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  • VVA President Calls on VA to Take Action on New Evidence On Health Issues Dealing with Agent Orange Exposure
    the Institute of Medicine The report found evidence that exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides is associated with an increased chance of developing high blood pressure and AL amyloidosis a rare blood disorder among Vietnam veterans VA Secretary Nicholson needs to take immediate action on this Rowan said We strongly urge him to add these two diseases to the long list of serious health problems associated with exposure to Agent Orange thereby allowing veterans with those diseases to receive proper treatment and compensation Rowan also called upon the VA to begin an immediate outreach program to veterans and the medical profession advising them about the new Institute of Medicine findings This report underscores another failing of the VA Rowan said not paying proper attention to the elevated risks of a wide variety of medical conditions that veterans of Vietnam and all subsequent overseas conflicts face as a result of their service to the nation Rowan pointed out that the VA also has failed to complete the congressionally mandated National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Readjustment Study Congress called for this study in 2000 Rowan said and we are still waiting for the finished result We need to get this done so

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-024.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • John Rowan Re-Elected National President of Vietnam Veterans of America
    Conference of State 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 Security Service during the Vietnam War Rowan was a founding member and the first president of VVA Chapter 32 in Queens New York He retired recently as an investigator in the City of New York s Comptroller s Office He lives in Middle Village New York with his wife Mariann Three other national officers also were re elected Jack Devine Vice President Barry Hagge Secretary and Alan Cook Treasurer In addition 19 National Board of Directors were elected Nine At Large and nine regional The At Large directors are Marsha Four Gerald Yamamoto John Margowski Michael Marks Alan Gibson Dan Stenvold Joe Jenkins Pat Bessigano Patrick Welch and Tony Catapano The nine regional directors are Region 1 Albert Cummings Region 2 Fred Elliott Region 3 Bruce Whitaker Region 4 Carol Schetrompf Region 5 Tom Meinhardt Region 6 Steven House Region 7 Allen J Manuel Region 8 John Neuman and Region 9 Dick Southern Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation s only congressionally chartered

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-023.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Applauds Court Decision to Pay Retroactive Benefits to Veterans and Their Families for Illnesses Caused by Exposure to Agent Orange
    is presumptively service connected because of exposure to Agent Orange said Vietnam Veterans of America President John Rowan VVA applauds today s decision of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in the case of Nehmer et al v United States Department of Veterans Affairs Rowan said That decision affirmed a lower court decision that the VA is obligated by law to pay disability benefits to the veterans suffering from Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia as a result of their exposure to Agent Orange VVA agrees Rowan said with the court that the performance of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs has contributed substantially to our sense of national shame VVA shares the hope that the court expressed so well in the last paragraph of the decision that this litigation will now end that our government will now respect the legal obligations it undertook in the Consent Decree some 16 years ago that obstructionist bureaucratic opposition will now cease and that our veterans finally will receive the benefits to which they are morally and legally entitled Rowan added It is our hope that the Secretary of Veterans Affairs will move immediately to implement the decree fully If not

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-022.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA National President John Rowan on the Resignation of VA Secretary Nicholson
    to his appointment at the beginning of President Bush s second term Mr Nicholson did preside over a number of accomplishments during his almost three years at the head of the VA as well as weather some real storms of controversy Rowan said While Secretary Nicholson was able to expand the number of Community base Outreach Clinics begin to restore much needed staffing levels in mental health and greatly expand the outreach and services for younger veterans from the wars of today his tenure was also marked by public funding shortfalls in the summer of 2005 and the highly publicized losses of highly personal and confidential medical information for millions of veterans Rowan went on to praise the Secretary for his palpable concern for veterans and for his equanimity in the face of extreme pressure We thank Secretary Nicholson for his devotion to public service his hard work and discipline and for his open attitude toward new ideas to improve services to veterans of every generation All of us at VVA wish him and his family well as they have the opportunity to re enter private life back home in Colorado Rowan also called on the President to move quickly

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-019.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • CONGRESSMAN BOB FILNER OF CALIFORNIA TO SPEAK AT VIETNAM VETERANS NATIONAL CONVENTION
    the Legislative Breakfast held in conjunction with Vietnam Veterans of America s 13th biennial National Convention on Saturday morning July 21 at the Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield Illinois Filner who serves as the chair of the House of Representatives Committee on Veterans Affairs has worked tirelessly on Capitol Hill since the mid 1990s on behalf of veterans and their families We are honored that Congressman Bob Filner will be joining us in Springfield said Rick Weidman VVA s Director of Government Relations He is one of the nation s most effective legislators working on issues of concern to Vietnam veterans and we are very appreciative that he s taking time out of his schedule to speak at this important event at our National Convention An estimated 700 delegates from local chapters will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests at the VVA National Convention in Springfield which begins on Wednesday July 18 and runs through Saturday July 21 The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years elect national officers and the Board of Directors hear from an array of speakers attend information sessions and take part in special events including the Legislative

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-017.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA National Convention Kickoff Event: Wreath laying at Illinois Vietnam Veterans Memorial
    located near the Lincoln Tomb at Oak Ridge Cemetery The ceremony which is open to the public will pay tribute to the 2 972 Illinois residents who served in the Vietnam War and died or are listed as still missing It s an honor for VVA to recognize those from Illinois who did not come back from Vietnam before we begin the business of our National Convention in Illinois state capital said VVA President John Rowan who will be joined in the ceremony by National Vice President Jack Devine Secretary Barry Hagge and Treasurer Alan Cook After the solemn ceremony the nearby Museum of Funeral Customs will host a reception for VVA officers members and the media The Convention s Opening Ceremonies will take place on Wednesday morning July 18 An estimated 700 delegates from local chapters will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests at the VVA National Convention in Springfield which runs through Saturday July 21 The delegates will set the organization s course for the next two years elect national officers and the Board of Directors hear from an array of speakers attend information sessions and take part in special events including the Legislative Breakfast Among

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-016.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Pulitzer Prize Winning Journalist Clarence Page to Give Keynote Speech at Vietnam Veterans of America's National Convention
    from VVA chapters across the country will join hundreds of other Vietnam veterans and guests for the event Clarence Page was drafted into the U S Army after graduating from Ohio University in 1969 He served as an Army journalist with the 212th Artillery Group at Ft Lewis Washington After receiving his honorable discharge he went to work as a reporter and assistant city editor for the Chicago Tribune He has been a nationally syndicated columnist and member of the Tribune editorial board since 1984 Page appears often as a guest panelist on The McLaughlin Group is a regular contributor to PBS s News Hour with Jim Lehrer and has hosted several PBS documentaries A 1992 inductee into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame his awards include Pulitzer Prizes in 1972 as a member of a team of reporters who wrote a series on voter fraud and the 1989 Pulitzer Prize for Commentary VVA is honored that Clarence Page will be giving the Keynote Address at the Convention s Opening Ceremonies said VVA National President John Rowan He is one of the nation s most distinguished journalists and commentators and we look forward to his speech to his fellow veterans

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-014.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Nancy Sinatra to Receive Arts Award at Vietnam Veterans of America's National Convention
    commitment ever since It is a privilege to honor Nancy Sinatra said VVA national President John Rowan She was among the first entertainers to entertain troops in the field in Vietnam Every year since she has made the concerns and issues of veterans a priority Along the way she has been a ground breaking rock and roll star a movie star and a performer who has used her talent and fame to benefit not only veterans but victims of the East Asian tsunami as well Sinatra exploded on the rock scene in 1966 with the No 1 hit These Boots Are Made For Walkin and followed with several other chart topping songs She recorded the title song for the James Bond movie You Only Live Twice before hitting No 1 once again with Somethin Stupid a duet with her father Frank She later appeared in many feature films and TV shows as she continued to do benefit shows for veterans A long time feature of Nancy Sinatra s live performances is a shout out to veterans and active duty military in her audiences to whom she has said Welcome Home to roars of appreciative applause An estimated 700 delegates from

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2007/pr07-010.htm (2016-02-15)
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