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    and having the VA consider that letter as an informal claim The new rule also prevents the VA from considering claims that are supported by the evidence in the VA record but have not been specifically claimed by the veteran The new rule changes which require claims to be submitted on the VA s standardized forms will impose barriers for all those without access to those forms as well as those without the medical and legal knowledge needed to fill them out correctly While the VA has promoted this rule change as being more efficient and therefore favorable to the veteran in fact this rule change over formalizes the veterans claims process making it more adversarial than ever before We will not stand by silently as our government places further obstacles in front of our injured and disabled veterans and their families undermining our nation s pledge to care for those who have borne the battle and their families said Rowan Prior to March 25 under the informal VA claims system any benefits awarded would be paid back to the date that the VA had received a notice from the veteran signaling his or her intent to file Under the

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2015/pr15-002.html (2016-02-15)
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    to keep on keeping on Rowan urged and VVA will be at your side to convince the VA hierarchy that to continue to delay justice is to deny justice For over five years retired Air Force Reserve Major Wes Carter has led the fight of his life to get the Department of Veterans Affairs to acknowledge that the C 123 Provider military cargo planes which transported Agent Orange to and from Vietnam had in fact been contaminated with dioxin A number of reputable scientists and epidemiologists at federal agencies have gone on record endorsing Carter s stance that these craft remained hazardous to the health of the 2 100 crew members flight nurses and maintenance workers who serviced them between 1972 and 1982 Yet the VA in all its wisdom maintained that these men and women who had been exposed to Agent Orange ought not be eligible to receive the same healthcare and disability compensation benefits that boots on the ground veterans of Vietnam receive Rowan noted VVA has long supported Major Carter in his quest for justice Rowan said When the Institute of Medicine IOM concluded in a study funded by the VA that the planes were actively contaminated

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2015/pr15-001.html (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA's Web Weekly - What's New on vva.org
    ago CVE was known as a place where veterans advocates helped veterans get their businesses off the ground and become competitive Now it has become the enemy of veteran owned businesses Now CVE is called the Center for Verification Evaluation It is infamous for accusing legitimate veteran businesses of fraud and wrecking their businesses through bureaucratic bungling and insensitivity CVE has ruined legitimate and successful service disabled veteran owned businesses costing business owners their livelihood and the veterans who worked in those businesses their jobs This is not good government It s in contravention of both law and common sense and it does not even save money Congress and the White House need to step in and stop the destruction of small businesses and veterans livelihoods Click here to read VVA Publications and Brochures Have you been looking for VVA Publications and Brochures view all VVA publications here Membership Recruiting New Membership Application Join VVA VVA S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another The challenges Aggressively advocate on issues important to veterans Seek full access to quality health care for veterans Identify the full range of disabling injuries and illnesses incurred during military service Hold government agencies accountable for following laws mandating veterans health care Create a positive public perception of Vietnam veterans Seek the fullest possible accounting of America s POW MIAs Provide free representation to veterans in their claims for benefits Support the next generation of America s war veterans Serve our communities download the NEW membership application here Winterhaven Stand Down for Homeless At Risk Veterans Please join us January 21 2012 9 00 a m until 2 00 p m at the Washington DC VA Medical Center 50 Irving St NW Washington DC 20422 WASHINGTON DC On January 21 hundreds of

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/WebWeekly/html/20120116.html (2016-02-15)
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  • VVA's Web Weekly - What's New on vva.org
    just get choked up he said Sometimes you want to punch something you know You just keep blaming yourself I went to two Agent Orange town hall meetings and listened to other fathers talking about their children and it just gets very emotional It s very difficult to listen to them and then to speak about your own children It s very hard Joe served with the First Infantry Division in 1969 70 In 1971 he met the woman who was to be his wife In 1972 they married His wife would suffer through several miscarriages but eventually they had six children one of whom lived for only a brief time read the complete story visit the Faces of Agent Orange section on vva org to read other stories Effective Date for Claims Involving Exposure to Agent Orange Effective Date for Claims Involving Exposure to Agent Orange with Thailand Base Perimeter Duty Compensation Service acknowledges exposure to tactical herbicides such as Agent Orange on a direct occupational or fact found basis for Veterans with duty on military base perimeters in Thailand during the Vietnam era As a result these Veterans are eligible for presumptive service connection for the diseases associated with tactical herbicide exposure listed at 38 CFR 3 309 e The Compensation Service Bulletins for August 2009 and May 2010 contain the details of this policy 38 CFR 3 156 c states a denied claim may be reconsidered based on receipt of service records that are related to a claimed in service event injury or disease Any award based on such records is effective on the date entitlement arose or the date VA received the previously decided claim whichever is later Our obligation is to apply this regulation from this point forward to any claim a Veteran reopens or any previous relevant denial we discover when reviewing the Veteran s claims file The service records Compensation Service based their decision on included information from a declassified 1973 Department of Defense document titled Project CHECO Southeast Asia Report Base Defense in Thailand Within this 91 page report are several references to significant herbicide use on the fenced in perimeters of Thailand airbases The report was acquired after some of these Veterans were denied service connection based on the lack of evidence of tactical herbicide exposure in accordance with the policy in effect at that time For example a Veteran with Thailand perimeter duty was denied service connection for type 2 diabetes in 2006 and reopens his claim in 2011 The effective date will go back to the date the Department of Veterans Affairs VA received the previously denied claim in 2006 as long as the disease was present at that time CVE Verification Survey Small Business and Verification of businesses owned and controlled by veterans service disabled veterans The Veterans Entrepreneurship Task Force VET Force has sent out a questionnaire to veteran business owners to find out some statistical information about the Center for Verification Evaluation CVE at VA The

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  • VVA's Web Weekly - What's New on vva.org
    Lawsuit Still Seeking Chem Bio Testing Volunteers Vietnam Veterans of America is a plaintiff in a lawsuit investigating any long term harm done to service members who volunteered for testing of chemical and biological agents at Edgewood Arsenal Aberdeen Proving Ground Maryland and other sites from the 1940s through the 1970s Testing was done at several other locations including Fort Detrick also in Maryland Dugway Proving Ground Utah Fort Benning Georgia Fort Ord California and San Jose Island VVA is seeking to identify additional VVA members who participated in programs of human experimentation including the dates they were involved in the testing programs and the specific drugs chemicals gases biological substances and other substances e g LSD BZ Sarin mustard gas and nerve agents if known that were tested on them Any VVA member who participated in this testing who has not already contacted VVA is asked to contact Bernie Edelman VVA Deputy Director for Policy and Government Affairs toll free at 1 800 882 1316 ext 118 or by email at bedelman vva org VVA s Maverick General Gen Charles P Stone 1916 2012 One year ago I wrote a piece for The VVA Veteran about Charlie Stone VVA s Maverick General When I interviewed him he was just plain Charlie an old man in the twilight of his life his memory often cloudy living in the big old comfortable house he bought in 1952 surrounded by the artifacts from his travels and assignments in the Army Back in 1968 he was Major General Stone when he commanded the 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands He was known not only as a maverick and an acerbic one at that but by many of his troops as a soldiers general who was always concerned with the welfare of his troops He fought the war the way he wanted to A gifted tactician he was for the most part successful He believed in what he called the fantastic mobility of U S forces which coupled with top shelf communications enabled him to know everything that happened in my area five minutes after it happened and I could react to it at once During the Tet Offensive it was reported that the 4th Infantry registered the highest kill ratio of any American unit Charlie Stone died on February 6 2012 He was 96 He will be interred at Arlington on March 15th at 3 00 PM To read more about Gen Stone you can access the aforementioned The VVA Veteran article at http digitaledition qwinc com publication i 59332 VAD Skating Event Veterans Against Drugs Hosts 1st Annual Silver Spring Community Day All Skate Free includes skate rental Under 13 must be accompanied by an adult Veterans Against Drugs is an anti drug violence program and is a program of the Vietnam Veterans of America A Not For Profit Veterans Service Organization download the flyer here VA Press Release VA Budget Request Tops 140 Billion for Veterans Programs WASHINGTON With more

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/WebWeekly/html/20120213.html (2016-02-15)
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    is almost overwhelming it s been a long while since I have seen so many happy people in one place Our objectives are twofold explained Deborah Williams VVA staff member and VAD program facilitator for the D C area We want to get the anti drug and violence message out to the children and their parents and we want to let the community of Silver Spring know that we are here and that we want to be active in our community She noted as parents we can equip our children with what we know but we need the help of others to reinforce our message and that is where VAD makes the difference My sister was a drug addict shared Williams It impacted our family tremendously She ended up dying at a young age from a drug overdose That is why I asked to become part of VAD Added Williams I can t wait to do it again Skating is a great way for kids to burn off energy VAD promotes healthy activities because we want to encourage kids to be fit and healthy and to look for other things than getting high We were able to reach out and touch an awful lot of people and inform them about our program and our organization observed Elliott It was a win win win success I could not have been happier This is something we need to do more often and hopefully this is the first of many more events in Silver Spring For photos of the above event see http www facebook com media set set a 299520253436312 74342 106313642756975 type 3 Department of Defense s budget proposal for 2013 TRICARE Increases in 2013 Proposed Budget The Department of Defense s budget proposal for the 2013 fiscal year while including a 1 7 percent increase in basic pay for military personnel contains several provisions that will also increase the cost of health care for retired service members and their families both in the coming year and the years ahead Higher enrollment fees for TRICARE Prime members TRICARE Prime experienced its first ever fee increases in the 2012 budget The 2013 budget continues that trend and the budget overview released on February 13 proposes additional increases into the future For the highest earning working age retirees the proposal calls for the current 2012 annual family enrollment fee of 520 to climb to 2 048 by FY 2017 for those in the lower tier of retirement pay it will increase from 520 to 850 TRICARE Standard Extra fees and deductibles There is currently no annual enrollment fee for the military s fee for service programs but the 2013 budget proposes a 140 annual fee for families to be raised to 250 in 2017 In addition the Pentagon proposes an increase in the plans deductibles from 300 per family in 2012 to 580 in 2017 read complete article Veterans Treatment Courts HAVE YOU HEARD Veterans facing criminal charges who are in need of

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  • VVA's Web Weekly - What's New on vva.org
    National Guard and everything fell apart After a soldier complained that she had made sexually suggestive remarks she was suspended from her counseling duties and sent to an Army psychiatrist for evaluation His findings were shattering She had he said in a report a personality disorder a diagnosis that the military has used to discharge thousands of troops She was sent home She disputed the diagnosis but it was not until months later that she found what seemed powerful ammunition buried in her medical file portions of which she provided to The New York Times Her command specifically asks for a diagnosis of a personality disorder a document signed by the psychiatrist said Veterans advocates say Captain Carlson stumbled upon evidence of something they had long suspected but had struggled to prove that military commanders pressure clinicians to issue unwarranted psychiatric diagnoses to get rid of troops read complete article VVA Press Release VVA to VA Make Agent Orange Aircraft Crews Eligible for Care and Disability Compensation Washington D C Vietnam Veterans of America holds true that crews who flew the C 123K aircraft contaminated with Agent Orange should be acknowledged by your department to have been exposed to this herbicide and that those crew members who are afflicted with any of the maladies the VA considers presumptive to service connection ought to be eligible for health care and when warranted disability compensation wrote John Rowan National President of VVA to General Eric K Shinseki Secretary of Veterans Affairs Citing the strong language from Dr Thomas Sinks Deputy Director of the CDC s Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry in acknowledging the contamination and the crews exposure Rowan noted This directly challenges the VA s contention that although the aircraft may have been contaminated by dioxin there was little likelihood of any harmful exposure read complete press release here Veteran Benefits The First Question to Ask in a C P Examination By Lauren Kologe When a veteran files a claim for disability compensation or pension benefits the Veterans Administration VA is often required to provide a medical exam to confirm the veteran s eligibility for benefits and to determine the appropriate disability rating This is known as a C P exam Compensation Pension The first question the veteran should ask the doctor is have you had a chance to review my claim file If the answer is no the veteran should ask the doctor to first review the claim file The veteran should only proceed with the exam after the doctor has reviewed all the information the veteran has submitted and VA has received regarding the claim the claim file or c file The same is true when the veteran asks his or her own doctor to provide an opinion on the claim The doctor must review the veteran s entire claims file state that he or she has read it and comment on the veteran s military and medical history contained in the file so that it is

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  • VVA's Web Weekly - What's New on vva.org
    help RIGHT NOW call this toll free number 1 800 273 8255 available 24 7 and tell them you are a veteran All calls are confidential CNN Presents Vets feel abandoned after secret drug experiments CNN The moment 18 year old Army Pvt Tim Josephs arrived at Edgewood Arsenal in 1968 he knew there was something different about the place It just did not look like a military base more like a hospital recalled Josephs a Pittsburgh native Josephs had volunteered for a two month assignment at Edgewood in Maryland lured by three day weekends closer to home It was like a plum assignment Josephs said The idea was they would test new Army field jackets clothing weapons and things of that nature but no mention of drugs or chemicals But when he went to fill out paperwork the morning after his arrival the base personnel were wearing white lab coats and Josephs said he had second thoughts An officer took him aside He said You volunteered for this You re going to do it If you don t you re going to jail You re going to Vietnam either way before or after Josephs said recently From 1955 to

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