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  • VVA Public Affairs Committee
    VHC VSF Links Sponsors Membership Membership Brochure Join VVA Renew Your Membership Locate Your 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 We Are National Committee Members VVA resolutions Convention Resolutions VVA MEdia guide VVA Talk List Technology Its Finest Join the Talk List Minutes January 2015 January 2014 April 2012 January 2012 Public Affairs Committee Have you heard of the VVA Talk List This list is about sharing information that may help us as individuals or as an organization It is a privilege extended to VVA and AVVA members in good standing only It is about problem solving again for individuals seeking buddies looking for help with the VA etc chapters where can we reach The Moving Wall how can we raise funds increase membership etc and for the organization communication problems organizational priorities etc This is

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  • PTSD Committee
    and mental health professionals from Abt Associates a leading health and social science research firm and the Department of Psychiatry at New York University That group included three co principal investigators from the first study The research team submitted the new study to the VA in December 2013 The VA shared the findings with Congress in August 2014 What follows are some preliminary findings about Vietnam veterans for the 25 year span between the 1986 88 NVVRS and the 2012 13 NVVLS STUDY DESIGN The NVVLS is a follow up study of two cohorts of veterans who participated in the original NVVRS study service members who were deployed to the Vietnam War theater veterans and a comparison group who served during the Vietnam era but were not deployed to the Vietnam theater era veterans For theater veterans warzone stress exposure and other combat related experiences were assessed in the original NVVRS during hour long interviews Dimensions of warzone stress included combat exposure abusive violence deprivation loss of meaning prisoner of war status and exposure to the wounded and dead A quarter of theater veterans living today reported high levels of warzone stress exposure versus low to moderate for the others In both studies all veterans were assessed for postwar physical and mental health problems Some veterans also were interviewed by experienced mental health clinicians who focused on PTSD major depression and substance abuse The NVVLS follow up assessment of the veterans physical and mental health was conducted via three components 1 a self report survey booklet 2 a telephone interview with an experienced survey interviewer and 3 for some randomly selected veterans a diagnostic mental health interview conducted over the phone by a well trained experienced and licensed mental health clinician Of the 1 839 veterans who were eligible 1 450 participated in one or more components a response rate of 79 percent KEY PRELIMINARY RESULTS Mortality Because more than twenty years had passed when the follow up began the initial challenge was to locate the NVVRS participants We checked two national death registries and found that as of April 2011 428 of the 2 348 participants had died Death certificate information indicated that the majority of deaths were due to chronic and non communicable diseases 78 7 percent or external causes such as injuries suicide and drug overdose Analyses of these data indicate that male theater veterans who had PTSD in 1987 were nearly twice as likely to have died compared to those who did not have PTSD and that male and female theater veterans with high exposure to warzone stress were also nearly twice as likely to have died than those with low or moderate warzone stress exposure Demographics The average age of the living Vietnam theater veterans as of 2013 was 67 Twenty eight percent of all living theater veterans were high school graduates 38 3 percent took college course work and 26 7 percent completed college Among theater veterans more women than men completed college 69 9 percent vs 26 6 percent More than half 58 6 percent of all theater veterans in the NVVLS were retired one third 33 3 percent were working In 2012 13 more than one third of era veterans reported annual family income of more than 75 999 Approximately 12 1 percent reported family income of less than 25 000 The household income of the majority of theater veterans supported two people 63 6 percent one fifth 20 2 percent supported only one person Female theater veterans were twice as likely as their male counterparts to support only one person with their household income Male theater veterans were more likely to support two to four people Mental Health Among theater veterans we found that the prevalence of current PTSD based on full DSM 5 criteria see a summary of DSM 5 criteria in the PTSD SA Committee Report to be about 11 percent for male and 7 percent for female theater veterans Based on these rates we estimate that some 283 000 male and 400 female theater veterans had warzone PTSD in 2012 13 forty or more years after their wartime service We also found that 3 percent of theater veterans had many PTSD symptoms but fell short of meeting the DSM 5 criteria referred to as subthreshold warzone PTSD Extrapolating from these estimates about 83 500 male and 150 female veterans had subthreshold warzone PTSD in 2012 13 We also examined changes in PTSD symptom patterns from the late 1980s to the second assessment in 2012 13 by creating four categories of change 1 low symptom levels at both times 2 decreasing symptoms 3 increasing symptoms and 4 high symptoms at both times We found that 75 percent of theater veterans reported low symptom levels at both times 5 percent reported decreasing symptom levels 13 percent reported increasing levels and 7 percent reported consistently high symptom levels at both times People with PTSD often meet criteria for other psychiatric disorders particularly depression and substance abuse disorders We found that 37 percent of theater veterans with current warzone PTSD also met criteria for major depression and that 31 percent of those who have subthreshold warzone PTSD also met that criteria By comparison less than 1 percent of veterans without any PTSD met criteria for major depression Among theater veterans meeting DSM 5 criteria for current warzone PTSD 2 percent met criteria for current alcohol abuse Only 0 7 percent of those with subthreshold PTSD and 3 percent of those without PTSD met criteria for current alcohol abuse Assessments of current drug abuse in theater veterans indicated rates of 2 percent among current warzone PTSD cases 2 percent among subthreshold cases and 0 6 percent among those negative for PTSD Physical Health Not surprisingly NVVLS veterans reported more chronic health conditions than they did in NVVRS given that chronic conditions typically begin later in life Males averaged 5 4 lifetime conditions and females averaged 6 6 More than half of theater veterans

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    the continuous flying of the POW MIA flag at all U S owned and operated national cemeteries Where and How to Submit a Resolution You can submit your resolution proposal online here Proposed resolutions MUST be submitted to the National Resolutions Committee on the official resolution form The official form may be found on the VVA web site included in this package or requested from Sharon Hodge at the National Office All proposed resolutions shall be delivered or mailed to Vietnam Veterans of America ATTN Resolutions Committee 8719 Colesville Road Suite 100 Silver Spring MD 20910 OR BY EMAIL TO shodge vva org Remember only proposed resolutions submitted on the official resolutions form will be accepted How to Gain Support for Your Resolution For a Member to gain support for a proposed resolution he or she should get the support of a Chapter or Chapters then take the chapter supported resolution to the State Council in the appropriate state Be prepared to present the proposed resolution s in a clear and concise manner A Chapter should take its resolution s to the appropriate State Council and present it in a clear and concise manner Once the resolution has the endorsement of the State Council other Chapters throughout the state should be contacted The more support you can gain for your chapter resolution s the greater the possibility it will favorably come out of the effected National Committee and or a committee hearing at the National Convention A State Council should gain the support of the chapters in its state and solicit the support of other State Councils This may be accomplished by contacting other state councils and or presenting your state council resolution s in a clear and concise manner to the Conference of State Council Presidents It is also advisable to request that the Conference of State Council Presidents Resolution Committee include your state s resolution s along with other resolutions that are receiving the endorsement of the State Council Presidents Deadline Dates for the Resolution Process Proposed Resolutions must be received or postmarked no later than March 22 2015 The Resolutions Committee mailing of the package of proposed resolutions with the appropriate committee s recommended action for each proposed resolution to all State Councils and Chapters will take place no later than May 22 2015 by first class mail What Happens When Your Proposed Resolution is Received by the National Resolutions Committee Your proposed resolution will be date stamped to establish that it was received by the deadline date Any resolutions received after the deadline date will not be accepted The Resolution Form will be checked to make sure the following items have been completed date name and address of the writer telephone number and email address if applicable The committee will also check the Resolution Information to include committee and or task force responsible for the resolution if known issue background and proposed position Proposed resolutions will be carefully reviewed within seven to ten days after receipt

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 We Are National Committee Members VVA Resolutions Convention Resolutions Minutes Januaryl 2012 Resources Medical History Form Medication Record Form Prostate Brochure Diabetes Brochure The VVA Self Help Guide to Service Connected Disability Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange Veteran s Health Care Maintaining Your Medical Records BY PATRICIA BESSIGANO CHAIR VVA members are now either in our retirement years or quickly approaching them One of the challenges facing Veterans Service Officers is the filing of new claims for Vietnam veterans without proper medical evidence If veterans have not kept copies of their records it can be virtually impossible to document the progress of an illness especially if they have received medical care in the private sector Private physicians are required to maintain medical records for seven years Many keep them at least ten years However record storage beyond that often becomes cumbersome and those records are destroyed The opportunity for the patient to obtain those records is then lost and the opportunity to document an illness also is lost Also private physicians have not

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  • VVA Veterans Incarcerated Committee
    The VVA Veteran VVA Publications Advertising Kit Forms Agent Orange Who We Are National Committee Members vva resolutions Convention Resolutions Resource Sites United States Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Bureau of Justice Statistics Publications Alphabetical Listing Incarcerated Veterans Re Entry Guides Homeless Veterans Board of Veterans Appeals Decisions Internet Search Results U S Department of Veterans Affairs Justice for Vets VVA Sites AVVA Veterans Incarcerated Committee To support VVA s philosophy and principles on a wide range of issues the VVA Constitution establishes a number of key standing committees The Veterans Incarcerated Committee function and purpose is described therein as follows The Veterans Incarcerated Committee shall develop programs of awareness with regard to the special needs of veterans who are presently or formerly incarcerated The Committee shall act as liaison with the State Councils and Chapter Veterans Incarcerated Committees and with members of VVA who are incarcerated The VVA Strategic Plan approved by the VVA Board of Directors in 1996 further defines the Committee s functions and this is detailed in the Committee s mission statement and work plan Mission Statement Provide benefits and services not currently being provided to veterans incarcerated by researching Department of Corrections Regulations for

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  • VVA Women Veterans Committee
    events supporting women veterans March was Women s History Month and I hope that many of you were able to participate in programs held in your area Each state s department of veterans affairs has an appointed deputy secretary for women veterans Each state also has a website that is a good resource for women veterans Memorial Day events at the Capitol the Mall and Arlington were well attended by your VVA national leaders It was my first time being part of those heartwarming events Currently there are 2 2 million women veterans Fifty five percent of returning women veterans require some form of treatment The traumas and transitions for these veterans affect them and their families Women veterans are not immediately recognized by the public as veterans Often women do not consider themselves veterans They will answer the question Have you ever served in the military with an affirmative but will answer no if asked Are you a veteran Women veterans are the fastest growing group served by the VA Services include mental health reproductive health sexual trauma and other gender sensitive issues The VA is now recognizing some of the issues related to same sex couples Pilot programs provide childcare at some VA sites as well as telecommunication for certain specialty care visits in outlying areas A recent study in California of women veterans found that fewer than 30 percent use VA health services Due to the current scandal about VA services trust in services may drop even more June was PTSD Awareness Month and Suicide Awareness Month Twenty two veterans commit suicide each day Several veterans service organizations have taken on the task of increasing awareness The suicide prevention hotline 800 273 TALK 8255 as well as the mobile apps for PTSD Coach are steps the VA has taken to help What is clear from the website is the consistency of the interviews with the men and women returning from active duty Their transition is no different than ours was Their stories will ring true for many women Vietnam veterans reading this column We have a history of experience that can be invaluable to these returning veterans You are a light in your community that may be needed by someone dealing with transition issues It only takes one Turn around be present and be involved Military Sexual Trauma Women Veterans BY KATE O HARE PALMER It is a throwback in time the secrets of some women in the military during the Vietnam era We gathered in Washington D C to commemorate the twentieth anniversary of the Vietnam Women s Memorial last November We came together to remember share our stories and be thankful for our lives We stood shoulder to shoulder on a cold November night to remember those no longer with us as their names were read We were grateful for those men and women we worked with We were grateful for those we healed But there were other ghosts who stood there with us that

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  • CSCP: VVA Council of State Council Presidents ( CSCP )
    Benefits Veteran s Health Care Veterans Incarcerated Women Veterans Disaster Relief Veterans Against Drugs AVVA Household Goods Donation VHC VSF Links Sponsors Membership Membership Brochure Join VVA Renew Your Membership Locate Your 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 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 Conference of State Council Presidents Mission To bring to the National Board of Directors Empowerment and Will of our Membership in a representative manner Click here to contact the chair Materials Click the links below to download PDF documents Constitution Disciplinary Code CSCP Bylaws Expense Reimbursement Sheet State Council Chapter Treasurer Handbook State Council Chapter Secretary Handbook State Council Presidents Handbook Chapter Presidents Handbook Travel Assistance Policy Travel Reimbursement Policy Meeting Minutes April

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  • Get E-Mail Notices From VVA
    you will receive periodic updates and informational messages from VVA regarding our organization If you decide that you no longer want to receive information electronically you will have the opportunity to unsubscribe at the end of each message VVA partner organizations may contact me By registering your email address you will receive periodic updates and informational messages from carefully selected third parties If you decide that you no longer want

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