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  • Pat Sajak to Receive Arts Award at Vietnam Veterans of America’s 14th National Convention in Louisville
    three Emmy Awards a People s Choice Award and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame We re very happy to be able to add to the honors that Pat Sajak has accumulated said VVA President John Rowan Part of our mission at Vietnam Veterans of America is to promote positive images of Vietnam veterans and Pat certainly fills that bill He s one of America s best known and most accomplished show business personalities who also happens to have who served his country in the Vietnam War 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 also includes several 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

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-16.html (2016-02-15)
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  • D.C. Metro Officials Right a Wrong That Should Never Have Been Made
    Rowan National President of Vietnam Veterans of America VVA When the depth of indignation came known Tysons Corner Center executives and Washington D C Metro officials hastened to remove the ads which were to have had a one month run We applaud them for their swift action to correct a collective error in judgment That the conceptualization production approvals and posting of this ad got as far as it did however is appalling Rowan said To defend the ad as a spokeswoman for the D C Metro initially told a reporter because We honor the First Amendment just like most newspapers do is also troubling This is not as she contended a freedom of speech issue Rather it is or should be one of simple common sense Just as a candidate for public office should never use The Wall the Iwo Jima Memorial or any other memorial as backdrop for a campaign ad heralding his patriotism a company should not use an image representing the service and sacrifice of America s men and women in uniform and especially of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice to sell cars or clothing or cigarettes or to get folks to go out and shop 30 More than six hundred delegates from VVA state councils and local chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Louisville for the National Convention Following the July 29 Opening Ceremonies 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 coming two years The Keynote Speaker at the Opening Ceremonies will be Retired Army Gen Russel Honore a Vietnam War era veteran known as the Category Five General for his

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  • Vietnam Veterans of America to Hold Scholarship Golf Tournament At the VVA National Convention
    The cost per player is 75 which includes green fees a cart a box lunch and beverage Sponsorships also are available at 100 per hole and everyone is invited to sponsor a hole This golf tournament provides 95 percent of the funding for the Mike Nash Scholarship Program said VVA National President John Rowan Since 1991 this program has provided financial assistance of 260 000 to Vietnam era veterans dependent children grandchildren and orphans and widows of Vietnam veterans for undergraduate studies It s one of the most valuable things we do as an organization More than six hundred delegates from VVA state councils and local chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests in Louisville for the National Convention Following the July 29 Opening Ceremonies 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 coming two years The Keynote Speaker at the Opening Ceremonies will be Retired Army Gen Russel Honore a Vietnam War era veteran known as the Category Five General for his leadership in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-014.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Vietnam Veterans of America: Crying Need to Deal with Agent Orange Problems Here in America
    toxins on the children grandchildren and even great grandchildren must similarly be addressed The U S government currently is not studying the possible intergenerational effects of exposure to Agent Orange nor are they doing any morbidity studies at the Department of Veterans Affairs the National Institutes of Health the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or anywhere else Rowan called for the immediate de classification of all Department of Defense information that pertains to exposure of U S military servicemembers to any toxin at any time to include the Vietnam Era and to take immediate steps to begin epidemiological studies birth defects registries and outreach necessary to scientifically document the problems suffered by our veterans and their offspring Dow Chemical is not going to fund these studies Rowan said Only the U S government can reasonably be expected to fund this vital research and they have not been doing their job In fact it would appear that for the last decade that our government has been doing everything possible to prevent such studies from being done That the Administration is adding another 3 million to the 3 million already pledged from the Ford Foundation for work to help those suffering

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  • Untitled Document
    in 2008 after a distinguished 37 year career We know that General Honore will get the Convention off to a rousing start said VVA President John Rowan He is a take charge man who gets things done And he is a veteran of the Vietnam War era I know that his words will inspire our delegates as they get started on the hard work of the Convention 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 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 coming two years The Convention also includes several 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 and television personality and Vietnam veteran Pat Sajak will receive VVA s Excellence in the Arts Award at the Convention s culminating event the Saturday Night Awards Banquet Former Miss America Heather French Henry will address

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-012.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Memorial Day Message From VVA National President John Rowan
    and Iraq And we continue to lose veterans from the insidious long term effects of exposure to toxic substances during their time in uniform and from invisible mental demons that are part of the lingering legacy of war Memorial Day is the time to commemorate those who have made the supreme sacrifice doing our nation s bidding fighting for American freedom and values Memorial Day is the fitting time for

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2009/pr09-011.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VA Needs Legislative Push to Inform Veterans of Health Issues Connected to Military Service
    out to veterans and their families to inform them of the benefits to which they are entitled certainly to the almost 80 percent of veterans who do not use the VA for their health care This state of affairs has led VVA in concert with dozens of health advocacy organizations healthcare firms and others concerned about improving the health of our nation s veterans to create the Veterans Health Council By working together Rowan said we hope to reach out to veterans and their families to inform them about those diseases and other maladies that may derive from their time in service We hope too to reach out to the wider healthcare community to educate them about such health conditions Through our website www veteranshealth org and the web sites and publications of our partners we can reach hundreds of thousands of veterans who otherwise might not know that a disease that is plaguing them and eating away at their savings may be associated with their service in Vietnam or Kuwait or Iraq or Afghanistan and that they are eligible for treatment and may qualify for disability compensation and pension as well as other benefits from the VA While we have every confidence that Secretary Shinseki and his team will endeavor to make far greater efforts at outreach we believe that legislation is needed that would require the VA to devise a coordinated outreach plan attached to budget numbers Rowan said Such legislation which would dovetail with the Obama Administration s move to a national system of electronic medical records would mandate that a veteran s medical health history be part of his her treatment record if a veteran uses VA facilities or chooses to go to private physicians require that clinicians ask if a patient has ever served in

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  • Vietnam Veterans of America Calls for Openness and Transparency In Addressing Contaminated Medical Equipment at VAMCs 
    medical center from January 2008 through November 2008 VA Secretary Shinseki in his confirmation statement promised to transform the Department of Veterans Affairs noted John Rowan National President of Vietnam Veterans of America VVA Part of this transformation involves bringing transparency and openness to VA operations and establishing relationships based on trust and positive results over a lifetime General Shinseki said With a crisis brewing over the extent of improperly reprocessed endoscopic equipment this is the first test of how open the Department will be in admitting and addressing potentially life threatening errors Secretary Shinseki needs to continue to get the facts from his people and to inform veterans who get their care at the VA medical centers in Murfreesboro Miami and Augusta This effort must involve continual updates on what the VA is learning about the extent of this situation Rowan said According to a VA press release dated April 3rd 17 veterans had tested positive for hepatitis B hepatitis C or the Human Immunodeficiency HIV Virus Eleven of these were tested at the VA s Murfreesboro Medical Center the other six were tested at the Augusta hospital That was the last official press release from the VA on

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