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  • VVA Press Release
    veterans who use the VA for their health care needs said John Rowan the National President of Vietnam Veterans of America He is a man of integrity and an honest broker in a department whose huge size and complicated bureaucracy sometimes causes intrigues that interfere with the mission He has helped his colleagues focus on providing the highest quality care to the veterans its serves Dr Perlin provided firm leadership and a clear vision that brought out the best in the people with whom he served at the VA It was Dr Perlin who acknowledged that the VA health care system was 800 million in the hole in the waning months of fiscal year 2005 despite earlier assurances by VA top officials that the department had the funds it needed said Rowan who was attending VVA s National Leadership Conference in Tucson In many ways Dr Perlin mirrored his former boss Anthony Principi who confronted hard realities with candor and honesty always holding the needs of the veterans he served above other considerations Rowan said While VVA occasionally differed with him we know that Dr Perlin leaves his mark on the VA health care system Rowan said He leaves with

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  • VVA Press Release
    of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs We explicitly told the DOJ that we were not interested in causing any delay in adjudicating veterans benefits or providing health care to veterans We offered as well the possibility of performing a sampling of VA laptops for potentially relevant evidence and to exempt the majority of these computers from any hold DOJ told our attorneys that they would get back to them in a few days In fact they still had not gotten back to our attorneys as of Friday when the letters were sent to Secretary Nicholson and Chairman Buyer Rowan said To attempt to shift blame to us for preventing the VA from doing what it should have been doing all along is unfair and incorrect Rowan reiterated that only through the intervention of the courts will we learn just what personal information the VA has collected on veterans as well as active duty personnel Reservists and members of the National Guard and what they were doing with this trove of information he said For what purpose and on what legal basis were these data collected in the first place How did the VA gain access to this data What

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    hearing from Senator Gravel said VVA National President John Rowan He has served our nation as a soldier in the U S Army and in the U S Senate We well remember his pivotal role in 1971 in letting the American people know about the Defense Department s secret history of the Vietnam War The Pentagon Papers We hope his emphasis on the well being of America s veterans will cause all 2008 candidates to take concerns of veterans and their families seriously Senator Gravel enlisted in the U S Army in 1951 and served for three years as an adjutant in the Communications Services and as a Special Agent in the Counter Intelligence Corps He was elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1968 and re elected in 1974 Senator Gravel has announced his intention to run for President in the 2008 election VVA asked him to speak at the Leadership Conference because he is making the vital concerns of veterans such as veterans health care and education benefits for returning troops a central part of his campaign The seminars include sessions on helping veterans obtain VA benefits they re entitled to being informed and informing

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    Leadership Conference General Ware is especially deserving of this award said Jerry Yamamoto who chairs VVA s Minority Affairs Committee We are honoring him for his commitment to VVA to the minority veterans community and for his effective community leadership and successful entrepreneurship He is highly admired and respected by our fellow veterans and the community A native of Mobile Alabama who today lives in Austin Texas Gen Ware is president of Ezell Ware and Associates a business development and public relations firm A highly decorated veteran of the Vietnam War Gen Ware retired from the military in 2003 after a 42 year Army career His last assignment was Chief Adjutant General of the California National Guard He is the author of By Duty Bound a well received autobiography focusing on this military career and Vietnam War tour VVA s National Leadership Conference which begins on July 12 brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates who will take part in seminars meetings and other activities The seminars include sessions on helping veterans obtain VA benefits they re entitled to being informed and informing our newest veterans who are returning from Afghanistan and Iraq about Post traumatic Stress Disorder and other

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    the Privacy Act caused by the cavalier attitude of an entrenched bureaucracy at the VA that has put veterans information at risk Rowan said The VA s handling of this unfortunate theft exposes the very real need for major reform in how records with personal information are handled and secured and VVA intends to pursue with vigor legal remedies to insure that such a situation cannot occur again While we applaud Chairman Buyer s suggestion that the VA s IT chief be elevated to the status of an under secretary we don t believe this goes far enough Elevating the VA s IT chief is a step in the right direction but a new title with more authority is no solution to problems that have festered for years We think the Secretary and the VA need expert help looking out for veterans and not just trying to protect the VA We will encourage the courts to oversee the VA s IT affairs and to approve the VA s actions until the court is satisfied the VA can and will insure real cyber security Rowan said We also want answers to the questions we have posed to Secretary Nicholson and his

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    National President John Rowan and they have been especially active in supporting endeavors that help the nation s veterans including their sponsorship of Soldier Ride 2006 the amazing bike ride across the country by wounded veterans To learn more about Soldier Ride 2006 and how you can become a part of this noble mission to help our wounded soldiers go to www soldierride com Layton Baker U Haul International s vice president for marketing will accept the award in Tucson Baker a former Army staff sergeant with the 1st Infantry Division served in the Vietnam War in 1967 68 He has been with U Haul for more than three decades Pulitzer Prize winning cartoonist Garry Trudeau the creator of Doonesbury country music singer Paulette Carlson and Al Giordano of the Wounded Warrior Project among other special guests will join VVA leaders and members at the Leadership Conference which begins on July 12 The conference brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates who will take part in seminars meetings and other activities The seminars include sessions on helping veterans obtain VA benefits they re entitled to being informed and informing our newest veterans who are returning from Afghanistan and Iraq about

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    organization in the city of Kharkiv Ukraine consisting of veterans of the Vietnam War who served as Soviet advisers and air defense specialists in North Vietnam VVA representatives have traveled to Ukraine to meet with these veterans on three occasions since November 2005 and have developed a relationship that continues to grow During each visit Ukrainian veterans have provided VVA with photographs and fragments of downed American aircraft documents and combat reports about the shoot downs of American aircraft and information concerning American prisoners of war Additionally these veterans are helping U S representatives gain access to previously classified Ministry of Defense records that VVA hopes will help account for some of the more than 1 800 Americans who remain in Southeast Asia The Ukrainians will make presentations on the Soviet adviser s role in North Vietnam and joint research initiatives underway in Ukraine This visit has been made possible because of generous donations from the Buckeye Foundation the Vietnam Veterans Peace Initiative and VVA s Eastern New Jersey Chapter 779 Additionally VVA learned of a sister city program established in 1989 between the cities of Cincinnati and Kharkiv Ukraine To support this initiative between our two nations VVA VVA

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    The conference which begins on Wednesday July 12 will take place at the Hilton El Conquistador Hotel and Resort The Wounded Warrior Project is a non profit organization that helps men and women of our armed forces who have been severely injured during the conflicts in Iraq Afghanistan and other locations around the world Vietnam Veterans of America s founding principle is Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another said VVA s national President John Rowan We welcome opportunities to work with veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and with worthy organizations such as the Wounded Warrior Project which does great work helping those who have served our nation on the field of battle Giordano an attorney served in the U S Marine Corps from 1981 85 and from 1991 93 As National Service Director and acting COO of the Wounded Warrior Project he is responsible for the management of all WWP programs benefiting the wounded including the distribution of backpacks the provision of benefits counseling and the sponsorship of adaptive sports and recreation events The Leadership Conference brings together hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates from around the nation They will take part in four days

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