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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 Featured Stories On Fact finding Trip in Puerto Rico Rowan Sees Pride Problems Promises At the behest of Puerto Rico State Council President Jorge Pedroza President John Rowan visited the island commonwealth in early December on a fact finding mission Rowan said he needed to hear first hand about the issues and problems of VVA members there He wanted to seek answers to several questions Is the VA Medical Center that serves the 200 000 veterans who live on the island and on neighboring U S Virgin Islands adequate Will the national cemetery in Bayamon run out of burial space before new land is designated and prepped to expand its capacity read complete article LAOS The Geneva Protocol And the Not So Secret War The agreement reached in Geneva in July 1962 represented an attempt to return Laos a nation that President Dwight D Eisenhower once considered the cornerstone of Southeast Asia to its former status as a neutral nation That did not happen read complete article Reaching The Unreached In Alaska In the course of his 20 year Army career Maurice Bailey president of VVA Chapter 903 in Mat Su Alaska pulled two tours in Vietnam and one in Alaska He thought Alaska was a cool place and went back there to live It was different from anything he d known and he liked things that were different Since 1980 the mechanic turned pilot has flown small fixed wing aircraft around the state With a handful of other veteran pilots

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  • The VVA Veteran March/April 2007 Featured Stories
    Taps Locator 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 Featured Stories The Long Journey Home Final Honors for Two Kham Duc Heroes In the fall of 1968 the writer Joan Didion met World War II veteran Bill Skivington in Las Vegas at the 101st Airborne Association s 23rd annual reunion She wrote of that meeting He reached into his coat pocket and brought out a newspaper clipping preserved in clear plastic a story about his son where he had gone to school the report that he was missing and before he put it in his pocket again he looked at it a long while smoothed out an imagined crease and studied the fragment of newsprint as if it held some answer read complete article The National Purple Heart Hall of Honor At New Windsor Cantonment just north of West Point George Washington s troops encamped for the last time at the close of the American Revolutionary War To honor the service of his men he selected a few to receive a small purple cloth Badge of Merit In 1932 the new Purple Heart Medal which took its shape and color from Washington but added his profile was presented to 150 veterans of World War I on the same grounds read complete article Where Are They Now Jim Rogers Founding Board Member and Pioneering Agent Orange Researcher On April 26 1984 after returning from a trip to Vietnam VVA National Board Member Dr Jim Rogers filed a report to the Board in which he laid out the

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  • The VVA Veteran May/June 2007 Featured Stories
    Update Consitution Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report Books In Review Membership Notes Reunions Taps Locator 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 Featured Stories 2007 Candidate Statments Charting VVA s future read the candidate s statements In the Emancipator s Footsteps A Guide to Springfield In the year 3000 Anno Domini archeologists descended on the city of Springfield Illinois to study its religious and cultural traditions Initial studies had indicated that although religious traditions were in line with Christian teachings common to the post Industrial American Midwest there had also evolved the worship of a demigod revered universally whose image was seen everywhere It was rare for residents of the metropolis to perform social functions outside the presence of the demigod s gaze Nearly every park was graced with depictions of the saint every restaurant every bar every commercial and government office every school and church and brothel either included his image or was named for him This Springfield icon was Abraham Lincoln He exemplified the virtues of compassion intellectual clarity righteousness and the flowering of backwoods virility Researchers wondered whether the citizenry had made these virtues their own read complete article The Giver And The Taker Harry Spiller During The Vietnam War We ve all watched the scene in movies The car pulls up in the driveway a sharp looking soldier sailor airman or Marine steps out of the car accompanied perhaps by a priest or minister The door to the home opens and a mother father or child toting wife opens the door

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  • The VVA Veteran May/June 2007 Featured Stories
    making But for all the books articles and buddies accounts of their experiences one aspect has so far been little touched That is the tale of the adversary the North Vietnamese enemy who fought in the hills and villages around the combat base In our book Valley of Decision Khe Sanh chaplain Ray W Stubbe and I worked hard to present something about the other side We thought we had done well with the information available at the time But since the book was published in 1992 much more has come out including official histories of the NVA officially know as the Vietnam People s Army and many of its units as well as collections of Vietnam Workers Party documents enough to make possible for the first time a more extensive treatment of the North Vietnamese side of the battle What follows is a fresh look at that story read complete article Get ready For Some Musical Fireworks A funny thing happened to Wes Guidry VVA s national meetings planner last December While attending the Nevada Governor s Conference on Tourism in Reno he ran into the legendary country music star Lee Greenwood Guidry not the shy and retiring type walked right up to Greenwood said hello and then asked if he would be amenable to performing his mega hit God Bless the U S A at the Opening Ceremonies of VVA s 13th National Convention in Springfield Illinois in July Greenwood said he liked the idea but needed to check his schedule An official letter went out the next day from VVA National President John Rowan Early this spring came the official reply from Greenwood s associate Jerry Bentley who happens to be a Vietnam veteran and a VVA member Lee Greenwood would happily come to Springfield to sing

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  • The VVA Veteran May/June 2007 Featured Stories
    SEPT OCT nov dec Featured Stories You Will Love This Parade Ron Pasko says of The Vietnam Veterans Memorial It s like a black magnet Like so many others the vice president of VVA Chapter 209 in Chicago cannot explain its power He just knows he feels it The Wall draws him in It has the same effect on the guys in our organization and it has the same effect on me he said I have no idea what it is but I always want to go there On Saturday November 10 VVA will sponsor a huge parade on the National Mall marking the 25th anniversary of the dedication of The Wall The event is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of Vietnam veterans their families and supporters to Washington in what is expected to be a seminal event in the history of the Vietnam veterans movement read complete article A red carpet welcome The city of Springfield Illinois rolled out the red carpet figuratively and literally for VVA members and their guests at the 13th biennial National Convention July 18 22 I don t believe we ve had a friendlier warmer reception anywhere said VVA President John Rowan The entire downtown opened their arms up for us It was a real kick to see Welcome VVA signs in just about every business establishment Welcome to Springfield VVA buttons everywhere and just plain friendliness from just about everyone you met The city even renamed the street in front of the hotel Vietnam Vets Avenue for the week we were in town Not to mention the actual red carpet they rolled out for us as we entered the Convention Center for the Awards Banquet Saturday night read complete article Air Force Admits Agent Orange Spraying In Florida In 1962 70 In the 1960s Ernie Rivers taught Navy flight students at the Pensacola Naval Air Station how to live off the land if their plane was downed He was the officer in charge of the survival unit overseeing 30 to 35 instructors who taught more than 100 men a week how to survive with only a compass map and a hunting knife Every week groups of students would camp for three days using different sites on Eglin Air Force Base Reservation in Florida When the winds and clouds were right Rivers and his men would watch planes pass overhead clouds of spray coming from them Several times he and his men were sprayed I d say At least we don t have to use bug repellant he noted laughing during an interview That was a big plus they thought for them as well as Army Rangers who were also training out in the bayous of the Florida panhandle where mosquitoes and other bugs could make life miserable read complete article A Commitment To Other Veterans Two 20 year old guys from The Bronx Bill Nelson and John Ward enlisted in the U S Army in February of 1969 on the buddy system

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  • The VVA Veteran November/December 2007 Featured Stories
    a quarter million of my sisters who served in the military during the Vietnam Era at home around the globe and in Vietnam No matter where we were sent all of us were invaluable ingredients contributing to the American military effort worldwide And it depended on us Admittedly or not you know it always has Vietnam Over eight thousand of us were there Most of us were nurses working in Field Evac and Surgical Hospitals from the Delta to the DMZ But nearly a thousand of us weren t nurses Not to be forgotten we were specialized dependable and capable troops working in a variety of fields including logistics administration security and intelligence Our military roles were expanding We were teetering on the edge of major change We could feel it and we could taste it We served at a time when our nation faced formidable challenges upheavals and unrest fueled in part by our Vietnam involvement and the antiwar turmoil that were painfully dividing the nation Factor into this the human and civil rights movements And let s not forget women s rights read complete article Agent Orange Birth Defects The soldiers are dying But even more tragically the children they have left behind are suffering Sometimes at Birth Defect Research for Children we hear from veterans but usually it is wives and children who send us poignant messages I lost my husband from a cancerous brain tumor 13 months ago My son has many disabilities including Tourette s syndrome mental retardation mild cerebral palsy hydrocephalus and he is profoundly deaf He will never be able to live on his own My father passed away in 1998 He had many health problems including type II diabetes He was only 50 years old Agent Orange has been a part of my life from the moment I was born I was born without my right leg several of my fingers and my big toe on my left foot My mother had three miscarriages My younger brother age 29 has to wear bifocals and suffers from chronic joint pain I served four tours in Vietnam We have three children one daughter with a heart defect another with scoliosis and digestive problems and a son born with a defective optic nerve that has left him blind in the right eye There is no history of birth defects on either side of our family Since 1991 we have recorded thousands of such cases in our National Birth Defect Registry read complete article A Great Day for Vietnam Veterans VVA s Wall Anniversary Parade A great day for Vietnam veterans I heard someone say during the height of the huge parade along Constitution Avenue that VVA sponsored on Saturday November 10 in Washington D C to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial It was a great day too for VVA for putting on a memorable and meaningful event in the Nation s Capital read complete article Vietnamization Success or

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    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 Issue The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Letters VVAF Report Government Relations Ask The Parliamentarian Public Affairs Committee Report Region 9 Report From The National Secretary PTSD Substance Abbuse Report Disaster Relief Committee Report SHAD Project 112 Task Force Report AVVA Report TAPS Veterans Initiative Task Force Report Arts of War Book Review Membership Notes 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 July August Issue Featured Stories Warriors A Tradition of Service Col David Scott Smith served a 1970 tour in Vietnam with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment His son Capt Kevin Smith served tours in Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005 read complete article Clarity in the Desert A Tour of Tucson Hard sharp and clear The landscape around Tucson has a draftsman s beauty Its about line and form and clarity Nothing fuzzy Things end with sharp points Beware of those sharp points read complete article No One Is Forgotten Nothing is Forgotten The article The 65 Decision Bombing Soviet SAM Sites in North Vietnam by John Prados in the January February of The VVA Veteran issue tells of the start of the conflict in the skies over North Vietnam read complete article Lane Evans Retires U S Rep Lane Evans D Ill one of VVA s strongest and most

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    October Issue The Veteran Departments Featured Stories Letters President s Message VVAF Report Government Relations Ask The Parliamentarian Veterans Benefits Update Membership Affairs Committee Report 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 Featured Stories Some Like It Hot VVA s Leadership Conference in Tucson It s not every day that the governor of a state officially proclaims Vietnam Veterans of America Week But that s what happened in July when Arizona Gov Janet Napolitano declared the week of July 10 16 VVA Week in honor of our 28 years of service to the nation s Vietnam era veterans and the fact that VVA held its biennial National Leadership Conference in the Oro Valley section of Tucson July 12 15 read complete article The Chinese Military North Vietnam s Strategic Reserve One of the least understood aspects of the Vietnam War even today is China s role in the conflict Beijing s actions and intentions had a key impact on the minds of American presidents and affected American actions at important points in the war As we re evaluate the Vietnam War it is vital to confront the China card directly in real terms and from the perspective of how Beijing s role was understood in Washington

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