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  • VVA Press Release
    East is being sponsored by the Seneca Gaming Corporation a major sponsor of the Broadway to Baghdad event The veterans will take part in a series of tours and events arranged by the New York City Police and Fire Departments and then will attend the USO type gala show from 5 00 to 7 00 p m at the HBO Theater as well as the special 8 o clock performance of The Times They Are A Changin the new Twyla Tharp musical at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Vietnam Veterans of America s motto is Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another said VVA President John Rowan We are proud and humbled to welcome these young American heroes to New York and to this event one of many VVA efforts to honor the newest generation of American veterans and to reach out to them to help them adjust to life back home Special sponsorship packages including opportunities to help active duty service members attend the events are available To find out more contact Pat Gualtieri at 877 727 2333 or go to www vva org Baghdad to Broadway is being made possible through the generous contributions of many organizations

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-035.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    America s fightingmen and women a USO type show from 5 00 to 7 00 p m at the HBO Theater The event also includes an 8 o clock performance of the new Twyla Tharp musical The Times They Are A Changin at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Miller will perform his stirring song The Man That Made the Medal which he wrote in honor of Army Master Sergeant William L Payne who was killed in Iraq in May of 2003 He has played the song many times including at memorial services for fallen comrades while he was serving in Iraq Vietnam Veterans of America s motto is Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another said VVA President John Rowan And we are very proud to feature Iraq War veteran Alton Miller and his music at this event one of many VVA efforts to honor the newest generation of American veterans and to reach out to them with the benefit of our experience to help them adjust to life back home Special sponsorship packages including opportunities to help active duty service members attend the events are available To find out more contact Pat Gualtieri at 877 727 2333 or

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-033.htm (2016-02-15)
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    from 5 00 to 7 00 p m at the HBO Theater and an 8 o clock performance of the new Twyla Tharp musical The Times They Are A Changin at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre Vietnam Veterans of America s motto is Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another said VVA President John Rowan This event is one of many VVA efforts to honor the newest generation of American veterans and to reach out to them with the benefit of our experience to help them adjust to life back home We certainly hope that veterans and others who support veterans will come out on October 17 th for this worthwhile cause Special sponsorship packages including opportunities to help active duty service members attend the events are available To find out more contact Pat Gualtieri at 877 727 2333 or go to www vva org Baghdad to Broadway is being made possible through the generous contributions of many organizations including Home Box Office U Haul International Veterans Advantage Banfi Vintners Foundation Veterans of Modern Warfare Research Foundation of the City University of New York Masons AFL CIO of New York State the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund the VVA New

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-032.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    Post traumatic Stress upon their return Rowan said Rather than disputing numbers our focus must remain on ensuring that there are accurate standardized early screening diagnos is and clinically effective evidence based treatment and recovery programs for all of our veterans suffering psychological trauma as a result of their military combat experiences And Congress must ensure that there is adequate funding and trained personnel for both the VA and the Department of Defense to deliver these services and programs to our nation s veterans Rowan said What is beyond argument is that the more combat exposure a soldier sees the greater the odds are that he and increasingly she will suffer mental and emotional stress that can become debilitating And in wars without fronts combat support troops are just as likely to be affected by the same traumas as infantrymen Rowan said VVA also believes that tens of thousands of Vietnam veterans who in fact have suffered from Post traumatic Stress seek neither treatment nor compensation because of a variety of factors including pride and their own self image Rather than attempt to minimize the numbers the government must acknowledge the clinical damage and provide the necessary clinical services No one really knows how many of our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have been or will be adversely affected by their wartime experiences And despite early intervention by psychological personnel no one can project how serious their emotional and mental problems will become or how chronic will be both the neuro psychiatric wounds and their impact on physical health Given the nature of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan VVA has no reason to believe that the rate of PTSD for veterans of OIF and OEF will be any less than that of Vietnam veterans Quibbles about studies and statistics

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-031.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    receive the compensation and health care they are entitled to as well as other VA programs Rowan said On August 16 2006 the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims rendered a decision in the appeal of Haas v Nicholson In their 31 page decision the Court determined the Department of Veterans Affairs VA has been unlawfully denying presumptive disability compensation for exposure to Agent Orange AO for service members who served in the waters offshore of Vietnam and earned the VSM Numerous veterans who served in Vietnam have been able to qualify for presumptive disability compensation for exposure to AO Unfortunately the application of presumptive coverage has resulted in many inequities for veterans and their families An example of this can be seen in the VA s denials of presumptive service connection to service members who served on boats and ships off the coast of Vietnam Although these veterans earned and received the VSM many have had their claims denied by VA for presumptive disability due to AO exposure because they did not step foot on the ground in Vietnam All veterans who served in the waters offshore need to speak with a service representative or service officer as soon

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-030.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    cases reported crash locations prisoners taken and number of aircrews killed After correlating with publicly available data VVA passed this list on to the U S government s Defense Prisoner of War Missing Personnel Office in hopes that it may contain information to help account for some of the more than 1 800 U S servicemen still unaccounted for from the Vietnam War VVA s Veterans Initiative Task Force VITF dedicated to achieving the fullest possible accounting of missing American service members first traveled to Ukraine in November 2005 Since then VVA and VITF have established a close relationship with the Ukrainian veterans In May 2006 VVA and the Ukrainians signed a memorandum of understanding Both sides pledged to work together to insure that no service member living or dead is ever left behind and that any recovered remains are returned with honor and dignity to his her people During their visit to America the Ukrainian veterans met with U S veterans of the Vietnam War family members of missing American service members representatives of the city of Cincinnati Ohio and Rep Steve Chabot R Ohio This visit was made possible because of generous donations from the Buckeye Foundation the

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-029.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    usurp the oversight role of Congress They represent a bald faced attack on protections inherent in our Constitution not a welcome attempt at government reform Rowan said They would set a dangerous precedent If Congress or the President can t muster enough votes to do away with a program or agency they find bothersome those in power would have a commission they can depend on do what they have neither the political will nor popular support to do These bills are no more than a brazen backdoor attempt by those who would roll back programs that have become part of the fabric of our republic Rowan said While veterans programs may not be specifically targeted there is every indication that they would be adversely affected should a sunset commission become law Given the events of the past few years it is clear to us that Post traumatic Stress Disorder treatment and compensation programs would be among the first to be targeted along with special programs at the VA for blinded veterans those with traumatic brain injuries and any program that addresses toxic exposures such as Agent Orange and Gulf War Illness We need more accountability not less and greater transparency

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-028.htm (2016-02-15)
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    it been shared with private entities While there are no new startling conclusions in the report Rowan said what is distressing to us are the facts well documented in this report that IT vulnerabilities have been ignored for far too long by top officials at the VA and that remediation efforts have been spotty and ineffective The initial failures to comprehend the potential extent of the data loss in the wake of the theft of a laptop and external hard drive from the home of a long time VA employee and the ensuing attempts at damage control at a series of congressional hearings have illuminated an issue that warrants immediate attention particularly in regard to accountability measures Rowan in Tucson to attend VVA s National Leadership Conference said Secretary Nicholson is to be commended for his determination to plug the holes that have been neglected for too many years Rowan said We fear that the actions taken by and planned by the Secretary don t go far enough To insure that veterans personal data really are secure an independent oversight entity must be created under the jurisdiction of the courts to monitor compliance with new and revised policies and procedures

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-027.htm (2016-02-15)
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