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  • VVA Press Release: Health Care Reform Hysteria: ‘Death Book’ Scare Tactics Inexcusable
    debate by targeting veterans with blatant scare tactics The issue du jour is the so called Death Book for veterans Rowan said In an op ed in the Wall Street Journal the person who headed the office of faith based initiatives for the Bush White House attacked Your Life Your Choices a 52 page booklet of end of life options to be considered by veterans and their families that has been given out by the VA as per federal law This booklet developed in 1997 when Bill Clinton was President was given to veterans and their families if requested under a directive in 2007 from President Bush It was updated last month under President Obama This booklet was developed with guidance from clerics Rowan said and it addresses options most of us and our loved ones will have to sort through as we live our final years To play politics with veterans end of life choices is not only irresponsible politically but it is cruel We agree with Congressman Joe Sestak a retired Navy Admiral who is outraged at the Death Book charges and has called them inexcusable It is our hope that sane minds reject fear mongering and that

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-027.html (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Applauds Recovery
    to the recovery of the remains of Navy Capt Michael Scott Speicher Captain Speicher was shot down flying a combat mission in an F A 18 Hornet on January 17 1991 during the first Gulf War His fate until now had been uncertain Acting on information provided by civilians in Anbar Province Iraq Marines went to a desert location believed to be the crash site of Speicher s jet Remains were recovered over several days and were flown to Dover Air Force Base Delaware for scientific identification by the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology s Armed Forces Medical Examiner which positively identified the remains as Speicher s on August 1 Today according to the Department of Defense we still have 1 737 Americans missing and unaccounted for from the Vietnam War Rowan said and there are thousands of troops from World War II and the Korean War whose remains have never been recovered We should not and cannot shirk our responsibility as a nation to see that all of our troops are returned to freedom back home or to their families for proper burial with military honors We hold the issue of last known alive personnel as our highest priority

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-26.html (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release: John Rowan to Serve Third Term as National President of VVA
    Council Presidents for three terms on the organization s Board of 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 Two other national officers also were re elected Jack Devine Vice President and Barry Hagge Secretary Larry Frazee of Pickerington Ohio was elected as VVA s Treasurer Charlie Montgomery continues as the Chair of the Conference of State Council Presidents In addition 19 National Board of Directors were elected Ten At Large and nine Regional The At Large directors are Marsha Four Jerry Yamamoto John Margowski Thomas Burke Sandie Wilson Dan Stenvold Bill Meeks Jr Pat Bessigano Patrick W Welch and Richard DeLong The nine Regional directors are Region 1

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-025.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Don’t Wait for an Army to Die
    between Parkinson s disease and ischemic heart disease with exposure to Agent Orange We thank the IOM for their efforts and applaud them for their conclusions said John Rowan National President of Vietnam Veterans of America VVA Now we urge the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to immediately make Vietnam veterans with either of these conditions eligible for disability compensation as well as health care and we will petition him to do precisely this We also urge the Secretary to reconsider hypertension which the IOM in its 2006 report concerning Vietnam veterans and Agent Orange also found elevated evidence of an association Rowan said We do believe that the IOM must focus on what we consider to be the very real association between a veteran s exposure while serving in Southeast Asia and the birth defects learning disabilities and cancers not only in his children but in his grandchildren as well Rowan said We continue to get far too many calls from the children of veterans who wonder if their father s experiences in Vietnam and along the demilitarized zone in Korea in 1968 and 1969 has any connection with their health issues and now those of their children Let s

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-24.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Pat Sajak and Former Miss America Heather French Henry Head List of Celebrities for August 1 Events at VVA 's National Convention
    is open to Convention delegates and guests only will be former Miss America Heather French Henry who also will sign photographs for the delegates the actor Jon Voight who will have addressed the Convention on the proposed national Vietnam veterans holiday the renowned Western artist John Phelps who will sign prints of his work and Blue Eyed Soul the entertainers Michelle DellaFave and Lindsay Bloom who entertained the troops during the war and appear frequently at veterans events The book signing will include Vietnam veteran Eric Haney who will sign copies of his memoir Inside Delta Force and Linda West the author of Beyond the Rice Paddies the acclaimed memoir of growing up in a small South Vietnamese village during the war Carmichael s Louisville s leading independent bookstore will handle book sales Prior to that event at 1 00 p m Haney will talk about his war and post war experiences and West will offer a presentation on her book There also will be a screening of the hit HBO film Taking Chance Bill Nelson HBO s CEO and Chief Executive Officer will introduce the film Also on hand at the screening will be retired Marine LTC Mike Strobl

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-023.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Congressmen Bob Filner and Chet Edwards to Receive “Legislator of the Year” Awards at VVA Convention
    the 14th biennial National Convention of Vietnam Veterans of America at the Galt House Hotel Suites in Louisville Kentucky Filner and Edwards have moved key bills that are of significant benefit to veterans and their families particularly the advance appropriations bill H R 1016 said John Rowan VVA National President Chairman Filner is being cited for his unyielding advocacy on behalf of our nation s veterans said Rowan And Chairman Edwards is being recognized of his unstinting efforts on behalf of our nation s veterans More than six hundred delegates from VVA local chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Louisville for the National Convention Following the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday July 29 the delegates will meet in convention to debate national resolutions and Constitutional amendments Later in the week they will vote for VVA s national leaders officers and board members for the upcoming two years The Convention includes several other special events Bill Nelson a Vietnam veteran who is the chairman and CEO of HBO will take part in screenings of the acclaimed HBO film Taking Chance Actor Jon Voight will speak on the movement to institute a national Vietnam Veterans

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-022.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Actor Jon Voight to Address Delegates
    part of Vietnam Veterans of America s 14th biennial National Convention at the Galt House Hotel Suites in Louisville Kentucky Voight will be speaking on the movement to institute a national Vietnam Veterans Day holiday The event is free and open to the public More than six hundred delegates from VVA local chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Louisville for the National Convention Following the Opening Ceremonies on Wednesday July 29 the delegates will meet in convention to debate national resolutions and Constitutional amendments Later in the week they will vote for VVA s national leaders officers and board members for the upcoming two years Voight also will sign photographs for Convention delegates and guests at the 3 00 autographing session on Saturday He will receive an award at that evening s Awards Banquet which is not open to the public The Convention includes several other special events Bill Nelson a Vietnam veteran who is the chairman and CEO of HBO will take part in screenings of the acclaimed HBO film Taking Chance Former Miss America Heather French Henry will address the delegates And Pat Sajak the Western artist John Phelps Taking

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-19.html (2016-02-15)
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  • The Sullied Legacy of Robert McNamara
    the war might have altered had Mr McNamara revealed his doubts while he was still in a position to influence its outcome What is true is that Mr McNamara kept silent and was rewarded with a big job as head of the World Bank which would surely have not been his had he spoken out then Yet why speak out thirty years later and hurt so many veterans and families who lost their loved one because of Vietnam Was this just a move to make himself feel or look better at the expense of others in the eyes of history For many veterans and their families Rowan said the war is still going on The spraying of millions of gallons of herbicides throughout Vietnam has had the unintended consequence of killing more veterans after the war than who perished during the war Perhaps even more tragically the effects of dioxin in these herbicides and defoliants on Vietnam veterans are responsible for birth defects cancers and learning disabilities not only in their children but in their grandchildren as well As we develop the website of our Veterans Health Council www veteranshealth org we expect to add information about these defects cancers

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-18.html (2016-02-15)
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