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  • Vietnam Veterans of America to Hold Agent Orange Town Hall November 5th  at Penn State Beaver Campus
    Beaver County VVA Chapter 862 and AVVA Chapter 862 the forum will explore issues surrounding Agent Orange exposure including scientific information health effects on the veterans birth defects in their children and grandchildren personal stories of exposure and illness and methods for educating the public and elected representatives about the issues of Vietnam veterans their children and their families We cannot be silent about the effects of Agent Orange on our veterans and our children in the face of overwhelming evidence connecting many diseases and birth defects to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam said Bobby Morris President of AVVA Chapter 862 This is one of the last great battles our Vietnam veterans and our families are fighting Panelists include Nancy Switzer National President of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Peter and Susie Petrosky who will be sharing their story about their daughters Heather Morris Bowser the daughter of a Vietnam Veteran George Claxton nationally renown Agent Orange Expert and long time advocate Sandie Wilson VVA National Board Member and in country nurse The panel will be moderated by Mokie Pratt Porter VVA s Director of Communications An open forum will follow the remarks of the panelists who will hear from those in attendance with concerns about the health impacts of Agent Orange The goal of the town hall meeting is to bring attention to the hidden cost of our service to encourage our government to investigate the generational toll of toxic chemicals on our children and grandchildren to assist our doctors in discovering ways to diagnose and treat them and to provide for their care and treatment said Pete Petrosky Vice President of VVA Chapter 862 Veterans of all wars are subjected to many contaminates and most are unaware of what was being used or what long term

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  • Vietnam Veterans of America Joins Over 200 Organizations in Urging Congress to Reject Changes to Medicare Part D Program
    slightly in 2012 with the average monthly premium remaining around 30 This change would have a negative impact on veterans using both the Tricare for Life program as well as Medicare Part D Clearly savings need to be achieved within our healthcare system in order to sustain these vital programs for future generations of Americans but it is our duty to ensure these changes do not harm the very people they are meant to protect said John Rowan VVA National President Instead of targeting a program that is actually saving money while providing affordable prescription drug options to seniors the attention of Congress could be better spent identifying those programs wasting taxpayer s money If the rebate proposal is implemented the groups cite that by some estimates the premium increase for seniors could rise by 20 to 40 percent In an attempt to limit premium increases the groups make the point that prescription drug plans may opt to adjust their formularies giving seniors and disabled Americans fewer preferred options resulting in higher out of pocket costs costs which many cannot afford and will cause some to forgo treatment Higher costs will cause a breakdown in treatment plan adherence as seniors opt out of Part D coverage or fail to purchase the drugs they need to maintain their health This could lead to higher costs in Medicare for hospitalizations and nursing home care The availability of drug coverage is achieving savings of up to 13 billion a year by keeping more seniors healthier and out of institutional settings according to recent estimates by Harvard researchers The rebate plan jeopardizes these savings and the lives they represent the groups noted Said Rowan America s veterans and seniors have served their country and have contributed their entire working lives to building the wealth

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  • Message from VVA National President John Rowan Regarding Today’s Senate Hearing on Post-9/11 GI Bill and For-profit Educational Institutions
    to pursue their American Dream Just as the Post 9 11 GI Bill has been a boon to those who have served in the military it has also been a gold mine to predatory for profit institutions of higher learning that have taken advantage of the law the 90 10 rule and have done and continue to do a reprehensible disservice to honorable young and not so young men and women who have served in the war against terrorism While there are many legitimate for profit schools that provide value predatory for profit institutions have sprung up like mushrooms in a field of clover They are not accredited by any recognized collegiate accrediting agency They offer cut rate degrees at gold plated prices that can be obtained online degrees that are essentially worthless and are dismissed by most employers seeking qualified educated workers They undermine accredited colleges and universities and their bank accounts bulge with federal dollars paid out via unsuspecting veterans who are all too often left with little but personal debt This is a scandal of major proportions a swindle that has gone on for far too long It demands a swift and sure response from the federal government VVA calls on the federal government through an act of Congress or executive action to seek to recoup the hundreds of millions of dollars that have in effect been stolen from the taxpayer the active duty warrior and the veteran by these for profit institutions whose concept of truth in advertising is akin to the promotion of magic elixirs by snake oil salesmen of old VVA calls for a case by case review with the goal of restoring the educational benefits for any warrior or veteran who feels s he has been ripped off by promises from these institutions

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  • Fred Elliott to Serve As National Vice President of Vietnam Veterans of America
    Vice Chair of the national VVA Finance Committee In New York State Elliott has served as Rochester VVA Chapter 20 President Vice President Secretary Treasurer and Director Additionally he has served on the Board of Directors of the Rochester Veterans Outreach Center and as chair of the Rochester Veterans Emergency Relief Fund Currently he sits on the Board of the Greater Rochester Vietnam Veterans Memorial on Congressman Chris Lee s Veterans Advisory Group and on the Monroe County Executive s Veterans Advisory Committee Elliott served in Vietnam from January to December 1967 with the Army s 9th Infantry Division and 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment In 1983 he joined VVA becoming a Life Member in 1987 he has been a delegate to 12 VVA national conventions John Rowan of Middle Village New York was reelected to his fourth consecutive term as National President Bill Meeks Jr of The Woodlands Texas was elected as National Secretary and Wayne Reynolds of Athens Alabama was elected as National Treasurer In addition 19 National Board of Directors were elected Ten At Large and nine Regional The At Large directors are Marsha L Four PA Dan Stenvold ND Jerry Yamamoto CA Felix Peterson OK Pat Bessigano

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  • Dr. Wayne Reynolds to Serve As National Treasurer of Vietnam Veterans of America Dr. Wayne Reynolds to Serve As National Treasurer of Vietnam Veterans of America
    of VVA Chapter 511 Athens Alabama Reynolds has also served on the following VVA national committees Finance Veterans Healthcare PTSD and Substance Abuse Constitution Employment Training Business Opportunity and Veterans Affairs Reynolds a disabled veteran served in Vietnam from 1968 69 with the 95th Evacuation and 22nd Surgical Hospitals He retired after 12 years as Public School Superintendent and holds a Doctor of Education degree from Auburn University and a Master s Degree in Finance Reynolds has been a registered nurse since 2003 and since 1996 has been the owner and CEO of his own business He has been married to Carol for 41 years and is the father of two and the grandfather of two His son Wesley is currently serving in the Air Force John Rowan of Middle Village New York was re elected to his fourth consecutive term as National President Fred Elliott of Rochester New York was elected to serve as Vice President and Bill Meeks Jr of The Woodlands Texas was elected as Secretary In addition 19 National Board of Directors were elected Ten At Large and nine Regional The At Large directors are Marsha L Four PA Dan Stenvold ND Jerry Yamamoto CA Felix

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  • John Rowan to Serve Fourth Term As National President of Vietnam Veterans of America John Rowan to Serve Fourth Term As National President of Vietnam Veterans of America
    Directors and as president of VVA s New York State Council He served as a linguist in the U S Air Force s 6990 Security Squadron in Vietnam and at Kadena Air Base in Okinawa providing the Strategic Air Command with intelligence on North Vietnam s SAM sites to protect their bombing missions Rowan was a founding member and the first president of VVA Chapter 32 in Queens New York He retired from city service as an investigator with the City of New York s Comptroller s Office He lives in Middle Village New York with his wife Mariann Fred Elliott of Rochester New York was elected to serve as Vice President Bill Meeks Jr of The Woodlands Texas was elected as Secretary and Wayne Reynolds of Athens Alabama was elected as VVA s Treasurer In addition 19 National Board of Directors were elected Ten At Large and nine Regional The At Large directors are Marsha L Four PA Dan Stenvold ND Jerry Yamamoto CA Felix Peterson OK Pat Bessigano IN Richard C DeLong LA Pastor Toro Jr NY Ken Holybee CA Joe Jennings OH and Jacqueline Rector KY The nine Regional directors elected to serve a 2011 2013 term

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  • VVA Praises Historic Settlement For Veterans Discharged with PTSD
    the lawsuit The legal action filed in 2008 charged that the military services violated the law by failing to assign a 50 percent disability rating to more than a thousand troops discharged for PTSD a rating that entitled the veteran to disability retirement benefits Among the benefits these men and women will be entitled to lifetime military disability retirement payments retroactive to their date of discharge lifetime health care for the veteran his her spouse and dependent children and lifetime commissary and military post exchange privileges The military also agreed to increase the PTSD disability rating of another thousand OIF OEF veterans who although they were given disability retirement benefits upon discharge were wrongfully denied a 50 percent disability rating for PTSD VVA echoes the sentiments expressed by Bart Stichman co director of NVLSP who calls the settlement a happy ending to a sad chapter of military mistreatment of those who served our country in time of war Rowan said Too often government is the adversary of rather than an advocate for those who have been wounded or injured while serving in uniform VVA will continue to fight in Congress in the courts and in meetings with the leadership of

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2011/pr11-021.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Philanthropist Kenneth Fisher to Receive Award  at the Vietnam Veterans of America 15th National Convention
    on Thursday August 18 during VVA s 15th National Convention in Reno Nevada There is at least one Fisher House a facility that provides free housing for families of hospitalized service members at every major military medical center in the nation The Fisher House program serves more than 12 000 families annually and since the program began in 1990 some three million days of lodging have been made available to family members It is an honor to recognize the amazing work of the Fisher House Foundation VVA National President John Rowan said What Kenneth Fisher and the Foundation have done to help our nation s service personnel and their families is beyond calculation Every American owes him and the Foundation a debt of gratitude The VVA Convention runs from August 17 20 at the Silver Legacy Hotel in Reno Nevada Some eight hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Reno 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 August 20 Awards Banquet which

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