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  • The VVA Veteran: DINE&DANCE IND.C.
    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 DINE DANCE IN D C Two of VVA s National Capital area chapters Northern Virginia Chapter 227 and Washington D C Chapter 958 are hosting social events that are open to all Vietnam veterans and other visitors to the 25th Anniversary celebration of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington over Veterans Day Weekend If you re looking for a good meal at a good price and the chance to meet fellow Vietnam veterans look no further Newly formed Chapter 958 will hold a Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Dinner Dance on Friday November 9 at 7 p m at the NDW Catering and Conference Center 1454 Parsons Ave 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 Chapter 227

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  • The VVA Veteran: An Art Cornucopia
    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 An Art Cornucopia By Brian J Mulcrone As you first enter the display area of the National Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago you cannot fail to notice a set of large yellow footprints painted on the floor leading you to the first corner of a display called Marine and His Art The entryway beckons with a sign that reads ISSUED and BEYOND One Marine s Time In Country Last spring the Museum hosted a special art display that wove together a wide variety of visual and object elements Marine Vietnam veteran Don Morrill a member of VVA Chapter 209 in Chicago created the display which included a wide ranging assortment of artifacts

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  • The VVA Veteran: Honoring The Next Generation
    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 Honoring The Next Generation By Percilla Newberry and Jim W Boyd VVA Chapter 574 in El Paso Texas had the privilege of hosting the Texas State Council summer meeting at the Holiday Inn in El Paso This was the first time in many years that three of VVA s national officers President John Rowan Vice President Jack Devine and Treasurer Alan Cook came to the Texas meeting Cook mentioned that his son Sgt Daniel Cook happened to be stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso and had recently returned from his second tour in Iraq Alan and Cindy Cook had not seen their son since December Daniel s brother Steven has just completed his military career Daniel and Steven always wanted to join the military and serve their country Alan said Both sons followed their father s footsteps by enlisting in the Army For three generations the men in the Cook family have served in the nation s armed forces right after high school and for three generations they answered the call during wartime The Cook s family service in the military can be traced back

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  • The VVA Veteran: Rack ’Em Up
    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 Rack Em Up Last February in Brockton Massachusetts it was snowing and the roads were slick But pool and billiard fans still showed up for a special dedication and to support the veterans at the Brockton Veterans Hospital Those participating in the billiards room dedication at the hospital included VA Director Mike Lawson Assistant VA Director Susan MacKenzie Chief of Voluntary and Recreation Services Ralph Marche Project Coordinators and Recreation Specialist Rick Leeman and Owen Mickey Emery of Rhode Island VVA Chapter 818 and Sue Doyle and Andy Segal from Olhausen Billiards The event resulted from a call four years ago by billiard promoter Matt Braun of Billiards International Once Braun got the ball rolling

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  • The VVA Veteran: Air Force Admits Agent Orange Spraying
    and wanted to study the impact of the spraying Their concern doesn t seem to have been motivated only by worry about ecological and public health issues In fact it seems to have been in part triggered by worry that the government could be liable for damages caused by the spraying Internal Air Force memos show that the government was being sued by farmers who believed their crops had been decimated by the spraying The military was interested in disproving the farmers claims by studying if Agent Orange traveled in the air when sprayed and how it affected area plants and animals A memo from an Air Force chemical engineer in June 1968 explained that personnel were investigating a neutron activation tracer to see if it could determine whether defoliants traveled when sprayed and if so where they went The Air Force is vitally concerned with potential hazards to local flora fauna and marine life both on and off the Eglin Reservation that might be created by defoliant testing he wrote This concern is primarily the result of pending legal action against the government by cotton farmers of a surrounding county claiming damage to their cotton fields due to previous defoliant testing at Eglin To study the ramifications of the spraying the Air Force in 1968 created a research unit at Eglin of more than a dozen Air University graduates with doctorates in such areas as chemistry microbiology plant science and zoology They worked for at least four years and six of the scientists including Alvin Young who became lead investigator stayed at Eglin for the entire 15 years of the study In what would be considered a conflict of interest today they were assisted by contractors from Dow Chemical Company one of the manufacturers of the herbicides Dow which was ultimately sued over Agent Orange had a significant stake in whether or not the chemicals were found to cause serious harm to plants animals or people A U S Air Force Academy research director asked that scientists be brought from Dow claiming they were the best qualified to recognize and access the ecological effects caused by these materials The first study of the impact of Agent Orange at Eglin began in late summer of 1969 when six five foot cores of dirt were randomly taken from the test area They indicated significant concentrations of herbicides and scientists found toxins leaching up to three feet into the soil Young wrote In 1974 relatively high levels of dioxin 1 500 parts per trillion were found in the test area An ecological survey conducted from 1973 to 1978 found dioxin in nine animal species on the reservation including mice rats three types of birds and three types of fish Spiders crickets and grubs also tested positive In the fifteen years of study at Eglin dioxin was found in about one third of the different species studied The levels of the toxin were about the same as that found at the time in

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  • The VVA Veteran: A Commitment To Other Veterans
    Screaming Eagle in country air assault and jungle combat training together in Bien Hoa Then the newly minted Airborne Infantry grunts joined their units at Camp Eagle at Phu Bai We ranged all the way up past Hue to Quang Tri and south just north of Danang Nelson said and all points west in I Corps PFC John Ward was killed on October 6 1969 Bill Nelson learned the bad news when he was out in the field They extracted me out of the boonies and wouldn t tell me why Nelson said I thought one of my parents had died When I got to headquarters company they told me he had been killed and his father had arranged for me to be the body escort I went through all of that and returned to Vietnam and finished my tour Bill Nelson served in Vietnam until September of 1970 When I came home I hung up my uniform he told us in a telephone interview from his office in New York City I took it off as fast as I could and just tried to turn the page It took about a year of adjustment before Nelson went back to college at Pace University in New York where he studied business Being older than most of the other students proved to be an advantage I was more serious about what I was doing he said It hit me that I was about three years behind my peers and so I spent the rest of my life trying to catch up Catching Up The catching up started immediately Nelson took extra courses at Pace He took advantage of a new program and earned combined BBA and MBA degrees He found work in public accounting at Ernst Young where he became a CPA Four years later he went to work at Time Inc and then in 1984 moved to a new Time subsidiary the premium cable network Home Box Office as vice president and assistant comptroller I was four years in public accounting four years at Time corporate and I figured I d have four years at HBO and find something else The latter part did not come to pass I never left HBO Nelson said It s a crazy good business Nelson a Life Member of VVA Chapter 49 in Westchester County New York did more than never leave HBO He steadily rose through the ranks and last June was named Chairman and CEO In that top position he is responsible for HBO s overall management Throughout his career Nelson has regularly been reminded of what he went through nearly four decades ago in South Vietnam High on that list are memories of his friend John Ward I carry John with me in my heart Nelson said I will never forget him Still Nelson said having served in the Army in Vietnam has been a positive thing I feel it s had a dramatic impact on my life One thing I

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  • The VVA Veteran: Kevin Draper’s Quest
    knew doing nothing all day just wasn t going to work Life was too slow When he was finally able to hold a wrench in his hand again the antidote to life in the slow lane seemed obvious Speed It should go around 250 miles an hour maybe 300 he said It is a 600 horsepower open wheel blown fuel Lakester that he intends to drive across the Bonneville Salt Flats in search of a new land speed record for the vehicle s class The vehicle looks like a rocket on wheels Technical specifications and photos of the car and crew may be found on the Web at www americaneagleracingteam com I ve driven a couple of cars and motorcycles at those high speeds Draper said I ve done quite a bit at Bonneville for many years He ran his business Majestic Turbochargers for 24 years in Waco Texas before being diagnosed with the cancer that brought dramatic change to his life He had experienced no symptoms and discovered the possibility of cancer only because he came across an old shipmate while traveling the country to take part in drag races He said there was something about health issues on the ship s web site Draper said I didn t even know my ship had a web site When I got back to town I went to a doctor and three days later I heard the worst words I ve ever heard They said I tested positive for cancer I let it go too long I didn t even know I was sick After the surgery that removed a substantial part of a lung and part of his esophagus Draper began the long rehabilitation process that continues today He said he received nourishment through a feeding tube for about 25 weeks and that doctors gave him a 20 percent chance of survival He is cancer free now but has been told there s a significant chance of the disease reoccurring So I sold my business here in Waco and up in Dallas and retired he said The VA gave me 100 percent disability but they kind of made it not Agent Orange related if you know what I mean But that s okay I m not complaining I just want other people who don t feel well to have it checked out The only reason I found out about it was that 16 or 17 guys from my ship died of cancer Back in those days we didn t realize the dangers of asbestos and some of the chemicals we were using I m not complaining just living with the cards I was dealt and trying to survive It took eight months of hospitalization and rehab to recover from the surgery By then the forced retirement struck Draper as particularly frustrating When you re home alone it s just you and Perry Mason you know he said One day I had worked for 24 years and the next day I

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  • The VVA Veteran: PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
    a former POW followed him Gen Ezell Ware spoke after Diane Carlson Evans the founder of the Vietnam Women s Memorial Then Tony Cordero the president of Sons and Daughters In Touch spoke on behalf of all of the families of the KIAs Mary Jane Kiepe president of American Gold Star Mothers Kathy S Upchurch president of Gold Star Wives of America and Sarah Rolfe president of Blue Star Mothers of America were present on the stage Keith King president of the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund thanked our sponsors F Louis Sulsberger the Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and one of our supporters spoke on behalf of his members I then had a chance to say a few words and was followed by the grand marshal of the parade Jan Scruggs He talked about how The Wall came to be and reported that the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund is developing an education center that will be located adjacent to the Memorial Paul Bucha a Medal of Honor recipient gave an inspiring speech calling upon Congress and the nation to live up to their commitments to America s veterans Two other MOH recipients Brian Thacker and MOH Society president Bob Howard were also on stage The last speaker was Jay Rocourt from U Haul International an Iraq War veteran who highlighted the connection between previous and more recent veterans These speakers were joined on stage by Maj Gen J B Burns from BAE Systems Marilyn Park director of Legislative Affairs for the American Federation of Government Employees Barbara Easterling secretary treasurer of the Communications Workers of America and Cheryl Johnson international vice president of the Central Region of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters It was a very moving opening ceremony From my vantage point on the stage I can tell you that it was very gratifying to look out over the thousands of VVA members and others who had come out to join our commemoration THE PARADE The parade was led off by various motorcycle contingents including a group of ironworkers followed by the union s float which had a large American flag that rotated while attached to a huge beam The executive group was led by the VVA officers and Jan Scruggs and VVMF staff on a float celebrating the 25th Anniversary of The Wall VVA state contingents bands more floats and then many other contingents of veteran units followed The latter group included a large Vietnamese veterans group and representatives from South Korea and the 173rd Airborne Brigade Association While riding on the lead float I was pleased to see that many spectators both Vietnam veterans and citizens had come out to pay their respects Then I walked back to the reviewing stand and had a chance to greet the folks on the sidewalks and the succeeding marchers Everyone was having a wonderful time I am very proud that VVA produced this event While many people helped to make it happen there are

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