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  • VVA Press Release
    2006 Press Briefing Five national organizations Vietnam Veterans of America Citizen Soldier National Gulf W ar R esource Center Radiated Veterans of America Veterans for Peace and several individual veterans including VVA National President John Rowan have joined together to file a class action lawsuit today in F ederal District Court by their attorney Douglas Rosinski of the law firm Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak Stewart P C The veterans complaint seeks A declaratory judgment that the VA s loss of 26 5 million veterans records violated and continues to violate both the Privacy and Administrative Procedure Acts A court order that the VA disclose the exact nature of its compromised records system and to individually inform each veteran of every record it maintains on him or her An injunction preventing the VA from altering any data storage system and prohibiting any further use of these data until a court appointed panel of experts determines how best to implement safeguards to prevent any further breaches A judgment awarding 1 000 to each veteran who has been harmed by the VA s violation of the Privacy Act Military veterans will be present to describe the harmful effects of this loss of personal

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-009.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    VA alleges So the real story is Why did VA have this data in the first place How did they collect it And why did they collect it For what purpose VA said in a prepared statement this week that a data analyst had taken the data home to work on it VVA questions what kind of work was this person or anyone at VA doing on data that the VA may not have legal or legitimate right to possess without the specific permission of the individual citizens involved The real story here may be hidden in plain sight Rowan went on to say it is questionable that this data should have been in the possession of VA or anyone other than the Social Security Administration for strictly narrow and legally defined purposes Did VA share it with some other public or private entity for some other purpose Was the story about to be leaked by someone that accounts for the timing of the VA disclosure Why did the VA wait nineteen days to notify veterans There are many questions that remain to be answered here The VA has put veterans at risk for identity theft If this were the

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-008.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    hundreds of Vietnam veteran advocates who will take part in seminars meetings and other activities Opening Ceremonies will be held Wednesday July 12 Conference attendees will take part in several special events including an Awards Luncheon on Friday July 14 in which VVA will recognize its members accomplishments There also will be addresses by prominent Vietnam veterans and their advocates Trudeau will receive the President s Award for Excellence in the Arts at the Awards Luncheon All of us in Vietnam Veterans of America look forward to our Leadership Conferences said VVA National President John Rowan They give our leaders from all across the nation the chance to get together in an informal setting and get up to date on all of the issues we are concerned with as an organization That includes 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 as well as other veterans health care issues remaining vigilant concerning the VA health care budget and participating in advocacy training workshops Plus it gives our leaders a chance to get together with fellow Vietnam veterans and share experiences

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-007.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    pivotal role in granting VVA a congressional charter Had it not been for his efforts in 1984 as chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs others in Congress who did not embrace our advocacy and our goals might have prevailed The crowning legislative achievement of Montgomery s 13 year tenure as chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee is the education bill named in his honor which has made higher

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-006.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    a substantial move in the right direction and VVA is grateful to Chairman Walsh and Ranking Member Edwards for their strong assistance within the constraints of the full committee s allocation to their subcommittee Instead of relying solely on VA projections Congress looked to input from the veterans service organizations in particular the Independent Budget whose estimates are more in line with ours Rowan said Still we will be more pleased if Congress specifically directs the VA to spend a small amount of the Research Development funds to conduct the National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study Rowan said The refusal of the VA to meet the mandate of Public Law 106 419 and fund this study dashes the last best hope we have to really understand the health impacts of service in Southeast Asia This is more than unfortunate Rowan said Apparently only Congress through the Appropriations process can make the VA obey the law The VA will not do the honorable or legal and decent thing on their own The refusal of the VA to contract with a reputable outside institution to conduct this study shows a desire to not find out the truth of what happened to Vietnam veterans

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-005.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    resource for them and for Vietnam era veterans too young to retire We have looked at many sites that purport to provide jobs for veterans and their family members Rowan said Our endorsement is meant to let our members know that VVA recognizes the success that VetJobs has had in finding quality jobs for thousands of veterans and their family members We encourage them to use the VetJobs site www VetJobs com We are very pleased to have been selected for this distinctive endorsement by Vietnam Veterans of America said VetJobs President Ted Daywalt This is an important endorsement since most of the 12 6 million veterans currently in the work force are from the Vietnam era There are over 40 000 job boards and career portals on the Internet Knowing which site offers the best services and support for our veterans and their family members can spell the difference between success and failure in the job search Seven year old VetJobs is partially owned by Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States and is recognized as the leading military related Internet job board assisting U S military veterans worldwide as well as transitioning military personnel and their family

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-004.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Press Release
    the budget for health care is still short by some 2 3 billion We have no doubt Rowan added the VA will find that the funds appropriated for the current fiscal year will not carry through till October Citing two recent Government Accountability Office reports affirming that the VA s health care budget formulation is flawed Rowan challenged Congress to form a bipartisan group to meet study the issues and options hold hearings and recommend legislation that would fundamentally change the way in which veterans health care is funded A fair funding formula can be arrived at Rowan said one that won t bust the budget yet one that recognizes our nation s obligations to veterans and is indexed to medical inflation and the per capita use of the VA health care system There s no reason why serious minds can t come up with a solution before the next budget cycle Rowan noted that the continuing and increasing burden on the health care system is not just caused by the influx of veterans fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq but because Vietnam veterans are getting sicker at an earlier age with diseases and maladies that can be traced back to

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2006/pr06-001.htm (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
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