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  • The VVA Veteran - Agendas And Calendars
    the House Veterans Affairs staff also is working on language for a bill related to women veterans There is the possibility that the House Veterans Affairs Committee may have a hearing in the next few months on health care that would include women veterans One conversation we have been having involves the VA women health clinics many of which serve only as GYN clinics without any specialized women s health primary care We also are looking at evaluating the ability to access the clinics at more flexible appropriate and feasible times The 10th anniversary of the Women in Military Service for America WIMSA memorial is fast approaching Information on the November 1 3 2007 event can be found on its web site and there is a link to it from our committee s VVA web page I am working on joining with another party to secure part of a block of rooms for those who are interested in attending this event As soon as information is available I will post it on our web site It is anticipated that the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial will be attended by thousands Many reunions already are planned It will be a tremendous opportunity to re connect with people you have not seen in many years if not since your service time I spent the Memorial Day weekend in Washington working in the VVA tent While there I spoke with Diane Evans the President of the Vietnam Women Veterans Memorial Foundation regarding her hopes to have future conversations with VVA about events that could be considered for November 2008 It will be the 15th anniversary of the Vietnam Women Veterans Memorial dedication As we move into our National Convention I want to thank all the members and liaisons

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  • The VVA Veteran - The Arts of War
    Then in September of 2005 Harris accompanied Big Rich and a documentary film crew back to Vietnam When they found Hill 65 Harris ceremoniously buried the boots he wore during that battle and the three men offered a toast to the Americans who perished there The resulting 51 minute documentary appeared on the Great American Country cable network last June Big Rich will perform the song along with its music video at the Convention s Opening Ceremonies And Niles Harris will be on hand for the occasion and for the song that John Rich says that he and his partner consider the most important piece of music we ve ever been a part of MOVIN OUT AGAIN The excellent Twyla Tharp music and dance extravaganza Movin Out is now back on the road after a six month hiatus The new tour of the Vietnam War themed production set to Billy Joel tunes will hit several dozen smaller cities such as Peoria Illinois Toledo Ohio Sioux Falls South Dakota Roanoke Virginia Augusta Georgia and Lafayette Louisiana in the United States and Canada through June 2008 It began with a long run from June 13 August 21 at Harrah s Casino in Atlantic City The show s web site does not list the tour schedule so keep an eye posted for it in your neck of the woods In as many venues as will allow it Tharp as she has done in the past has made arrangements for discounted tickets for veterans and active duty military personnel At Harrah s she invited members of an employee Vietnam veterans group to the opening and cast party ARTS IN BRIEF The Army Historical Foundation has announced its First Annual Photo Contest Two winning photos will be chosen and prizes of 300 for first place and 100 for second place will be awarded along with the possibility that the winning photos will be published in the foundation s magazine On Point or in another AHF publication Each photo must have a U S Army related subject prior to 2007 and must be an unpublished original work Send your black and white prints color slides or color prints to Graphic Designer On Point 2425 Wilson Blvd Arlington VA 22201 or e mail your images to AHFphotos gmail com The deadline is July 15 For more info contact Randy Yasenchak at 703 522 7901 ext 4172 or e mail randy yasenchak armyhistory org Members of Rochester New York Chapter 20 took part in the opening in February of Ghosts in the Landscape Vietnam Revisited an exhibition of 46 prints by photographer and Marine Corps Vietnam veteran Craig J Barber at the George Eastman House International Museum of Photography and Film Barber who today is one of the nation s top landscape photographers served in Vietnam for 20 months He returned three times in recent years to the same places where he once fought The photographs in the exhibit were taken with an eight by ten pinhole camera

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  • The VVA Veteran - Books In review
    jail others spent long periods in psychiatric hospitals only a few had managed to stay afloat and were leading normal lives at least apparently normal As with all clichés there are hints of the truth in there But wrenched out of context Cercas presents the stereotype as the norm further perpetuating the myth of the pathetic screwed up Vietnam veteran Blame it perhaps on the translator but this book which tells the story of a Spanish novelist and one time colleague of Falk whose life is ruined by success but the writing is awkward at times and the book contains silly inaccuracies including Cercas referring to the VA as the Veterans Association and the VFW as the Association of Veterans of Foreign Wars The entire effort is alien and alienating BOSCH BACK If you want a fully rounded realistic portrayal of a Vietnam veteran check out Harry Bosch the former tunnel rat who is the flawed but principled hero of a dozen best selling detective novels dating back to the early nineties written by Michael Connelly Connelly s latest terrific Bosch book The Overlook Little Brown 225 pp 21 99 is like its predecessors a cleverly told extremely readable tale It differs slightly from the other Bosch books though in that it originated as a 16 part serial in The New York Times Magazine and that it takes place in a very short 12 hour period Connelly is at his best The story begins as most Bosch tales do with a murder in L A that Bosch is called out to investigate Bosch promptly gets enmeshed in a territorial battle with the FBI because the murder has serious terrorism implications As the tale gets more complicated Bosch gets into his usual deep kim chi with his superiors and with the feds Along the way he has a gripping two page flashback to a particular tunnel rat mission It all feels real primarily because Bosch is so well sketched He has a temper he is set in his ways he has made some big mistakes in his life he is emotionally scarred by a hardscrabble childhood and a rough tour in Vietnam But he is very smart is an ace detective has learned by and large from his experiences and he is dedicated to bringing murderers to justice Plus he doesn t take any crap from anyone Oh and he s usually right about everything That s the kind of fictional Vietnam veteran we need more of MEMORIALIZING PHOTOGRAPHS You can count on a photography heavy book published by the National Geographic Society to be filled with great images and illuminating text Where Valor Rests Arlington National Cemetery 192 pp 30 is a commemorative book that offers dozens of evocative images of the iconic national cemetery on the grounds of Robert E Lee s old plantation across the Potomac from Washington D C The book contains 175 images of gravestones memorials the amphitheater and other structures at Arlington as well as

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  • The VVA Veteran - Get Ready for the Ding-a-Lings
    dec Get Ready for the Ding a Lings By Marc Leepson Does the name Ding a Ling ring a bell It should if you were just a casual viewer of the Dean Martin TV variety show in the early seventies The Ding a Lings were four gorgeous talented young women plucked by the show s producer in 1970 from the ranks of Dean s Golddiggers the dancing singing troupe of women who clustered around their appreciative host to serve as hipper younger versions of their singing sisters on the show The producer Greg Garrison took four of us out of the Golddiggers and made us the Ding a Ling Sisters said Michelle DellaFave one of the original fab four He soon dropped the sisters fellow original Ding a Ling Wanda Bailey added He wanted to have a group that could do more funky music than the Golddiggers added Susie McIver who also was there from the start The Golddiggers sang mostly regular pop We did songs like Proud Mary kind of more funky wild stuff with the hope of appealing to the younger generation DellaFave Bailey and McIver will make a special appearance getting together for the first time in nearly 37 years in fact at VVA s National Convention in Springfield Illinois in July They will perform one of their old numbers at the Saturday night Awards Banquet and earlier in the day will take part with Nancy Sinatra in the autograph session signing copies of photos taken when they were part of the 1970 71 Bob Hope USO Christmas tour that included many stops in Vietnam We are thrilled and honored that VVA remembers us and has asked us to come to Convention DellaFave said We were happy to do something back then for our country We will be in Springfield to thank all of the Vietnam veterans who served We re very excited and honored What s in a Name Nineteen seventy was a part of another era how else to explain the name that producer Greg Garrison chose for the group He thought the name would be catchy because it would be something people would remember DellaFave said We did a lot of skits on the show and we were or at least I was very dingy We were young and crazy and dingy McIver added Not long after the group formed Bob Hope chose the Ding a Lings to take part in his annual Christmas tour entertaining the troops overseas The tour was a grueling around the world excursion that began in England and then went to West Germany Crete Thailand South Vietnam South Korea and Alaska It was the hardest working experience you could imagine Bailey said We went from the icy cold of Korea to the jungles of Vietnam We made hard landings on aircraft carriers We had little or no sleep But it was also the most rewarding experience you can possibly imagine As for the Vietnam segment of the trip Hope

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  • The VVA Veteran - Jersey Guys
    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 Jersey Guys It s difficult to envision a VVA chapter that is more heavily involved in supporting active duty troops and their families than Burlington County Chapter 899 in Bordentown New Jersey Under the leadership of Chapter President Michael Engi First Vice President Curt W Anderson Second Vice President Thomas Jellick Secretary John Leskom Treasurer Don Mohr and an active Board of Directors this central New Jersey chapter which was formed in 2002 has made the most of the fact that its members live close to two large military installations Fort Dix and McGuire Air Force Base The chapter has made a strong concerted effort to reach out to military families their children and veterans at Dix and McGuire They have held send off ceremonies as troops head off to serve in Iraq and other overseas destinations they have held regular Welcome Home ceremonies for troops coming back to Fort Dix from overseas To date Engi said several thousand soldiers have been met at the door with a vigorous handshake and welcome home That s just for starters Working closely with the family support units at Dix and McGuire the chapter has become a sponsor of the installations Hearts Apart programs in which chapter members sponsor breakfasts birthdays and pizza parties for the children and spouses of our deployed military The chapter also helps sponsor Military

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  • The VVA Veteran - Locator
    James L Nelson who served in B Btry 2nd Bn 20th Artillery 1st Cav Div We served together in RVN 1966 67 Our last contact was at Ft Knox Kentucky on Aug 16 1968 Contact Joseph M Nowacki 1596 Brunswick Ave Lawrenceville NJ 08648 609 393 0252 cchief489 yahoo com Raymond Geer are you out there You were with Alpha 1 1 and rotated stateside with several rolls of my undeveloped photos Did the pictures survive Get in touch Contact Leonard W K Ho 1667 Waikahalulu Ln Honolulu HI 96817 Seeking old friend Tyrone A Jackson We served together in A Co 1st Bn 11th Inf 5th Inf Div Quang Tri 1970 71 Contact Rudolph Carey 289 Low Ground Rd Emporia VA 23847 434 634 3202 Looking for Boyce Jefferson Your family needs to know where you are Contact Joseph C Miller 212 N Duke St Durham NC 27701 919 641 7062 Need verification on two incidents Want to learn more about the helicopter that came into the Phu Bai ammo storage facility near the airport setting off explosion of all artillery and ammo Need date and names of KIA Also info on artillery unit at GIA LR combat base Jan Sept 1968 Need exact name of unit exact date of episode and names of gun crew eight men KIA when 8 inch gun exploded Contact Hosia Blankenship 770 Page Rd Winchester OR 97495 541 673 0599 Working a VA claim and am searching for Marines who served with me in Training Plt 1053 Parris Island Recruit Depot Sept 1966 Contact Robert L Meadows 1129 Breezeport Ct Henderson KY 42420 270 827 9449 rbmeadows insightbb com Need info on two incidents involving U S S Kearsage CVS 33 summer fall 1966 Incident one a small boat party went ashore to retrieve refugees More info needed for Agent Orange claim Incident two deck crew killed by airplane propeller More info needed for PTSD claim If you served aboard or know anything please help Contact Jim R Riesenberg Veterans Service Office Courthouse 615 N 6th St Sheboygan WI 53081 920 459 3054 riesejrr co sheboygan wi us Looking for the corpsman who was at the Camp Carter dispensary Sept 1968 Oct 1969 First name John Last name unknown John are you out there Anyone know him Contact John Haldeman 2800 Maple Ave 13A Downers Grove IL 60515 Incident verification for PTSD claim involving a 1971 court martial at Camp Lejeune N C while serving with Co C 1st Bn 6th Marines 2nd Marine Div FMF Looking for Tony Swanson Desi Aesiderio Morris former Capt Mickel Dennis Whoback Contact Neil Allen Robinson 1026 Garfield Rd Masardis ME 04732 207 435 6267 Seeking friends from A Co 4th Bn 9th Inf 25th Inf Div Manchu Dec 17 1967 Dec 18 1968 Can t recall names but think of you Manchu warriors every day They called me Indio Contact Robert Tafoya 6343 Isleta S W Albuquerque NM 87105 505 873 0899 taf1296 aol com Need the name of the company clerk with 919th AC Engr Co with 11th ACR 1966 67 We left Ft Hood for RVN in Aug 1966 Our company commander was Capt Crocker and first sergeant was James Cox Contact Ron Emerson 6324 N Liberty Lake Rd 163 Liberty Lake WA 99201 208 660 6638 emelew juno com Searching for Norman Clarence Wingate We served together from basic training at Lackland AFB to security at Ellsworth AFB and on to Vietnam where we got split up me to Cam Ranh Bay and Norman to the Delta Norman was from Baltimore Would love to reconnect Contact Raymond Allen Jones 739 Arrowood Rd Rutherford NC 28139 828 286 8617 Looking for James Wesley Lusk my uncle a Canadian who served in the U S Army between 1968 72 He was born in Manitoba did basic in the Seattle Tacoma Washington area and may now be living in or near Bastrop Louisiana He s the only uncle I have left on my mother s side and would love to reconnect Contact Cindy Nobiss jamescindy2006 shaw cca Seeking Peter N Goodell Richard A Perry William H Murphy former Maj Ballias or anyone who served with my father retired Maj Russell G Cottrell in the 45th MI Co 519th MI Bn 525th MI Grp on two Vietnam tours 1968 69 and 1971 72 I have a letter confirming that my father was approved to receive a Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster but the award was never made I have been told I need further confirmation so am seeking anyone who remembers or served with my father I have worked on this for over three years and am determined to see that my father receives the decoration he earned in service to our country before he dies Contact Debra Johnson molen xmission com Looking for anybody who served with me in the Redball Express Jan 1966 May 1967 Contact Marty Bisson MB56401 aol com Looking for Thomas R Spickard and Thomas L Shamanski I was a sergeant with 159th Transportation and 1st Logistics Command Support Group May 1968 May 1969 Spickard and Shamanski were at Wonder Beach one of them with 5th Medical I need support for ongoing VA claims process Contact William K Lowery 14007 Stephens Warren MI 48079 phil smith va gov Seeking all Vietnam veterans who served with any engineer unit as well as those who served with 585th Engr Co DT 1966 1972 Contact Tom Garney dino585 msn com or visit our websites at www engineersvietnam com or www 585thengrco com Looking for half brothers William Joseph Shipton and Philip J Maulden I trained with them in 1968 at the USMC San Diego Communications School Philip was a radio operator and William like myself was training to be a teletype operator They were from Las Vegas Contact Garnett Adkins Nyahay 3018 E Second St Basile LA 70515 Searching for close Signal Corps buddy Terry Vanderpool with whom I served in Quan Loi 1969

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  • The VVA Veteran - MEMBERSHIP NOTES
    St Mary s Catholic Church in High Hill World War II and Vietnam War veterans were inducted into the Legion of Honor WWII veterans also received certificates recognizing their service in the U S armed forces Longtime Chapel Trustee and VVA member Paul Sutton spoke at the ceremonies which also presented awards to VVA members from Denton Texas Chapter 920 and Kerrville Chapter 863 Chapter 870 also sponsored the sixth annual Lighted Christmas Parade last December in downtown Schulenburg The festive event included a visit from Santa Claus aka chapter member Bob Baker This spring Baker added another charitable character to his repertoire the Easter Bunny Members of Porter County Chapter 905 in Portage Indiana attended the April 15 dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of the new Vet Center at Fort Benjamin Harrison in Indianapolis The Keynote Speaker was Vietnam War Medal of Honor recipient Sammie Davis a member of Indianapolis Chapter 295 In addition to its other functions the Vet Center will host Indiana VVA and AVVA State Council meetings In fact the first meeting followed the dedication ceremonies Racine Kenosha Wisconsin Chapter 767 presented a check for 2 500 to the Racine County Food Bank earlier this year The funds came from the proceeds of the chapter s annual Pasty Day Sale along with individual contributions The check was presented to Chapter member Dan Taivalkowski the Food Bank s managing director The chapter s president Ron Turner was honored by the Racine County Volunteer Center as Volunteer of the Year for his work with veterans The South Utah Chapter 961 Honor Guard which was formed just a year ago has participated in many graveside services for local Vietnam veterans both in conjunction with other veterans groups and on its own The honor guard has taken part in services throughout the 2 400 square miles of Washington County located in the extreme southwestern part of the state We have all enjoyed our service for our brothers and their families at these difficult times said Chapter member Ron Willard We are proud to be there for our country and for VVA Chapter 961 Members of Washtenaw County Michigan Chapter 310 made their annual spring visits to local schools to talk about the Vietnam War in May and June The opening event took place when Chapter President Pete Belaire Dave Hizer John Kinzinger Vance McCrumb Del Mayes Bill Feight and Don Behm spoke to students at Belleville High School The group then went to Symon Elementary in Milan Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor and Chelsea High School Corvalis Montana Chapter 938 has been a big supporter of the Valley Veterans Service Center which opened last year in downtown Hamilton to provide a wide range of services for veterans who live in Ravalli County The center is completely staffed by volunteers many of whom are Vietnam veterans including Marvin Edstedt a VVA certified Veterans Service Representative Edstedt volunteers as much as 40 hours a week working for veterans VA claims VETS

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  • The VVA Veteran - Reunions
    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 Reunions Marine Corps Air Transport Association MCATA Reunion Sept 26 30 Ramada Express Hotel and Casino Laughlin Nevada Contact Ted Newman 2601 Silverton Dr Las Vegas NV 89134 702 242 5564 585th Engr Co 5th Reunion Feb 22 24 2008 Ramada Plaza Hotel Kissimmee Florida Room reservations 800 327 9170 Contact Tom Garney 480 982 7114 Dino585 msn com Criminal Investigations Division Agents Association Oct 10 14 Omni Bayfront Hotel Corpus Christi Texas Contact Federico Fred Trejo 2854 Tumbleweed Dr Corpus Christi TX 78410 361 946 3604 federico trejo sbcglobal net U S S Thetis Bay CVE 90 CVHA 1 LPH 6 Sept 5 9 Newport R I This is the 22nd reunion of the ship s companies from both periods of service 1943 46 and 1956 64 All hands invited Contact Dennis R Moss P O Box 65 Isle MN 56342 320 676 8940 drmoss ecenet com Korean War Veterans Armistice Day Commemoration and Gathering Korean War Veterans Memorial The Mall Washington D C July 27 Musical program at 9 a m followed by formal ceremony at 10 a m Afternoon memorial service at Arlington National Cemetery Festivities and related activities Holiday Inn Gaithersburg Maryland July 24 28 Contact mall ceremony J Norbert Reiner 6632 Kirkley Ave McLean VA 22101 703 893 6316 or Jack Cloman accomodations events 2702 Franklinville Rd Joppa MD 21085 410 670 3898 410 670 3898 fax 4th Bn 9th Inf Reg 25th Inf Div Manchu Sept 12 16 Memphis Tenn Contact

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