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    ACLU and Yale The VA has previously admitted problems with evidentiary standards for MST related claims but maintains that its current policies provide an accurate and fair adjudication However the existing rules discriminate on the basis of gender against both men and women The VA s current discriminatory policies leave thousands of military sexual trauma survivors both male and female without the benefits that would aid in their ongoing recovery said Dr Tom Berger a former Navy Corpsman and Executive Director of the Veterans Health Council at VVA The VA knows the current process places a higher evidentiary burden on survivors of military sexual harassment and assault than veterans with non MST related claims but still refuses to act On June 27 2013 VVA and SWAN submitted a petition for rulemaking to the VA pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act The petition sought to end this discriminatory treatment and eliminate the barriers that exist specifically for MST survivors seeking compensation When the VA ignored it the groups filed suit to force the agency to act On July 14 2014 the VA rejected the rulemaking petition SWAN and VVA have now filed a second lawsuit to obtain judicial review of the VA s refusal to revise its discriminatory rules In the lawsuit filed this morning VVA and SWAN argue that the VA arbitrarily and capriciously denied their petition in violation of the Administrative Procedure Act They also argue that the current VA rules unconstitutionally discriminate against service members based on gender The current VA policies require MST survivors to re live their assault repeatedly and then do not allow that testimony to be sufficient to establish a service connection said Greg Jacob SWAN s policy director and a former Marine Corps infantry officer This sends a message to the survivor that

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2014/pr14-016.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Basketball Hall of Famer Pat Williams To Deliver Keynote Speech atVietnam Veterans of America’s National Leadership & Education Conference
    Williams has been a general manager with three NBA teams and he led the Philadelphia 76ers to NBA Championship VVA National President John Rowan said Not only that but Pat s one of the world s best motivational speakers and I for one am really looking forward to what he has to say to our organization s leading advocates as we kick of the conference in Wichita The biennial Leadership Education Conference will bring together some 350 VVA leaders from across the country They will take part in four and a half days of activities including a wide selection of seminars The subjects range from the elements of leadership parliamentary procedures the duties of the officers and board of directors the management of chapters and state councils and media outreach to updates on veterans healthcare successful membership recruitment and retention tools and effective grassroots advocacy VVA s supporting organization the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America AVVA is co sponsoring the conference Among the special guests at the Conference will be the 2014 recipients of the VVA Excellence in the Arts Awards which will be presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening August 9 Vietnam veterans Tucker Smallwood the

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2014/pr14-014.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Vietnam Veterans of America To Hold National Leadership & Education Conference, August 5-9 in Wichita, Kansas
    6 Army veteran and Basketball Hall of Famer Pat Williams the co founder and senior vice president of the NBA s Orlando Magic will deliver the Keynote Speech VVA s supporting organization the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America AVVA is co sponsoring the conference We re very pleased that AVVA and VVA are working together on this always stimulating event said VVA President John Rowan All members of both organizations are now able to take part in all of the Leadership Conference activities something that greatly benefit all of us The biennial Leadership Education Conference brings together VVA and AVVA leaders from across the country They will take part in four and a half days of activities including a wide selection of seminars The subjects range from the elements of leadership parliamentary procedures the duties of the officers and board of directors the management of chapters and state councils and media outreach to updates on veterans healthcare successful membership recruitment and retention tools and effective grassroots advocacy Among the special guests at the Conference will be four winners of the VVA Excellence in the Arts Awards which will be presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening August 9

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2014/pr14-010.html (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA On the Resignation of Erik K. Shinseki
    Medical facilities All veterans found to have urgent medical conditions are to be seen by a qualified VA clinician within three days of their screening If the VA facility is unable to see the veteran within three days the VA staff must arrange and pay for immediate care outside of the VA Veterans not found in need of urgent care who cannot be seen by the VA within 21 days shall be assisted by VA staff to access an outside clinician under the VA fee for services program For a more complete list of vitally needed actions that can and must be taken by the President and Acting Secretary Gibson see http www vva org VA Phoenix html In a noon briefing the President announced Shinseki s resignation The President noted that Shinseki has acknowledged that the misconduct at the Phoenix VA is not limited to a few facilities but is rampant across the system and he has accepted full responsibility for the conduct of those facilities Further reported the President Shinseki acknowledged his continuation in office would serve as a distraction interfering with his top priority of delivering care to our veterans who have served our nation Earlier today while addressing the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans Shinseki announced actions he had taken after reviewing the Interim IG Report regarding the Phoenix VA Health Care System He reported that he had fired those responsible at the Phoenix VA and at other VA facilities that no VHA senior executive will receive performance bonuses in 2014 that wait times will be deleted as measures of success and that outreach to the veterans on the secret waiting lists is underway Further Shinseki called on Congress to fill the vacant positions at the VA Said Rowan While we approve of these measures there

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2014/pr14-008.html (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Calls for Oversight and Thorough Review of VA Hospital Managers and Administrative Staff
    of Staff Rob Nabors to oversee the review of the beleaguered Veterans Affairs Department as the agency grapples with allegations of treatment delays and preventable deaths at the Phoenix VA hospital said VVA National President John Rowan Yet we are still shy of our objective of real accountability in the management of the Veterans Health Administration Rowan noted If any reforms are to truly succeed there must be better oversight of and by managers who are paid very well to administer a system that is in part all too obviously dysfunctional Therefore VVA also calls for a thorough review of all VISN hospital administrative staff positions whose responsibilities do not directly involve the provision of clinical services It is our considered opinion that way too many VISN administrative staff can best be characterized as administrative overhead To read VVA s Congressional testimony before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee regarding the State of VA Healthcare delivered May 15 by Rick Weidman VVA Executive Director of Policy Government Affairs http www vva org testimony 2014 051514 pdf To view today s Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the State of VA Health Care http www c span org video 319302 1 veterans

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2014/pr14-007.html (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Calls for Criminal Investigation in PhoenixVVA Calls for Criminal Investigation in Phoenix
    waiting for appointments to cover up and hide treatment delays by the PVAHCS We have also heard rumors alleging that local VA official were destroying such evidence in an attempt to cover up this scandal Vietnam Veterans of America VVA takes this matter very seriously said VVA National President John Rowan Therefore VVA has requested a criminal investigation be immediately undertaken by the United States Attorney for the district of Arizona for possible charges of wilful neglect potential obstruction of justice and any other related charges that substantiate reckless endangerment VVA has issued a similar request to the Attorney General of Arizona Rowan further stated those proven responsible for such behavior that may have led to irreparable harm to veterans and or to possible veterans deaths should be held criminally liable This list would include but not be limited to the Director of VISN 20 PVAHCS Director Sharon Helman PVAHCS Associate Director Lance Robinson and the unnamed third PVAHCS employee placed on administrative leave by VA Central Office We seek justice for each and every one of our veterans who allegedly suffered wilful neglect by PVAHCS officials and staff concluded Rowan There is no excuse for this conduct which may

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2014/pr14-006.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Military Sexual Assault Survivors Sue VA for Discrimination
    veterans who ve been harmed by military sexual harassment and assault jump through more hoops than other PTSD claimants to apply for and receive PTSD disability benefits But they refuse to change their regulations said Anu Bhagwati Service Women s Action Network executive director and former Marine Corps captain The result of this discrimination is that survivors of military sexual harassment and assault are denied life saving benefits and critical income to support themselves and their families The current rules also discriminate on the basis of gender against men and women in a number of ways By imposing a higher legal burden on MST survivors the rules discriminate against women who are sexually assaulted at disproportionately higher rates than men in the military Nearly one in three service women are raped during service 28 more than half experience unwanted sexual contact 54 and more than three fourths experience some form of sexual harassment 79 Yet these women face an uphill battle in securing benefits for injuries related to these assaults VA s refusal to revise the regulations discriminates against men as the VA grants benefits to men with MST related PTSD disabilities at an even lower rate than it does for women In 2011 for example VA granted nearly 49 of PTSD claims from female survivors but only 37 of claims from male survivors Veterans Affairs cannot continue to turn a blind eye to the terrible harms our service women and men are suffering said Dr Tom Berger a former Navy Corpsman and Executive Director of the Veterans Health Council at VVA On June 27 2013 SWAN and VVA submitted a petition for rulemaking to VA under the Administrative Procedure Act The petition sought to end this discriminatory treatment and eliminate the barriers that exist specifically for MST survivors seeking compensation VA however has ignored the petition and has failed to respond to the proposed rule leaving co petitioners no recourse other than to file this suit VA s failure to respond means MST claims will continue to be disproportionately denied or delayed jeopardizing the health and welfare of so many military families said Service Women s Action Network policy director and former Marine Greg Jacob They can t afford to wait any longer In the lawsuit filed this morning SWAN and VVA argue that the VA s failure to respond to their original petition violates the Administrative Procedure Act which requires the agency to respond within a reasonable time SWAN and VVA also argue that current VA rules are unconstitutional because they discriminate against service women on the basis of gender Federal law requires VA to respond in a timely and well reasoned manner which it has failed to do said Daniella Rohr a Law Student Intern at the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School which represents VVA and SWAN in this petition VA s discriminatory rules are subject to review and if we re successful MST survivors would finally be on equal footing with other veterans

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2014/pr14-005.html (2016-02-15)
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  • WHO ARE THE FACES OF AGENT ORANGE? WHO ARE THE FACES OF AGENT ORANGE?
    To discuss the realities of suspected intergenerational health effects of veterans exposure to Agent Orange dioxin and other toxic chemicals WHAT Highlights of this event will include 9 40 A M Agent Orange Video Presentation 9 50 A M Panel Discussion with 3 Vietnam Vets and Their Daughters 10 45 A M Senator Richard Blumenthal D CT S 1602 the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act Vietnam Veterans

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2014/pr14-004.html (2016-02-15)
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