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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Benefits Guides Government Affairs Legislative Agenda VVA Testimony Legislative Action Center Government Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Minutes January 10 2014 October 11 2013 April 19 2013 January 12

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/TaskForce/VAD/TaskForceMembers.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Guides Government Affairs Legislative Agenda VVA Testimony Legislative Action Center Government Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Committee Members Minutes January 10 2014 October 11 2013 April 19 2013 January 12 2013 Veterans Against Drugs Program Materials The goal of this program is to establish a mentoring relationship between a veteran and students which will last throughout the school year The veteran will make direct contact with the school principal Once this communication takes place and participating classrooms are identified each veteran and teacher will meet to schedule the visits By scheduling in advance the classroom teachers will be able to plan their introduction of each lesson The manuals contain a lesson outline for each of the scheduled classroom visits Each of these lessons corresponds to the Veterans Against Drugs Core Values and should be taught in sequence REMEMBER TO RELAX ENLIST THE TEACHER S SUPPORT WHEN NEEDED HAVE SOME FUN TALK TO THE STUDENTS AND GUIDE THEM THROUGH EACH

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/TaskForce/VAD/vad2.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Local Chapter Membership Services Benefits Locate A Service Officer Benefits Update Benefits Guides Government Affairs Legislative Agenda VVA Testimony Legislative Action Center Government Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Who

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/Committees/VeteransBenefits/committee.html (2016-02-15)
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  • The VVA Veteran: Burying Veterans with Dignity and Honor
    OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Queens Chapter 32 Burying Veterans with Dignity and Honor By Michael Keating In New York there s an overabundance of veterans held at the Medical Examiner s Office Queens Chapter 32 President Pat Toro said These aren t cremains they re bodies In fact refrigerated unclaimed bodies of some veterans have been held as long as four years When the chapter realized what was going on it committed to changing the situation A meeting was held with other veterans organizations at the request of the Mayor s Office and Chapter 32 No other VSO was willing to take on the problem No other VSO would touch it because they feared the liability and didn t want to incur the debt I just said We will do it and walked out of the meeting Toro said What made the situation in New York City especially distressing were several well intentioned but contradictory city laws that locked the city administration into inaction In the city of New York no veteran will suffer the indignity of being buried at Potter s Field All indigent veterans will be buried in national cemeteries The Medical Examiner cannot transport any bodies outside the city limits There is no national cemetery in the five boroughs of New York Chapter 32 jumped enthusiastically into the breach Toro being joined by chapter members Paul Narson Tom Corbin and Paul Feddern with the solid support of the entire chapter Working closely with the Mayor s Office of Veterans Affairs Human Resources and the Medical Examiner s Office they devised a way of respectfully working around the regulations They met repeatedly with city officials filed lots of paperwork and finally had the chapter declared an Organizational Friend As an Organizational Friend

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1209/burying.html (2016-02-15)
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  • The VVA Veteran: Government Affairs
    Committee Secretary Shinseki offered a nine month progress report on the state of the VA In his written testimony he stated that he continues working to craft a shared vision for the department one that will be enduring We remain guided by our determination to be people centric veterans and the workforce count in this department results driven we will not be graded on our promises but by our accomplishments and forward looking we strive to be the model for governance in the 21st century Veterans put themselves at risk to assure our safety as a people and the preservation of our way of life Not all of them are combat veterans but all of them were prepared to be VA s mission is to care for those who need us because of the physical and mental hardships they endured on our behalf the cruel misfortunes that often accompany difficult operational missions and the reality of what risk taking really means to people in the operational environment Certainly the VA is faced with increasing demand for health care More than four million new veterans have been added to the VA s health care rolls since 2001 Shinseki said Many of them who served in Afghanistan and Iraq returned to our shores with PTSD TBI and other polytrauma injuries for which the VA seems to have geared up however belatedly And the VA is enabling many so called Priority 8 veterans those who do not have service connected health issues and who agree to pay modest co pays for their care and prescription medications to gain access to the health care system The Secretary also spoke of the Post 9 11 GI Bill which has challenged the paper bound processes of the Veterans Benefits Administration What his written testimony seemed to gloss over was the persistent backlog in the paper bound adjudication of claims benefits While some publications slammed the VA for reaching the one million mark in claims awaiting decisions we believe the VA needs to do a far better job in defining just what constitutes a backlog As the Secretary noted In July we closed out a VA record 92 000 claims in a single month and received another 91 200 new ones Reduction of the time it takes for a veteran to have a claim fairly adjudicated is a central goal for VA The total number of claims in our inventory today is around 400 000 and backlogged claims that have been in the system for longer than 125 days total roughly 149 000 cases Regardless of how we parse the numbers there is a backlog it is too big and veterans are waiting too long for decisions We agree Whatever the number the fact is that far too many claims many for multiple health conditions take far too long to adjudicate Why not do as the IRS does As long as a claimant files through an accredited veterans service representative a substantially complete claim take him or

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/veteran/1209/govtaff.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Grassroots Lobbying
    Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS Related Links VVA Legislative Coordinators Grassroots Lobbying Your Responsibility Visiting Your Legislator Writing Your Legislator Grassroots Lobbying Grassroots lobbying is a way to put government to work for you You can make your voice heard through grassroots lobbying the heart of our democratic way of life Grassroots lobbying is important because government must know your wishes before it can respond to them it is simply the art of communicating with your elected officials This is the basis of government of the people by the people and for the people the very principles that veterans fought to defend As a part of the VVA Legislative Coordinator Network you ll be doing your part to create a government that is truly responsive to veterans needs VVA does employ professional government relations staff to advocate our concerns

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/grassroots.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Each year your legislators make decisions that affect your tax dollars and your life It s up to you as a citizen to voice your opinions and influence the future of your government As a consumer taxpayer and citizen you ve got the power You can use it effectively if you know how Be Informed The more you know the more influence you ll have Study the history of issues pros and cons and your legislator s voting record Express Your Views Your lawmakers are elected to represent your interests They need to stay in touch with you or face the prospect of losing their jobs at reelection time Likewise you need to stay in touch with your elected officials or live with legislation that doesn t represent your views Visit Staff Members Although congressional staff members do not vote they are key people who can give you valuable information and advice Treat staff members with respect they re the legislator s front line advisors By developing a cooperative relationship with staff you ll be a more effective lobbyist Ideally you can become a resource for Congressional staff they ll respect your knowledge and opinion and call you for advice regarding veterans issues Organize Opinion In politics strength lies in numbers No elected official can afford to ignore the weight of public opinion As a grassroots lobbyist you can engineer a publicity campaign form an organization or join a group of people who feel as you do about an issue VVA s Legislative Coordinator Network is based on this principle Vote Take the right to vote seriously It s your best bet for protecting democratic freedoms and your constitutional guarantee that your rights and opinions are taken into consideration Make sure you re registered to vote especially if you ve

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/responsibility.html (2016-02-15)
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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other National Events State Council Meetings E Room Reservations Directions To Our Office Publications The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Site Map Join VVA Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS Related Links VVA Legislative Coordinators Grassroots Lobbying Your Responsibility Visiting Your Legislator Writing Your Legislator Visiting Your Legislator Person to person visits are an excellent way to get your point across to legislators and staff Make An Appointment Call or write your legislator s home office or call the U S Capitol at 202 224 3121 to contact his or her Washington DC office Ask staff to arrange a time and place either in Washington or in the legislator s district To contact your state legislators write or call their local offices or your state capitol building Be Prepared Know what you want to say Emphasize how the issue affects you your community and your state Present your views politely but persuasively Use relevant facts and research to support your views Bring an expert on the subject to support your views if possible Follow Up Send a thank you letter to your legislator and to the staff who helped arrange your visit Include a summary of your position plus any other new information that supports your views Tips on having an effective lobbying visit BE CONFIDENT Focus on the issue let your enthusiasm and concern override any shyness BE FIRM BUT POLITE Find out your legislator s position on issues Ask what action he or she intends Don t be afraid to press for specifics BE BRIEF Since legislators have

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/visit_legis.html (2016-02-15)
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