The Chair of the Resolutions Committee shall report the work of that committee and shall provide the delegates with an overview of the process for hearings to be conducted on each proposed resolution as written Following the committee hearings all proposed resolutions shall then be subject to a reading at the general session of the Convention and shall be subject to full debate amendment and vote by the delegates Resolutions shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the delegates present and voting for passage Following the second reading of and action upon the proposed resolutions and amendments reported out of committee delegates may be permitted upon a majority vote of delegates present and voting to offer and move proposed resolutions and amendments that were not reported out of committees The Presiding Officer shall set a time for consideration of such motions DEBATE A Debate shall be limited to two minutes for each speaker B The Timekeeper will signal the expiration of the allotted time C Debate on any issue shall not exceed twenty minutes unless such time is extended by the consent of the voting body D No Delegate may speak more than twice on the same issue E No Delegate may speak a second time on an

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  • The VVA Veteran: Veterans Benefits Committee Report
    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 benefits COMMITTEE REPORT Review Recommendations BY JERRY KLEIN CHAIR VB 1 95 Judicial Review Until the new law which only partially removed the fee limit and which created the U S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims COAVC is further amended the resolution remains viable VB 2 95 Boards of Correction of Military Records We recommend that this resolution be retired This is a no win resolution that will never be accepted by Congress VVA would do better putting together a simple brochure How To Correct Military Records and have it available for membership and for outreach VB 3 95 Less than honorable Administrative Discharges We recommend that this be retired This also is a no win resolution that will never be accepted by Congress VVA would do better putting together a brochure on Administrative Upgrade Discharges which are also covered in the Veterans Benefits Manual for Services Reps and have it available for membership and for outreach VB 4 95 DVA Overpayments This resolution should be retired because of the enactment of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1999 as well as the Debt Management Center on the VA web page which seems to be reaching out to veterans about their rights VB 5 95 Civil Liberties of Active duty Military Personnel This resolution can be retired or revised We do not know how many Vietnam veterans are still on active duty since this resolution was adopted in 1995 If it is not retired perhaps it can be rewritten and updated for current veterans on active duty VB 6 95 Just Compensation for Injuries Sustained by Active duty Military Personnel This is perhaps an issue that can be brought to the attention of the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission which is studying various facets of disability compensation and will be making recommendations to Congress and the President in October However we will need considerable research to shape and support our contention that this remains a significant problem for veterans VB 7 95 Class Actions at U S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Before the Veterans Judicial Review Act VJRA was enacted VVA was able to help veterans in the federal courts by filing class action lawsuits The VJRA is silent on such cases and the U S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims provides no rules for class action lawsuits Combine with VB 9 95 VB 8 95 VA Implementation of Decisions Rendered by the U S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims This resolution remains viable VB 9 95 Veterans Benefits and Services Combine with VB 11 95 VB 12 95 VA Service connected Disability Compensation Payments Military Retirement Pay Offset This resolution needs to be updated to take into account congressional action to phase in concurrent receipt for a segment of career

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  • The VVA Veteran: Offshore Exposure (Update)
    the Vietnam Service Medal Claims for VA compensation covered by this decision are referred to as Haas type claims by the VA Following the decision in the Haas case by the Court a stay was imposed on all Haas type claims by the Secretary of the VA through the Chairman of the Board A veteran named Nicholas Ribaudo had a Haas type claim that was placed on hold due to the stay imposed by VA On September 26 2006 Ribaudo through counsel filed a writ of mandamus asserting that the Secretary of the VA disobeyed the Court s decision in Haas v Nicholson through the issuance of Memorandum 01 06 24 by the Chairman of the Board that unilaterally imposed a stay on all Haas type claims In its decision the Court determined that because the head of an executive agency does not have the authority to nullify the legal effect of a judicial decision and because the Secretary did just that by ordering the issuance of Board Chairman s memorandum 01 06 24 imposing a stay of indefinite duration without first seeking judicial imprimatur the petition will be granted In its conclusion the Court further stated that the Secretary will decide Mr Ribaudo s appeal in regular order according to its place upon the docket and will apply this Court s decision in Haas Unfortunately for those with pending Haas type claims the Court did not close the door on the imposition of a stay through judicial means In order to avoid deciding these Haas type claims the VA sought the imposition of a stay through judicial means On January 16 2007 the Secretary of the VA filed a motion requesting that the Court Stay the precedential effect of Haas pending judicial resolution in Haas Stay the adjudication of cases potentially affected by Haas Rule expeditiously on the motion to stay Delay entering judgment in Ribaudo until the motion to stay has been ruled upon The Court s decision rendered in mid April is not veteran friendly Upon its consideration the Court made the following determinations ORDERED that the petitioner s motion to dismiss the Secretary s stay motion is denied ORDERED that the January 26 2007 temporary stay is dissolved The Secretary s January 16 2007 motion to stay is granted in part The adjudication of cases before the Board and VA regional offices that are potentially affected by Haas is stayed until mandate issues in the pending appeal of Haas to the Federal Circuit The Secretary however may upon the motion of an appellant advance for consideration and determination compelling cases on the Board s docket Moreover the Secretary s authority to order equitable relief in appropriate cases is also unaffected ORDERED that the Secretary upon issuance of mandate by the Federal Circuit in Haas will proceed to process the claims that were stayed pursuant to this order unless ordered otherwise ORDERED that the petitioner s motion for an order that the Secretary show cause why he

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  • The VVA Veteran: Constitution Committee Report
    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 Constitution COMMITTEE REPORT Convention Amendment Action BY BILL MESSER CHAIR The Constitution Committee received nine proposed Constitutional Amendments Two of the amendments will be reported out at the National Convention As defined in the VVA National Constitution in Article IV Section 5 Constitution Committee shall review proposed amendments received and shall not less than 60 days prior to the commencement of the National Convention forward to the Chapters and State Councils copies of all proposed amendments submitted to the Committee pursuant to this section along with the Committee s recommended action with regard to each proposed amendment As the first order of the committee business at the National Convention the chair will present the work of the committee and announce the date time and location of the open committee meeting

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  • The VVA Veteran: Duties and Responsibilities
    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 Women veterans COMMITTEE REPORT Duties and Responsibilities BY MARSHA FOUR CHAIR Preparation for our National Convention has been going on for months This committee in addition to organizing our business for the Convention to include working with other committees on resolutions has been planning the traditional Women Veterans Breakfast This is a time when the committee attempts to bring forward a speaker who is motivational or insightful We know you will not be disappointed this year In addition there will be an informal gathering for women veterans at a time that best fits the hectic schedule of the business of the Convention This will be a time to talk and spend a few minutes of leisure time with friends A posting of the time and place will be provided once we arrive in Springfield Dr Patricia Hayes the Acting Chief Consultant of the Women Veterans Health Strategic Healthcare Group was invited to make a presentation at the April meeting of the Women Veterans Committee She was appointed to this position after Carole Turner retired as Director of the Women s Health Program Office at VA Central Office Additionally that office was elevated to that of a Strategic Health Care Group Dr Hayes provided information on the revised VHA Handbook 1330 02 which details the position of the Women Veteran Program Managers WVPM Of particular interest is the section on performance standards This document will be placed on our web page so that members will read and

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  • The VVA Veteran: Books In Review
    twin sons who are ace pilots and pioneering air engineers The men wind up involved in most of the big moments in U S aviation from mid century on including one of them being shot down over North Vietnam For more info go to Boyne s web site www air boyne com VVA Life Member George D Anderson Jr collected dozens of sea stories during his long Navy career which included three tours in Vietnam Anderson has woven those stories into a dialogue heavy cleverly plotted novel The Other Side of a Sailor WingSpan Press 407 pp 19 95 paper VVA member Raymond Dix s page turning legal thriller Death Row Defender Hard Shell Word Factory 239 pp 12 95 paper is peopled with Vietnam era veterans including the troubled but dedicated main character Woody Thomas For more info go to http raydixbooks com Joyce L Rapier s Full Circle EZP Publishing 180 pp 11 95 paper tells the affecting story of the son of a Vietnam veteran and his adult friendship with a battle scarred veteran of that war The pseudonymous Joe Lerner has fictionalized his real life adventures as a reluctant Air Force enlistee involved hip deep with the famed Ravens the undercover secret warriors in Laos in In The Black iUniverse 246 pp 16 95 paper a sprightly written dialogue driven tale Samuel C Crawford who served three brown water Navy tours in Vietnam has written a three volume series of novels that tell the sometimes wacky stories of two young Navy men in country Getting There Is Half the Fun Xlibris 495 pp 33 29 hardcover 22 94 paper The Adventure Begins 527 pp and Time To Go Home 652 pp NONFICTION IN BRIEF The historian Doyle Glass s Lions of Medina An Epic Account of Marine Valor During the Vietnam War Coleche Press 448 pp 24 95 is a well written and deeply researched account of the men of C Company 1st Battalion 1st Regiment of the 1st First Marine Division centering on the October 1967 Operation Medina that took place near the DMZ Glass interviewed more than 75 veterans of C Company along with family members to come up with this chronicle of battlefield action that also includes revealing sections on the men before and after their service in the war For more info go to www lionsofmedina com Robert Coran the author of among other books a first rate biography of John Boyd the under appreciated air power theorist and fighter pilot has turned his attention to another noted American air warrior in American Patriot The Life and Wars of Colonel Bud Day Little Brown 384 pp 27 99 This is an unabashed tribute to Day who is best known for being held for nearly six years in the Hanoi Hilton for which he received the Medal of Honor for the courage he displayed in the face of repeated physical and mental torture William Head s Shadow and Stinger Developing the AC 119G K Gunships in the Vietnam War Texas A M University 344 pp 49 95 is the definitive examination of the two extremely effective side firing gunships nicknamed truck killers because they destroyed thousands of enemy trucks in the late 1960s As Head a historian at Warner Robins Air Force Base and an expert on air power notes even though there have been great technological advances since the Vietnam War side firing fixed wing gunships such as the Shadow and Stinger still operate with deadly efficiency over modern battlefields Helen White a VVA member who served as a nurse with the 67th Evac Hospital in Qui Nhon in 1969 70 today is an accomplished artist whose work is heavily influenced by her military service and the readjustment problems she has had in the last three plus decades You can get a good look at White s striking work which has been compared to German abstract impressionism in her book Lipstick and a Smile Story of One Nam Nurse Bell Books 56 pp 32 Eric Hammel has written more than thirty books of military history His latest Marines in Hue City A Portrait of Urban Combat Tet 1968 Zenith Press 168 pp 34 95 differs from his previous work in that it is photographic history That is it tells the story of the four week Battle of Hue with concise prose and many strongly evocative photographs Many are official USMC photos others are never before published pictures taken by individual Marines It all adds up to an excellent account of one of the Vietnam War s most pivotal battles Speaking of excellent evocative photographs you can be reasonably certain that any book published by National Geographic will have them in profusion That certainly is the case in Etched in Stone Enduring Words from Our Nation s Monuments National Geographic 191 pp 30 featuring the work of photographer Carol M Highsmith The book with text by Ryan Coonerty includes dozens of monuments and memorials including of course Maya Lin s Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington here represented by a two page shot that includes an array of material left at The Wall Surprisingly given the fact that Benjamin Spock was an outspoken anti Vietnam activist the letters collected in Dear Dr Spock Letters About the Vietnam War to America s Favorite Baby Doctor New York University 352 pp 30 contain an array of opinions about the war of both the hawk and dove variety The scores of letters in this collection edited by City University of New York history professor Michael Foley both praise and vilify Dr Spock for his antiwar activism Sandra Gurvis who wrote the Vietnam War themed novel The Pipe Dreamers has put together Where Have All the Flower Children Gone University Press of Mississippi 240 pp 28 a look at the Vietnam antiwar movement told primarily through oral histories of those who took part in it The latest edition of Army veteran David Cortright s Soldiers in Revolt GI

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  • The VVA Veteran: Membership Notes
    as well as a dozen additional toys and 75 in cash to the Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Holiday Drive The toys and funds were gathered at the chapter s annual holiday party on December 13 The float put together by Texarkana Texas Chapter 278 took home the second place prize in the veterans organization category at the local Veterans Day Parade in November After the parade chapter members worked at a local McDonald s which provided all veterans with a free meal on Veterans Day Liberty Bell Chapter 266 in Philadelphia hosted its annual Bingo and Christmas Party on December 21 at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center Twenty eight patients and two staff members were treated to pizza snacks including locally baked Philadelphia soft pretzels soft drinks and TastyKake pies donated by the Tasty Baking Company After bingo the chapter gave each patient a Christmas card containing a ten dollar Sears gift certificate Chapter members Ron Powell Mike Lentz Len Johnson James Chappelle Bryan Hunter Fred Russo Al Mikutis Raymon Clay El Mark Lumpkin Chuck Moffett and Jerry McManus took part in the event William F Homer Jr the staff adviser for Incarcerated Chapter 616 at the Mansfield Correctional Institution in Ohio traveled to Cincinnati on March 30 to deliver two hundred pounds of food to the Joseph House a homeless veterans shelter He also visited Carolyn Maupin the mother of Iraq War POW Matt Maupin and presented her with a portrait of her son painted by one of the inmates at the institution Brian Mulcrone the president of Chicago Northwest Suburban Chapter 311 appeared as a guest on WGN Radio s Extension 720 with Milt Rosenberg on March 28 The show dealt with the legacy of the Vietnam War and also included Doug Bey a former 1st Infantry Division psychiatrist and Tom Bissell the son of a Vietnam veteran and author of the memoir The Father of All Things A Marine His Son and the Legacy of Vietnam The Rochester New York Chapter 20 Honor Guard took part in the opening ceremonies February 17 of the exhibition of 46 photographs by Craig J Barber at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film The exhibit called Ghosts in the Landscape Vietnam Revisited consists of 46 prints by Barber a photographer and Marine Corps Vietnam veteran Barber took the photos during his tour of duty and during three return trips beginning in 1995 when he revisited and photographed many of his old haunts with a pinhole camera The Macomb Branch of Bluewater Chapter 284 in New Haven Michigan teamed up with a Girl Scout troop from Detroit s East Side in March and sold more than 575 boxes of Girl Scout cookies to the inmates at the Macomb Correctional Facility The funds from the cookie sale went to the Girl Scouts program activities and special events and projects Newark Ohio Double Nickel Chapter 55 honored the work of the Chapel of Four Chaplains one Sunday in

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