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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    and AVVA s National Convention is over For those who were able to attend a good time was had by all Whether it was the parachute drop the ugly Hawaiian shirt contest I won the golf tournament or just hanging out in the pool the participants had a great time But all was not fun and games The speakers at the opening ceremony were stirring the seminars were informative and the AVVA members elected their officers for the coming two years Mary Miller returns as President as does Sonja Holybee as Treasurer Elaine Simmons was elected Vice President and Patsy Varnell Secretary Congratulations and best wishes to all We look forward to continuing our joint efforts on behalf of veterans and their families Aside from the seminars there were some special events and announcements Garry Trudeau the creator of the cartoon Doonesbury received the President s Award for Excellence in the Arts His cartoon character B D a Vietnam veteran who stayed in the Guard got wounded in Iraq and is depicted as he goes through rehab at Walter Reed and deals with his PTSD at a Vet Center was made an honorary life member Ukrainian veterans of the Soviet military who served in Vietnam advising the North on how to use SAM missiles provided us with information taken from their Air Defense University s archives about shoot downs of American aircraft This information has been passed on to our government We hope that this will be the first of many transfers of information the direct result of our continued efforts through the Veterans Initiative Meeting with the Ukrainians was particularly moving for me because my job in the Air Force was to identify them and target them for elimination When one of the veterans noted how successful we were in 1967 when I was there and how they were able to learn from their mistakes during the bombing halt in 1968 which resulted in much higher American losses I must admit I lost it for a bit On a more positive note we announced that VVA has entered into a working agreement with the National Association of County Veteran Service Officers This partnership will give us a significant increase in coverage across the country This will enable our members and all veterans to get the help they need filing their claims It will eventually require us to provide more resources for our appeals program which leads me to Broadway to Baghdad This event which is detailed in an ad on p 32 is a fund raiser for our Service Representative program Any help you can provide in making this event a success would be greatly appreciated Also introduced were the leaders of a new organization Veterans of Modern Warfare VMW is an outgrowth of the Gulf War Resource Center which VVA has supported for several years This organization will be open to everyone who has served since August 2 1990 The president is Julie Mock a Persian Gulf veteran

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1006/presidents_message.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Arts of War Book Review Membership Notes Chapter of The Year Locator Reunions 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 VVAF Report Fellow Vietnam Veterans and Supporters BY RANDY BARNES PRESIDENT VIETNAM VETERANS ASSISTANCE FUND On behalf of Vietnam Veterans of America and the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund VVAF we are asking for your help Before we make our request let us tell you a little bit about the VVAF VVAF was founded in 1991 as a 501 c 3 charity affiliate of VVA It is managed by a Board of Directors comprised of up to eleven members Every two years two VVAF directors are nominated by VVA s President and then approved by the VVA Board of Directors Additional VVAF Board members are elected by the VVAF Board of Directors VVAF participates in the Combined Federal Campaign CFC Those funds are disbursed to VVA supported and endorsed projects After soliciting and receiving grant requests the VVAF BOD reviews the proposals and decides which projects to support in accordance with the funds available During the last fifteen years VVAF has distributed over 5 million in support of veteran related projects In the past three years VVAF has funded 73 projects in 25 states The projects cover a multitude of areas such as the VVA Service Rep program emergency assistance funds disabled skiing standdowns and homeless projects We have strong evidence that the programs VVAF funds make a significant difference in the lives of needy Vietnam veterans and their families How You Can Help Every autumn government

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1006/vvaf_report.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    who needs emergency treatment needs to go to the nearest ER let the bookkeepers and accountants sort out the billing issues later Nor do we object to say a veteran in a remote community receiving physical therapy from a qualified local as per the instructions of the physician at the VAMC But we do object to a blueprint that will institutionalize the outsourcing of VA services This has the very real possibility of resulting in an exodus of physicians from the VAMCs at a time when it s difficult to hire and retain qualified doctors and nurses We envision a scenario that can become real very quickly a VAMC with the complicity of the VISN starts to outsource its cardiac care to private entities This causes them to lose the heart doctors they already employ who are now underutilized Which mandates the VAMC to outsource all of its cardiac care And the dismemberment begins VVA and most of the other VSOs are against this attempt to scuttle the VA health care system If you think this isn t an attempt just look into some of the bureaucratese that litters this proposal HERO by the way stands for Healthcare Effectiveness through Resource Optimization The VA ought to be making every effort to become more of a true veterans health care system rather than a system that has veterans as its clients patients Project HERO takes the VA away from its mission In the end all veterans who use the VA for their health care will suffer At press time we received the following from the Project HERO program manger in response to VVA s letter of August 15 to Secretary Nicholson VA issued an initial Request for Proposals RFP for Project HERO on August 1st and interested vendors submitted clarifying questions about the solicitation from that date until August 15 In response to the RFP VA received approximately 600 clarifying questions Based on the large number of questions we received it is evident that the description of our requirements needs to be further defined and refined Therefore VA has decided to cancel the solicitation at this time in order to better define and refine our requirements Additionally all scheduled due diligence sessions will be postponed until further notice VA wants to ensure that the RFP when re issued will solicit proposals that address our objective of coordinated care management for purchased care We will continue to keep you informed about current Project HERO activities and planned future directions VVA will stay vigilant in our fight to insure that veterans by virtue of their service and sacrifice receive the highest quality of care IDENTITY THEFT CRISIS NOT QUITE RESOLVED Just when the VA announced it was coming to grips with its painfully obvious failings in protecting the integrity of information on its extensive network of computers a desktop computer was stolen from a VA subcontractor in Reston Virginia who had been hired to help with insurance collections for VA s medical centers

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1006/govt_relations.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 ASK THE PARLIAMENTARIAN Presiding Voting And Rescinding BY MIKE SWIFT VVA PARLIAMENTARIAN Q Can the Chair while presiding make a motion to take action on something A An office does not deprive a member of his or her rights as a member See Robert s page 432 line 10 Customs of formality followed by the presiding officer serve to maintain the chair s necessary position of impartiality and to preserve an objective and impersonal approach Robert s page 21 line 31 In small boards twelve or less the chair can speak in discussion without rising or leaving the chair can make motions and votes on all questions Robert s page 470 line 17 Q When you assign a parliamentarian at a chapter does he or she have to be a member A No The parliamentarian does not have to be a member The parliamentarian s role during a meeting is purely an advisory and consultative one since parliamentary law gives the chair alone the power to rule on questions of order or to answer parliamentary inquiries Robert s page 449 line 7 Q When members are elected when do they take office A An election to an office becomes final immediately If a formal installation ceremony is prescribed failure to hold it does not affect the time at which the new officers assume office Robert s page 430 line 6 Q How should a convention or state council delegate vote A At the convention or council the delegate has the duty to be present at the meetings and to be prepared

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1006/parlimentarian.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    6 The fact that a veteran has been awarded the Vietnam Service Medal does not prove that he or she was in country Service members who were stationed on ships off shore or who flew missions over Vietnam but never set foot in country were sometimes awarded the Vietnam Service Medal To verify service in RVN you should review the veteran s DD 214 to determine if it shows such service e g Foreign Service Republic of Vietnam 2 If a veteran claims service connection for exposure to herbicide agents and alleges service on a ship in the waters offshore of Vietnam review the record for evidence that the ship was in the waters off Vietnam and that the veteran s service involved duty or visitation on land The inequities of the application of the AO presumptions for Navy veterans may be about to change due to a recent decision rendered by the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims A retired member of the U S Navy who served in the waters offshore of Vietnam but never set foot on the ground appealed a Board of Veterans Appeals denial for service connection for diabetes mellitus with peripheral neuropathy neuropathy and retinopathy as a result of exposure to herbicides during his Vietnam era service In its denial the Board determined that although Mr Haas had served in the waters off the shore of the Republic of Vietnam such service did not warrant application of the presumption of exposure to herbicides under 38 C F R 3 307 a 6 iii 2004 which the Board concluded required a service member to set foot on land in the Republic of Vietnam The issue on appeal was whether VA s asserted regulatory definition of service in the Republic of Vietnam is a permissible interpretation of the authorizing statute 38 U S C 1116 f and whether the Board s interpretation is a reasonable interpretation of VA s regulation 38 C F R 3 307 a 6 iii The veteran served on active duty in the U S Navy from 1959 to September 1960 and from 1963 until June 1970 and later in the Naval Reserves He served on an ammunition ship supplying boats and ships that patrolled the coastal waters with ammunition food fuel and other stores Due to the risk of sabotage and enemy fire the ammunition ship did not enter port but stayed off the coast of Vietnam The veteran was awarded four Vietnam Service Medals In 2001 the veteran submitted an application for VA disability compensation seeking service connection for diabetes mellitus peripheral neuropathy and loss of eyesight resulting from exposure to AO In response to his application the VA Regional Office informed him that for the presumption of service connection for diabetes mellitus due to exposure to AO he must have physically served or visited in the Republic of Vietnam including service in the waters offshore if the conditions of service involved duty or visitation in Vietnam This means the

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1006/benefit_update.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 Issue The Veteran Departments Featured Stories Letters President s Message VVAF Report Government Relations Ask The Parliamentarian Veterans Benefits Update Membership Affairs Committee Report Legislators View ETABO Committee Report PTSD Substance Abuse Comittee Report TAPS Region 7 Report AVVA Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report VetsConnect Report Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Women Veterans Committee Report Arts of War Book Review Membership Notes Chapter of The Year Locator Reunions 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 Membership Affairs COMMITTEE REPORT Security Reports And Tucson BY BILL MEEKS CHAIR Every VVA state council and chapter should take steps to review the security and storage of all Form DD 214s along with any other documents that contain personal information Whether the caretaker role is assigned to state council or chapter secretaries or membership chairs this review must also include disposal by shredding burning or return of the Form DD 214s of deceased or non renewed delegates and members This process should be ongoing at the grassroots levels of VVA In an effort to monitor have current contact information and insure that state councils and chapters complete the election reporting required by the VVA Constitution the VVA Membership Department is entering into the database whether an election report has been received from every state council and chapter Please insure that you indicate if your chapter is on

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1006/membership_affairs_report.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 Issue The Veteran Departments Featured Stories Letters President s Message VVAF Report Government Relations Ask The Parliamentarian Veterans Benefits Update Membership Affairs Committee Report Legislators View ETABO Committee Report PTSD Substance Abuse Comittee Report TAPS Region 7 Report AVVA Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report VetsConnect Report Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Women Veterans Committee Report Arts of War Book Review Membership Notes Chapter of The Year Locator Reunions 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 ETABO COMMITTEE REPORT After The Leadership Conference BY ALAN GIBSON CHAIR The Leadership Conference is over and those who attended reported they learned much and were very satisfied with the seminars As always not everyone could attend so those who did need to be sure they get the information they received out to those who could not attend We hope that we can get the handouts on line within the month Keep checking the web site www vva org Layton Baker a V P of U Haul gave an inspiring talk on how U Haul is helping veterans with second jobs and how the company is working with new veterans by offering them employment and business opportunities Pat Kerr

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1006/etabo_report.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    nov dec PTSD Substance Abuse COMMITTEE REPORT TBI Suicide And Substance Abuse BY TOM BERGER CHAIR The Leadership Conference is over and initial reports indicate that it was a great success The two PTSD seminars were well attended and according to the evaluations they were very well received Thanks to the Conference Planning Committee VVA staff Bill Messer and the Arizona State Council the presenters Fr Phil Salois Randy Barnes Nancy Switzer and Tony Catapano and everyone who helped distribute the seminars handouts In an August 8 article USA Today reported that the House and Senate Appropriation Committees were poised to cut funding by half for traumatic brain injuries TBI caused by bomb blasts The funding was to be used for research and treatment of war related brain injuries as part of the 2007 Defense appropriation bill House and Senate versions of the 2007 Defense appropriation bill contain only 7 million for the Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center half of what the center received last fiscal year The Brain Injury Center has received more money each year of the war from 6 5 million in fiscal year 2001 to 14 million last year Spokespersons for the appropriations committees in both chambers said that the cuts were due to a tight budget this year Seven military and Department of Veterans Affairs hospitals including the center s headquarters at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington and one civilian treatment site all work on diagnosing and treating service members who suffer brain damage According to George Zitnay co founder of the center Traumatic brain injury is the signature injury of the war on terrorism As of January 2006 20 percent of those injured in Iraq had TBI after suffering concussions during their tours Scientists say that multiple concussions can cause permanent brain damage Many experience headaches disturbed sleep memory loss and behavior issues after coming home The center has long urged the Pentagon to screen all troops returning from Iraq in order to treat the symptoms and create a database of brain injury victims So far the Pentagon has declined to conduct TBI screening and argues that more research is needed Sens Tom Harkin D Iowa and Charles Grassley R Iowa have introduced legislation that calls for the VA to develop a better program to prevent suicides among veterans returning from Iraq Under their bill the VA would be required to provide suicide prevention education for staff members insure 24 hour access to mental health care for veterans deemed at risk of suicide and create a family education program At the time of this writing Sens Brownback R Kansas DeWine R Ohio Lautenberg D N J Snowe R Maine and Talent R Mo have signed on as co sponsors The bill is named for Iowa Army reservist Joshua Omvig who committed suicide in December 2005 According to an article in the Des Moines Register Omvig suffered from untreated Post traumatic Stress Disorder following an 11 month tour of duty in Iraq

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1006/ptsd_report.html (2016-02-15)
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