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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    America Detroit Chapter 259 Charles H Cole Jr died January 31 in Kingston New York at the age of 62 He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Kingston Chapter 60 Richard S Crockett 61 died recently in Upper Marlboro Maryland A veteran of the Vietnam War Crockett was an at large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Maryland Jack Crosiar died recently in Arroyo Grande California at the age of 56 He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at large member of Vietnam Veterans of America California John F Daniele 56 died recently in Crossville Tennessee He served in the U S Marine Corps with a tour of duty in Vietnam from March 1968 September 1969 Daniele was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Cookeville Chapter 741 Rusch Elliot Long died from cancer June 2 in Colfax California at the age of 71 He joined the Army National Guard at the age of 15 He joined the U S Navy Construction Battalion CBs Reserve when he was 18 Long served active duty in the CBs from 1959 62 with MCB 11 on Okinawa Midway and Port Hueneme He later transferred into the Air Force Reserve and was discharged as a Chief Master Sergeant in 1984 Long was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Grass Valley Chapter 535 Dan Deoppel died recently in Grants Pass Oregon A veteran of the Vietnam War Deoppel was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Grants Pass Chapter 867 Richard Erwin Dibble died April 2 in Citrus Heights California at the age of 60 The cause of death was Widley meastitc renal cell carcinoma A veteran of the Vietnam War Dibble was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Sacramento Chapter 500 William R Fisher 58 died July 29 in Montrose Pennsylvania He was a veteran of the Vietnam War Fisher was an at large member of Vietnam Veterans of America Pennsylvania Thomas H Fox 62 died recently in Owings Mills Maryland A veteran of the Vietnam War Fox was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Baltimore Chapter 451 Raymond D Fuehrer died recently in Fremont Nebraska at the age of 61 He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Fremont Chapter 397 Roy Gregory Hicks Sr 68 died April 25 2006 in Easton Maryland of pancreatic liver and colon cancer He served in the U S Marine Corps from 1958 76 with two tours of duty in Vietnam 1964 65 and 1967 68 He retired after 23 years of service at the rank of Master Sergeant Hicks was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Easton Chapter 648 Larry B Bear Hughes 58 was killed with his brother in an auto accident June 29 in Fullerton California He served in the U S Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam with E Company 75th Rangers 9th

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 Region 7 REPORT With A Lot Of Help From Our Friends BY ALLEN J MANUEL DIRECTOR Following the 2005 VVA National Convention Region 7 was hit by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita Many Vietnam veterans suffered extensive damage Region 7 was not prepared when this happened Homes were damaged in Mississippi Louisiana and in West Texas Many were displaced and lost contact with their families and friends It wasn t very long after the first hurricane that Vietnam Veterans of America answered the call and started lending a helping hand Money food clothing and other items were donated for those in need Some of our members even drove their own vehicles to deliver necessities to Louisiana Chapters in Region 7 and in other areas sent dollar donations We then formed a Katrina and a Disaster Relief Committee to help all veterans move beyond these disasters Region 7 would like to thank those who supported us in our time of need VVA National President John Rowan will visit Texas in February for the mid winter conference and will travel to Oklahoma in April Rowan and I met with state legislators to discuss veterans issues in the state of Oklahoma

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 AVVA REPORT New Improved BY MARY MILLER PRESIDENT Elections were held in Tucson Four of our past board members chose not to remain on the board Experienced not old soldiers never die they just fade away Fran Davis Susan Chechoski Bill Williams and Ann Pancrazio will be around to help and we wish them well The newly elected officers are Mary Miller President Elaine Simmons Vice President Patsy Varnell Secretary and Sonja Holybee Treasurer The new Regional Directors are Region 1 Frances Cartier Region 2 Linda Haberkorn Region 3 Nancy Nix Region 4 Mary Yeomans Region 5 Judy Bolio Region 6 Diane Kuhn Region 7 Kathy Andras Region 8 David Mitchell and Region 9 Erma Hibbler If you have any questions or need help please ask your Regional Director or any of the officers That is why we are here Our AVVA Project Friendship a joint effort with VVA chapters and state councils raised 1 400 and collected 400 worth of donated supplies for Project TIHAN in Tucson A check was presented to TIHAN at the Friday board meeting The United Spinal Association will receive a check for 2 000 at the October Board Meeting We thank everyone who gave so generously If you wish to join the AVVA Talk List contact Sonja Holybee at sholybee avva org Discussions information and ideas are exchanged Please join us We are working on a new list of committee chairs and AVVA special advisers to the VVA committees It should be completed

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec SHAD PROJECT 112 TASK FORCE REPORT Hawaii Birds And SHAD BY JACK ALDERSON CHAIR In June I was hit with a bit of nostalgia as I read the newspaper President Bush had just signed a law making the Hawaiian Line Island chain the newest National Monument previously a National Wildlife Refuge Everyone was supposed to keep off Well almost everyone During the three years I was with the Light Tugs LTs as part of the Project SHAD technical staff I participated in two bird cruises one for 55 days and the other for three weeks Three LTs were on each cruise They carried Smithsonian ornithologists who were there to check on the migratory habits of birds to see if they had somehow picked up some of our test materials Prior to starting the SHAD operations the main Pacific site was selected near Johnston Atoll thousands of miles from anywhere The test planners knew that with modern surveillance techniques they could make sure there were no unauthorized observers under on or over the ocean test site with the exception of the pelagic birds that traveled thousands of miles in search of food DoD contracted with the Smithsonian Institution to monitor and plot the migratory habits of the central Pacific avian population Monitoring was performed before the tests to verify the site selection during the time of tests and after testing was complete The birds were captured blood samples were taken and the birds were banded and released Coast Guard and Navy vessels and civilian charters were used to transport the scientific parties Marlon Perkins of the TV show Animals in Action for Mutual of Omaha made a cruise on a U S

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    the state council legislative coordinators state council presidents regional directors and any other interested parties on a regular basis In 2005 approximately 197 Legislative Alerts were sent out from Government Relations through the Legislative Coordinator network to our members at the grassroots level Unfortunately the vast majority of communications is one way from VVA national to the states with very little feedback coming from the grassroots to the national office resulting in ineffective interaction between VVA national and the states Attempts have been made to have each state council assign a legislative liaison This has not yet happened Government Relations staff has been sending out Legislative Alerts to those on the GR e mail list but this does not constitute a legislative network Since open two way communications is essential for VVA as an advocacy organization the need for an improved Legislative Coordinator network will continue to be a top priority for the Government Affairs Committee CSCP will be asked for ideas and support on how to improve the network G 3 95 VVA SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL GULF WAR RESOURCE CENTER Issue A growing national veterans service organization the National Gulf War Resource Center NGWRC was formed to work on issues relevant to veterans of this war The commonalities shared by VVA and the NGWRC make us logical allies VVA s support of the NGWRC can help both organizations fulfill their missions The parallels between the Gulf War veteran movement and that of the Vietnam veteran generation go far beyond the health problems associated with environmental exposures They have found the need to establish a single generation veterans organization because their overall and specialized needs were not being adequately met VVA provides the NGWRC with office space and related resources In addition VVA provides Persian Gulf veterans with access to VVA service representatives on a resource available basis VVA leaders and the NGWRC collaborate on government relations advocacy with Congress and agencies of the federal government VVA also provides support and guidance for the NGWRC s own advocacy efforts Status VVA support for NGWRC continues as it has in the past in providing material monetary and personnel support and especially in actively advocating legislation for the NGWRC on Capitol Hill As VVA provided support to NGWRC we also benefited from the media savvy and contacts of NGWRC executive director Steve Robinson Unfortunately he has moved on to a new position G 4 97 and V 15 95 EXTENSION OF VIETNAM CONFLICT ENDING DATE AND ELIGIBILITY FOR VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL Issue Congress has declared March 28 1973 as the official termination date of the Vietnam Conflict pursuant to the Vietnam Disengagement Act of 1975 Only those who served prior to this date are eligible for an award of the Vietnam Service Medal and to be considered Vietnam veterans Many service members who served in Vietnam and the contiguous waters and airspace after March 28 1973 were involved in operations such as Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind up until May 15

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 VETERANS AGAINST DRUGS Committee Report On The Road Again BY DAVE SIMMONS CHAIR I m excited to report on several new VAD sites that will be starting their own unique and interesting programs beginning this school year On June 2 a presentation was made to the Louisiana State Council on the Veterans Against Drugs Program Following that presentation seven Start Up Kits for the VAD Program were requested by local chapters I am looking forward to featuring an article about a Veterans Against Drugs Program in Louisiana in the near future On June 17 a Veterans Against Drugs presentation was made to the Georgia State Council VVA members from Georgia are hoping to start three programs The first involves a plan to present VAD to law enforcement authorities with the intent of forming a program that will include Vietnam veterans and Sheriffs Department personnel in a coastal Georgia town The second program is planned for the northwestern part of Georgia It will focus on elementary school children in a suburb of Atlanta The third program will be centered on a substance abuse program in a homeless shelter in a large

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 VetsConnect REPORT The Mission BY QUENTIN BUTCHER Our mission remains true to the founding principle of Vietnam Veterans of America Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another We will stand together with today s veterans and support the needs of all veterans of the Global War on Terrorism The goal of VetsConnect is for VVA to reach out to current veterans of Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom We want to establish long lasting relationships with these veterans and show them our support as they make the transition from their deployment into civilian life This is a way for VVA to establish trust with this next generation of service members and show that we will stand shoulder to shoulder with them VVA chapters are already doing a lot to support younger veterans Here s a sampling Chapter 844 El Paso Texas hosted a dinner dance for Medical Hold Company soldiers hosted BBQs and provided Thanksgiving dinners for soldiers away from home Chapter 761 Orlando Florida gave gift cards and Christmas baskets to families and sent care packages to service members Chapter 822 Marion Ohio held a Veteran Appreciation Night dinner to honor returning veterans Chapter 185 Orrington Maine welcomed home and said farewell to troops at Bangor International Airport Chapter 886 New Bern North Carolina sent care packages to service members Chapter 483 Yauco Puerto Rico bid farewell to troops at the airport Chapter 959 Sioux Falls South Dakota conducted information seminars on

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 HOMELESS Veterans TASK FORCE Report Moving Forward SANDY MILLER CHAIR In June I attended the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans conference in Washington the only annual conference that addresses homelessness among veterans Sen Barack Obama D Ill announced that the Homes For Heroes Act of 2006 was being introduced in the Senate I urge all members to ask their Senators and Representatives for their support of S 3475 and HR 5561 This bill will provide housing assistance for low income veterans and is extremely important in addressing homelessness among veterans An important section of the bill deals with HUD complying with the provisions of Public Law 107 95 the Homeless Veterans Assistance Act of 2001 One of the most important sections highlights the extreme need for support services only programs and HUD s recent disincentives placed on cities in renewing McKinney Vento supportive services programs VVA has gone on the record saying that veterans benefits compensation payments must be excluded in any calculation used in the determination of rent to be paid for housing assistance under federally assisted housing programs On August 2 the task force provided written testimony for the Senate Banking Housing and Urban Affairs Committee regarding the Homes For Heroes Act The complete testimony can also be obtained by contacting the national office or by visiting the VVA website www vva org The

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