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    Government Accountability Office review A full copy of the report can be viewed at http www health mil 2012 MHS Governance Report aspx Locator Notice Looking for crewmen who served aboard the USS Stormes DD780 in 1966 while deployed in Vietnam Looking for crewmen who served aboard the USS Stormes DD780 in 1966 while deployed in Vietnam This is in regard to Agent Orange claims and trying to get the Stormes on the list to qualify for Agent Orange Veterans benefits Anyone who has an Agent Orange related illness who has or has not filed a claim or knows of any deceased shipmates who died from an Agent Orange related illness please contact KenMoffett mail house gov or send mail to Ken Moffett 3000 41st Street Suite 2 Moline Il 61265 or contact Ron Tady 309 755 8523 601 30th Ave East Moline Il 61244 or e mail to Ronjmarj aol com Press Release EEOC Issues Revised Publications on Employment of Veterans with Disabilities User Friendly Documents Clarify Impact of ADAAA Commission Will Participate in Employment Conference Sponsored by U S Army Wounded Warrior Program WASHINGTON The U S Equal Employment Opportunity Commission EEOC has issued two revised publications addressing veterans with disabilities and the Americans with Disabilities Act ADA Both documents are available on the agency s website at www eeoc gov The revised guides reflect changes to the law stemming from the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 which make it easier for veterans with a wide range of impairments including those that are often not well understood such as traumatic brain injuries TBI and Post traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD to get needed reasonable accommodations that will enable them to work successfully Prior to the ADA Amendments Act the ADA s definition of the term disability had been construed narrowly significantly limiting the law s protections The revised documents are also an outgrowth of a public meeting the EEOC held on Nov 16 2011 entitled Overcoming Barriers to the Employment of Veterans with Disabilities In that meeting the Commission heard testimony from a panel of experts on the unique needs of veterans with disabilities transitioning to civilian employment The particular challenges faced by veterans with disabilities in obtaining employment has been the subject of increased attention in recent months as large numbers of veterans return from service in Iraq and Afghanistan Read Complete Press Release NPGAW Gambling Problems and the Military According to the National Council on Problem Gambling NCPG gambling problems are more prevalent among military veterans than in the general public The NCPG urges veterans their loved ones and healthcare providers to be particularly aware of gambling addiction Warning signs include preoccupation with gambling chasing losses and financial harm Problem gambling is associated with substance abuse depression and Post traumatic Stress Disorder PTSD That is why the NCPG has selected to highlight veterans as one population especially at risk for developing a problem with gambling during its 10th annual National Problem Gambling Awareness Week March 4 10

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    who do not have comorbid pain The researchers used administrative data for 291 205 OEF OIF veterans who entered into VA care between 2005 through 2008 Regardless of whether comorbid pain was present veterans with PTSD were over four times more likely to get an opioid 12 4 received a prescription relative to veterans without a mental health diagnosis 2 7 received a prescription veterans with other mental health diagnoses were 2 5 times more likely Veterans with a drug use disorder and comorbid PTSD were most likely to receive opioids RR 4 19 Among veterans prescribed opioids those with PTSD took higher doses for longer periods and had a higher prevalence of adverse clinical outcomes compared with veterans with a mental health diagnosis other than PTSD or no mental health diagnosis Adverse outcomes included alcohol opioid and non opioid drug related overdose as well as self inflicted injuries This study highlights the importance of clinician and patient education about the risks of opioids The findings also suggest use of lower risk non pharmacological approaches to pain management particularly for veterans with comorbid substance use disorders VVA Veteran Subscriptions VVA Veteran to AVVA Members The AVVA National Board of Directors is pleased to announce that the VVA VETERAN magazine will once again be available to those AVVA members where there is no VVA member living at the same address If a copy of the Veteran is not currently being sent to your home and you wish to receive it please email the following information to avvaveteranmagazine aol com Membership name Membership number Current mailing address State and VVA Chapter affiliation if one or State and at large Each member must submit an individual request No group request will be honored Multiple mailings to the same address will not be honored Delinquent membership renewal will result in the cancellation of the magazine If the member has no email access a request can be made by calling the National Membership Chair at 717 259 5716 Faces of Agent Orange James Ansley s Story View the video in a browser visit the Faces of Agent Orange facebook page Honoring 70th Anniversary of Bataan POWs National Guard Association Hosts Bataan Survivors On April 24 the National Guard Association hosted seven survivors of the Bataan death march aka The Battling Bastards of Bataan at a luncheon in Washington D C sponsored by the Asia Policy Point The seven included former Illinois National Guardsmen Dr Lester Tenney Army veterans Joseph Alexander Ben Steele and Roland Towery Marine veteran Donald Versaw and Olivia Rosen the widow of Colonel Melvin Rosen USMA 1940 The survivors recounted the little known ghastly treatment of the 12 000 American POWs who were ordered to surrender to the Japanese in the Philippines on May 6 1942 after defending the Bataan peninsula and the island of Corregidor for four months without any resupply of rations war materiel or reinforcing troops that according to the veterans were promised to them by General Douglas MacArthur

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    arrest citation and confiscation of their firearms So please ensure that you leave your firearm at home and properly stored when you visit any of our VA facilities or properties We thank all of you for your service to our Nation We hope you will join us in keeping our VA safe and secure VVA a Soaps for Hope Partner Ton Savon SOAPS FOR HOPE Facebook Promo Benefits VVA LOS ANGELES May 14 2012 Helping AmeriCares Vietnam Veterans of America and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles get much needed supplies is as free and simple as clicking over to http www Soaps for Hope com This is where Facebook fans of Ton Savon a leading manufacturer of bath and beauty products from the South of France can have the company donate a bar of soap to each of these organizations on their behalf Ton Savon is excited to have this opportunity to support three organizations dedicated to making a difference in our world notes Dana DeVorzon CEO of Ton Savon We are empowering Ton Savon s fans to also help make an impact and affect the lives of others with a single click while building awareness for our Soaps for Hope partners Ton Savon Donates to VVA USA Today Editorial USA Today Veterans Are Not Dollar Signs in Uniform Many reputable private and public universities trade schools and training programs are committed to helping veterans further their education and careers But there are also predators itching to pad their enrollments with veterans and get their hands on government billions nearly 600 000 people are expected to enter classes under the G I Bill this year with the Veterans Affairs Department footing more than 9 billion of the cost But service members and veterans looking to learn more about their educational benefits under the G I Bill may be in trouble if they plunge unprepared into the wilds of the Internet According to a recent USA Today editorial some of those GIs are seeing their opportunity squandered by for profit colleges with low graduation rates high costs and high loan default rates In fact their new benefits might be propping up some schools that otherwise would struggle to meet federal rules Read the editorial News From VVA s Household Goods Program Stratford University students organize clothing drive to support veterans FALLS CHURCH VIRGINIA May 11 2012 Stratford University students are embarking on a large scale community service project to support veterans in our local communities Each campus will be collecting clothing donations May 21 through May 25 2012 Students faculty and staff are spring cleaning their apartments homes and work spaces to donate much needed clothing to veterans and their family members Our goal is to collect 50 bags of clothing to help support www clothingdonations org which is a service of Vietnam Veterans of America Each Stratford campus has a designated donation day in which the public can bring their donations to our campus during normal business hours

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    week All 4 items are required for a veteran to screen positive for TBI The investigators compared screening results with the results of the VA s Comprehensive TBI Evaluation that is performed by a clinician with expertise in TBI Eighty seven percent of the veterans screened positive for TBI whereas clinicians made a diagnosis in only 53 The screen had excellent sensitivity 87 which is desirable for a screen However specificity was 15 indicating that it tends to identify a large number of false positives Positive and negative predictive values the meaning of positive and negative tests were more balanced but only 58 and 47 respectively In analy ses that corrected apparent errors in clinicians scoring of the TBI evaluation positive predictive value increased to 77 and negative predictive value decreased to 31 Using only the first 2 screening questions enhanced the screen s performance slightly which the authors suggest may be a useful improvement They also sug gest computerized aids for clinicians could enhance the scoring of the Comprehensive Evaluation Prostate Screening Men s Health Network and Veterans Health Council Oppose Final USPSTF Recommendation Against Prostate Cancer Screening Men s Health Network MHN and the Veterans Health Council are strongly opposing the U S Preventive Services Task Force USPSTF final recommendation against the use of prostate specific antigen PSA testing in the early detection of prostate cancer The PSA test used with a DRE digital rectal exam is the only method currently available for the early detection of prostate cancer The final recommendation relying on an inadequate and deeply flawed decision making process downgrades PSA testing to D recommending against the use of PSA testing in healthy men that do not have symptoms that are highly suspicious for prostate cancer This is in the face of strong evidence that use of the PSA test saves lives Early detection saves lives said MHN VP Scott Williams and this recommendation essentially eliminates access for patients and their healthcare providers to the only test available for early detection of prostate cancer If allowed to stand USPSTF clearly abrogates its responsibility for the health and well being of America s Vietnam veterans stated Thomas Berger PhD Executive Director Veterans Health Council Read the complete Veteran s Health Council statement Memorial Day at The Wall DOD to Host Vietnam War Commemoration Ceremony at Vietnam Veterans Memorial May 28 2012 01 00 PM 03 30 PM Secretary of Defense Leon E Panetta will host a ceremony on Monday May 28 2012 at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on the National Mall in Washington D C to thank and honor America s Vietnam Veterans on behalf of a grateful nation This ceremony will serve as a public kickoff of efforts to partner with communities across the United States Invited guests include thousands of Vietnam Veterans their loved ones Gold Star families and leadership from the military services Cabinet and Congress There will be a limited viewing area open to the general public The Memorial Day ceremony marks

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    27 Vietnam veteran Senator Jim Webb D VA introduced two amendments to the National Defense Authorization Act NDAA regarding the bipartisan Military and Veterans Educational Reform Act of 2012 S 2179 Summary of Amendment 2957 both of these provisions are in the larger bill S 2179 Requires that all programs receiving funding from Tuition Assistance and Post 9 11 GI Bill be Title IV eligible which is already a requirement for schools receiving other types of federal funding Title IV eligibility requires among other things accreditation by a Department of Education approved accrediting agency new schools to have an undergraduate withdrawal rate for all students of no more than 33 and mandated reviews by the Department of Education if a school has high dropout or default rates which could lead to sanctions or other penalties Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to conduct a compliance review of an educational institution when certain quality measures are triggered Summary of Amendment 2958 this is S 2179 includes the two provisions in Amdt 2957 Requires that all programs receiving funding from Tuition Assistance and Post 9 11 GI Bill be Title IV eligible which is already a requirement for schools receiving other types of federal funding Title IV eligibility requires among other things accreditation by a Department of Education approved accrediting agency new schools to have an undergraduate withdrawal rate for all students of no more than 33 and mandated reviews by the Department of Education if a school has high dropout or default rates which could lead to sanctions or other penalties Expands the training responsibilities of the State Approving Agencies by requiring them to conduct outreach activities to veterans and members of the Armed Forces to conduct audits of schools and to report those findings to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to develop a centralized complaints process to report instances of misrepresentation fraud waste and abuse and other complaints against educational institutions Requires that all schools with 20 or more students enrolled in VA and or DOD educational assistance programs provide support services to veterans and military students Requires the Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Defense to the extent practicable to provide one on one in person educational counseling to veterans and members of the Armed Forces participating in programs of educational assistance at or before the individual enrolls Requires the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and the Secretary of Defense to conduct a compliance review of an educational institution whenever certain quality measures are triggered December 7th National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 7 is National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day This observance honors the more than 2 400 military service personnel who died on December 7 1941 during the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii by Japanese forces Shortly after the attack on Pearl Harbor the United States entered World War II The World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument focuses on preserving the history of

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    new committee members who are appointed to two year terms are Gina Chandler Bryant AR A veteran of the U S Air Force currently serves as a veterans service officer women veterans coordinator for the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs and secretary of the National Association of State Women Veterans Coordinators Larri Gerson Dunedin FL A veteran of the U S Air Force currently serves as a claims examiner for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs and webmaster for the National Association of State Women Veterans Coordinators former state women veterans coordinator for the Florida Department of Veterans Affairs Mary Morin Raymond NH A retired U S Air Force Master Sergeant currently serves as the Director of the New Hampshire Office of Veterans Services and a member of the National Association of State Women Veterans Coordinators Charlotte S Smith Farmington NM A veteran of the U S Army currently serves as a veterans service officer state women veterans coordinator for the New Mexico Department of Veterans Affairs and a member of the National Association of State Women Veterans Coordinators Mary Westmoreland Bronxville NY A retired U S Army Colonel with service in Desert Shield Desert Storm currently runs a pro bono consulting company that focuses on coaching mentoring and organizational strategic planning for government and nonprofit organizations ARTnews The Military is Present Last Veterans Day two artworks devoted to sharing veterans stories appeared simultaneously in two of New York s busiest public spaces Times Square and Union Square The projects reflect a growing attempt to create new connections between two distinct communities the art world and the military world From photo shows in Houston Honolulu and Norfolk Virginia to art therapy programs at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and MoMA artists curators and educators have been devising new strategies to present U S war veterans not as cyphers or victims but as protagonists and narrators Read more in this special report by Executive Editor Robin Cembalest at artnews com Use Of VA Health Care Facilities VA Revises Numbers of Vets Use of VA DuringThird Quarter of FY 2012 The VA has revised the reports about OEF OIF OND Veterans use of VA health care facilities and common diagnoses including Post traumatic Stress Disorder for the third quarter of fiscal year 2012 The reason for the revision was to correct an error in counting inpatient visits Download revised reports to learn more VA Health Care Utilization by Recent Veterans and VA Facility Use by Recent Veterans with PTSD Tacoma News Tribune Article Senator Murray Proposes to Reform DoD Suicide Prevention Programs According to an article in the Tacoma News Tribune by Adam Ashton the Senate this week passed an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act that would reshape the Defense Department s behavioral health and suicide prevention programs compelling each service to adopt common practices This is a major step forward in Congress really focusing on the issue of mental health of our service members and it has not been

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    from Lung Cancer Alliance Vietnam Veterans America and Team Draft also attended the gathering The state of lung cancer is unacceptable said Chris Draft a former National Football League player who is the force behind Team Draft and the founder of the Chris Draft Family Foundation Draft s wife who was never a smoker died of Stage IV lung cancer a month after their wedding As part of WRNMMC s new lung cancer screening program patients at high risk for lung cancer will be offered screening including the use of low dose computed tomography CT scans WRNMMC is the first DoD facility to offer this type of program for veterans who are at high risk for lung cancer Many of our veterans folks who are beneficiaries who served in Vietnam and other theaters of war and the present conflict theaters of Afghanistan and the recent Iraq are at higher risk than the general population to develop lung cancer said Col Craig Shriver interim director of the Walter Reed Comprehensive Cancer Center and chief of General Surgery Bethesda MD during a presentation on the new initiative More Americans die of lung cancer than any other type of cancer according to the national Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Atlanta and the risk is higher for veterans According to screening literature provided by WRNMMC veterans have a 25 30 higher risk of lung cancer than their civilian counterparts due to not only smoking but also Agent Orange radon asbestos diesel fuel exhaust and other battlefield emissions Shriver explained that a challenge has been that lung cancer had previously lacked the screening programs and effective strategies for early detection for other types of cancers New research however has changed that In 2010 a National Cancer Institute funded trial found a 20 reduction in deaths from lung cancer among current or former heavy smokers who were screened with low dose helical CT versus those screened by chest X ray That exceeds the ability to reduce death from breast cancer using screening mammography That is the impressive extent of which this screening can achieve Shriver said Shriver told U S Medicine that the screening program goes beyond only a CT Patients also sit with a healthcare provider to go through a set of screening questions to determine whether they are in the high risk group for lung cancer If determined to be high risk veterans can undergo annual low dose CT scanning As Reported in The New York Times Scientific Paper Links Nerve Agents in 91 Gulf War The New York Times of December 13 reports that a recent scientific paper on the topic of illnesses from the Gulf War attempts to refute the longstanding Pentagon position supported by many scientists that neurotoxins particularly sarin gas could not have carried far enough to affect the health of American forces Reports James Dao Nearly half of the 700 000 service members who were deployed in 1990 and 1991 for the Gulf War filed disability claims with

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    test book Page 1 11

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