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  • Guy Bluford and Reid Lyon to Receive Excellence in the Sciences Awards At Vietnam Veterans of America’s 16th National ConventionGuy Bluford and Reid Lyon to Receive Excellence in the Sciences Awards At Vietnam Veterans of America’s 16th National Convention
    is proud to honor two of America s top men of science at the Saturday night Awards Banquet VVA National President John Rowan said Dr Bluford and Dr Lyon came home from fighting in Vietnam continued their educations and went on to have long and distinguished careers We are honored they are joining us in Jacksonville so that we can recognize their excellent work Dr Bluford a distinguished Air Force ROTC graduate from Penn State University served as an F 4C Phantom pilot with the 557th Tactical Fighter Squadron flying out of Cam Ranh Bay in Vietnam He flew 144 combat missions during his 1966 67 tour of duty 65 of which were over North Vietnam He became a NASA astronaut in August 1979 and made four flights into space logging more than 688 hours Dr Bluford holds an MS degree with distinction and a Ph D in Aerospace Engineering with a minor in laser physics from the Air Force Institute of Technology as well as an MBA from the University of Houston Dr Lyon is a noted public school educator professor research scientist psychologist and policymaker who served in the U S Army from 1967 70 with a 15 month tour in Vietnam with the 82nd and 101st Airborne Divisions Following his service Dr Lyon received a PhD from the University of New Mexico in Special Education and psychology He has taught at the University of Alabama Birmingham Northwestern University and the University of Vermont School of Medicine From 1992 2005 he served as the head of the Child Development and Behavior Branch in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development at the National Institutes of Health Some eight hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and

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  • Arlo Guthrie to Receive Arts Award At Vietnam Veterans of America’s 16th National Convention
    Veterans of America s 16th biennial National Convention at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Jacksonville Florida Arlo Guthrie is a cultural icon of the Vietnam War era His song Alice s Restaurant resonates with all Americans who lived through that time including Vietnam veterans said VVA national President John Rowan We re very pleased that he will be joining us in Jacksonville to accept the award and to meet and greet our members Some one thousand delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Jacksonville The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years hear from an array of speakers attend information sessions and take part in special events That includes the Saturday evening Awards Banquet which honors Vietnam veterans and others in the arts Former Congressman David Bonior who spoke at VVA s Founding Convention in 1983 will deliver the Keynote Address at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning August 14 Other special Convention guests include Vietnam veterans Reid Lyon the renowned neuropsychologist who will receive the Excellences in the Sciences Award and Lee Barnes the award winning novelist who will receive the Excellence

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  • Vietnam Veterans Of America And Service Women’s Action Network File Joint Petition To Reform Disability Claims Process For Military Sexual Trauma Survivors
    and are denied benefits at a significantly higher rate than other PTSD claimants The playing field needs to be leveled with assured equitability for the men and women who endure these humiliating degrading and violent acts while serving their country As veterans they deserve nothing less said John Rowan National President Vietnam Veterans of America Requiring Military Sexual Trauma survivors to go to greater lengths to demonstrate PTSD and denying their applications at significantly higher rates is not only unjust it gives the wrong message It says the military believes MST survivors are less credible than other PTSD claimants an attitude contributing to the current military sexual assault crisis said Anu Bhagwati SWAN Executive Director and former Marine Corps captain Vietnam Veterans of America and Service Women s Action Network filed their rule making petition pursuant to the Administrative Procedure Act 5 U S C 553 e Federal law requires VA to provide a timely and reasoned response says Professor Michael Wishnie co director of the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Yale Law School which represents SWAN and VVA in this petition Any refusal by VA to initiate the requested procedure is subject to review in U S District Court Vietnam Veterans of America VVA is the nation s only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam era veterans and their families VVA s founding principle is Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another For more information on Vietnam Veterans of America go to www vva org Facebook https www facebook com pages Vietnam Veterans of America 122123037828089 fref ts or Twitter https twitter com FacesOfAO SWAN is a national nonpartisan civil rights organization founded and led by women veterans SWAN s mission is to transform military culture by securing equal opportunity and the

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  • Senate Armed Services Committee Splits on Military Sexual Assault BillsSenate Armed Services Committee Splits on Military Sexual Assault Bills
    of the VVA Women Veterans Committee Vietnam Veterans of America has long been vocal on the issue of sexual assault in the military providing testimony as early as 1992 during Hill hearings precipitated by the Tailhook scandal We stand with the thousands upon thousands of victims who have suffered for decades At last the issue of sexual assault can no longer be swept away and finally the American public is learning of the immensity of this unacceptable and disturbing military secret However VVA was equally dismayed that the Military Justice Improvement Act S 967 introduced by Sen Kirsten Gillibrand D NY was voted down in a 17 9 vote led by Sen Carl Levin D MI chair of the Armed Services Committee resulting in its failure to be considered for inclusion in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 S 967 calls for amendments to Title 10 United States Code to modify various authorities relating to procedures for courts martial under the Uniform Code of Military Justice and for other purposes We are deeply disappointed and share Sen Gillibrand s concern that the voices of the victims of sexual assault have been drowned out by the military leaders who have failed to combat this crisis We stand with Sen Gillibrand as she continues to push for this provision when the Defense bill is presented for a vote on the full Senate floor said Four The action to defeat S 967 sided with the stance of DoD s leadership who at the Wednesday June 12 hearing indicated that progress is contingent on leadership being held accountable Said Four VVA has grown weary of this argument and stands in favor of S 967 As noted by DoD at the hearing far too many victims fail to report or choose restricted reporting primarily

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  • Vietnam Veterans of America to Hold 16th National ConventionVietnam Veterans of America to Hold 16th National Convention
    guests in Jacksonville along with members of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America AVVA which will be holding its National Convention in conjunction with the VVA event The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years hear from an array of speakers attend information sessions and take part in special events That includes the Awards Banquet which honors Vietnam veterans and others in the arts and sciences on Saturday evening August 17 We re really looking forward to this Convention as it marks the thirtieth anniversary of VVA s Founding Convention in 1983 said VVA National President John Rowan David Bonior the former U S Congressman who spoke at the Founding Convention will be our Keynote Speaker this year In 1983 he electrified the delegates and gave us our Founding Principle when he said Never again shall one generation of veterans abandon another Bonior will deliver the Keynote Speech at the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday morning August 14 Other special guests scheduled to take part in the Convention include Vietnam veteran Bill Nelson the recently retired CEO of HBO and Reid Lyon a Vietnam veteran and one of the nation s top neuro psychologists Dr

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  • VVA Promotes Petition Plugging VistA As “Seamless” Electronic Record Solution
    been expended in a fruitless search for some magical software that will please the military services IT people and will be compatible with the VA s somewhat antiquated but entirely efficient VistA electronic health record Billions more can potentially be spent by your department unless and until someone shines the bright lights of fiscal responsibility and what seems obvious to many of us that VistA is what DoD is looking for but doesn t want to acknowledge it Rowan noted that a petition has been created on the White House We the People site that simply states that DoD should adopt the electronic health record of the VA This would ensure the continuity of care for veterans and save the government billions of dollars in duplicate software development As you are aware he wrote the VA s electronic health record has been recognized as a leader in the field We are urging our members to electronically sign the petition 100 000 signatures are needed to get the administration to consider action We would hope however that you will take action to take a good hard look at the position of your department in this long running saga Rowan s letter

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2013/pr13-007.html (2016-02-15)
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  • CBS Apologizes for Insensitive Feature On Vietnam Episode of “The Amazing Race” CBS Apologizes for Insensitive Feature On Vietnam Episode of “The Amazing Race”
    to Rowan On behalf of CBS producer Jerry Bruckheimer and everyone who is part of The Amazing Race we want to apologize to veterans particularly those who served in Vietnam as well as to their families and any viewers who were offended by the broadcast He noted that this message was delivered at the top of Sunday night s broadcast of the show and he offered this link to view it http www cbs com shows amazing race march At CBS we are proud of our longstanding efforts on behalf of veterans Franks added citing public service announcements in support of veterans causes particularly the Wounded Warrior PSA we were proud to broadcast during this year s Super Bowl as well as countless hours of national and local news coverage of veterans issues and sponsorship of and participation at veterans job fairs For far too long noted Rowan Vietnam veterans felt scorned for having done our duty It s taken a long time for America to separate the war from the warrior Though young people may not have known or understood the symbolism of the B 52 bomber certainly the producer and the directors should have Still past is prologue

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2013/pr13-005.html (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA President Expresses Anger, Anguish Over Irreverent ‘Amazing Race’ in Vietnam VVA President Expresses Anger, Anguish Over Irreverent ‘Amazing Race’ in Vietnam
    show the remnants of a downed American B 52 bomber as a prop Many of our members are outraged and would go so far as to say that CBS has insulted the memory of those Americans who lost their lives when that aircraft was shot down As a United States Air Force veteran who flew over Vietnam many times I am personally offended by the flippant manner in which the participants raced around the wreckage without any display of respect or recognition accorded to the dignity of those lives lost in the downed aircraft While it is understood the Amazing Race is a television reality show intended to entertain rather than educate about the sacrifices made by our American heroes it is unconscionable that CBS would deem it appropriate to use footage of a downed U S warplane with such irreverence Americans died in that plane and their memory is all that their families have of them Needless to say this is an insult to those who served during one of our nation s longest wars and to those whose loved ones are memorialized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D C as well as those memorialized by the

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