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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    proud history of providing a biennial report of recommendations to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Vietnam Veterans of America can take pride and credit for its work and contribution to the establishment of this committee Over the years women veterans from our organization have served on this committee with several serving as its chairs The committee was established by law to report to the Secretary and to Congress and is subject to reauthorization by Congress These two mandatory processes have lapsed and the VA does not feel it is in its scope or desire to ask for congressional renewal We are concerned that if not mandated by Congress this vital reporting could eventually be lost Several years ago in fact it was placed in jeopardy VVA is diligently working on reporting requirement legislation A hearing was held June 27 on Sexual Assault and Violence Against Women in the Military and at the Academies The hearing was convened before the Subcommittee on National Security of the U S House of Representatives Although not permitted to testify VVA submitted a statement This issue must be vigorously addressed on all fronts The results of sexual assault and violence while in the military ultimately affect forever many of the veterans of this country This cannot be pushed under the rug or minimized Programs in place by the Department of Defense must be continuously monitored and evaluated The vehicle to perform this oversight must be put in place now It should be activated with reporting to the executive staff of the Pentagon the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff the Secretary of Defense and Congress Oversight of the ability of the VA to respond to the needs of these veterans also must continue The mind set and culture of the military must refocus on

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    at the foot of the Lincoln Memorial The proposed center which would include a movie theater an interactive display featuring photographs of those whose names are on The Wall along with some of the tens of thousands of items that have been left there met opposition from preservation groups concerned about protecting the open space on the grounds in front of the Lincoln Memorial as well as from those who believe a visitors center for The Wall would set a precedent for building similar additions to other D C memorials The center will cost about 100 million The legislation passed by Congress in 2003 authorizing the center stipulated that the funding come from private sources as was the case with the funding for the memorial back in the early 1980s The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund already has raised 25 million is mounting a nationwide campaign to bring in the rest and expects to have a design chosen by the end of the year It s a good day VVMF president Jan Scruggs said the day the commission approved the visitor and education center This was a long time in coming Today s schoolchildren were not even alive during the Vietnam War Scruggs said The only way we can make the Memorial have context for them is with an education center that will help them put faces to the names on The Wall CATHERINE LEROY 1945 2006 Catherine Leroy who arrived in Saigon as a 21 year old neophyte photographer in 1966 and left two years later with the reputation as one of the best and most daring photojournalists in the Vietnam War died of cancer July 8 in Santa Monica California She was 60 years old Leroy a French citizen won the prestigious George Polk Award for News Photography in 1967 She worked in Vietnam for the Associated Press and the Black Star agency Among her many wartime accomplishments She was the only accredited journalist who took part in the single combat jump in the Vietnam War Operation Junction City with the 173rd Airborne she was wounded in action with a company of the 26th Marines near the DMZ and she was briefly taken prisoner by the NVA in Hue during Tet 68 Two years ago Leroy put together Under Fire Great Photographers and Writers in Vietnam a book juxtaposing a series of remarkable Vietnam War photographs with insightful essays by some of the war s best chroniclers Many of the photos and accompanying essays appeared in this newspaper over several years Catherine Leroy was a strong willed extremely talented woman said The VVA Veteran editor Mokie Pratt Porter She was one of the greatest combat photographers of the Vietnam War or any war We were fortunate to have her work featured in this paper and we are very saddened by the news of her death To read our 2002 profile of Catherine Leroy go to www vva org TheVeteran 2002 09 arts htm ARTS IN BRIEF Is your idea

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    1968 less than a month after arriving in country and joining Fox Company 2nd Battalion 5th Marines He was 18 years old Glenda Carter received the we regret to inform news three days later It took her more than three decades to come to grips with the impact of her young husband s death Glenda Carter tells the story of her life after September 14 1968 with grace and power in Sacred Shadow Sacred Ground A Vietnam War Widow s Journey Through Unresolved Grief Two Rainbows 188 pp 18 95 paper The journey was a painful one in many ways Glenda Carter grieved tried to go on with her life then floundered emotionally for many years with a severe case of PTSD Her pain only began to ease in recent years after a religious experience after contacting several of the men her husband served with and after writing this heartfelt book For more info go to www tworainbowspublishing com Tom A Johnson s To the Limit An Air Cav Huey Pilot in Vietnam Potomac Books 396 pp 26 95 is an evocative retelling of his June 1967 68 tour of duty as a young warrant officer flying Hueys for the 1st Cav s 229th Assault Helicopter Battalion Johnson accumulated 1 150 combat hours including many precarious missions during the Battle of Hue and at Khe Sanh during and after Tet 68 He tells his war story mostly in the present tense and with lots of recreated dialogue We were aviation specialists who had contempt for everyone outside the aviation family Johnson says in his introduction Most of us sported a strictly against army regulation mustache and our don t give a crap attitude kept us in hot water with other non rated military officers Dr Ronald J Glasser is best known as the author of 365 Days 1971 a powerful chronicle of his 1968 69 tour in the medical trenches at the U S Army Hospital in Camp Zama in Japan in 1968 69 That book which is still in print is regarded as a Vietnam War classic revealing as it does the war stories and the physical and psychic pain of the wounded Americans Glasser treated after they were medevaced to Japan Glasser s newest book Wounded Vietnam Iraq Braziller 151 pp 15 95 paper covers similar territory Glasser describes the advances in technology and medical science that have led to fewer deaths on the ground in Iraq and Afghanistan Those same breakthroughs though also have led to more servicemen and women surviving the war with more severe wounds a situation that is similar to what happened in the Vietnam War compared to Korea and World War II In this short incisive text Glasser also includes an instructive chapter on combat related PTSD past and present Much of what is in the book is not easily digestible then again neither is the personal cost of war The latest between covers tribute to American Medal of Honor recipients is Barrett

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Members of Sumner County Tennessee Chapter 240 and Nashville Chapter 953 work on a daily basis operating the Veterans Food Drive which has helped feed many needy veterans The Food Drive is aided immeasurably by Tobey Smith and Associated Wholesale Grocers Members of Ann Arbor Michigan Chapter 310 paid visits to three area high schools Belleville Pioneer and Chelsea in May to answer questions from students about the Vietnam War Chapter President Pete Belaire John Kinzinger Ken Parks Dave Nye Bill Feight and Dave Hizer took part in the event at Belleville High School Rochester New York Chapter 20 held a Veterans Health Outreach event July 22 at the Town of Greece s town mall The chapter distributed VVA membership information and offered chapter and VA presentations on health care issues Among those taking part were Pat Pudetti Pete Galle and Chapter President Ken Moore The chapter s board in July approved a donation of 5 000 to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Highland Park N Y making the chapter the major sponsor of the memorial s upcoming 10th anniversary commemoration Members of Chapter 101 Wisconsin Rapids Wisconsin took part in Memorial Day commemorations in three cities Nekoosa Port Edwards and Wisconsin Rapids In attendance were Roger Kelnhofer Tom Sachs Ron Clark Bill Falkner Bob Holtz Don Schillinger Tom Stern and Gary Schoenborn Chapter members Dan Henke Vern Nelson Tom Sachs Bob and Kathy Guyant Roger Sampson and Jim Stack pitched in at the chapter s first Adopt a Highway cleanup earlier in May Tampa Bay Florida Chapter 787 provided speakers for fourteen high schools in the Hillsborough County School District during this past school year Chapter members put in more than 500 hours in the classrooms teaching their History of Vietnam War course At the end of the school year the chapter presented its JROTC Medal to the top Junior Cadets at thirteen of the high schools in the district VETS CONNECT Members of Porter County Indiana Chapter 905 along with AVVA 905 Representative Marilyn Kaiser spent a recent Sunday morning welcoming home C Company of the 113th Engineers a local Indiana Army National Guard unit that had just returned from Iraq Chapter members talked to the new veterans about the benefits they are now entitled to Our chapter was there to help these young men and women realize they are now a special class called veterans Marilyn Kaiser said In what has become an annual tradition South Bay Chapter 53 in Redondo Beach California treated young servicemen and women who marched in the 47th Torrance Armed Forces Day Parade and Celebration on May 20 to a barbeque dinner Chapter members Susan Mattera and Steve Crecy along with a ton of volunteers fed approximately 1 500 troops and their families Southern Pride Chapter 485 in Loretto Tennessee which received its VVA charter in April just completed its first big project a benefit to raise money to send items to the soldiers of the 1 115th Field Artillery Battalion of the Tennessee Army National Guard which is serving in Iraq This project was very successful and we sent our first care packages immediately said Chapter Treasurer Floyd H Bo Corbin In a thank you note from Iraq Capt Theodore D Webb recognized all the Vietnam vets who answered a call that your country put out As National Guard soldiers we did not expect to become Army active duty combat soldiers However we were asked to serve and we like you are serving proudly For the first time in ten years the Color Guard and members of Chicago Northwest Suburban Chapter 311 participated in the Memorial Day Weekend program in downtown Chicago The chapter s Marching Unit joined more than a thousand other marchers in the annual Chicago Memorial Day Parade on May 27 which marked the 20th anniversary of the 1986 Chicago Welcome Home Parade for Vietnam veterans an event that provided the spark for the formation of the chapter That weekend the chapter took part in ceremonies at the Lake Park Veterans Memorial at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines and at Ridgewood Cemetery in Niles Illinois Chapter members also paid a visit to the Grosse Point Care Facility in Niles to honor the veterans living there POW MIA The Eddie Uhlmansiek Chapter 10 in Reading Ohio hosted the delegation of Ukrainian veterans of the Vietnam War who attended the National Leadership Conference While at the Leadership Conference Chapter President John Erbey and Veterans Affairs Chair Ed Brown spent time welcoming the Ukrainian veterans In Cincinnati the chapter rolled out the red carpet The delegation met with chapter members members of the board of the Buckeye Foundation the sponsor of the Ukrainian delegation s visit to the United States and with U S Rep Steve Chabot R Ohio at his district office where they discussed POW MIA issues After a pizza lunch at the chapter home chapter members escorted their visitors to the Cincinnati Vietnam Veterans Memorial and to a reception organized by the Cincinnati Kharkiv Sister City Program Later that evening Chapter 10 held a dinner in their honor Ron Sidbeck a member of Santa Rosa California Chapter 223 was among those who welcomed home the remains of U S Air Force 1st Lt Alvin Earl Crane Jr on May 11 Lt Crane was shot down over North Korea in September 1951 His remains along with those of four other servicemen had been turned over by North Korea in 1990 The Joint POW MIA Accounting Command in Hawaii only made a positive identification of Lt Crane last year using DNA samples from family members Lt Crane was interred at Santa Rosa Memorial Park with full military honors The Air Force did an outstanding job with the burial and the missing man flyover Sidbeck said The family now has a place to go and honor him MEMORIALS After many years of planning and fund raising members of Chapter 154 in Macomb County Michigan proudly hosted the July 4 dedication

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 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 notes Chapter 154 Takes VVA Chapter of the Year Honors Macomb County Michigan Chapter 154 was named 2006 VVA Chapter of the Year at the Awards Luncheon at the National Leadership Conference in Tucson The chapter received its charter in 1984 and for the last 22 years has been one of its communities and VVA s most active service organizations Chapter members work every day of the year They feed the hungry and work with veterans to help them find jobs The chapter makes regular visits to the local VA hospital bringing along good cheer and gifts for hospitalized veterans The chapter runs a storefront Veterans Support Center where veterans can receive service representation

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    19061 mmfoto erols com Looking for anyone from 2nd Marine Air Wing VMA 231 power plant shop 1973 77 especially Ogline Roberson or Krepps Ogline was a major at the time Roberson and Krepps were captains Contact Arthur M Juarez 1434 W Oklahoma Ave Milwaukee WI 53215 414 643 5417 axial2flow hotmail com Seeking anyone who served with Alfred Eugene Oaks aka Fox or Boardwalk in the 802nd Eng Div in Korea anytime between 1964 67 Alfred was a fun guy from Akron who loved to gamble and played football for the Army in Korea Contact Viola Oaks P O Box 8474 Grand Rapids MI 49508 Must locate anyone who served with Co A 27th Engr Bn 45th Engr Grp 18th Engr Bde Camp Eagle Phu Bai June 1969 70 Need information about an explosion to confirm a PTSD claim Contact Charles E Gibson 414 Appleton Dr Clarksville TN 37042 931 648 9897 Wanted for publication your Vietnam experiences from the comic to the bizarre to the profound Any length in your own words equal distribution of any proceeds Also trying to find men I served with in the 39th Bn Camp Eagle in the Hue Phu Bai area 1970 71 Johnson Noble and Worthington All were sergeants at the time Want to hear from them or anyone who remembers them Contact Jim Barker 4941 Dickinson Dr San Jose CA 95111 408 806 1559 or 408 857 7595 erodemango yahoo com Hoping to hear from anyone from the 585th 566th or 360th Heavy Truck and Trailer Co Camh Ranh Bay 1966 67 Particularly recall roadies Mike Hansen Joe Martinez from California and Steve Zamora from Texas Contact Gerald Lee Hand HCR 60 Box 174 Bonners Ferry ID 83805 208 267 5885 Looking for anyone who flew C1As off the U S S Hornet during a 1967 68 WesPac cruise Contact Walt Butler 2712 Casa Verde Dr Ceres CA 95307 209 538 3432 califsailor sbcglobal net Seeking members of the 75th Advisory Team My Tho 1964 Dr McDonald Elliot Cooley Nalls Also seeking Cristiana and Davidson from Bien Hoa and Sam McCool from Saigon Does anyone remember the names of the captain and lieutenant who were ambushed and beheaded Contact Chris Green 6359 Clara Lee Ave San Diego CA 92120 619 920 1472 cjngsd gmail com Seeking Ray Kincade and Robert Sena from the U S S Monticello LSD 35 1965 69 Ray was from California and Bob hailed from New Mexico Would love to invite them to our next ship s reunion in Branson Contact Mike Battisti 50 Greenwood Ave Haskell NJ 07420 973 616 9651 Looking for veterans of A Co 101st Assault Helicopter Btn 101st Airborne Div 1968 69 I m trying to assist a veteran of this unit with severe PTSD Contact Kenneth W Peal 1525 Blue Ridge Yacht Club Rd Bassett VA 24055 276 629 4233 Want to contact anyone who served with me in the 93rd Engineers at Bear Cat or Dong Tam Mar Dec 1968 or the 94th Engineers near Vung Tau Dec 1968 May 1969 Contact Ned Parker P O Box 572 Junction TX 76849 214 663 8833 Seeking Dave Messenbrink and Carl Shelton from the U S S Enterprise CVA CVAN 65 Contact Herb Hickman 9701 Tilghman Island Rd McDaniel MD 21647 410 745 9241 supersailor1 goeaston net Searching for old friends from HQ Btry 8 26 Artillery I was in survey section and drove the lieutenant when we could drive Last base camp in An Khe Pals I remember Dana Staley W T Mills C C Cryder B Bony I was the guy from Boston Contact John W McLeod 22 Camelot Dr Boxford MA 01921 978 887 7487 leod00 verizon net Looking for Marines from Engr Plt H S Co 3rd Bn 26th Marines 1968 70 Anyone out there remember Canary Brown or Robinson I m working on a patch for the engineers who served with the 26th Marines Contact Bill Fullerton 449 Mt Piney Ave N E St Petersburg FL 33702 727 527 1691 On the hunt for veterans of Co B 125th Signal Bn 25th Inf Div Tay Ninh Nue Ba Dinh and other fire bases supporting the 1st Brigade Nov 1967 Jun 1968 I found Oliver West in Pennsylvania but what about Forrest Mack Perkins Peres from Hawaii and McClain Contact Royce Hunt 553 N State St Concord NH 03301 HFA1 comcast net Looking for men who served with Service Btry 8th 4th Field Artillery Dong Ha 1970 71 John Hasiak and Andy Whittaker Clevis and Pleasant and Pinky from South Dakota Contact Rich Jancis 8000 Cedar Island Ave Belleville NE 68147 402 734 3645 Searching for Kenneth Sieves Charles W Norman or anyone who was stationed at Kapun Barracks with the 32nd Air Defense Arty Bde Sept 1960 Dec 1961 Contact Vincent Perrera 20 S Broadway Suite 915 Yonkers NY 10701 914 841 0183 Want to find anyone who served with the 116th Transportation Unit in RVN 1966 67 Need help verifying that we carried barrels of Agent Orange and were soaked to the skin with the stuff The Army says they cannot locate our unit records Contact Herbert A Hill 12642 SE 7th Pl Bellevue WA 98005 wolverine fan1 comcast net Seeking anyone who served with the 1st Signal Bde 41st Signal Bn Qui Nhon 1970 71 and recalls an officer killed by a claymore device on Oct 20 1971 Need help with my PTSD claim Contact Tommy Bovee c o Sean Kendall P O Box N Boulder CO 80306 boveet hotmail com Anyone out there served with me in HSB 2 77 Artillery 1966 67 Let me hear from you Contact Patrick B Doyle 78 Rochester Ave E Atlantic Beach NY 11561 516 889 6439 Trying to find anyone from V 3 Div U S S Enterprise CVA CVAN 65 1967 70 Contact Wayne Tibbs 7990 Barbara Dr McCalla AL 35111 205 477 6791 wtibbs aol com Looking for James Zelenko Co D 2 47th

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 Reunions Naval Squadron VP933 based at N A S Willow Grove Pa will celebrate its 45th anniversary of recall to active duty during the Cuban crisis Sept 19 21 Casino Queen Hotel St Louis Contact A Jack Brown 618 632 5625 Reunion of Echo Co 2nd Bn 5th Marines Nov 10 12 Arlington Rosslyn Marriott Courtyard 1533 Clarendon Blvd Arlington VA 22209 Contact reservations Eileen Rivera 714 278 6834 Association contact Ochal Caudill 909 597 8443 ochal1 verizon net Engineer OCS Association Reunion Las Vegas Nov 8 13 Contact E T Mealing P O Box 14847 Atlanta GA 30324 404 231 3402 TEOCSA comcast net 191st Assault Helicopter Co Reunion Sept 1 4 Branson Mo Contact John Davis 618 540 8393 Jdavis309 aol com or visit web site www 191ahc org 540th and 79th Transportation Companies 1965 71 Vietnam Reunion Nov

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Messer County music singer songwriter Paulette Carlson opened the ceremonies with rousing renditions of two songs from her current CD including Thank You Vets which she wrote in tribute to her brother Gary who served in the Vietnam War and who died in 2005 of Agent Orange related liver cancer and other Vietnam veterans she has known The founder and lead singer of the acclaimed country music band Highway 101 also performed a stirring a capella rendition of the National Anthem following the posting of the colors by Arizona Chapters 106 from Tucson 432 of Phoenix and 835 from Yuma along with Phoenix Post 48 of the Scottish American Military Society which presented the POW MIA flag After greetings from VVA President John Rowan and AVVA President Mary Miller Medal of Honor recipient Paul Buddy Bucha electrified the crowd with a passionate call to action Bucha a former 101st Airborne Division company commander who also gave the Keynote at the 2003 National Convention in St Louis brought cheers from the crowd as he called on VVA leaders to go back to their communities across the nation and rekindle the flame of Vietnam veterans activism in the name of those who died in Vietnam Vietnam veterans are the conscience of this country Bucha said We can change the world We are in a position of leadership and we have the confidence to say Follow Me Bucha exhorted VVA members to live up to VVA s founding principle Never again will one generation of Americans abandon another The opening ceremonies over conference attendees proceeded to take in three and a half days of seminars that dealt with a wide range of issues of importance to VVA leaders as well as several special events The weather was hot outside the high temperatures ranged from 105 to 110 But inside the air conditioned hotel VVA members took in seminars with topics that included helping homeless veterans duties of presidents of VVA Chapters State Councils and Boards of Directors working with the media a Chapter newsletter and State Council newspaper workshop PTSD workshops membership strategies legislative advocacy minority and women veterans issues funding State Council Veterans Service programs and a presentation by three veterans of the former Soviet Union military who served as advisers to the North Vietnamese and who are cooperating with VVA to account for Americans listed as missing in action in Vietnam The special events included a State Council Presidents Luncheon on Wednesday featuring remarks by former Alaska Sen Mike Gravel a 2008 presidential hopeful In the evening a Caribbean themed Hawaiian shirts suggested poolside party was hosted by the Arizona State Council On Thursday afternoon many conference attendees took in special showings of The War Tapes an award winning documentary film that looks at the Iraq War through the eyes of American fightingmen on the ground and Commitment Sacrifice which follows the experiences of troops from B Company 5th of the 7th Cavalry during both the Vietnam War and Iraq War

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