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  • Poet W.D. Ehrhart To Receive Award At Vietnam Veterans of America's National Leadership Conference
    South Carolina The honor will be presented at the conference s final event the Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Greenville the site of the Leadership Conference Bill Ehrhart is certainly deserving of this award said VVA President John Rowan I first came across Ehrhart when I read his war poetry in 1972 in the anthology Winning Hearts and Minds Since then he s edited two exceptional volumes of Vietnam veteran poetry has produced three first rate memoirs and continues to write much of which is derived from his experiences fighting in Vietnam Chris Noel a young actress who put her career on hold to host a popular radio show in Vietnam on the Armed Forces Network and Bobbie Keith who as Bobbie the Weather Girl gave light hearted weather forecasts on Armed Forces TV in Vietnam will receive the President s Awards for Excellence in the Arts J Craig Venter the visionary biologist who pioneered the work that decoded the human genome will receive the VVA Excellence in the Sciences Award The Leadership Conference brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates from around the nation who will take part in four days of seminars meetings and other activities Opening

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  • Chris Noel and Bobbie Keith to Receive Awards at VVA National Conference
    honors will be presented at the conference s final event the Awards Banquet at the Hyatt Regency Greenville the site of the Leadership Conference Chris Noel gave up a promising Hollywood career in 1965 to host her own radio show on the Armed Forces Network in Vietnam We re honoring Chris for her morale boosting radio show her frequent visits to the troops in the war zone and for her post war work as a Vietnam veterans advocate said VVA National President John Rowan Bobbie Keith known to Vietnam veterans as Bobbie the Weather Girl volunteered to do tongue in cheek weather forecasts on AFVN Television in Saigon while working for the USAID in Saigon in 1967 Bobbie was a big hit on TV Rowan said and for three years she also went out to countless fire support bases landing zones and to ships in the Gulf of Tonkin and in Vietnamese waters to give our troops a morale boost The Leadership Conference brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates from around the nation They will take part in four days of seminars meetings and other activities Opening Ceremonies will be held Wednesday July 16 VVA s supporting organization the

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  • J. Craig Venter, Human Genome Pioneer, to Receive at VVA's National Leadership Conference
    of the Leadership Conference Craig Venter has been one of the world s most accomplished and famous scientists since he pioneered the mapping of the human genome in 2000 said VVA President John Rowan What many people don t know is that Dr Venter served as a Navy corpsman a medic in the Vietnam War an experience that he says has shaped much of his adult life We are extremely proud to honor a fellow Vietnam veteran for his unmatched contributions to science in decoding the human genome and for the forming of the J Craig Venter Institute a world leader in genomic research Chris Noel who as a young actress put her career on hold to host a popular radio show in Vietnam on the Armed Forces Network will receive the President s Award for Excellence in the Arts at the Awards Banquet W D Ehrhart the celebrated poet writer scholar and teacher who served as a U S Marine in the Vietnam War will receive the VVA Excellence in the Arts Award The Leadership Conference brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates from around the nation They will take part in four days of seminars meetings and other

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  • VVA Endorses Snowball Express
    Snowball Express 2008 scheduled to take place December 16 19 in Orange County California will provide a weekend of entertainment for over 1 000 children and their surviving parents Financing for this weekend of fun will come entirely from donated funds The mission of Snowball Express to create new memories and a few days of joy for those whose lives have been shattered by the loss of a loved one is noble Through our network of over 600 chapters located in communities across the nation in Guam Puerto Rico the Philippines and the Virgin Islands we intend to help spread the word about this special week for the children of the fallen We want to make sure that no child is left out because the word has not reached their families said John Rowan President and Chief Executive Officer of Vietnam Veterans of America In December 2007 Snowball Express brought together more than 750 children and 360 surviving parents in Orange County California from all over the U S and as far away as Italy Japan and the U K for an all expense paid weekend which included dinner and a live concert with Gary Sinese a day at Oakley

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  • VVA Names Barry Hagge as Chief Information Officer
    technological expertise combined with his broad knowledge of veterans affairs and his virtual vision have allowed VVA s communications systems to evolve at a rapid pace We are fortunate to have Barry s tremendous experience at a critical time in our organization s growth As National Secretary his knowledge of security systems has been invaluable ensuring that VVA s membership is safe from identity theft We are delighted to announce the appointment of Barry as VVA s Chief Information Officer said VVA National President and CEO John Rowan A member of Vietnam Veterans of America since 1988 Mr Hagge has served as chair of the VVA National Constitution Committee as treasurer and executive vice president of the VVA Pennsylvania State council and in numerous positions on the board of directors of his home chapter VVA Chapter 349 in Valley Forge Pennsylvania He serves as Secretary of the Oley Township Pennsylvania Zoning Board and is a member of the Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Born in Reading Pennsylvania and raised in Boyertown Barry enlisted in the U S Navy after graduating from high school in 1964 He served offshore in Vietnam on the U S S Galveston in 1965

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  • Vietnam Veterans of America Calls for More Funding and Accountability on PTSD Treatment and Research
    Committee before the House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Healthcare The need for effective evidence based psychiatric psychological interventions is acute Have the armed services developed any combat stress resiliency models and if so what is their efficacy and by what measures Berger asked No one really knows how many OEF and OIF troops have been or will be affected by their wartime experiences Beyond speculation the more combat exposure soldiers experience the greater the odds they will suffer mental and emotional stress and our troops are seeing more and longer deployments Berger noted Without proper diagnosis and treatment these men and women will be at high risk for self medication and abuse with alcohol and drugs domestic violence unemployment and underemployment homelessness incarceration medical co morbidities such as cardiovascular diseases and suicide But such integrated treatment programs take time and cost money and with the larger number of veterans involved lots of money along with accountability for expenditure said Berger Veterans seeking help within the VA healthcare system are facing yet other obstacles in the search for mental health treatment and recovery programs Despite an infusion of dollars and the creation of more Vet Centers the influx of demands by

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  • Vietnam Veterans of America to Hold National Leadership Conference in Greenville, S.C.
    leaders will come together to take part in seminars meetings a golf tournament and other activities including an Awards Banquet in honor of VVA s 30th anniversary Opening Ceremonies will be held Wednesday July 16 In keeping with its founding principle Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another VVA will hold the conference in conjunction with the founding National Convention of the Veterans of Modern Warfare VVA s supporting organization the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its biennial convention and national elections concurrently with the Leadership Conference We are really looking forward to this Leadership Conference said VVA president John Rowan In addition to bringing together our leaders from across the country to get caught up on all of the issues we are concerned with as an organization we will be celebrating our 30th anniversary And we ll be helping the latest generation of American veterans It s going to be a unique and valuable four days in Greenville At the heart of the conference are the seminars 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

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  • VVA Calls for $5 Billion More for Health Care and Better Outreach
    fiscal year although you must exercise stringent oversight to ensure that the funding goes to where it s supposed to go Rowan said And we hope you will be firm in adding the 5 24 billion that VVA believes is needed for FY 09 part of which would enable so called higher income veterans to enroll in the VA healthcare system Still we remain staunch in our advocacy for the passage of an assured funding bill that would end the annual wrangling over veterans healthcare funding Rowan said We have endorsed H R 2514 and companion legislation in the Senate S 331 and we again urge you to give these your consideration particularly now at a time when the VA should be anticipating an influx of 100 000 new veterans during the next fiscal year Rowan also noted legislation introduced recently by freshman Senator Sherrod Brown D Ohio to help returning veterans transition into colleges and universities and provide support to help them succeed in higher education His Supporting Education for Returning Veterans Act would provide grants to institutions of higher learning to establish one stop centers to provide services and support to veterans on campus Rowan reiterated VVA s support for S 1314 which would require the Department of Veterans Affairs to have line items in its budget for outreach a significant failing of that department There are tens of thousands of veterans who remain ignorant of the services and benefits available to them because of their service to our country Rowan said And most of them don t get their health care at VA facilities Regarding an unacceptable situation faced by veterans who do get their health care at the VA medical center in San Juan Puerto Rico Rowan urged funding for an off site parking facility and

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