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  • The VVA Veteran - Flawed IOM SHAD Study: No Smoking Gun, But…
    simulants and agents and not simply for defensive purposes As the philosopher George Santayana wrote in 1905 Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it Study Finds No Clear Evidence of Long Term Health Effects Among Veterans Involved in 1960s Project SHAD WASHINGTON An Institute of Medicine study finds no clear evidence specific long term health effects are associated with participation in a series of tests during the 1960s known as the Shipboard Hazard and Defense Project SHAD The IOM study compared the health of veterans who participated in SHAD with the health of a similar group of veterans who did not take part A greater number of SHAD veterans have died of heart disease but overall mortality rates among both groups of veterans were similar Moreover the differences in the rates of medical symptoms and conditions experienced by each group were slight for the most part and the study authors found no consistent specific patterns of ill health among SHAD veterans Because of limitations in the study response rates and the size of the study the authors cautioned that their findings should not be misconstrued as clear evidence that there are no possible long term health effects related to SHAD involvement Also there have been very few hypotheses about specific health problems that could be related to the materials used in the SHAD tests to serve as a starting point for further investigation Project SHAD was a series of tests conducted by the U S Department of Defense during the 1960s to determine how well service members aboard military ships could detect and respond to chemical and biological attacks Many of the agents used in the tests were presumably innocuous simulants such as Bacillus globigii and zinc cadmium sulfide but some tests involved active agents such as the toxic nerve gases sarin and VX and infectious bacteria Although many of the roughly 5 500 veterans who took part were aware of the tests some were involved without their knowledge The IOM study compared mortality rates and causes among deceased SHAD participants and control group veterans by reviewing death certificates and other records To compare health status among living veterans the study authors relied on data provided by the former service members in an extensive questionnaire About 61 percent of SHAD participants and 47 percent of the control group veterans responded Overall death rates among SHAD participants were comparable to those among control group veterans However SHAD participants had a somewhat higher rate of mortality from heart disease The study cannot speak to whether exposure to the agents used in SHAD tests is linked to increased risk for heart disease because data on veterans exposure levels are limited Also the study authors did not have information on other possible risk factors such as whether the deceased veterans were overweight how much they exercised or whether they had a family history of cardiovascular ailments Cancer deaths were higher among a subset of SHAD veterans who were potentially exposed

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  • The VVA Veteran - Credentials COMMITTEEREPORT
    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 staff for clarification of a delegate s credentials

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  • The VVA Veteran - We Are Family
    Committee Report Arts of War Book Review The Ding A Lings Jersey Guys Letters The Locator Membership Notes Reunions Taps 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 We Are Family BY MARY MILLER PRESIDENT Congratulations on The VVA Veteran s new look Thanks to all those involved This has certainly been a busy time for all AVVA members as we work to make sure that State Representatives and Presidents have been elected by their Chapter Representatives A listing of the new State Representatives and Presidents will be on the current Updates through e mail It will then be placed on our website www avva org I wish to remind everyone that we have a talklist and that any VVA or AVVA member can sign up to take part in discussions Get in touch with Sonja Holybee at sholybee avva org The Better Chance Scholarship deadline has come and gone The Scholarships will be awarded at the Springfield AVVA luncheon on July 18 Congratulations to all of the winners Thanks to Kathy Andras and Linda Haberkorn the co chairs of the committee At the AVVA luncheon the annual AVVA Fellowship Awards will be presented by Judy Bolio If you are able make sure you attend the 25th Anniversary of The Wall There will be a parade and many different functions going on over the Veterans Day weekend in November Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America placed a wreath at the In Memory Plaque over Memorial Day Ruth and Barry Coder Fitzgerald who fought for the In

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  • The VVA Veteran - Homeless Veterans Task ForceReport
    Book Review The Ding A Lings Jersey Guys Letters The Locator Membership Notes Reunions Taps 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 Monumental Accomplishments BY SANDY MILLER CHAIR During the week of June 4 I attended the annual National Coalition for Homeless Veterans conference in Washington D C As always there was a multitude of meetings and breakout sessions to choose from With many of the sessions running simultaneously it was impossible to attend everything However I did attend the opening plenary session and the annual membership meeting Rep Michael Michaud D Maine of the House Veterans Affairs Committee and the Chair of the committee s Health Subcommittee Mark Johnston Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Needs for the U S Department of Housing and Urban Development and Gordon Mansfield Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs were the speakers during this session I attended the breakout sessions entitled Focus on Public Policy Issues Women Veterans and Their Special Needs DOL VETS Customized Employment To Enhance Success of Job Placements and VA Grant and Per Diem Program Through contacts attending other breakout sessions I was able to obtain information and handouts from several other breakout sessions including HUD Continuum of Care and VA CHALENG Programs and DOL Common Measures Reporting System as well as information from the pre conference institutes on Developing Supportive Housing for Low income Veterans Incarcerated Veterans Support for Successful Reintegration Developing a Fund raising Plan and Addictive Behaviors and Impacts on Incarcerated Clients At the banquet the keynote speaker was

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  • The VVA Veteran - PTSD/Substance Abuse COMMITTEEREPORT
    the IOM committees were constituted this committee chair and members of the VVA national staff presented testimony for the record at every IOM committee meeting Subsequently on May 8 the IOM review of PTSD and compensation entitled PTSD and Compensation for Military Service was released Note The separate National Academies IOM committee report addressing PTSD treatment issues will be released later in 2007 and I am pleased to note that most if not all of VVA s recommendations and suggestions were incorporated into this first IOM report Among the many findings were the following Standardized psychological testing of claimants may be a useful adjunct to the PTSD C P examination but not a substitute for a thorough clinical evaluation PTSD can develop at any time after exposure to a traumatic stressor A standardized training program should be developed for clinicians conducting C P evaluations for PTSD VA should establish a specific certification program for raters who deal with PTSD claims with the training to support it and periodic re certification Research reviewed by the committee indicates that PTSD compensation does not in general serve as a disincentive to seeking treatment It is not appropriate to require across the board periodic re examinations for veterans with PTSD service connected disability The determination of whether and when re evaluations of PTSD beneficiaries are carried out should be made on a case by case basis using information developed in a clinical setting Specific guidance on the criteria for such decisions should be established so that these can be administered fairly and consistently VA should conduct more detailed data gathering on determinants of service connection and rating levels for military sexual assault related PTSD claims and develop and disseminate reference materials for raters that more thoroughly address the management of such claims More research is also needed on gender differences in vulnerability to PTSD Does this mean an end to the entire hullabaloo over PTSD disability claims We don t think so Stay tuned for the next IOM report The National Academies May 8 news release and report are accessible at http national academies org DOD MENTAL HEALTH ADVISORY TEAM SURVEY On May 7 DoD s MHAT IV survey was released it was the fourth in a series of studies since 2003 to assess the mental health and well being of the deployed forces serving in Iraq Although scheduled for release last November reasons for the delay were not announced The MHAT IV conducted in August and October of last year assessed more than 1 300 soldiers and for the first time nearly 450 Marines The commanding general of Multinational Force Iraq also requested a first ever study of battlefield ethics with the participation of soldiers and Marines currently involved in combat operations Significant findings include Soldiers who deployed longer greater than six months or had deployed multiple times were more likely to screen positive for a mental health issue Approximately 10 percent of soldiers reported mistreating noncombatants or damaging their property when it

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  • The VVA Veteran - Region 9REPORT
    Arts of War Book Review The Ding A Lings Jersey Guys Letters The Locator Membership Notes Reunions Taps 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 9 REPORT Growth In The West BY DARROL BROWN DIRECTOR The past four years have flown by since the members of Region 9 first elected me to be their voice on the VVA Board of Directors In that short time period a lot has happened out here west of the flatlands Region 9 has seen tremendous growth in membership and chapters Utah has joined VVA with two chapters Arizona has added a chapter Nevada has added a chapter California has added chapters and Hawaii is trying to form a new chapter Guam is thriving and my home chapter 887 in Angeles City Philippine Islands is one of the fastest growing chapters in VVA New Mexico is alive again but we have some work to do in Colorado I know more chapters are forming in Utah Nevada Arizona California and New Mexico P I is looking at forming a new chapter too The more members chapters and state councils we have the better we can serve our brother and sister veterans By the time you read this we will be ready for the 2007 VVA National Convention in Springfield Illinois Regions 8 and 9 will have held our pre Convention meeting in beautiful Fresno California hosted by the California State Council and selected our delegates to the Convention It is my aim for Regions 8 and 9 to be a united

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  • The VVA Veteran - RULES COMMITTEEREPORT
    RULES COMMITTEE REPORT The Convention Rules BY DAN STENVOLD CHAIR What follows is a list of the proposed rules that if accepted will govern the credentialing what constitutes a quorum seating committee reports resolutions debate voting decorum and Robert s Rules of Order for VVA s 13th biennial National Convention which will be held in Springfield Illinois July 18 22 All delegates should familiarize themselves with these rules which are in the main the same as those employed in previous Conventions to help insure a smooth running and productive Convention CREDENTIALS A The Credentials Committee shall provide identification for Delegates and Alternates upon registration with the 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

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  • The VVA Veteran - Riding for Veterans in Alaska
    PUBLICATIONS july august 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report Government Affairs Committee Report IOM SHAD Study Credentials Committee Report AVVA Report Homeless Veterans Task Force Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report Region 9 Report Rules Committee Report VVAF Women Veterans Committee Report Arts of War Book Review The Ding A Lings Jersey Guys Letters The Locator Membership Notes Reunions Taps 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 Riding for Veterans in Alaska VVA s Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund has supported many kinds of charitable efforts that come to the aid of Vietnam veterans and their families all across the country That includes a unique program in the nation s 49th state called Veteran Trail Riders of Alaska Under the direction of Bob Moore the nonprofit group provides therapeutic rides through the Alaska wilderness to physically and psychologically disabled Vietnam veterans Moore who served three tours in Vietnam is one of the founders of three Alaska VVA chapters the state s first Mat Su Chapter 891 in Wasilla Chapter 903 in Palmer and Chapter 914 in Anchor Point Through funds donated by VVAF and other organizations Moore has built a bunkhouse barn and corral for four horses near Wasilla The facility is used as the staging area for the group s therapeutic and equestrian programs that take veterans and children with disabilities on horse rides The Veteran Trail Riders of Alaska s most recent charitable endeavor began on July 4 an ambitious 800 mile wilderness horseback ride from

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