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  • VA Budget Proposal Short by $3 Billion
    are able to properly plan for the funding needed to care for their patients We ask that you consider an immediate alternative to the broken system we currently have Rowan said Rowan characterized as inadequate the FY 09 request for 2 34 billion more than the FY 08 appropriation This barely keeps up with inflation and will not allow the Department of Veterans Affairs to continue enhancing its physical and mental health care services for returning veterans restore needed long term care programs for aging veterans or allow working class veterans to return to their health care system To accommodate these goals Rowan said VVA recommends an increase of 5 24 billion over FY 08 Of this amount 1 3 billion should be dedicated to restoring access to Priority 8 veterans who were temporarily barred from entering the system five years ago Rowan condemned the proposed budget for again attempting to tax higher income veterans with an annual fee and for nearly doubling the co payment for prescription drugs This is further evidence Rowan said of the attempt to rid the system of as many higher income veterans as possible Rowan was skeptical that the President s budget will provide

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2008/pr08-002.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Increase in VA Healthcare Funding
    been in limbo Nor are we pleased that this added funding as an emergency appropriation is not to be part of the base budget This could have negative consequences for FY 2010 Rowan said Although both sides of the aisle in Congress have been cool towards instituting a system of assured guaranteed funding for veterans healthcare VVA believes the current method of funding is broken and a new means of

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2008/pr08-001.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Press Release: SCHOLARSHIP INITIATIVE FOR RETURNING TROOPS  TO FILL GAPS IN THE GI BILL
    the first recipients of these scholarships Vietnam Veterans of America commends Mr Kohlberg Major General Clifford Stanley USMC Ret and the Fund for Veterans Education for their efforts to assist returning veterans The scholarships will help these young men and women go as far as their drive their ambition and their intelligence can take them in furthering their education said John Rowan national president of Vietnam Veterans of America This is an investment in America s future The GI Bill for returning veterans of World War II helped usher in an unprecedented era of prosperity in America It elevated thousands of veterans and their families into the middle class These scholarships today should succeed in offsetting some of the limitations in the current GI Bill Rowan said and will we would hope achieve many of the goals of the original GI Bill The cost of attending post secondary institutions is constantly on the rise and so are the numbers of veterans returning home from Iraq and Afghanistan Rowan said He pointed out that current benefits cover about a quarter of the average cost at all universities These newest veterans have earned education benefits that should be equal to that accorded

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-030.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Untitled Document
    10 with a star studded opening ceremony at the parade s starting point on the Mall at 7th Street between Jefferson and Madison Drives The parade steps off at 11 a m and will consist of units marching by state and by military organization Rolling Thunder motorcyclists floats and marching bands from around the country will join the veterans The parade will end at the Washington Monument grounds where participants will find a reunion tent an Agent Orange Benefits information tent and an all star concert at the Sylvan Theater featuring the Kingston Trio and Mark Farner of Grand Funk Railroad The concert will begin at 12 p m This is shaping up to be a monumental event and one that is gaining in momentum each day said VVA National President John Rowan We are very pleased that Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy L Lanier will be marching in the parade as we honor the men and women who served our nation during the Vietnam War We believe this will be the largest gathering of veterans in Washington since the dedication of The Wall in 1982 For more information and to find out how to join the parade go to

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-029.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Untitled Document
    25th Anniversary Parade commemorating the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and continue until 6 00 p m The parade will step off at 11 00 a m from the National Mall at 7th Street between Jefferson and Madison Drives and will end at the Washington Monument Grounds where participants will take part in a variety of events including unit reunions and the concert The emcee for the concert will be actress and entertainer Chris Noel who was an Armed Forces Vietnam Network radio DJ during the Vietnam War This promises to be a very special concert said VVA National President John Rowan coming as it does after the largest gathering of Vietnam veterans in the nation s capital since The Wall was dedicated in 1982 We invite veterans of all wars to join us at the Parade and concert as we honor those who served our nation during the Vietnam War Also on the concert bill The legendary Kingston Trio Paulette Carlson the former lead singer for the country and western band Highway 101 Iraq War veteran Alton Miller and the Alton Miller Country Band the former Dean Martin TV show singers and dancers the Golddiggers and the Ding

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-028.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Press Release: VVA AND VETJOBS TEAM UP TO PROMOTE THE NOVEMBER 10TH 25TH ANNIVERSARY PARADE
    VVA s website www vva org said John Rowan VVA National President We urge you to check out the VetJobs job board where you can post your resume and take a look at job offerings in your field This site which offers the best career services and support for our veterans and their family members can spell the difference between success and failure in the job search said Rick Weidman VVA Executive Director for Policy and Government Affairs We are grateful to our partner VetJobs and president Ted Daywalt for his willingness to help VVA spread the word about the parade in honor of the 25th Anniversary of the Dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial said Rowan By posting banner ads on www VetJobs com and by printing announcements in the VetJobs newsletter more than 400 000 people will learn about VVA and the upcoming November 10th events Eight year old VetJobs is recognized as the leading military related Internet job board assisting U S veterans worldwide as well as transitioning military personnel and their family members Thousands of veterans and their family members have found jobs with more than 7 000 employers who use VetJobs as a primary recruiting

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-027.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Offers Commemorative Book for 25th Anniversary Parade Honoring The Wall
    the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and documents its fascinating history from its controversial inception in 1982 to its evolution as the most visited and venerated memorial in our nation s capital Features include award winning fiction and poetry on the Vietnam War the photography of famed Vietnam War photographer Larry Burrows including photos featured in The Vietnam Experience book series Maya Lin s original sketches and design statement a tribute to the women who served in Vietnam personal stories of extraordinary journeys to The Wall letters and offerings from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Collection an evocative photo essay of The Wall and more This is a once in a lifetime publication said VVA National President John Rowan We are very pleased that our resources have been combined with those of Boston Publishing to create a book that will be a valuable keepsake and an important reference tool for Vietnam veterans and for generations to come Proceeds of the sale of this commemorative book will help VVA s many programs including veterans benefits assistance and housing programs for Vietnam War Gulf War Afghanistan War and Iraq War veterans For more information and to order your copy go to http vva org 25thEvent

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  • VVA To Welcome Thousands At Anniversary Parade for The Wall
    Mall in Washington D C We re expecting the largest gathering of veterans in Washington since the dedication of The Wall in 1982 said VVA National President John Rowan We are inviting veterans of all wars to join us as we honor the men and women who served our nation during the Vietnam War The festivities will begin at 10 00 a m with star studded Opening Ceremonies at the parade s starting point on the Mall at 7th Street between Jefferson and Madison Drives The parade will step off at 11 00 a m It will consist of individual participants including many prominent Vietnam veterans from all walks of life military vehicles floats motorcyclists and marching bands from around the country The parade will end at the Washington Monument Grounds where participants will take part in a variety of events including unit reunions We are issuing a special open invitation to everyone who served in the military during the Vietnam War era Rowan said Come and join us in Washington in a landmark event Application forms for individuals and groups who would like to join the parade are available at http vva org 25thEvent event info htm or by

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-025.htm (2016-02-15)
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