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  • The New Distinguished Warfare Medal: Good Idea, Wrong Placement
    stated that this award recognizes the reality of the kind of technological warfare that we ve engaged in in the 21st century a so called commuter combat pilot far from the battlefield no matter how significant a role s he may play in surveillance or battle is far removed from the battlefield Rowan said No matter how crucial their role may be it cannot compare to the warfighter who is placed in harm s way facing enemy bullets and bombs committing selfless acts of valor getting wounded sometimes mortally while in contact with the enemy Sitting in front of a computer monitor engaging in remote control combat simply does not compare to facing a real enemy shooting at you Rowan said We hope and we trust that the next Secretary of Defense who served honorably as a combat veteran during the Vietnam War will rethink this and reorient the order in which the new ribbon is placed We would also hope that the Secretary will consider the issuance of a Combat Aero Medic Badge to acknowledge the medics and corpsmen who served aboard medevac helicopters during and after the war in Vietnam Rowan added These men were never recognized for

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    integrity who will take care of the troops while accomplishing the mission He has the range and depth of knowledge in foreign affairs as well as defense policy to have sufficient gravitas to be an excellent Secretary of Defense He is an inspired choice As a combat tested soldier who acquitted himself well in battle Senator Hagel knows first hand what it means to commit our troops to war He gets it that warfare is ultimately about the mud and the blood and the efforts of the troops on the ground so he will ensure that we continue to be the best equipped and trained military in the world Rowan said As a small business innovator himself Senator Hagel understands that much of the best innovation comes from small firms and so he will make certain there is real competition in acquisitions at the Department of Defense To get this competition there must be a real way of ensuring that small business is a key partner in acquisition and innovation strategy As a Senator he was a key player in securing the GI Bill for the 21st Century as well as other crucial programs to assist the veterans of our

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  • The VVA Veteran’s Books in Brief on the Web Posts 250th Book Review
    has appeared in The VVA Veteran the national magazine of Vietnam Veterans of America since 1986 Books in Brief on the web page can be found at http vvabooks wordpress com Our goal is to review every newly published book of fiction non fiction and poetry that deals with the Vietnam War and Vietnam veterans said VVA Veteran Arts Editor Marc Leepson who edits both Books in Review and Books in Brief A couple of years ago we saw that we did not have enough space in the print edition of the magazine to give enough coverage to the burgeoning number of books we wanted to review so we started the on line column Before we were forced to run the briefest of reviews sometimes just a sentence or two in The VVA Veteran Now we can run longer reviews on the web and also include an image of the cover of each book We re very pleased with Books in Brief on the web said VVA Veteran editor Michael Keating The page gets about a hundred visits a day and is available to everyone on the Internet It also allows us to publish in depth reviews in the print

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  • Alaska’s Wielechowski Named VVA “State Legislator of the Year” Alaska’s Wielechowski Named VVA “State Legislator of the Year”
    continued to initiate town hall meetings and listen to military and veteran groups to ensure there is support for our veterans service members and their families As a result he is the best informed member of our State Legislature on active service and veterans issues said Ric Davidge President of VVA Chapter 904 and Chairman of VVA s national Government Affairs Committee Senator Wielechowski and his staff put out a call in advance for any legislative issues veterans or service members would like to have considered Then we all work together to outline craft and prune these items into a group of bills that are defensible as well as politically doable As a result Bill Wielechowski has taken our ideas and he has initiated and passed more veteran and service member issue related legislation and budget items in the last 6 years than any other member of the Alaska State Legislature Davidge said Recent legislation includes a bill that ensures that service members who make the ultimate sacrifice are ensured that their remains will be disposed of by the person of their choosing and a bill that provides for a 2 000 corporate income tax credit for each unemployed veteran

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    the civilian workforce through career counseling workshops said VVA National President John Rowan On Saturday October 27 Mission Transition will be launched at over 100 The Home Depot stores across the nation in areas with heavy military and veteran populations Workshops will emphasize interview skills job search strategies and resume building Though not a job fair the goal of the workshops is to arm service men and women with both the knowledge and the resources to navigate a successful transition into a meaningful career Participants will hear from The Home Depot s hiring managers and human resources professionals as well as from former military leaders currently working at Home Depot More than 35 000 Home Depot veteran associates are volunteering their time to assist with the training To register and to find the nearest Mission Transition location near you go to http www homedepotmilitary com Said Rowan The Home Depot s strong ongoing commitment to America s military is exemplary If more major corporations would follow suit or make a special effort to seek out veterans to join their work force our country would be stronger for it This would be a meaningful way to show real appreciation for those

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  • VA to Screen Vets for Lung Cancer in Early Stages; VVA Praises Decision: Will Save Many Lives VA to Screen Vets for Lung Cancer in Early Stages; VVA Praises Decision: Will Save Many Lives
    be detected when they are small and localized and then removed thousands of lives can be saved Rowan noted that in 2010 the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health terminated one of the largest trials in its history which proved that screening individuals at high risk for lung cancer with CT scans could dramatically reduce deaths from lung cancer Vietnam veterans indeed all who have seen war up close and personal are known to be at higher risk for lung cancer than their civilian counterparts because of exposure to a variety of toxic chemicals and carcinogenic substances during their time in the military as well as higher rates of smoking The Lung Cancer Alliance has long advocated for the institution of CT scanning for lung cancer in its earliest stages at VA medical facilities and VVA has taken up the charge Too many of our veterans are succumbing to this awful disease Rowan said and if this CT scanning can benefit even a few thousand of them it will be more than worth it Rowan praised VA Secretary Eric K Shinseki for looking at the numbers and making the right decisions to save lives Admiral T Joseph

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  • Steve Kroft of “60 Minutes” to Deliver Keynote Speech At Vietnam Veterans of America’s National Leadership Conference
    Vietnam Veterans of America s National Leadership Conference at the Omni Hotel in Irving Texas Hundreds of Vietnam veteran leaders will come together at the Conference to take part in seminars meetings and other activities including the Saturday Awards Banquet The Opening Ceremonies which will begin at 8 45 a m are open to the public Few people know that Steve Kroft got his start in journalism after being drafted into the Army in 1967 and serving with the information office of the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam and then reporting for Stars and Stripes said VVA President John Rowan We re very pleased that Steve will be joining his fellow Vietnam veterans in Texas to help us to kick off the Leadership Conference The biennial VVA National Leadership Conference brings together Vietnam veteran leaders and veterans advocates from across the country They will take part in three 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

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  • Karl Marlantes to Receive Arts Award at VVA National Leadership Conference
    of America s National Leadership Conference at the Omni Hotel in Irving Texas Marlantes a former Rhodes Scholar served for a year as a Marine Lieutenant in Vietnam where he was severely wounded and was awarded the Navy Cross He will receive the honor at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening August 11 Karl Marlantes is richly deserving of this award said Vietnam Veterans of America President John Rowan It took him more than thirty years to write Matterhorn but it was well worth the wait This is an extremely powerful literary novel that shows war as it truly was Marlantes will sign copies of Matterhorn as well as his acclaimed nonfiction book What It is Like to Go to War on Saturday afternoon beginning at noon The book signing event is open to the public Hundreds of Vietnam veteran leaders will come together at the Omni Hotel to take part in Leadership Conference s seminars meetings and other activities The Opening Ceremonies will be held Wednesday morning August 8 Steve Kroft the renowned Sixty Minutes television correspondent who served as an Army journalist in the Vietnam War will deliver the Keynote Speech VVA s supporting organization the Associates of

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