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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Maine the House Committee on Veterans Affairs minority staff issued a report in mid October on the capacity of the Vet Centers to meet the needs of OEF and OIF veterans their families and veterans from previous wars including Vietnam Democratic staffers surveyed 60 Vet Center team leaders nationwide to determine whether the Vet Centers have experienced significant increases in outreach and services to OEF and OIF veterans and whether such increases if any have affected the capacity and quality of counseling services to veterans According to the report Vet Centers have seen a significant increase in outreach and counseling services to OEF and OIF veterans From October 2005 to June 2006 the number of OEF and OIF veterans seeking PTSD services and readjustment counseling from Vet Centers doubled Without an increase in counseling staff this rise in workload has affected access to quality care and some Vet Centers have started to limit access The report notes One hundred percent of the surveyed Vet Centers have seen a significant increase in outreach and services to OEF and OIF veterans For half of the Vet Centers this increase has affected their ability to treat existing clients Of these Vet Centers 40 percent have directed veterans for whom individualized therapy would be appropriate to group therapy Roughly 27 percent have limited or plan to limit access to marriage or family therapy Nearly 17 percent of the workload affected Vet Centers have or plan to establish waiting lists Of the surveyed Vet Centers one in four has taken or will take some action to manage increasing workloads including limiting services and establishing waiting lists One in five Vet Centers responded that they have little or no capacity to provide family counseling or therapy to help families support veterans with PTSD or other mental

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec AVVA REPORT No Washout At The Wall BY MARY MILLER PRESIDENT Two school buses picked up the VVA Board of Directors VVA State Council Presidents and the AVVA Board early on Saturday morning October 6 to take us to wash The Wall VVA s Montgomery County Maryland Chapter 641 washes The Wall on the first Saturday of every month from April to November The chapter invited those attending the Board meeting to join them At least sixty brave souls met in the hotel lobby at 6 00 a m to board the buses It was raining windy and downright cold but all of us dressed as warmly as we could When we left the lobby the rain came down even harder When we arrived at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Guy Hayslett and other chapter members had already hooked up the hoses and had started washing We pitched in and washed The Wall the base of the flag pole the Three Fightingmen statue the Women s Memorial and the In Memory plaque While we were doing our task of love the rain stopped Judy Bolio Region 5 Director for AVVA laid flowers at the In Memory plaque At our AVVA board meeting we set up a task force to create policies and procedures for chapters Sonja Holybee asked the AVVA talk list for ideas and suggestions If you have input please contact Elaine Simmons at esimmons avva org Please keep in mind that this will not happen overnight There s a lot to do I wrote a letter to the Superintendent of National Parks stating our concerns about the In Memory plaque While we were washing it we saw that all the engraving had worn off and it was barely readable The Superintendent moved quickly In the first week of November the plaque was re engraved and grouted to be ready for Veterans Day I presented in AVVA and VVA s names a 2 000 check from our National Project Friendship to Len Selfon of the United Spinal Association Next year s Project Friendship will be The Chapel of Four Chaplains and the local project at Springfield will be the Mini O Beirne Burn Center We will post items needed for the burn center monetary donations are always welcome Cash contributions will also be accepted for The Chapel of Four Chaplains If you have not purchased an AVVA flag it is now available for 40 from VVA s Veterans Collectibles as well as from Elaine Simmons Indiana AVVA has received its charter It was presented by Judy Bolio Region 5 Director Congratulations Together Always AVVA Election In Tucson at our National Convention AVVA held its elections for Executive Board and Regional Directors I would like to thank everyone for their help and cooperation Special thanks go to the League of Women Voters for conducting the elections In January Regional Directors State Representatives State Presidents and VVA State Presidents will receive by mail the elections section

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Project 112 SHAD Task Force REPORT Looking For Army Men BY JACK ALDERSON CHAIR At the 112 SHAD Task Force meeting in October one item on the agenda was the identification of Army and Marine units involved in the testing The list of Navy units involved in the tests seems complete Marine units are listed on the fact sheets compiled by the Deployment Health Support Directorate They consist of aircraft and crews on temporary assignment as disseminators as well as the Air Force units that replaced the Marines during the Eniwetok tests The land based tests involving Army personnel are a different matter From interviews with SHAD test planners and participants we have pieced together what we believe happened Security was a key factor during tests One element of security was to have the fewest number of personnel informed about the project Hence for tests in Alaska a highly trained nucleus crew from Dugway Proving Ground and Deseret Test Center in addition to SHAD technical staff would be assigned This nucleus crew consisted of the test director and his staff including operations safety munitions and laboratory personnel Augmentation of this nucleus crew was by TDY orders with one or two medics and laboratory technicians from various Army bases The augmentation crew was at the test site for the least amount of time and knew very little about what was going on They were housed in separate quarters They were carried on the daily reports of their home command Some of the orders showed ten or more names from five or more commands According to the few veterans we have talked to they were not there long enough to develop a

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 November December Issue The Veteran Departments Featured Stories Letters President s Message VVAF Report Government Relations Veterans Benefits Update PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report Constitution Committee Report Convention Resolution Report Healthcare Budget Reform NamJam South Korean Veterans Arts of War Book Review Books Membership Notes Locator Reunions 4 Chaplains 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 Task Force REPORT Patriotism A Primer BY DAVE SIMMONS CHAIR Just in time for Veterans Day the Veterans Against Drugs Task Force has completed its latest lesson plan The qualities of Honesty Integrity Compassion Meaningful Achievement and Advocacy are all important for young Americans to develop as they grow up in a violent world that includes substance abuse Many members who have a Veterans Against Drugs program in their communities have requested that we develop a lesson plan on Patriotism This five week program is now available and will work side by side with our anti drug and anti violence programs The five parts of this presentation are The Flag Traditions Homeland Security The Military and its Role in America National Holidays Chapters and state councils interested in receiving a copy of this program should contact the Veterans Against Drugs Task Force

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS November December Issue The Veteran Departments Featured Stories Letters President s Message VVAF Report Government Relations Veterans Benefits Update PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report Constitution Committee Report Convention Resolution Report Healthcare Budget Reform NamJam South Korean Veterans Arts of War Book Review Books Membership Notes Locator Reunions 4 Chaplains 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 Constitution Committee Report The Amendment Process BY BILL MESSER CHAIR The Constitutional Amendment process has begun for members Chapters and State Councils The 13th National Convention being held in Springfield Illinois July 17 22 2007 promises to be exciting and challenging with innovative ideas and progress VVA National Secretary Barry Hagge instituted an online submissions process for proposed Constitutional Amendments in 2003 after a series of Constitutional Seminars at Leadership Conferences for membership to learn the process ask questions and present issues The amendment submission cut off date is March 19 2007 No submissions will be accepted after this date Only Constitutional Amendments submitted on line will be accepted for review and consideration Step 1 Go to http www vva org Forms constitutional amendment html Step 2 Fill out the form Step 3 When completed click on submit You will receive an immediate receipt of your submission Any VVA member may submit a proposed amendment While having the support of a Chapter or State Council is not necessary it does enhance the chances of an

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1206/constitution_report.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Convention resolutions COMMITTEE REPORT Resolved That BY FRED ELLIOTT CHAIR Get ready get set and send in those Convention Resolutions For the 2007 Convention we hope to improve further on the process of submitting evaluating presenting and finalizing resolutions submitted by members of Vietnam Veterans of America Like the committee before us we are encouraging you to submit resolutions that are workable concise and have attainable objectives We realize that resolutions will and do range from the feel good to the serious and we will gladly accept them all as directed by the VVA Constitution Each state council and chapter will receive a copy of the Policies and Procedures of the 2007 Convention Resolutions Committee to be used as a guide for the submission of resolutions Included in each package will be an official resolution submission form This is the only form acceptable for submissions When you are considering a resolution give it this litmus test Can this be accomplished through the regular action of the National Board of Directors a state council or other VVA leadership Is this something we are already or should be doing If so can we get this accomplished through a simple request by a National Officer or Director If the answer to any part of either question is yes reconsider submitting your resolution and follow one of the paths described previously If no was the answer then you should ask yourself Can we accomplish this without breaking the bank Does the funding requirement match the priority of the resolution Does it fit within the long range goals of the organization If you can answer these questions with a definite yes then

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    service organizations that comprise the Partnership which includes VVA The veterans service organizations that make up the Partnership for Veterans Health Care Budget Reform would like to respond to your recent press release concerning the discretionary funding process for the Department of Veterans Affairs VA health care system You describe the current discretionary funding method as a successful funding approach and attribute it to the near doubling of funding for veterans health care spending since 1995 We gratefully acknowledge and appreciate the increases in funding We agree that VA has seen remarkable reforms over the past ten years and that the quality of the services VA renders to veterans has markedly improved However we respectfully disagree that the primary reason for those improvements is current management of the budget process We believe a seminal basis for improvements in the VA health care system stemmed from the bipartisan enactment of P L 104 262 the Veterans Health Care Eligibility Reform Act of 1996 Eligibility reform prompted VA s growing commitment to cultural change aimed at improving delivery of care and then maintaining veterans health VA pioneered better health care with its computerized patient care records adoption of evidence based medicine and implementation of performance measures for management and clinical staffs among other innovations Documented indisputable improvements in patient care satisfaction and safety have followed and have made VA a recognized leader in health care earning it praise in numerous publications The discretionary budget has become highly politicized and puts at risk the VA health care system and its patient population In the past 12 years Congress has completed only one regular VA appropriations bill by the start of the new fiscal year Unfortunately the norm has become a series of continuing resolutions each year that funds VA at the previous year s level holding down spending and finally lumping VA s budget into an omnibus spending bill This annual limbo hinders effective staffing decisions construction planning and day to day management by VA leaders Additionally VA funding growth has not nearly kept pace with its patient workload demands A method of assured funding such as H R 515 would eliminate the year to year uncertainty about funding levels Annual fiscal turbulence rarely occurs in comparable mandatory spending programs It is blatantly unrealistic to expect VA to manage efficiently and carry out its missions expertly without knowing what its projected budget will be or when funds will be approved Mr Chairman you suggest that mandatory funding is an inferior approach to funding and would cost taxpayers nearly half a trillion dollars We believe guaranteed funding would simply ensure that VA is provided the necessary resources to care for the enrolled patient population not the entire veterans population H R 515 is a responsible model compared to the uncertainties of the discretionary method This measure would establish a funding baseline and then use a formula consisting of the number of enrolled patients multiplied by the cost per patient with an added adjustment each

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    there are no paid performers The music evokes the Sixties and Seventies so the theme is classic rock and Motown with an increasingly strong Latin participation Tucson has a lot of bands While NAMJAM doesn t offer these musicians money it does give them exposure and a venue in which to perform Because NAMJAM has a track record bands audition to perform The director has a tough job listening to all that good music And because of the rich cultural and ethnic mix in Tucson and the reputation of the event the musical gumbo at NAMJAM gets tastier and spicier each year Director of Human Resources Wil Taylor The volunteers are the heart of NAMJAM They can make or break the event The battle plan stresses that NAMJAM volunteers must provide a can do attitude for all its guests Without enthusiastic and knowledgeable volunteers this venue cannot succeed in achieving its goals Taylor selects the volunteers and he trains them Although at past concerts there have been as many as 200 volunteers NAMJAM Director Rodriguez said the magic number is 120 It s a military operation and we plan accordingly he said Everyone has their assigned tasks This year for the first time formal job descriptions help volunteers understand their tasks Rodriguez adds that this is NAMJAM s first year at Kennedy Fiesta Regional Park It s a whole new story The chapter had faced problems at the old site not least of which was the lack of parking Kennedy Park is a far better site with many permanent amenities The most complicated job is assembling the museum Museum Curator Bill Fort Over the years Chapter 106 has collected and maintained the Deborah Fahnestock Traveling Vietnam Historical Museum and Memorial It s a huge collection of Vietnam era artifacts all neatly packed in a trailer For NAMJAM and other special occasions everything is unpacked and put on display And as seems to be the case with everything associated with NAMJAM the logistics have all been worked out in advance The contents of Box 1 go to Space 1 Box 2 to Space 2 NAMJAM is a party and a picnic but it s more The museum gives resonance and life to the Vietnam War experience Additionally the day begins with a Native American blessing the Yellow Horse Drummers and a presentation of the colors This is an event designed for veterans their families and friends Director of Refreshments Tony Rodriguez But it s still a party A big party Tony Rodriguez is in charge of getting plenty of water and sodas Yeah right His main job is to stock up on beer Plenty of beer Last year Golden Eagle Distributors donated 50 kegs Each keg holds 120 16 ounce cups of beer That s a lot of beer and a lot of money One year they ran out of beer and faced some mighty disgruntled ticket holders Luckily a few extra kegs were rushed to the site There s no

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