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  • VVA EOC Committee
    recruiting veterans and that the Office of Federal Contract Compliance meet the benchmarks in securing jobs with contractors and not anger employers by imposing arbitrary unwarranted fines The EOC Committee also discussed reviewing programs for continued support including the SBA Veterans Small Business Advisory Committee and the President s Interagency Task Force on Veterans Business Development managed by the SBA The consensus is that both agencies are going in the same direction duplicating efforts with little effectiveness or benefit In essence they are not creating more contracting opportunities for Service Disabled Veteran Owned Businesses Committee member Ted Daywalt presented the VetJobs Veteran Employment Situation Report which showed veteran unemployment increasing from 4 5 to 4 7 percent due to the rapid downsizing of forces One significant statistic is that 30 percent of jobs being created are part time jobs which numbers 21 million workers into the economy Also companies are not finding skilled workers in the areas of STEM Science Technology Engineering and Math to fill the many jobs available The committee will continue to advocate for all veterans so that the coming year will be one of increasing economic opportunities Respectfully submitted Frank Barry BY FRANK BARRY The VVA Economic Opportunity Committee as required by Convention Resolution provides this yearly report In keeping with the committee s priorities the focus was on jobs in the public and private sector veterans who own or wish to own small businesses identification of training to enhance quality of life for veterans and their families The committee supported various legislative initiatives the VOW Act which President Obama signed in December the Veterans Entrepreneurial Transition Act of 2011 which creates new businesses for veterans Fairness to Veterans Act of 2011 National Guard Employment Protection Act of 2011 Help Veterans Own Franchises Act Franchise Education for Veterans Act and the VET Act of 2011 which will allow veterans to use their educational benefits to start or purchase a qualifying business enterprise A package of these bills will accompany President John Rowan when he testifies on the Hill in March Policies that the committee is challenging the VA s Vets First Policy for Service Disabled Veterans Small Businesses the VA s on going recertification for disqualifying any veteran owned business failure of most federal agencies to meet their objectives in procurement contracting In collaboration with other committees the EOC is drafting legislation to stop predatory proprietary schools who are receiving veterans GI Bill funds without providing adequate training for securing jobs or valid degrees Another area of concern is veteran unemployment The committee is raising awareness of the real unemployment problem which is in the National Guard and Reserve not those coming off active duty as portrayed in the press The committee will work on supporting legislation that addresses the unemployment of three groups transitioning military veterans Reservists and National Guard Respectfully submitted by Frank Barry EOC Chair Did you know As you are aware OPM has developed Feds Hire Vets web site to assist in

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/Committees/EOC/index.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    are those of registered delegates If candidates have gathered the reqired number of signatures they will be certified Those who plan to run for an elected position from the floor cannot distribute any campaign materials or announce or campaign on any website including their own or accept any authorized contributions prior to being approved as a candidate by the Elections Committee at the Convention Any violation of this rule may result in disqualification POSITIONS OPEN FOR ELECTION All of the following positions are open VVA National President VVA National Vice President VVA National Secretary VVA National Treasurer VVA National Board of Directors At Large all ten seats VVA National Board of Directors Regional all nine seats All National Officer and Board positions are for terms of two years beginning at the close of the 2015 National Convention through the close of the 2017 Convention ELIGIBILITY Candidates for all positions must be individual members of VVA in good standing Candidates for any of the National Officer positions must meet the requirements in the VVA National Constitution under Article I Section 5 Paragraph A as revised August 16 2013 To wit To qualify for election to any of these offices a candidate must have been an individual member of the Corporation in good standing for a continuous period of not less than twelve months immediately preceding the opening of the National Convention at which such candidate seeks election and such candidate must have held a position as an officer or board member at the National level or as an officer at the State Council or Chapter level during any continuous period of twelve months prior to the date of the opening of the National Convention at which such candidate seeks election Candidates for At Large and Regional Board of Directors must meet similar requirements as set down in the VVA National Constitution Candidates for Regional Board positions must reside within the region they wish to represent CONDUCT OF CAMPAIGNS Candidates may use the national flag of the United States the VVA national logo and the VVA national flag on their campaign materials Any kind of VVA state council or chapter letterhead may not be used Campaign materials are considered to be but are not limited to buttons pins brochures and the like A photograph of a candidate wearing his or her VVA national state council or chapter lapel pin is acceptable A photograph of a candidate wearing a coat jacket shirt or hat that has a VVA national state council or chapter logo on it also is acceptable Candidates may not solicit or accept campaign contributions in any form from VVA or from any VVA state council or chapter Candidates may not solicit or accept any campaign endorsement from VVA any VVA state council or chapter or VVA newsletters newspapers websites or electronic mail sites Candidates may solicit and accept campaign contributions and endorsements from any member of VVA provided that the contributions or endorsements are not in violation of rules and

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/Committees/Elections/index.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    policies on financial matters to include but not limited to assisting and consulting with the Treasurer on all financial planning budgeting reporting and other related matters Appendix II to the VVA Constitution paragraph I The Finance Committee shall serve to advise the President and the Board of Directors as to financial matters and to perform such other duties as the President and Board of Directors shall from time to time assign to it VVA Constitution Article 1 Section 7 Committees para B The duties of the Finance Committee as defined above do NOT include oversight of the national staff personnel policy matters staff evaluations etc These functions fall under the duties of the VVA President who shall be the principal executive officer of the Corporation and shall in general supervise and control all the business and affairs of the Corporation VVA Constitution Article 1 Section 5 Officers para D While it is agreed that the Finance Committee shall advise and recommend policies relative to financial matters that may affect the other VVA committees this advice and recommendation does not extend to policy issues which are germane to the committee their areas of subject matter jurisdiction To recap the above the VVA Finance Committee shall provide oversight of the financial activities of the Corporation shall recommend policies on financial matters and shall serve to advise the President and the Board of Directors The committee shall not direct activities or set policies Committee Report BY NED FOOTE CHAIR The Finance Committee s job is to help VVA achieve its goals with proper funding within expected revenue Every March each committee department officer and director must submit a budget request with an explanatory narrative Usually requests exceed our projected revenue Last year we had to cut more than 1 million in proposed expenses

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/Committees/Finance/index.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    are National Committee Members Meeting Minutes April 2015 October 2014 January 2014 April 2014 October 2013 January 2013 VVA Resolutions Convention Resolutions Resources Dept of VA American Veteran Dept of Defense News US Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs VA Press Releases Thomas legislative site House Veterans Affairs Committee Senate Veterans Affairs Committee U S House of Representatives U S Senate U S Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans Health Council VVA s Latest Publications Veterans of Modern Warfare National Association State Department of Veterans Affairs VVA Testimony Military com Dept of VA Job Board Government Affairs Committee Legislative Agenda Policy Initiatives for the 113th Congress Committee Report January 2016 The Government Affairs met at its appointed time and place The Chair stressed that the SCP are the key to the final push to get the Toxic Exposure legislation through Rick Wiedman and other members of the staff gave updates on various pieces of legislation and the status of other actions Committee Chairs are asked to have any changes to the Legislative Agenda and Policy Initiative update to Bernie not later than close of business 15 January 2016 Sharon reported that our two national call in days of November 4 and December 9 2015 were a success The effort netted 31 new sponsors to the Toxic Exposure legislation Various techniques that could be used to get some of the more reluctant legislator to sign onto the toxic exposure bills were discussed Committee chairs were asked submit their ideas to Sharon and we will put them together and get the information out to them The SCP day on the hill was discussed and it was decided that a variety of actions could be taken to accommodate the various needs of the group The seminar for the 2016 Leadership and Education Conference was discussed

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/Committees/GovtAffairs/index.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Vietnam Veterans: Homeless Veterans Committee
    facilities did not always receive the services they needed because the Call Center for Homeless Veterans did not do any follow up Of the approximately 51 500 referrals the Call Center provided no feedback or improvements to ensure the quality of homeless services 85 percent of the reviewed records lacked documentation to prove a veteran received the necessary support services and 78 percent were missed opportunities for providing help to homeless veterans The OIG recommended that the VA s Interim Under Secretary for Health stop the use of the answering machines implement effective Call Center performance measures and establish controls to ensure the proper use of Call Center special purpose funds The VVA Homeless Veterans Committee fully supports the recommendation of the OIG report Homeless Veterans Committee Report September October 2014 Planning A Stand Down BY SANDY MILLER CHAIR Another Leadership Education Conference has passed This year the committee s presentation was on planning a stand down as well as an update on the Supportive Services for Veteran Families SSVF and VA Homeless Grant and Per Diem issues HUD VASH and the status of the five year plan to end chronic veteran homelessness The latest list of 967 new vouchers was released just two days before the presentation copies of the list were provided to attendees Our presentation on how to do a stand down included two three dimensional display boards on variations of how to set up a stand down field Additionally we discussed how to get outside involvement donations and contributions from the community All participants were fully engaged and ideas and suggestions were plentiful Chapters and state councils that want to do a stand down should go to www vva org and download the How To Do a Stand Down guide It is full of valuable information The committee continues to work on the grant and per diem payment process Most recently we began to look at the fees providers are permitted to charge program residents The committee is still waiting for a report on this issue that was due to Congress in June 2013 As of now it has not been completed The chair attended the National Coalition on Homeless Veterans annual conference The focus was on housing and the development of supported permanent housing SSVF has served well in addressing the permanent housing needs of our homeless veterans The chair also went to the VA Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans meeting in September in San Antonio Texas The focus was on the five year plan to end chronic veteran homelessness The Advisory Committee met with newly appointed Federal Designated Employee Lisa Pape in July Senate Unanimously Passes Bill to Reauthorize Improve Critical Homeless Veteran Programs House expected to pass H R 1627 soon WASHINGTON On July 18 2012 the U S Senate unanimously passed H R 1627 the Honoring America s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012 This bill addresses several areas of concern for veterans including health care housing education

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/Committees/Homeless/index.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    FAQs VVA Chapter Membership Development Plan Guide to Understanding an Applicant s DD 214 Membership Affairs Committee BY CHARLIE HOBBS CHAIR During the month of June despite non renewals and reported deaths VVA passed the 75 000 member mark an all time high Although the MAC team was fully involved in reaching our goal we know that the work was done at the chapter level So on behalf of the Membership Affairs Committee I thank all of you who recruited and retained your members Those chapters that grew the most during the 2014 fiscal year were recognized for their efforts during the National Convention in Springfield Nevada Chapter 1076 Category 25 50 Tennessee Chapter 1078 Category 51 100 California Chapter 785 Category 101 200 Alabama Chapter 1067 Category 201 300 Illinois Chapter 299 Category 301 400 Florida Chapter 1036 Category 401 500 New York Chapter 77 Category 501 600 and Pennsylvania Chapter 862 Category 601 700 Maryland Chapter 172 walked away with the top honors It has the distinction of not only being the largest chapter in VVA but maintaining that position for six years I congratulate you all We are continuing this program again this year so it s not too early to begin working on membership growth and retention On August 1 VVA kicked off a Once in a Lifetime Membership offer You can purchase a life membership in Vietnam Veterans of America for just 100 until December 31 There is no proof of age required no small print and no contingencies It s that simple There will be no rebates for those who joined or renewed before August 1 only a 100 payment will be accepted The offer ends at midnight December 31 2015 A DD 214 is still required This offer was approved at the April

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/Committees/Membership/index.html (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA Minority Affairs Committee
    this year at the Mandalay Bay Casino in Las Vegas in July We thank Joe Wynn and the NABVETS Vets Group for helping us set up our booth Our thanks also to Joanna Henshaw our AVVA liaison for obtaining health brochures National President John Rowan announced at the Leadership Education Conference that the Native American Veterans Memorial legislation has passed Congress We thank Stephen Bowers our committee vice chair for American Indians for his hard work on this legislation The Congressional Black Caucus Foundation held its annual legislative conference in Washington D C in September Our committee had its booth there again to meet active duty personnel veterans and their families to discuss medical issues and VA benefits The Native American Veterans Association of Southern California hosted its Second Annual Native American Veterans Summit in early September in Los Angeles Our committee had its booth there The National Gold Star Mothers celebrated its Founding Charter in Washington D C at the end of September and laid a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington We honor these moms who have lost their sons and daughters in service to our country Now is the Time for Congress to Grant Statehood for Puerto Rico VVA National Board of Directors Passes Motion In Support of Statehood for Puerto Rico VVA Puerto Rico State Council President Jorge Pedroza left with Dr Ricardo Rossello and VVA National President John Rowan right The citizens of Puerto Rico have voted for statehood in the plebiscite mandated by Congress In is now time for Congress to grant statehood for Puerto Rico On October 12 the VVA National Board of Directors voted unanimously to pass a motion to seek a legislative sponsor to support the plebiscite which was voted for and passed by the citizens of Puerto

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  • VVA POW/MIA Committee
    of the VI along with other VUFO leaders While in Hanoi meetings were held with Vietnam s Ministry of National Defence Technology Centre for Bomb and Mine Disposal BOMICEN and the Veterans Association of Vietnam VAVN A meeting with Deputy Minister Ha Kim Ngoc of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs was also attended by representatives of Vietnam s Office Seeking Missing Personnel who work in partnership with the U S Department of Defense seeking missing personnel in Vietnam A roundtable discussion was held at the VUFO headquarters about the twentieth anniversary of the reestablishment of Vietnam U S relations In attendance were representatives from the Vietnam USA Society VUFO VAVN Vietnamese business people U S veterans working in Hanoi and the VI team Deputy Director General Le Chi Dzung from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Americas Department and Marsha Four co chaired the meeting After traveling to Hue the VI team met with the president of the VAVN and People s committee of Thua Thien Hue Province A trip was made to the Truong Son Military Cemetery 9 where respects were paid to those buried at the cemetery The cemetery superintendent credited the VI Program with helping locate 106 buried dead from one particular unit They were identified and relocated to Cemetery 9 A stop was made at the Phuoc Loc Cemetery where remains from battles in the area of Fire Support Base Tomahawk had been reburied A second stop was made at a memorial that had been built on the site of a mass grave located in the Phuoc Loc district of Thua Thien Hue Province Ceremonies also were performed at the site of FSB Tomahawk at the top of Phu Gia Pass At Da Nang meetings with DAFO the Da Nang Union of Friendship Organizations VAVN and the Da Nang People s Committee were held The VI traveled to Quang Nam Province and met with VAVN and the People s Committee of Quang Nam Tam Ky While there the VI went to the construction site of a Monument to Heroic Vietnamese Mothers in the An Phu ward in the central province of Quang Nam The monument is Vietnam s version of a Gold Star Mothers monument On February 5 a meeting with VAVN of Ho Chi Minh City HCMC was held A meeting with Deputy Principal Officer Patrick Ellsworth of the U S Consulate General in HCMC was held with a general briefing of ongoing activities in Vietnam as well as the VI s ongoing mission to locate MIAs Meetings also were conducted with the Ho Chi Minh City Union of Friendship Organizations HUFO People s Committee of HCMC With the conclusion of the last meeting the VI had completed twenty eight meetings in twenty one days participated in three ceremonies honoring the war dead stopped at three cemeteries and paid respects at six memorials As a result of an unplanned and informal contact with a resident of Hanoi arrangements were made to meet with a Vietnamese doctor

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