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  • The VVA Veteran: LETTERS
    He recently held a concert to raise money for a local family whose young son was diagnosed with cancer Each year the Guthrie Center holds a walk to raise money for Huntington s disease and the list goes on My predecessor as Chief of Police here in the Town of Stockbridge William J Officer Opie Obanhein a World War II veteran developed a lasting friendship with Arlo after working with him on the movie Alice s Restaurant Somewhat ironically I was on my first of two tours in Vietnam in 1969 as the movie was being filmed I guard my copies of The VVA Veteran rather closely so thanks for sending an extra copy which I will give to Arlo when I see him in a couple of weeks at a meeting for the next fund raising event we will be involved in together Richard B Wilcox Stockbridge Massachusetts POW MIA AO Marc Leepson s review of Bill Hendon s book An Enormous Crime made me wonder if he actually read the book He discounts Hendon s work as that of a true believer in conspiracy theories and thereby classifies Hendon as just another nut Even the book review headline downplays Hendon s book by calling it a definitive work your magazine s quotes not mine The review struck me as an incongruous inclusion in your magazine One of your main articles in the same issue was about the Air Force finally admitting to extensive Agent Orange spraying at Eglin Air Force Base in the 1960s assisted by Dow Chemical scientists If your magazine can report about the 40 year cover up of AO spraying on American soil how do you reconcile this with your book reviewer s dismissal of Hendon s numerous cited incidents of active coordinated efforts to discount live sighting reports from Southeast Asian civilians who asked nothing in return As a mine sweep sailor I was directly sprayed by AO Now many years later my hands and feet remain numb DoD and the VA will not admit my AO exposure simply because I was a sailor Dow Chemical runs its ludicrous Human Element advertisements and The VVA Veteran publishes an irresponsible review that sneers at the idea of a long term cover up Mike Smith Via E mail Marc Leepson replies I did read the book and I gave my honest opinion I had no axe to grind I did not say Hendon was a nut There was no sneering I read what Hendon wrote weighed his evidence and came to my own conclusions The word definitive in the headline came from Hendon s subtitle which is why it was put in quotes WOUNDS ARE WOUNDS The phenomenon of minor wounds being awarded the Purple Heart in Vietnam was pretty common One example a signal officer bumping his head while entering a division HQ bunker during a rocket attack When I was an infantry rifle company commander in Vietnam it was understood that the first wound

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  • The VVA Veteran: Locator
    T Akerley 456 York St Caribou ME 04736 uncamitty yahoo com Looking for anyone who served with my uncle Robert Lee Hall in 5th Tactical Control Group based at Clark Air Force Base Need verification of time in country Contact Noah Dillion 3208 Woodward Ave Erlanger KY 41018 859 342 5120 Need to confirm receipt of a Purple Heart awarded to me at Konsinock Hospital in Vietnam in either July or August 1968 I did not receive a certificate Also want to hear from men I served with in the 173rd Inf Contact Clifford Robertson P O Box 1983 Maple Falls WA 98266 360 599 9127 The 114th AHC Knights of the Air is seeking Jill Johnson from the service club at Vinh Long and John Jurhs James A Adams Roy Billings Vincent Alit and others who served with us at Vinh Long Army Airfield and in Panama Contact Charlie Brown ctbrown2 rcn com or visit www 114thaviationcompany com Would love to hear from anybody I served with in 8th Support Co A 196th Lt Inf Bn July Dec 1967 Contact Barry O Neil 24 Burlington Ave Leonardo NJ 07737 732 291 9270 732 618 4676 barryhog aol com Seeking Bernard Champagne my roomate at Bien Hoa Air Base for help with a VA claim Bernard was last known to live in Lowell Mass Contact Gary L Bianchi 123 Prospect Gardens Ludlow MA 01056 413 265 0883 Looking for Lindell Cooper Mike Lamb Lee Chaney John Ricerz and any other members of the Lighter Support Division 1 stationed with me in Danang 1967 68 Contact David D Bair 680 Calm Lake Cir Apt B Rochester NY 14612 585 755 2577 Seeking Frederick Masterson I want to return a bracelet I purchased with his name on it during the Vietnam War years July 11 1972 He was then a lieutenant but I do not know which service branch Contact Jeannette DePalma 180 Runnymede Rd W Caldwell NJ 07006 jmdepalma comcast net Need PTSD assistance Who recalls when A and C Service Batteries 16th Arty 3rd Bn 23rd Div were overrun in 1970 Contact John E Lotito 12845 McCarthy Rd Lemont IL 60439 630 675 9792 Searching for anybody stationed in the Band Section Marine Barracks Pearl Harbor 1964 66 or MCAS Cherry Point N C in late 1966 notably Keith Tobin Bob Cardososo Jim Attestley Ray Morrow Tom Mercer Dennis Pugh Spisak and Sam Genna Freddy Edler passed away Contact Gerald Michael Maday 29444 Cunningham Dr Warren MI 48092 586 558 7127 Incident verification needed for episode sometime during 1973 75 Information sought about an in flight emergency aboard a homebound KC135 from Alaska to Carswell AFB Texas with emergency landing in Edmonton Alberta Canada An airman was killed when a window blew out due to cabin decompression Contact Steven Guerra 1754 Connie Dr Canyon Lake TX 78133 830 899 5324 210 827 0381 Stressor verification required for PTSD claim Seeking anyone who served aboard the U S S Saratoga CV 60 and witnessed or knows about the at sea collision with an oiler or supply ship in the Atlantic sometime during 1974 76 Contact Anthony Chianese 2071 Batchelder St Brooklyn NY 11229 718 669 8446 Need help with VA benefits application If you served with 59th Field Service Co Cam Ranh Bay May 1970 71 get in touch Contact Peter DiMaria 55 W Main St Ste 140 Waterbury CT 06702 Searching for W H Simpson or anyone else stationed with the Communication Team MACV Compound Kontum in 1969 Not a claim or incident query just want to reconnect Contact Angelo Carmen 2144 Ridge Rd Ontario NY 14519 315 524 7866 315 945 2990 Looking for Joe Burns who served aboard LST 620 during WWII Last known to live in Brooklyn N Y He worked in the New York City tunnel system Contact Robert W Richmond 2829 Frankel St Lakewood CA 90712 562 421 6268 Seeking anyone who served aboard the Coast Guard yard patrol vessel YP 381 formerly the St James out of Treasure Island Calif 1941 45 Contact Gene Bergman 132 Trout Loop Roseburg OR 97470 541 679 2447 Anyone out there from Bravo 1 13 We arrived in Danang in Aug 1966 and Khe Sanh in Oct 1966 Contact Jerry Griffin 409 673 8330 jerrygriffin hotmail com or Mike Walker 516 316 8568 jollywaggle aol com Need VA claim help from anyone with the 553 FB near Cam Ranh Bay also with 35th Combat Unit 18th Engrs or stateside with 417th Med Co Incidents include the death of two truck drivers a child hit by a truck and a plane crash at Phan Rang AB all between 1970 71 They called me Slim or Hillbilly Contact Aaron Entrekin 1460 War Memorial Dr Memphis TN 38104 901 239 3872 Would love to see Kenneth Asay again You were from Wyoming and served with Icebreakers out of New Zealand and with H E C P Danang 1966 67 Contact Ed Greenhaw 159 Red Snapper Dr Port Lavaca TX 77979 361 893 5198 nored laward net Must verify Claymore explosion exposure for VA claim Trying to find Bill Bonderant possibly spelled Bondurant or other variation Also Chuck Grimes Frosty Baker Tom Chaparus or any others who served with me in 269th Signal Co 1st Signal Bde Bien Hoa July 1970 71 Contact Howard L Huske 134 Wolverine Iron River MI 49935 906 265 6228 Seeking Gary W Timm Jim Carter Keith or anybody who served with Rick Kittredge in either 26th Engr Bn at Chu Lai or 136th Light Maintenance Co at Cam Ranh Bay Nov 1969 70 Keith and I were blown up in a WWII vintage tank along the Ho Chi Minh Trail Contact Ken Marks County Veterans Counselor Menominee Cty Veterans Office 839 10th Ave Menominee MI 49858 906 863 5691 Looking for William T Cooper who served with 9th Div 1st of 84th Arty Dec 1967 68 then with 69th Engrs after Jan 1969 His radar operator

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  • The VVA Veteran: MEMBERSHIP NOTES
    the chapter has put on annually for six years goes toward the chapter s annual contribution to nearby Stead Elementary School which amounts to about 2 000 each year Kentuckiana Chapter 454 in Louisville Kentucky hosted a birthday party on September 21 for the veterans at the Louisville Vet Center the first outreach effort the chapter has made with the Vet Center The chapter served birthday cake and fruit punch to Vet Center clients with September birthdays and plans to make this an annual event taking over a program run by another local VSO Philadelphia Pennsylvania Chapter 590 in September donated 600 the proceeds of the sale of military style dog tags to Operation First Response a non profit group that provides a wide range of help for wounded injured and critically ill men and women serving in the military and their families The funds will be used to underwrite among other things weekly visits to Walter Reed Army Medical Center and Bethesda Naval Hospital Southern Utah Chapter 961 recently donated an electric wheelchair to Albert Ricci an 83 year old former Marine This is not the first wheelchair the chapter has donated to a deserving veteran The chapter has an ongoing program in which it receives donated wheelchairs as well as hospital beds refurbishes them and then presents them to veterans in need Herkimer New York Chapter 827 hosted a sit down dinner October 5 to salute New York State legislators who recently endorsed the Silver Rose Award and Medal for New York State which includes the presentation of a Special Certificate by the state to all Silver Rose victims affected by Agent Orange State Sen James Seward Assemblyman Marc Butler and many other officials of the New York State Legislature were present for this special event Any New York resident who has not received the Order of The Silver Rose Award but who has been affected by Agent Orange or the family of a deceased veteran so affected can now go to www silverrose info to apply for the Silver Rose Medal and Award and the New York State Certificate Montgomery County Maryland Chapter 641 President Gregory Hamilton recently received a prestigious Daughters of the American Revolution award honoring his outstanding service to this community Among other things Hamilton was honored for working with chapter members for the last ten years on the monthly washing of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington and volunteering at the D C VA Medical Center On August 25 26 the James M Ray Memorial Chapter 818 in Albion Rhode Island co hosted the chapter s third annual fishing event for disabled veterans at Lake Hiawatha in Bellingham The event this year also included an excursion to the Bellingham Police Firing Range Many of these veterans would never go any place and this has opened new doors for them said Chapter 818 Secretary Owen W Emery These are men who have lost limbs and are in wheelchairs You should see the smiles on

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  • The VVA Veteran: Reunions
    NOVEMBER DECEMBER 2007 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Affairs AVVA Report Arizona AVVA AVVA Elections AVVA Scholarship Arts of War Book Review Letters The Locator Membership Notes Reunions Substance Abuse Committee Taps Veterans Incarcerated VVAF 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 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 Maine Contact John Hayde 816 863 3553 Jerry Bernier 207 282 2708 or Chuck Roberts 785 271 5969 E Co Recon 1 6th 198th Light Inf Bde Americal Division June 8 14 2008 Basswood Resort Platte City Mo Contact Jim Brown 3704 Longhorn Acres St Cedar Park TX 78613 512 773 8274 14th Transportation Bn Nov 7 9 2008 Looking for anybody who served with the battalion in any capacity in the Vietnam Era Contact Dan Quackenbush 315 638 6930 www 14thtransbn org Co C 169th Engr Bn Vietnam Era April 25 28 2008 at Pigeon Forge Tenn Contact Louis Teleky 919 362 5370 shirleylou 1 netzero net 3rd Medical Battalion 3rd Marine Div May 2008 Charleston S C Reunion of Vietnam veterans from 1967 1969 Contact Al Naar naarman msn com 2 47th 9th Inf Div Vietnam and Cambodia 1967 70 including medical platoon 91Bs 91Cs MSC officers and battalion

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  • The VVA Veteran: PTSD/SUBSTANCEABUSE COMMITTEEREPORT
    such treatments for ethnic and cultural minorities The report also briefly mentions military sexual trauma Pharmacological treatment 37 studies were reviewed of which 13 included a predominantly male veteran both American and international cohort whose primary trauma was combat The other 24 studies included victims of sexual abuse physical assault accidental injury witnessing trauma acts of genocide for example and motor vehicle accidents The IOM Committee identified 22 drugs that it organized into seven classes plus a miscellaneous other drug category In each class category the evidence was judged to be inadequate to determine effectiveness in the treatment of PTSD The classes categories included 1 Alpha adrenergic blockers such as Prazosin 2 Anticonvulsants Topiramate Tiagabine and Lamotrigine 3 Novel antipsychotic medications Olanzapine or Risperidone 4 Benzodiazepines including Alprozolam It s worth noting that many clinical guidelines recommend that benzodiazepines not be used in the treatment of PTSD 5 Monoamine oxidase inhibitors MAOIs such as Phenelzine 6 Selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors SSRIs such as Sertraline Fluoxetine Paroxetine and Citalopram all of the research trials with SSRIs were sponsored by the pharmacy industry 7 Other anti depressants tricyclic anti depressants such as Imipramine Desipramine and Amitriptyline and 8 Other drugs such as Naltrexone used for clients with alcohol dependence Cycloserine and Inositol Psychotherapy treatment 53 studies were reviewed of which ten included a predominantly male veteran cohort An additional 17 studies included victims of sexual or physical abuse The remainder included victims of other types of trauma or mixed traumas The IOM Committee grouped the psychotherapy treatment studies into the following categories exposure therapy cognitive restructuring therapy exposure plus cognitive restructuring exposure plus coping skills training eye movement desensitization and reprocessing EMDR coping skills training other psychotherapies and group format psychotherapy The committee also noted that virtually all of the recent literature on psychotherapies for PTSD examines interventions that some experts consider components of cognitive behavioral therapy CBT Exposure therapy According to the committee exposure therapy refers to several closely related techniques such as prolonged exposure therapy direct exposure therapy and multiple channel exposure therapy They were evaluated by the IOM group as one category both alone and in combination with other treatments So the exposure therapy studies may have included psychoeducation breathing retraining and relaxation in addition to the exposure therapy specifically imaginal and in vivo exposure flooding and directed therapeutic exposure Some exposure therapy programs also require completing homework generally repeated exposure to a trauma tape or some other record of the trauma narrative Exposure studies are lengthy and require a considerable investment of time emotion and effort by clinician and client According to the report the committee judged that the quality of the overall body of evidence supporting exposure therapies is moderate to high with the best studies all pointing in the same direction with an important clinical benefit The committee is confident in both the presence of a positive effect and in its clinical significance Therefore the committee noted the evidence is sufficient to conclude that exposure therapy

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  • The VVA Veteran: Taps
    96 Donald Eugene Hood 60 died October 9 in Ringgold Georgia He served in the U S Army in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chattanooga Chapter 203 Gary L Hudgens 59 died May 2 in Warner Robins Georgia from cancer He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War and was awarded the Bronze Star He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Warner Robins Chapter 902 William P Hughes 69 died August 27 in Angeles City the Philippines from cardiac arrest He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Angeles City Philippines Chapter 887 Ronald Gary Hutson 60 died June 21 in Arlington Wyoming from head trauma received during an automobile accident He served in the U S Navy from August 1965 to July 1969 with a tour in the Vietnam War He was awarded two Purple Hearts for injuries sustained in war He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Sacramento Chapter 500 Ralph Jackson 56 died September 16 in Conyers Georgia He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968 69 He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Atlanta Chapter 883 Jerry Mareland Johnson 58 died March 26 in Zavalla Texas He served in both the U S Army and the U S Navy His Vietnam tour of duty was with the Army from 1968 69 He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Nacogdoches Chapter 931 Thomas P Jones died in Somerset New Jersey He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America New Jersey Wayne B Joswiak 55 died in Forsyth Georgia He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Forsyth Chapter 946 Johnnie M Law 60 died in Zephyrhills Florida He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Zephyrhills Chapter 562 Robert J Lowery 63 died in Irwin Pennsylvania He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Pennsylvania Michael Manegold 69 died July 30 in Bowling Green Missouri from cancer He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Bowling Green Chapter 833 Thomas F Mannin 67 died in Port Saint Lucie Florida from a massive heart attack He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Stuart Chapter 127 Robert Marshburn 61 died October 12 in Beaumont Texas from cancer He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Beaumont Chapter 292 Larry Mcentee 61 died September 18 in his home in Inglewood California from cancer He served in the U S Marine Corps from 1963 67 with two tours of duty in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Redondo Beach Chapter 53 Darrell G McKnight 57 died November 30 2006 in Atmore Alabama from Agent Orange related liver failure He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1969 70 with the 101st Airborne Division He was awarded the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Atmore Chapter 190 Gerard Joseph McManus 59 died October 9 in Langhorne Pennsylvania from cancer He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Korea and two tours of duty in Vietnam with the First Cavalry Division 2 20 Aerial Rocket Artillery and was a door gunner He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Liberty Bell Philadelphia Chapter 266 James Merlini died in Montgomery Alabama He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Central Alabama Chapter 607 Henry James Miller 85 died at home on March 7 He served in the U S Army Air Corps from 1942 and trained on the B 17 Flying Fortress during World War II He also served during the Korean War two Berlin Crises and the Vietnam War He retired at the rank of Master Sergeant E 8 He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America New City Chapter 333 Nona Mitchell 75 died February 18 in McKinney Texas from lung cancer She was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Auburn Chapter 690 David L Moll 62 died September 8 in Red Hill Pennsylvania He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Richlandtown Chapter 468 Thomas J Myshka 71 died September 5 in Wichita Kansas from respiratory failure due to pneumonia He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Clearwater Chapter 934 James William Neuhaus 67 died July 27 in San Marcos Texas from myocardial infarction He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty of in Vietnam in 1969 and retired at the rank of Major He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America San Marcos Chapter 923 Michael G Paden 59 died in Cape Coral Florida He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Phoenixville Pennsylvania Chapter 436 James William Pearson Jr 63 died September 18 in Windsor Connecticut He served in the U S Navy during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Hartford Chapter 120 Joseph E Pomilio 68 died in Whiting New Jersey He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Westfield Chapter 688 Victor A Rawlins 84 died

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  • The VVA Veteran: Veterans Incarcerated COMMITTEEREPORT
    experience with my fellow Vietnam veterans who find themselves inside our country s prisons I remember that they are veterans first and then offenders I am an active member of VVA because of the four incarcerated VVA chapters within the Nevada Department of Prisons I represent Chapter 719 as a delegate to the Nevada State Council I am also the president of VVA Chapter 388 in Carson City Like a lot of Vietnam veterans I hid out after returning from Vietnam in 1970 though I have always been proud to be a Marine and a veteran My service in Vietnam combined with working in prisons for 25 years have colored my perceptions of the world Upon our return Vietnam veterans were experiencing undiagnosed PTSD and rising to the attention of the criminal justice system We were getting arrested and prosecuted by the authorities This puzzled me because I knew my fellow veterans to be reliable comrades My concern for imprisoned veterans led me to study the criminal justice system eventually acquiring a BA and an MA in sociology In 1977 I obtained a job as a counselor at the Jean Prison outside of Las Vegas My motivation was anchored by my strong and supportive wife Bonnie I was determined to treat prisoners in the manner that I expected to be treated should I have had the misfortune to end up in prison I treated prisoners as respectfully and as humanely as possible which sometimes was very difficult given the repressive circumstances of the prison setting I managed to survive in prison and to flourish and grow as a human being and ironically be promoted eventually retiring as an associate warden in 2002 Today I am an adjunct criminal justice professor at the University of Nevada Reno and president of the

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  • The VVA Veteran: Coin Can Donation Program Update
    Review Letters The Locator Membership Notes Reunions Substance Abuse Committee Taps Veterans Incarcerated VVAF 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 Coin Can Donation Program Update BY KEITH KING PRESIDENT VVAF There are many firsts to report this month Let s start by thanking the Nam Knights of Brooklyn New York and its president Bobby Bullet Brandon for being the first organization to recognize the need for supporting VVA and VVAF through our Coin Can Donation Program initiative STF coordinator Cheryl Krebs delivered to their meeting place in Brooklyn some 240 donation coin cans The Nam Knights will be distributing them throughout all of Brooklyn Their tough exterior belies their caring hearts On a dark street in Brooklyn you will find 21 motorcycles parked on the sidewalk outside of a building with just a single light bulb illuminating a grey metal door with no windows Inside you will see a serious meeting going on as the Nam Knights discuss business What you won t see is what club Vice President Ray Hard Drive Ortiz carries with him all the time in his jacket pocket It s the yarmulke from the funeral of his Vietnam War buddy Richard Gilckman a friend he will never forget Richard Cheryl s brother died from complications from exposure to Agent Orange A second first is that VVA s Georgia State Council is now in first place in the nation with the most cans to distribute for the Coin Can Donation Program Cheryl Krebs met Georgia State Council President Allen Harvey at

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