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  • The VVA Veteran: Government Affairs: The Time Is Now For Agent Orange Research
    the numbers pretty quickly In fact taking a look at those numbers might allow us to determine which way we want to go If we feel good about the numbers and we could continue oversight over VA despite a two year budget we might move ahead If we feel the numbers are rushed and not well put together that might cause us to second guess that We urge you to contact your Representative and your Senators and urge them to co sponsor legislation H R 1016 or S 423 that would make advance appropriations a reality Meanwhile the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee by a 14 0 vote approved language in legislation that will allow Senate passage of advance funding for VA health care said Sen Daniel K Akaka D Hawaii the sponsor of the bill S 423 The measure would specifically establish FY2011 discretionary budget authority this year for VA accounts related to medical services medical support and compliance and medical facilities And it would clear the way for Congress to provide advance budget authority for VA medical services in subsequent years ON THE CUTTING EDGE Rep Bob Filner D Calif chair of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs is to be applauded for a mid May hearing about innovative technology and treatments that are currently available or in development to help veterans The hearing focused on how private sector companies work or attempt to work with the VA to provide veterans access to the latest technologies The first panel discussed research new inventions and technological upgrades that could be used to help veterans recover Products to improve the delivery of health care to rural veterans were discussed These included upgrades to patient video conferencing equipment and mobile surgery units that would allow the VA to provide care instead of contracting out surgical services Witnesses discussed cutting edge research that has proven beneficial to those with vision and hearing loss by restoring the function of damaged tissue using stem cells Also discussed was screening technology that allows early detection of oral cancer Some treatments and technologies are in use at VA medical centers across the country but a national universal implementation plan is lacking VA patients should not be guinea pigs but they should benefit from advances in medical science and technology and from new more effective drugs We concur with Filner s closing statement If it works let s use it CONCURRENT RECEIPT We also concur with another item in the FY2010 budget request of President Obama Within that budget is a line item for full restoration of concurrent receipt of military retirement for all retirees receiving Veterans Disability Compensation This request is historic as President Obama is the first President in history to request the total correction of this injustice INFORMED CONSENT The Department of Veterans Affairs Office of the Inspector General IG released findings of its review of institutional compliance with informed consent requirements pertaining to human subject research House Committee on Veterans Affairs Ranking Member Steve

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  • The VVA Veteran: Constitution Committee Report: Convention Prep
    Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS july august 2009 The Veteran Departments John Phelps Symbol Of A Nation s Concern Chapter 850 Your Old Kentuckiana Home Connie Steers Stayin Alive A First Cut Hotel 2 3 Reunion The Veterans Health Council President s Report Letters Government Affairs Constitution Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report Rules Committee Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Agent Orange Committee Report Election Committee Report Minority Affairs Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report ETABO Committee Report Region 4 Report Region 9 Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions Calendar PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Constitution COMMITTEE REPORT Convention Prep BY LESLIE DeLONG CHAIR The Constitution Committee reviewed the proposed amendments and issued its report 2009 Constitution Committee Preliminary Report to the Delegates which is available through a link at www vva org There are eleven proposed amendments seven of which are being reported out by the Constitution Committee while four are not Please read the amendments and discuss them with other members during your chapter state and regional meetings At the Convention in Louisville the Constitution Committee will conduct an open hearing on the proposed amendments before they are presented to the delegates for action We encourage everyone interested to attend the meeting to voice questions concerns and opinions Following the hearing each proposed amendment reported out of the Committee will be read at a General Session of the Convention moved by the Chair of the Constitution Committee and deemed seconded

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  • The VVA Veteran: Homeless Veterans Committee Report: Conferences And Conventions
    Connie Steers Stayin Alive A First Cut Hotel 2 3 Reunion The Veterans Health Council President s Report Letters Government Affairs Constitution Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report Rules Committee Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Agent Orange Committee Report Election Committee Report Minority Affairs Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report ETABO Committee Report Region 4 Report Region 9 Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions Calendar PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec HOMELESS VETERANS COMMITTEE REPORT Conferences And Conventions BY SANDY MILLER CHAIR I recently attended the National Coalition for Homeless Veterans As usual Cheryl Beversdorf and her staff put together a very dynamic group of speakers as well as a wide array of breakout sessions Labor Secretary Hilda Solis Rep Steve Buyer D Ind and VA Secretary Eric Shinseki were the keynote speakers during the opening session President Barack Obama was awarded the 2009 Jerald Washington Memorial Founders Award Several other annual awards were presented at the Awards Banquet where the keynote speakers were Gordon Burke and Scott Quilty It was three days of jam packed information from homeless courts to self employment opportunities and everything in between This is the only annual conference for homeless veteran service providers In the opinion of this chair it is a conference where VVA surely gets the most bang for its buck Kudos to the entire staff at NCHV I would like to take this opportunity to wish Cheryl Beversdorf of NCHV good luck in her new endeavors whatever

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  • The VVA Veteran: PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Report: DoD and Suicides
    OCT nov dec PTSD SUBSTANCE ABUSE COMMITTEE REPORT DoD and Suicides BY TOM BERGER Earlier this year the media began to report that Army suicides were becoming more and more frequent For example during the first four months of 2009 91 soldiers committed suicide including suspected suicides still under investigation If Army suicides continue at the rate recorded from January 1 to April 30 more than 270 soldiers will be dead by their own hands at the end of this year That 2009 number compares to 140 for all of last year Thus it seems perfectly reasonable for people to ask why this is happening The great majority of mental health experts believe the suicide risk factors include the number of deployments But in early March Gen Peter W Chiarelli Army Vice Chief of Staff laid that possibility to rest when he said during a conference call with reporters that after reviewing suicide statistics for 2008 multiple combat deployments actually make soldiers less likely to commit suicide The rational person might think the more deployments the more likely you are to commit suicide but we saw exactly the opposite Gen Chiarelli said A certain resiliency seems to grow in an individual who has multiple deployments Col Elspeth Ritchie the Army s top psychiatrist was also part of the conference call She explained that legal occupational spousal and substance abuse problems are often involved in these suicides Sometimes it s hard to identify what was the actual precipitant she said Subsequently in early April the Army issued new guidelines to military commanders in an effort to stem the rising toll of soldier suicides According to an AP article the plan was approved by Gen Chiarelli after he visited a half dozen American military bases and talked to commanders and staff who

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA Report: A Tentative Plan
    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 july august 2009 The Veteran Departments John Phelps Symbol Of A Nation s Concern Chapter 850 Your Old Kentuckiana Home Connie Steers Stayin Alive A First Cut Hotel 2 3 Reunion The Veterans Health Council President s Report Letters Government Affairs Constitution Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report Rules Committee Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Agent Orange Committee Report Election Committee Report Minority Affairs Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report ETABO Committee Report Region 4 Report Region 9 Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions Calendar PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec AVVA REPORT A Tentative Plan BY ELAINE SIMMONS PRESIDENT As a teaser of sorts I m showing you the tentative schedule for the 2009 AVVA Louisville Leadership Conference But don t make your plans based on this agenda Tuesday July 28 Members arrive and check in Wednesday July 29 9 00 a m 12 00 p m Joint VVA AVVA Opening 12 00 p m 2 00 p m AVVA Awards Luncheon 2 15 p m 2 45 p m AVVA Opening Ceremonies 2 45 p m 3 15 p m Fundraising 3 15 p m 4 15 p m By Laws 4 15 p m 5 15 p m Newsletters 7 00

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  • The VVA Veteran: Rules Committee Report: Conventions Rules
    in Louisville Kentucky All delegates should familiarize themselves with these rules which are similar to those employed in previous conventions to help insure a smooth running and productive convention CREDENTIALS A The Credentials Committee shall provide identification for delegates and alternates upon registration with the Credentials Committee B Identification badges shall not be transferable C Such identification must be worn during all meetings of the Convention D A member registered as an alternate may become a delegate only after proper clearance with the Credentials Committee No alternate or other person may substitute for a delegate who remains registered QUORUM A majority of the credentialed delegates shall be necessary to constitute a quorum for the conduct of business SEATING There shall be a designated seating area for delegates Non delegates and guests shall be seated in a designated observers area CONSTITUTIONAL AMENDMENT PROCESS The chair of the Constitution Committee shall report the work of that committee and shall provide the delegates with an overview of the process for hearings to be conducted on each proposed amendment to the bylaws as written The report of the Constitution Committee shall be subject to a hearing to be held before a reading at a general session of the Convention Following the Constitution Committee s hearing each proposed amendment shall be read at a general session of the Convention and moved by the chair of the Constitution Committee and deemed to be seconded by a member of that committee and shall then be put before the Convention for debate and upon a motion to close debate for a vote on the proposed amendment Amendments to the bylaws shall require the affirmative vote of two thirds of the delegates present and voting for passage Any amendments referred back to the committee shall be subject to further review and appropriate action Those proposed amendments will then be presented a second time at a general session of the Convention and shall be subject to full debate amendment and vote by the delegates THE RESOLUTIONS PROCESS The Chair of the Resolutions Committee shall report the work of that committee and shall provide the delegates with an overview of the process for hearings to be conducted on each proposed resolution as written This shall be done at a general session of the Convention and prior to any committee hearings Following the committee hearings each proposed resolution shall be read at a general session of the Convention and moved by the Chair of the Resolutions Committee and deemed to be seconded by a member of that committee and shall then be put before the Convention for debate and upon a motion to close debate for a vote on the proposed resolution Resolutions shall require the affirmative vote of a majority of the delegates present and voting for passage In the event that a proposed resolution is not adopted after its first presentation that proposed resolution shall upon a majority vote of delegates present and voting be referred back to the appropriate

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  • The VVA Veteran: Minority Affairs Committee Report: Akaka Receives VVA Award
    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 july august 2009 The Veteran Departments John Phelps Symbol Of A Nation s Concern Chapter 850 Your Old Kentuckiana Home Connie Steers Stayin Alive A First Cut Hotel 2 3 Reunion The Veterans Health Council President s Report Letters Government Affairs Constitution Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report Rules Committee Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Agent Orange Committee Report Election Committee Report Minority Affairs Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report ETABO Committee Report Region 4 Report Region 9 Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions Calendar PAST ISSues 2010 Jan Feb 2009 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec MINORITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT Akaka Receives VVA Award BY JERRY YAMAMOTO CHAIR The VVA National Minority Affairs Committee Diversity Award was presented to Sen Daniel Akaka D Hawaii chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on May 20th in his Capitol Hill office by Jerry Yamamoto Sharon Hodge and Carl Tuvin Our group discussed with him the issues that we are working on at VVA We thanked the Senator for meeting with us and for his outstanding work in support of veterans and the military The Minority Affairs Committee has introduced a new resolution for consideration at this year s National Convention The

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  • The VVA Veteran: Agent Orange Committee Report: Hew At The Helm
    may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2008 Jan Feb mar apr may june july Aug sept oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec AGENT ORANGE COMMITTEE REPORT New At The Helm BY ALAN OATES CHAIR Thank you for the honor of asking me to chair the VVA Agent Orange Dioxin and Other Toxic Substances Committee AO DOTS I am Alan Oates I am a Vietnam veteran and a retired Army First Sergeant First the AO DOTS Committee is not about me or what I have accomplished It is about serving our veterans So I won t take up time talking about myself I am replacing Buzz Sawyer as chair of the committee Thank you Buzz for your service as chair over the last three years Buzz will continue as an advisor to the Committee We wish Buzz the best as he spends more time fly fishing Taking care of troops doesn t stop once we leave the military We would not leave a troop behind on the battlefield and we must not leave any more veterans and their families behind on the battlefields of diseases that result from toxic exposures Our committee has an important role to ensure that we don t As the AO DOTS Committee carries out its duties we will focus on our work with renewed vigor We know what we are doing has an impact on the quality of life for many veterans and their families The three vice chairs of the committee Bill Dumsick George Newell and John Weiss are proven leaders who will provide the leadership organizational skills and dedication to make this committee successful The near future presents us with many challenges Changes in the

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