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  • The VVA Veteran: Reunions, Etc.
    Hise 716 353 4501 trouttiger30 aol com B 5 60 9th Inf Div 1966 70 June 12 14 Denver Contact Jerry Doc Leppert 303 838 3016 jerrylepp aol com 27th Inf Regt Wolfhounds Aug 26 30 Clarion Hotel Atlanta Airport All unit vets WWII Korea Granada Vietnam Cold War Global War on Terrorism are welcome Contact Joe Guchek 732 572 2615 wolfhoundpack gmail com U S S Everett F Larson DD DDR 830 Myrtle Beach S C October 8 12 Contact Tom Flynn 603 755 2937 BettePaints aol com Echo Recon 1 5 1st Air Cav Div RVN 1968 69 Sept 18 20 Best Western Ocean Sands Beach Resort North Myrtle Beach S C Contact Ray Satterfield 864 554 2444 Satterfield nctv com India Co 3 7 Band of Brothers RVN 1969 70 Nov 8 12 Washington D C Contact Roger Villarreal 281 930 8161 marine 1 att net 145th Combat Aviation Bn Association Vietnam Sept 30 Oct 4 Dayton Ohio Contact Andrea M Smith 614 890 5576 andrea smith oit ohio gov or Jim Bodkin 850 747 4710 jbodkin145 aol com Navy Amphibious Forces Veterans Association Nava Gators Oct 11 16 El Tropicana Riverwalk Holiday Inn San Antonio All eras invited including USMC and USCG vets Contact Don Wright 4289 Alex Ave Cincinnati OH 45211 apa227donw cs com or John Walsh 2745 Dalton Ln Toms River NJ 08755 apa224vp16 aol com 26th Combat Engineers all eras October 15 18 Fort Leonard Wood Mo Reunion rates at Microtel Inn Suites 562 Old Rt 66 St Robert MO 65584 Contact Linda Gordon 550 8th Ave South Clinton IA 52732 563 242 4061 LindaGordon mcleodusa net Marine Air Groups all eras Oct 23 26 Branson Mo Contact James Jordan 417 535 4945 james m Jordan Hughes net or Bob Miller 636 327 5854 mbobsue13 aol com 4th Bn 9th Inf Reg Manchus 25th Div Vietnam Era Sept 17 19 Sheraton Wesport Plaza Hotel St Louis Information registration and hotel reservations online at www manchu org Navy Mobile Construction Bn Nine October 8 11 El Cortez Hotel Casino Las Vegas Contact Bobby Fletcher 1758 Golden Vista Dr Las Vegas NV 89123 702 897 6613 ICHIBANSEABEE aol com 5th Bn 60th Inf 9th Div Charlie Rangers veterans of Binh Phouc FSB Jamie Shakey s Hill Cambodia Hobo Woods Sept 11 13 Great Falls Mont Contact Wendel T Toby Chaffin 803 254 1838 tchaffin pbg bellsouth net Co B 1st Bn 26th Inf 3rd Bde 1st Inf Div 1968 70 and any other soldiers from 3rd Bde Ft Scott Kan Sept 18 20 Contact Tommy Tuggle 913 795 2931 or Pat Guy pguysmile aol com 1st Eng Combat Bn Landmark Resort 1501 Ocean Blvd Myrtle Beach S C September 13 16 Contact Bob Brink 262 639 4405 rbrink1 wi rr com or visit www diehardengineer com American Association of Navy Hospital Corpsmen 15th annual reunion Sept 23 27 San Diego All HMs and DTs welcome Contact Joe Pifer 619 464 5445 joenpj cox net or

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    great nation are treated in Puerto Rico If the VA would conduct more inspections and keep pushing the people here in Puerto Rico we think things will change But until then we need support from our friends in the States José R Valentin President Chapter 483 Yauco Puerto Rico RANDY S LEGACY I just read in the January February issue that Randy Barnes passed away He really was a great guy I met him years ago at a VVA Convention and we were on the same plane one year flying back from D C I was also in the 25th Infantry Division not at the same time as Randy but talked to him about his time He will truly be missed by all in Vietnam Veterans of America for all he did for VVA for veterans nationally and for those of us in the 25th Division Association Roger A McGill Chicago A ROARING SUCCESS I m writing to say thank you for the wonderful article in the November December issue on the 2006 Chapel of Four Chaplains ceremony and dinner last September I ve received many many emails and telephone calls about the article I sincerely appreciate your hard work and your caring enough to make our day a roaring success A total of 103 people attended the ceremony AVVA presented a 1 000 check to the Chapel I look forward to the 10th annual ceremony on September 9 in Cape May Paul L Sutton Trustee Chapel of Four Chaplains Ocean View New Jersey DUTY HONOR COUNTRY II I would like to respond to the letter Duty Honor Country in the January February issue The writer has a problem not only with other veterans but with himself I would like to address his concerns He mentions the media for reporting veterans as whiners losers and baby killers The only publications in which I ve ever read this were on the extreme right The celebration of Doonesbury and Oliver Stone I believe is warranted Both Doonesbury and Oliver Stone have correctly portrayed what has happened and is still happening As to the Medal of Honor recipient this person is an American He has the rights afforded under the Constitution to free speech No the Medal of Honor recipient is not the Dixie Chicks But as with the Dixie Chicks he has the right to express himself The letter writer does not have the right to dictate his philosophies to others If the writer has a problem with free speech then it might be that he should move to another part of the world where speech is suppressed I see from his writing that he is a very angry and guilt ridden individual Other veterans do not need an attitude adjustment the letter writer does Veterans from all wars do stand proudly for duty honor and country Ray Aquila Boynton Beach Florida OTHERS OF SIGNIFICANCE I as a significant other to my U S M C retired man for some 23 years

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  • The VVA Veteran: Locator
    Box 10810 Daytona Beach FL 32120 386 252 7316 jjam7702 aol com Trying to find Tommy Thompson Pa Harry Rush Calif Robert Jacobson Jerry Day William Cassidy or anyone else who served aboard the U S S Enterprise CVA 65 1965 68 Need help with a PTSD claim Contact Thomas Peller 419 W Euclid Ishpeming MI 49849 906 485 1321 Seeking guys I served with at Phu Loi and Song Be 1967 68 Ed Hume John Feltz Pete Rustad Joe Reith Frank Motifica Larry Dye and Nuncio Also comrades from Ft Hood Jack McGovern Mike Williamson John Shaller Steve Williams Paul Nalazek and Dickerson Contact Craig McCollim 111 Painted Pony Dr Belgrade MT 59714 Need information on Benjamin Butch Portnov Butch was originally from New Haven Conn and served with H Co 2nd Bn 9th Marines 3rd Marine Div 1967 68 Contact John Suddarth 3 Mendon View Dr Mendon VT 05701 802 775 6259 jhsuddarth yahoo com Searching for David K Miller from Ft Leonard Wood and Ft Eustis 1965 Last known in Edgerton Kansas area Contact Sherm Merritt P O Box 41 Jackson NE 68743 Looking for all who served with Delta Co and HHC 4 31 196th Light Inf Bde Vietnam We have over 500 names and addresses but want to find everyone Reunion planned Contact Vance van Wieren 269 543 3661 delta431basecamp i2k com Anybody serve with me in 101st Trans Co Provisional 101st Airborne Div We formed up at Bien Hoa and flew to Phu Bai March 1968 Remember Hai Van Pass on Highway 1 Contact Dwayne Knox HC 62 Box 692 Deer AR 72628 xonk yahoo com E P Lessman needs to locate anybody who witnessed him injure his back at MCAS Beaufort in late 1968 The incident occurred in a warehouse behind MAC5 9 Contact Eugene Paul Lessman Jr 30251 S W 158th Ave Homestead FL 33033 305 245 3150 John M Blekicki seeks anyone who served with him and his twin brother Tom aboard the U S S Stark County LST 1134 1964 65 and or the U S S Bellatrix AF 62 1966 Need information for a VA claim Contact John M Blekicki 2396 Ainsworth Ave Deltona FL 32738 386 532 7407 Vietnam veteran researching Agent Orange disabilities If you have been diagnosed with an AO condition get in touch Will need specific physical conditions diagnosis service dates and current condition Contact Markku Kanervikkoabo 8212 Quinault Rd Blaine WA 98230 markku k comcast net Seeking all who served aboard the U S S Oriskany Fuels Dept V 4 Nov 1970 Dec 1971 particularly Murphey Tanner Skarron Pettis Whorton Johnson Case Skinner Lowe Brothers Also seeking those who served with Fuels NAF at Cam Ranh Bay 1971 73 including Lopez Lacewell Shaffer Sparks Gardner Garcia Cooley Hall Want to hear from you Contact Paul J P J Pond P O Box 941 La Veta CO 81055 719 742 3310 PL Pond yahoo com Are there any former or current enlisted men out there who served with VT 5 on the flight line at Saufley Field Pensacola FL 1974 75 Seeking info on behalf of a brother Contact T Juliano 490967 Ellis Huntsville TX 77343 214 718 8955 Juliano wans net Searching for members of 75th Advisory Team at the Seminary at My Tho 1964 including Dr McDonald Lt Elliot Sp5 Cooley and Sgt Nalls Who remembers the names of the captain and lieutenant who were captured and beheaded at Mo Cay Also seeking Sgts Cristiana and Davidson Bien Hoa and Sam McCool Saigon Contact Chris Green 6359 Clara Lee Ave San Diego CA 92120 619 920 1472 cjngsd gmail com Need incident verification Gunboat and or aerial attack on U S S Biddle DLG 34 off Haiphong during spring summer 1972 Anyone there especially on deck Contact Wayne Chetley P O Box 215 Levant ME 04456 207 884 4195 Seeking anyone who flew worked on or with or simply admires the A 37 fighter aircraft Reunions every two years Send your e mail address for newsletter Contact Ollie Maier 306 Village West Dr San Marcos TX 78666 512 353 7432 GM08 TxState edu Need to confirm stressors for PTSD claim Searching for anyone who served with HQ Co and or Co A 27th Maint Bn 1st Cav Div Phouc Vinh 1969 70 Contact Robert J Irizarry 2120 Virgil Pl Bronx NY 10473 718 892 7281 Looking for soldiers who served with me in Svc Evac Plt and Retrograde Yard HQ Co and Co A 704th Maint Bn 4th Inf Div 1968 69 I m in touch with Maj Gen Charles P Stone Div Cmdr at that time who is now 91 years old Contact Richard W Sharke 1712 Orinda Ct Petaluma CA 94954 707 762 7702 Searching for anyone who remembers or has records or documentation of the Vietnamese crematorium adjacent to the Qui Nhon airfield immediately after Tet 1968 Contact Jim Glessner 3418 Windmill Ct S E Caledonia MI 49316 jrg razorbackroad com Want to hear from fellow Marines from Bravo Co 1st Bn 9th Marines 1969 Jim Morgan Randy Miller O Brien Sam Auey Shaver Al Richardson J C Garland Bubha Rushing Sugar Wolf Steve Windsor Lt Rogers or anyone else Contact Joe W Bailey 108 Capri St Falls Mills VA 24613 276 322 2776 Looking for anyone from 9th MEB 12th Marine Regiment Naval Gunfire FO near Danang March Sept 1965 We were on Hill 327 and Hill 312 in support of operations around Le My Hixenbaugh Test Billings Lenox Schmidt Sgt Sellards are you out there Contact Craig Jorgensen 4900 S W Loma Linda Dr Redmond OR 97756 541 280 0988 Seeking Eloise Brannon nickname Sam stationed with me at 610 MASS in Japan She was from Canton Zanesville Ohio area Need to find her for upcoming reunion Contact Jean Swan Quinn 4305 Wickham Ct Fredericksburg VA 22408 swaneriver aol com Want to find anyone who served with me in B Co 169th 159 Grp 20th Engr Bgde III

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  • The VVA Veteran - LETTERS
    information that you put forth in each issue I joined VVA just two and a half years ago I don t know why I waited so long Maybe it was because I was a member of the VFW and thought that they cared about veterans rather than running bingo games Since I have joined and found Chapter 311 I have formed friendships with the members and I can now proudly state that I am a Vietnam veteran One article in the March April issue caught my eye Being a gear head since I was in high school and a card carrying member of the NHRA I loved the article about Melanie Troxel and her top fuel car Keep up the good work Michael D Zenisek Wheaton Illinois PARASITE WARNING I am writing to inform all Vietnam veterans about a potential health risk that they may have been exposed to while serving in Vietnam the little known danger from parasites My husband who was otherwise healthy passed away on January 20 2006 from cholangiocarcinoma cancer of the bile duct of the liver It is very rare in the United States but very prevalent in Vietnam and surrounding countries There are two known causes of this type of cancer from contracting hepatitis C and from ingesting a parasite from the water supply in Vietnam My husband did not have hepatitis C therefore it was determined that his cancer derived from a parasite I have received official notification from the VA that his death was service related which is not something the VA determines without an overwhelming amount of evidence This cancer does not manifest itself until later in life when you are between 60 and 70 years old Once the symptoms occur which usually include jaundice it is very difficult to treat or beat My husband was 58 years old when he passed away If he had been informed that there was a possibility that he could have ingested a parasite while serving in Vietnam he would have taken precautions to have his bile ducts examined possibly extending his life The parasite is long gone but it left behind damaged cells which developed into cancerous tumors in the bile ducts If you spent time in Southeast Asia and are having gastrointestinal issues for no apparent reason please have your physician check for damage within the bile ducts It may save your life Mrs Edward S Pete Harrison Horseheads New York UNWARRANTED The comments made by Cheryl Price in her letter to the editor in the May June issue are a slap in the face to all Army veterans and current soldiers Her comment He must have been in the Army They take anyone was unwarranted Rich MacLeod Via e mail INCLUSION I just read the May June edition As usual you did an outstanding job While reviewing the memorial list I quickly realized it does not include our brothers who died in Vietnam They never had the opportunity to join VVA I

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    s Convention Resolutions and the actions that the committee has taken on each of them VERIFICATION AND SECURITY OF DD FORM 214 M 1 03 requires that all applicants for individual membership in VVA must provide a copy of their DD Form 214 or other acceptable documentation establishing eligibility for membership These documents are to be kept at the local level in a confidential and secure manner in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution Verification to the national organization shall be done by the local chapter secretary or in the absence of the secretary a designated chapter official Every new membership application received in the national office is checked to be sure that a DD Form 214 is submitted and that the nature and dates of service conform to the membership eligibility criteria The same is done for all new life membership applications even those from current individual members In cases of missing DD Form 214s or those that do not meet the eligibility criteria the member is contacted If the issue can t be resolved the applicant is offered membership in AVVA The members DD Form 214s are entered into the database The chapter roster will show whether there is a DD Form 214 on file with VVA National This process allows VVA to view each DD Form 214 entered by a click of the mouse COMMUNICATION BETWEEN VVA S ORGANIZATIONAL LEVELS M 2 03 recognizes that the national office must reply to all communications from state councils and chapters within five working days and state councils and chapters must reply to all communications from the national office within ten working days The Membership Director and staff and the Membership Chair and committee respond on a daily basis to all communications pertaining to membership The Membership Affairs Committee

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 VETERANS AGAINST DRUGS Committee Report Lessons of the Game BY DAVE SIMMONS CHAIR It is a well known fact among educators youth counselors and law enforcement folks that one of the most vulnerable times for adolescents to become involved with illegal drugs and violence is the critical hours between the end of the school day and dinner time when parents arrive home from work Young people who are involved in positive after school activities are far less likely to become a part of America s growing drug problems In southern West Virginia two Veterans Against Drugs Programs were developed to work with different segments of the youth population in the Mountain State One program teaches the Veterans Against Drugs Core Values to students in elementary and middle schools With the hard work and commitment of members of VVA s Blue ray Chapter 628 in Princeton and affiliated AVVA members this program has become an exciting and successful community service project It has been featured on the Veterans Against Drugs page of the VVA web site The other Veterans Against Drugs Program is the Elite Girls Basketball Club which was founded in 1988 to help develop girls basketball in southern West Virginia Since its founding more than three hundred girls from five different counties in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia have participated Players are not charged a fee to participate the club s philosophy is that any girl who wants to play ball should be given the opportunity Good sportsmanship fair play and individual development are stressed along with winning These values are re emphasized and strengthened by

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    President s Message Government Relations Membership Affairs Committee Report Veterans Benefit Update Ask The Parliamentarian Region 5 Report Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Government Affairs Committee Report Chapel of Four Chaplains AVVA Report Homeless Veterans Task Force Report 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 CHAPEL OF FOUR CHAPLAINS The 2006 AVVA Awards BY JUDY BOLIO AWARDS CHAIR As the Chair of the Awards Committee I am disappointed not to see more nominees for the 2006 AVVA Fellowship Award and the Chapel of the Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award Humanitarian Award and Bronze Medallion The Fellowship Award is AVVA s highest honor recognizing members for the work they have done These are members who are always there when they are needed come to all of the associated Chapter or State meetings volunteer at VA hospitals or donate time to veterans homes They are the members who work to help those who are victims of hurricanes tornadoes floods and take the time to feed cloth and shelter the homeless The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award is an AVVA sponsored award that honors the good works of people who serve their communities places of worship and civil fraternal and veterans service organizations Chapter Representatives AVVA State Representatives and State Presidents or members of the AVVA National Board of Directors may nominate two worthy individuals VVA Chapter and State Council Presidents or members of the VVA National Board of Directors also may nominate two worthy individuals for

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    Report Government Relations Ask The Parliamentarian Veterans Benefits Update Membership Affairs Committee Report Legislators View ETABO Committee Report PTSD Substance Abuse Comittee Report TAPS Region 7 Report AVVA Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report VetsConnect Report Homeless Veterans Task Force Report Women Veterans Committee Report Arts of War Book Review Membership Notes Chapter of The Year Locator Reunions 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 A Legislator s View on Veterans Employment and Training Services By Rep Steve Buyer Chair House Veterans Affairs Committee The July August issue of The VVA Veteran included a critical performance review of the Veterans Employment and Training Service VETS I agree that as currently organized the system is inconsistent in putting veterans especially disabled veterans in good jobs To begin the process of evolving veterans employment services into a high performing program the House passed H R 3082 which would make several basic changes to how VETS funds and measures the performance of state employment services The bill would improve hiring and training processes for Disabled Veterans Outreach Programs DVOPS and Local Veterans Employment Representatives LVERs set several requirements that states must meet as conditions of receiving the DVOP LVER grant from VETS establish pilot programs for licensing and certification establish a measure of competition for employment services and add a representative of the National Governors Association to the VETS Advisory Committee Based on observing the performance of VETS during my 14 years in Congress I believe the basic design of the program

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