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  • The VVA Veteran: PTSD/SUBSTANCE ABUSE COMMITTEEREPORT
    of the study and asked the GAO to provide recommendations for legislation to improve mental health care and to capitalize on best practices in the military The GAO said it would assess the VA s treatment of veterans with mild traumatic brain injury the Department of Defense s pre and post deployment screenings for mental health conditions and mild traumatic brain injury and whether policies pertaining to Personality Disorder discharges have been followed The studies are to be completed by the end of the year Note that prior to the National Convention in July VVA President John Rowan sent a letter to Secretary of Defense Gates calling for a moratorium on the issuance of Personality Disorder discharges until such an investigation can be conducted Figures released in August by the Army s Office of the Surgeon General show that a total of 23 788 soldiers most of them deployed to Iraq or Afghanistan have been diagnosed by the military with PTSD in the past four years Only about 3 percent of soldiers who have served in combat since 2003 have been diagnosed by the Army with Post traumatic Stress Disorder far fewer than the numbers of those who have screened positive for PTSD symptoms in recent Army studies suggesting that the disorder is being under reported and under diagnosed The Army figures do not account for all cases of PTSD among soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan but instead represent only diagnoses made while soldiers were on active duty Other diagnoses are made by the VA after soldiers are discharged But even the combined total of Army and VA diagnoses of PTSD about 76 000 to date represents only about 5 percent of the more than 1 5 million troops who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan The Army figures show active duty diagnoses of PTSD have nearly doubled in the last two years from 3 867 in the 2004 fiscal year to 7 352 in the fiscal year that ended last September In the first half of this year 4 477 new cases were diagnosed Army spokespersons attribute the relatively low numbers to the stigma surrounding mental health issues On the other hand in May the Pentagon s Mental Health Task Force found that 49 percent of National Guard members 38 percent of soldiers and 31 percent of Marines have experienced mental health issues after serving in Iraq or Afghanistan The VA has treated about 52 000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans for PTSD according to the report by the President s Commission on Care for America s Returning Wounded Warriors That figure represents about 7 percent of the more than 720 000 troops including Marines sailors and airmen who have separated from the armed forces since returning from Iraq or Afghanistan The VA numbers do not include veterans who might seek mental health care from private doctors or other sources SUICIDE PREVENTION According to an internal May 2007 VA report veteran suicides account for almost one in

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  • The VVA Veteran: Public Affairs COMMITTEEREPORT
    KEITH KING CHAIR As many of you may have already heard we are launching a major fund raising campaign to benefit our service officer program The use of coin collection cans takes a lot of dedicated people to ensure its success We are honored that the Elks have joined us in this endeavor We were quite surprised to read their motto As long as there are veterans the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them We hope you enjoy reading a brief history of their outstanding work on behalf of our veterans and join with us in thanking the Elks for their support of VVA Dear Readers The Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the United States of America has been involved with our nation s veterans for many years Let me give you a brief history of our commitment to our veterans 1917 the world was at war The Order of Elks determined they needed to help They decided their first consideration would be the sick and wounded on the battlefields of France and to equip base hospitals for their care During World War I the Elks organized and equipped the first two base hospitals to reach France In 1918 to accommodate the maimed and wounded the Elks built a 700 bed Reconstruction Hospital in Boston and gave it to the federal government This hospital was the forerunner of today s VA Medical Centers That same year the Elks built a 72 room Community house to take care of families visiting the forty thousand soldiers stationed at Camp Sherman Ohio Additionally more than seventy thousand Elks served in the Armed Forces during World War I and over one thousand made the ultimate sacrifice During World War II the U S Army asked the Elks to

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  • The VVA Veteran: Resolutions COMMITTEEREPORT
    were retired by the delegates AO 3 03 State Agent Orange Dioxin Programs AO 14 99 Pine Bluff Arsenal AO 15 03 Additional Benefits and Services to Children of Vietnam Veterans with Spina Bifida G 3 95 VVA Support for the National Gulf War Resource Center M 3 03 Membership Growth and Retention M 5 05 Support Creation of Southwest Asia Veterans Organization HTF 2 05 Fair Share of Funding for Homeless Veterans Programs and Services HTF 3 05 Realignment of Homeless Veterans Programs Currently Managed within the U S Department of Veterans Affairs System These Resolutions were retired because the sponsoring committees or task forces and the Convention delegates agreed that the intent of the Resolutions had been fulfilled and there was no further action to be taken Following is a list of those Resolutions that were amended by committee and approved by the Convention delegates In all cases the amendments did not alter the original intent of the Resolution but expanded the issue section to be more comprehensive or updated the background section or added to the resolved portion to be able to take into consideration any changes that may have occurred in the field since the Resolution s inception E 1 07 Jobs in the Public Sector E 18 07 A Comprehensive Employment Resource Development Program P 11 07 Support for Chapel Recognition Program HTF 1 07 Homeless Veterans as a Special Needs Population HTF 4 07 Homeless Veteran Housing and Urban Development Transitional and Supportive Services Only Funding Seven new Resolutions were adopted by the Convention delegates E 19 07 A Meaningful Job at a Living Wage Resolved that Vietnam Veterans of America takes the following positions VVA calls on all federal agencies to implement to the highest degree the Welcome Home To Work Hire a Vet First and Jobs for Veterans Act Agencies and their individual responsible managers must be held accountable for the implementation of written policy and GAO oversight The means of accountability and penalties must be published widely distributed and implemented throughout all federal agencies Because returning veterans have problems finding work and getting necessary medical assistance for themselves and their families VVA will make available the VVA Guide to Veterans Employment VVA Guide to Veterans Preference VVA Guide to Vocational Rehabilitation VVA Guide to Veterans Entrepreneurship VVA Guide to PTSD and information on Women in Service Issues and Homeless Veterans programs E 20 07 30th Anniversary of the Disabled Veterans Outreach Program DVOP Resolved that Vietnam Veterans of America takes the following positions VVA calls on all State Councils and Chapters to show their appreciation for all DVOP personnel and assist in any ceremonies done in their honor VVA will recognize the DVOP program in publicity in The VVA Veteran on the VVA web page and other means and will provide financial assistance through a cost center set up for donations Such financial assistance will not exceed the amount of donations received for these events HTF 5 07 Homeless Veterans HUD

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  • The VVA Veteran: Reunions
    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 Coming to town for the 25th Anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington over Veterans Day Weekend Join Chapter 958 at their Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Dinner Dance on Friday November 9 at 7 p m at the NDW Catering and Conference Center 1454 Parsons Avenue S E at the Washington Navy Yard The cost is 50 for a complete dinner buffet For more information call Thomas Kent at 202 391 2151 19th DMZ to Delta Dance November 10 Rosslyn Holiday Inn 1900 N Fort Myer Dr Arlington VA 22209 8 p m midnight 30 per person cash bar dancing finger food silent auction 50 50 raffle free parking Vietnam veteran camaraderie and veterans collectibles Pre dance warmup at 7 p m with cash bar and finger food in the hotel s Dogwood Room Hosted by Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 227 Dean K Phillips Memorial Chapter P O Box 5653 Arlington VA 22205 703 912 1681 Contact Jim Hewitt 703 807 2000 800 368 3408 chewitth aol com or visit website at www geocities com vva227 Reunion location change USMC Air Transport Association 2007 reunion site has been changed to River Palms Resort and Casino Laughlin Nev Sept 26 30 Contact Ted Newman 2601 Silverton Dr Las Vegas NV 89134 702 242 5564 U S S Nimitz CVN 68 Association June 19 22 2008 in Nashville Searching for all shipmates including ship s company staff squadrons and detachments Contact Joe Brunner 619 466 2132 waldoj cox net or www ussnimitzassociation org 321st Trans Co Can Do Co Reunion of Long Binh veterans from 1967 69 September 2008 Bar Harbor

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  • The VVA Veteran: Scholarship Committee Report
    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 Scholarship Committee Report BY KATHY ANDRAS AND LINDA HABERKORN CO CHAIRS The response to the AVVA Better Chance Scholarship was overwhelming We had a total of twenty one applications This was the most we have ever received The scholarship committee of Blanche Duggins

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  • The VVA Veteran: Taps
    America Tyler Chapter 932 Stanley Kasprick died September 17 2004 in Wisconsin He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America Racine Chapter 767 Earl A Keck Jr 76 died February 14 in Pottstown Pennsylvania from a massive heart attack He served in both the U S Marine Corps and the U S Army during the Korean and Vietnam Wars Keck was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Pottstown Chapter 565 Fed W Kellum 64 died June 21 in Bennington Vermont from heart disease He joined the U S Army in 1962 and retired in 1982 From 1962 72 he was a crew chief and flew helicopters In his last 10 years in the Army he was a military police officer He did two tours of duty in Vietnam and one tour in the Dominican Republic Kellum was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America Bennington Chapter 601 Peter W Klug 61 died April 8 in Cornell Michigan from a heart attack He served in the U S Marine Corps with three tours of duty in the Vietnam War and was awarded the Purple Heart among many other awards Klug was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America Escanaba Chapter 345 Eugene L Kusche 61 died February 4 in Manitowoc Wisconsin He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1965 66 assigned to the Third Radio Research Unit of the A S A in Saigon Kusche was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America Manitowoc Chapter 731 Andrew F Lachina 54 died June 26 in Tonawanda New York from Agent Orange related cancer He served in the U S Marine Corps during the Vietnam War Lachina was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tonawanda Chapter 77 Thaddeus J Lantych died May 4 2006 in Haverhill Massachusetts from Agent Orange related diabetes type II and renal and heart failure He served in the U S Navy with the River Rats in Vietnam Lantych was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Massachusetts Joe Ramon Lee 68 died July 9 2005 at his home in Ottawa Kansas from heart failure He served in the U S Navy from 1954 75 retiring at the rank of Lieutenant Commander Among his many deployments he served in the Vietnam War Lee was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Ottawa Chapter 912 Ricardo M Lopez 55 died January 4 at his home in Las Cruces New Mexico from colon cancer He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1970 71 as a turret gunner with the 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands and also served with the 23rd Infantry Americal Division Lopez was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Las Cruces Chapter 431 Jeffrey Arnold Mabin 54 died July 8 in Monaca Pennsylvania He served in the U S Navy during the Vietnam War from 1972 74 Mabin was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Freedom Chapter 862 Arthur Renteria Marin 61 died July 8 in Tempe Arizona from colon cancer He served in the U S Army from 1968 70 with a combat tour with Company C 1st Battalion 8th Infantry 4th Infantry Division in Pleiku Kontum and Dak To Vietnam He attained the rank of Sergeant His military awards included two Bronze Stars Marin was an at large member of Vietnam Veterans of America Arizona Robert Mathena 70 died September 20 2006 in Indianapolis from ALS Lou Gehrig s disease He served in the U S Navy during the Vietnam War Mathena was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Indianapolis Chapter 295 Larry Allen Matthews 57 died March 26 in Memphis He was a resident of Plantersville Mississippi He served in the U S Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam Matthews was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tupelo Chapter 842 Ralph Maurrizio died March 21 in Middletown New York He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Newburgh Chapter 537 Scott R McLaughlin 59 died February 22 at his home in Arkdale Wisconsin from cancer He served in the U S Army from 1968 71 He served in Germany during the Vietnam era McLaughlin was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Janesville Chapter 236 Robert Andrew McNaul 93 died May 16 in Curwensville Pennsylvania from heart failure He served in the U S Army and the U S Navy during World War II in France and Belgium McNaul was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Clearfield Chapter 974 Donald F McNew Sr 57 died June 10 in Fort Dodge Iowa He served in the U S Navy from 1968 70 with a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1969 McNew was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Fort Dodge Chapter 861 Richard Francis Messier 73 died May 2 in Palmer Massachusetts He served in the U S Air Force in Korea during the Vietnam era Messier was a Founding Member of Vietnam Veterans of America Ware Chapter 405 Wayne Robert Nephew 61 died May 25 at the Buffalo New York VA Medical Center from Agent Orange related lung cancer He was a resident of Collins New York He served in the U S Marine Corps as a Sergeant with two tours of duty in Vietnam with Marine Battalions 1 2 and 3 Nephew was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Cassadaga Chapter 459 Douglas Richard Neu 64 died February 11 in Boynton Beach Florida from cancer He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in the Vietnam War Neu was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America West Palm Beach Chapter 25 Henry A Nickle 84 died March 11 at his home in Lawton Oklahoma from cancer He was drafted into the U S Army on October 16 1942 during

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  • The VVA Veteran: Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund Report
    charity list so we can use those miles The point is We re not just looking for what you do but who you know The Chairman and CEO of HBO is a Vietnam veteran It was through one of our members who contacted him that HBO got involved in Broadway to Baghdad That event succeeded because he was willing to network with his contacts to help us Well it seems to us that we should be networking with ourselves Right now VVAF is launching the largest fund raising effort in its history We want to expand the VVA service officer program Expand might be the wrong word we want to recreate it in conjunction with VVA We are looking to provide funding for two VVA service officers and an assistant in every state It will take millions to do it However it appears to us that it should be easy to raise the money if we just ask for help The problem as we see it is that we just haven t asked the right people We need to train our people and younger veterans to make sure they receive their health care and benefits from the VA We have veterans dying because they don t know or were refused help from the VA So who do you know What do you do that you think can help us Don t be modest or shy We don t know what we need until we see it Here is what we need from you Your time It is the most valuable asset you have and we know it but if you re not willing or able to give us some of your time we would just as soon not know about your talent Your talent and what you can do We need everything so if you re really good at something let us know about it Who do you know and are you willing to reach out to that person and ask for the help we need Your willingness to allow us to put your name and contact information in a database for us to start matching needs to talents is critical to the success of this effort We will keep the database secure and will protect it but if we need to build a team to complete the job we have to know who and where everyone is Your money Okay we re asking for your money because we know many business owners and members who simply don t or won t give us their time or contacts but they have money a lot of money Send us 1 000 or 5 000 or 1 000 000 and we will name a program after you Think Excel spread sheet and email the file to kking vva org or fill out this form and mail to Inventory of Talent 8605 Cameron St Ste 400 Silver Spring MD 20910 3710 Here s the math on the service officer program For two VVA

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  • The VVA Veteran: Women Veterans COMMITTEEREPORT
    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 Interesting And Profitable BY MARSHA FOUR CHAIR I was re appointed Chair of the Women Veterans Committee by VVA President John Rowan after the Springfield Convention I thank him for his continued confidence I am in the process of inviting members to be appointed to the committee including liaisons This will be accomplished before the next Board of Directors meeting so the work of the committee can begin without delay The Women Veterans Breakfast at the Convention was fortunate to have as its speaker Pamela Luce Luce is a Field Operations Manager for the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs she is also the Kentucky Women Veterans Coordinator Luce sits on the Executive Committee of the National Association of State Women Veterans Coordinators Her presentation was interesting and profitable She offered suggestions on how to help women veterans returning to their home states from the War on Terror She provided a list of all State Directors of Veterans Affairs and their State Women Veterans Coordinators I have contacted her about receiving key items of her presentation and the contact lists They will be posted on our web page Since the last Board meeting I contributed input on women veterans to the VVA testimony presented to the House Veterans Affairs Committee on July 12 It included the delivery of services to women veterans in VA clinics integrated primary care and mental health care with concurrence of the revision of VHA Services for Women Veterans Handbook 1330 1 the time allotted to Women

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