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  • The VVA Veteran: Fellowship Awards Committee
    Testimony Legislative Action Center Government Affairs Update Public Relations 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 september october 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Affairs Veterans Benefit Update Arts Of War Book Review Ask The Parliamentarian AVVA Springfield Convention Election Committee ETABO Fellowship Awards Homeless Veterans Report Letters The Locator Membership Notes Minority Affairs Parade POW MIA Report PTSD Report Public Affairs Convention Resolutions Reunions Scholarship Committee TAPS VVAF Women Veterans Dine Dance Art Cornucopia Honoring The Next Generation Rack Em Up 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 Fellowship Awards Committee BY JUDY BOLIO CHAIR The Awards Committee awarded two Fellowship Awards at the 2007 Fellowship Luncheon at the VVA Convention AVVA Leadership Conference in Springfield Illinois The first award was given to Patsy Varnell AVVA s National Secretary for her work with her VVA AVVA Chapter in Oklahoma packing boxes for the troops overseas and attending the funerals of fallen soldiers Her son is serving in Iraq She is the Blue Star President of Oklahoma Patsy has held the positions of AVVA State Representative and AVVA Regional Director The second award went to Dennis Bohm of AVVA

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  • The VVA Veteran: HomelessVeterans Task Force Report
    Honoring The Next Generation Rack Em Up 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 A Beacon Of Strength BY SANDY MILLER CHAIR As the Chair of VVA s Homeless Veterans Task Force I was pleased to announce the first recipient of the Bobby J Award at the National Convention in Springfield Melvin Colston graduated from Edison High School in June 1966 On August 21 1968 he enlisted in the Army He was sent to Vietnam on April 30 1969 SP4 Colston served as a convoy runner with MACV He left Vietnam on March 22 1970 Upon returning from Vietnam Colston got married In February 1997 after almost two years of living on the streets of Philadelphia Colston entered the Substance Abuse Treatment Unit at the Coatesville VA Medical Center When he completed that program he moved on to the Homeless Domiciliary Program and completed a 90 day program On June 16 1997 Melvin Colston became the first resident of LZ II Transitional Residence a program of the Philadelphia Veterans Multi Service Education Center LZ II is a transitional residence under the VA Homeless Grant and Per Diem Program where homeless veterans may live for up to two years On February 1 1998 Colston was hired as a resident manager on a temporary basis Upon his successful completion of the program on June 16 1999 he was offered a permanent position as the on site supervisor of LZ II Over the course of his ten years at LZ II Colston has continued

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  • The VVA Veteran: LETTERS
    is a worthy advocate for veterans interests He states I was wounded twice but turned down the Purple Hearts as they were of the John Kerry type and I would not have felt right accepting them Am I hearing that there are two kinds of Purple Hearts As a VVA member for 23 years and a Life Member for 17 I have never heard of a John Kerry Purple Heart Mr Stenvold if you were wounded twice in combat you deserve two Purple Hearts Does this mean that veterans who proudly wear a Purple Heart must question whether or not they were awarded valid honestly earned Purple Hearts I am not a Purple Heart recipient but through my many years of active service in VVA I ve met many Purple Heart recipients Most are very humble and say It was nothing But to me it means quite a lot Are there two types of Purple Hearts or was this a political jab at a former presidential candidate This was not a very bipartisan statement In the same issue VVA Government Affairs Director Rick Weidman says that VVA is bipartisan and is an equal opportunity membership If VVA is to remain bipartisan and an equal opportunity membership we need to honor all of our Vietnam veteran brothers and sisters who have earned this prestigious medal I d like to let Mr Stenvold know that there is only one Purple Heart not two and offer my heartfelt thanks for his service to his country and Vietnam Veterans of America Gary Feikert Santa Rosa California DAN STENVOLD REPLIES I was wounded once when I was 18 and once when I was 19 Both were multiple small wounds from mortars Neither time did I need any stitches nor was I dusted off but both times I was asked if I wanted a Purple Heart and my answer both times was no In each incident several guys were wounded badly enough that they were taken away by dust off and some never came back to our unit In my opinion my Purple Hearts would have been cheap because I was not hurt badly enough to deserve them This was my feeling when I was 18 and 19 and is my feeling today when I m 57 My reference to Kerry was not meant to be derogatory I m guessing he got caught up in the medals part of the war and said yes in the same instance when I said no The people with him said some of his wounds never needed a bandage I know where Gary Feikert is coming from but to me a missing limb gets a Purple Heart and the small cuts I had do not OURTROOPSONLINE COM I d like to thank everyone for a great convention and I look forward to the Leadership Conference in South Carolina I d also like to apologize to several folks I talked to in Springfield I gave them a bad web site that

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  • The VVA Veteran: LOCATOR
    1966 Contact Ralph Poole P O Box 347 Jonestown PA 17038 ralphbill msn com Any airmen out there from 366 TFW A and E Squadrons Danang 1967 I m looking for pictures and stories of those I served with Contact John Wax 2 North Pointe Suite 4S Clifton Park NY 12065 Jwax nycap rr com Trying to find a former airborne ranger last name Wolf or Wolfe Cannot recall his first name He was headed up toward the DMZ in early August 1968 We met at Ft Lewis Wash Would like to know if he got out alright Contact Will Campbell 477 Hunters Ln Crossville TN 38571 931 484 4636 Would love to hear from men I served with as an artillery forward observer in 1st Bn 7th Marines 1st MARDIV Jan 1968 March 1969 Dennis Bronson my radio operator Sean Sheehan a 1st LT I worked with once Tom Adams with the 106s Chuck Stricklan from Texas Bob Suddath from Fairbanks Alaska and any others Contact Michael Lunghi 45 Raymond Dr Hampden MA 01036 413 566 2125 Looking for any Vietnam veteran who has non genetic not inherited ataxia that developed in the 1980s and is confirmed by a DNA blood test Contact Timothy J O Leary 701 Madison Ave Painesville OH 44077 Seeking anyone from 54th Artillery Grp 2nd Field Forces who operated in the Delta region in 1968 1969 Contact Marvin Neal 3709 Miranda Ln Cookville TN 38501 931 526 4024 Must confirm combat duty for VA claim If you remember me incidents or also served with H S Co 1st FSR help me out We went to Dong Ha on details went out on patrol did convoy security and perimeter duty at the Danang airbase at China Beach and a hilltop ammo dump Specifically recall Ray Moore Ralph Dolan and Steve from Vineland N J I was a Lance Cpl nicknamed Mo Contact Howard Mosher P O Box 13 Lodi NJ 07644 Trying to find Joseph Johnson squad leader for 611th Ord Co AMMO We served together in Cam Ranh Bay 1965 1966 Contact Joe B King 4600 N E Younger Rd Kansas City MO 64117 816 455 9082 Seeking Duke Bohannon a former pilot and a captain at the time I knew him I met Duke at Ft Sill Okla in 1967 He rescued me when my car broke down and he drove me to the OCS to drop off laundry He said goodbye on the day he left for Vietnam and I haven t heard from him since Anyone knowing anything about Duke sick or well get in touch Contact Kay Kimes 707 274 2766 Searching for Ron who roomed with Tony Natalie in the Dental Corps at Ft Benning Ron I believe you were from West Virginia Remember Big Al Trying to facilitate a reunion Contact Wayne Trudeau P O Box 253 West Cornwall CT 06796 860 672 0251 ottersdream comcast net Want to establish a roster for a 2008 reunion Seeking all VF 96 Squadron personnel who served aboard the U S S Enterprise CVN 65 on January 14 1969 Contact King Al Merendino 9396 Highlander Blvd Walkersville MD 21793 301 845 4770 king merendino verizon net Seeking a collectible An advisory pamphlet given out on the Freedom Bird prior to arrival in CONUS warning to switch to civvies to avoid notice by anti war protesters Probably issued by MACV Will donate 100 to VVAF in your name in return for an original of this pamphlet Contact Randall G Cook 414 E Schubert St Fredericksburg TX 78624 830 997 1550 kw662 aol com Looking for anyone who served with me in the 1st Logistical Combat Support Command at Qui Nhon June Sept 1969 I was a night tower guard on an ammo dump with a K 9 dog kennel in the compound as well We worked two to a tower with an M 16 M 60 M 79 grenade launcher and about five Claymore mines in front of each tower Whatever happened to that ammo dump Contact Ronnie Stasinos 61 Oak St Harrison NY 10528 914 309 9791 Need help with a claim Looking for former Marines from Lima Co 3rd Bn 26th Reg 1st MARDIV from Sept 1969 Feb 1970 and also from Marine Barracks Sangley Point Philippines from Feb Dec 1970 I served in Quang Nam Province Danang and near the Laos border Contact Amos Darrel Wellman 10454 Woodlawn Taylor MI 48180 313 910 9718 I am Fred H Steffens a Navy vet suffering major health problems I served aboard the U S S Chukawan AO 100 and have had mini strokes kidney failure and now live in a nursing home I want to know if any others who served aboard the same ship have also had health problems Please contact my wife in response to this Contact Patricia Steffens 716 720 4713 Incident verification needed for a PTSD claim Does anybody who served with the 228th Aviation Co at Camp Bearcat remember Allen Howard Does anybody recall my being wounded in the chest with shrapnel I want to locate my assistant driver who was with me in May 1969 when he drove into a firefight Contact Allen Howard 420 Lake St Apt 2 Ishpeming MI 49849 906 486 8087 Seeking details or anybody who remembers a crew member killed by S2C aircraft propeller aboard the U S S Kearsage CV 33 on Yankee Station in either March 1966 or March 1967 Contact Jim R Riesenberg Veterans Service Office Courthouse 615 N 6th St Sheboygan WI 53081 920 459 3054 riesejrr co sheboygan wi us Need to verify radiation exposure in Minute Man missile silos and other weapons storage areas Seeking anyone stationed with me in the 804th Security Police Squadron at Grand Forks AFB ND April 1967 March 1971 Contact William Knuth 121 Mill St Marinette WI 54143 715 732 9550 Need help for a back injury claim Searching for anyone who served with B Co 20th Combat Engrs

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  • The VVA Veteran: MEMBERSHIP NOTES
    Florida Georgia border The VVA Disaster Relief Task Force contributed 750 the Chapter sent 250 and Schetrompf purchased the supplies and took them to the official drop off point run by Daylight Ministries in Blackshear Georgia Yauco Puerto Rico Chapter 483 organized the first Memorial Day Parade in Yauco this year This activity Chapter President José R Valentin says is to become an annual event thanks to Vietnam veterans Greater Hartford Connecticut Chapter 120 President Paul Barry Jr was nominated in June by the Mayor of East Hartford to become a member of the newly established East Hartford Veterans Affairs Commission The Chapter also donated 500 to the Connecticut Vietnam Veterans Memorial which is located in Hartford and pledged to match individual members donations of up to 50 Charlie Becker Todd Cavan and John Bootsy Shreffler members of Philadelphia Chapter 590 received awards for patriotism and service at a recent ceremony honoring Vietnam War veterans from Montgomery County Pennsylvania The event was sponsored by State Sen John C Rafferty Jr and was held at Spring Ford Senior High School in Royerford Each awardee received a gold medallion flag pin and certificate of recognition Several members of Nassau County New York Chapter 82 have been honored for their community service accomplishments in recent months Veterans Service Officer Frank Tobani was awarded the Town of Hempstead Veteran s Medal Chapter Treasurer Connie Steers received the Town of Oyster Bay s Veteran s Lifetime Achievement Award Chapter AVVA Liaison Cheri Steers received Oyster Bay s Veteran s Non Veteran Volunteer of the Year Award along with the 2007 AVVA Member of the Year Award Chapter Treasurer Walter Schmidt was named liaison with the Veterans of Modern Warfare Nassau County and is helping organize a local VMW chapter Santa Rosa California Chapter 223 runs a Homeless Outreach program at the Redwood Gospel Mission which provides emergency subsistence services long term recovery services and educational efforts to the homeless in Santa Rosa and Sonoma County Members Richard and Pat Jones and Rod Sidbeck lead the effort showing up to work at the mission just about every Sunday Texarkana Area Chapter 278 in Texarkana Texas held its 20th annual POW MIA Vigil on August 31 and September 1 at the city s Korea Vietnam Memorial The event included opening candlelight and closing ceremonies a POW meal a Ride to Remember and a balloon release Members of Genesee County Michigan Chapter 175 including Don Dale Larry Edwards Ed Nelson Gary and Marilyn Huber Del and Debbie Irwin Joe Mishler and Don Lada helped out at the formal dedication ceremonies June 3 of the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Michigan VA Secretary Jim Nicholson was among the dignitaries on hand for ceremonies at the 544 acre cemetery which has been accepting burials since October of 2005 Columbia South Carolina Chapter 303 sponsored a cookout for the homeless veterans and staff who live at the Alston Wilkes Veterans Home in June Chapter members Darrel Smith Paul Ruh Russ

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  • The VVA Veteran: Minority Affairs COMMITTEEREPORT
    Em Up 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 Minority Affairs COMMITTEE REPORT Two More Years BY JERRY YAMAMOTO CHAIR I wish to thank the members of the Minority Affairs Committee for all of their hard work support suggestions participation and help to veterans during the last two years They made a difference in the support for our minority veterans and the successful work of our committee The committee consisted of Connie Steers Vice Chair Gumersindo Gomez Tom Meinhardt Virgie Hibbler Joe Jennings Ed Chow Pete Petersen Marshall Mudge Norman Hawkins and Albert Q Lewis Special Advisers were Francisco Ivarra Nancy Nix Joe Wynn and Romain Sewchand Listed below are some of the accomplishments of the committee over the past two years 2005 Met with members of the VA Center For Minority Veterans Advisory Panel in Washington 2006 Planned and hosted the Asian American Pacific Islander Veterans Roundtable in Los Angeles in support of VA Center For Minority Veterans Testified at the CARES Commission Local Advisory Panel Hearing in Los Angeles Planned and conducted a Recruitment Seminar at Tucson National Leadership Conference Testified in San Diego at a VA Veterans Disability Benefits Commission hearing Manned a booth at the NAACP National Convention in Washington Worked in the VVA Membership Booth during Veterans Day weekend Testified at hearings in Los Angeles and Long Beach before the VA Center For Minority Veterans Advisory Panel Requested and participated in VVA President John Rowan s inspection visit of the San Juan Puerto Rico VA Hospital and Cemetery and met with

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  • The VVA Veteran: You Will Love This Parade
    The festivities will begin at 10 00 a m with star studded Opening Ceremonies at the parade s starting point on Constitution Avenue at 7th Street The parade will step off at 11 00 a m It will consist of individual participants including many prominent Vietnam veterans from all walks of life military vehicles floats motorcyclists and marching bands from around the country The parade will end near the Washington Monument grounds where participants will take part in a variety of events including unit reunions The parade may be the last opportunity for Vietnam veterans to gather Rowan said We have no definitive ending date of our war to commemorate like veterans of World War II and Korea have If we did choose 1975 the fifty year commemoration would be 2025 That s a very very long way in the future for a generation of veterans that is now entering our sixties HEALING DUTY REMEMBRANCE BROTHERHOOD In conversations with many veterans who are coming to Washington to march proudly in the parade many words crop up repeatedly healing duty remembrance brotherhood Steve Gaddis president of the Vietnam Security Police Association said 400 to 500 members and their families will be in Washington for the Parade The organization began planning two years ago to combine an annual gathering with the anniversary of The Wall Some of our people have never been to The Wall he said They ve avoided it But we have some folks who regularly wash The Wall to help maintain it too We ve been preparing for this for quite some time Gaddis said It s remembering those we ve lost Part of our mission is to preserve their memory and to preserve our history That s what it s about when we go to The Wall For us it s remembering those who didn t survive Charlie Hobbs president of VVA Chapter 203 in Chattanooga Tennessee sees it as a duty something owed to his fellow Vietnam veterans Three busloads of chapter members and their families are expected to make the trip It s a healing we all have to go through he said It draws us back every time I never get tired of going to The Wall Everyone s been touched by it Chuck Valen parade coordinator for the 1st Signal Brigade Association said about 60 people from the association will come to Washington to march in the Parade He spoke of a passion about their service that continues to this day As part of the association the people are passionate about the contribution they made to their country he said A lot of us were 19 and 20 years old and even though I ve had a successful career since Vietnam the two tours I served there are probably the most important two years in my entire 58 years The other dynamic is that we have brothers who are on that Wall and not a day goes by that we don t think about

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  • The VVA Veteran: POW/MIA COMMITTEEREPORT
    The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Affairs Veterans Benefit Update Arts Of War Book Review Ask The Parliamentarian AVVA Springfield Convention Election Committee ETABO Fellowship Awards Homeless Veterans Report Letters The Locator Membership Notes Minority Affairs Parade POW MIA Report PTSD Report Public Affairs Convention Resolutions Reunions Scholarship Committee TAPS VVAF Women Veterans Dine Dance Art Cornucopia Honoring The Next Generation Rack Em Up 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 POW MIA COMMITTEE REPORT Introduction Of A Veteran BY GARY JONES CHAIR During the National Convention VVA President John Rowan invited me to chair the POW MIA Committee I consider it a great honor and challenge to serve the VVA membership in this forum I was forced to cancel my attendance at the Convention because of health reasons and missed the opportunity to interact with you at that time With that in mind I will introduce myself briefly to you I served in the U S Navy as a commissioned officer from 1964 69 I was a ship s engineer on destroyers during most of the period and spent my first Vietnam tour patrolling the coast from Danang to Haiphong Harbor where we provided SAR and gunfire support to operations along the coast My second tour was in the Brown Water Navy as OIC of NSAD Dong Ha at the Dong Ha Marine forward combat base on the Cam Lo River Following service I operated my own businesses in agricultural management and then became involved with the Ohio Department of

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