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  • The VVA Veteran: President's Message: New Year, Same Old Issues
    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 PRESIDENT S MESSAGE New Year Same Old Issues BY JOHN ROWAN The nation begins the New Year with a new President and many new members of Congress but we face the same issues we faced in 2008 As you will note in the Government Affairs report we have established our priorities for the new Congress They still revolve around the old familiar concepts fund the Veterans Health Administration and modernize and reform the Veterans Benefits Administration What is sad is that we are still fighting the same battles after all these years Today s new veterans face the same obstacles we did an inadequate VA and the inability of DoD and VA to streamline the transition from military service to veteran status Thankfully in no small part due to our efforts the American people have shown their strong support for today s veterans We must insure that this enthusiasm is maintained as the war in Iraq winds down Another issue that remains is the fact that recently discharged veterans partially because of post traumatic stress disorder seem to find themselves in the judicial system VVA takes pride in our early work with incarcerated veterans Many Vietnam veterans found themselves in prison for violent behavior or drug related offenses Research showed that these offenses often were connected to PTSD While we tried to mitigate the effects of these events often the serious nature of the crimes led to long sentences The articles in this issue about Angola Prison in Louisiana show some of the positive results of our work Unfortunately today s veterans find themselves in

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  • The VVA Veteran: Government Affairs: Obama Pledges Two-Year VA Budgets | Five Top Priorities For The 111th Congress
    to seek medical care within the VA system according to an article in CQ Today These so called Priority 8 veterans make up the lion s share of living American veterans Veterans are designated as Priority 8 when their incomes exceed a certain threshold which varies from county to county based on the level of affluence in a given location They are the most affluent category of veterans even though some earn as little as 28 430 a year Until January 2003 these veterans were permitted to seek treatment at VA health facilities but the VA announced a freeze on new Priority 8 enrollments that year to alleviate a 300 000 plus patient backlog and quell a funding crisis The chair of the House Appropriations Military Construction Veterans Affairs and Related Agencies Subcommittee Rep Chet Edwards D Texas says that he will fight to fund VA health care for Priority 8 veterans the article noted but that he wants to do so at a gradual pace VVA agrees with this approach Even if we had unlimited dollars it would take time to hire all the doctors and nurses Edwards said We don t want to double triple quadruple the wait times I would urge the administration to maintain the goal but spread it out equally This approach would involve continuing to raise the Priority 8 income threshold over several years to include more and more veterans It is an approach VVA endorses As VVA National President John Rowan stated Perhaps the best way to achieve the objective of including all Priority 8 veterans and still be able to deliver quality medical care while avoiding delays is to raise the income limit by 5 000 every six months That would include most veterans in four years and virtually all within eight years Congress authorized 375 million in the fiscal 2009 Military Construction and Veterans Affairs spending measure to raise the Priority 8 income threshold and bring more of these veterans into health care eligible categories But it is unlikely that the amount appropriated will do much to move the threshold to a significantly higher income level according to a Senate Veterans Affairs Committee aide If Obama orders a plan to raise the threshold gradually to cover all veterans it would require Congress to continue to increase funding for the VA year after year Aides note that if the President elect wants to make all Priority 8 s eligible at the same time it would likely require an emergency supplemental spending bill that would total billions of dollars Obama will have plenty of backers on Capitol Hill for his VA medical coverage plans Sen Patty Murray D Wash one of the Senate s great champions of veterans is one of those proponents While the VA health care system certainly has its share of problems closing its doors to thousands of veterans who have served us is not the answer to fixing them Murray told CQ Today That means expanding access but it

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  • The VVA Veteran: From The National Chaplin: TAPS
    October 30 2008 He was a member of Fort Smith Arkansas Chapter 467 Carlos Rocs Brown 63 died November 15 2008 He was a member of Chattanooga Tennessee Chapter 203 Robert M Burns 61 died September 7 2008 He was a member of Fort Smith Arkansas Chapter 467 Dennis W Callahan 66 died October 10 2008 He was a life member of Easton Pennsylvania Chapter 415 Charles Conley Culbertson 63 died October 28 2008 He was a member of Chattanooga Tennessee Chapter 203 Winford S Daniel 63 died August 7 2008 He was a life member of Winfield Alabama Chapter 786 William F Davis 63 died November 4 2008 He was a life member of Savannah Georgia Chapter 671 Delores Edmondson 68 died October 18 2008 She was a member of Chattanooga Tennessee Chapter 203 John M Engel 66 died in November 2008 He was an at large life member of Ohio John William Erby Jr 68 died November 9 2008 He was a life member and president of Cincinnati Chapter 10 James Grady Flowers 72 died May 6 2008 He was a member of Lawton Oklahoma Chapter 751 William N Furman 61 died October 3 2008 He was a life member of Bryan Texas Chapter 937 Joe R Gibson 60 died October 11 2008 He was a member of Columbus Mississippi Chapter 997 Jesse N Green 61 died September 22 2008 He was a member of Hillsborough New Hampshire Chapter 992 William E Haggerty 52 died October 20 2008 He was a member of Owego New York Chapter 480 Pat Darwin Halchuck 59 died October 16 2008 He was a member of New Philadelphia Ohio Chapter 857 Leroy Hampton Jr 59 died October 30 2008 He was a member of Union New Jersey Chapter 779 Ahmad Jamal Hasan James Edmundson 63 died November 2 2008 He was a life member of Halifax Virginia Chapter 840 E Ray Hendrix 55 died November 8 2008 He was a charter member of Bel Air Maryland Chapter 588 Dale Edward Horton 58 died October 27 2008 He was a member of Cincinnati Chapter 10 Richard A Johnson 59 died October 28 2008 He was a member of Westfield New Jersey Chapter 688 Otis H Kilgore 62 died October 2 2008 He was a life member of Fort Smith Arkansas Chapter 467 Steve E Kiltau 65 died in 2008 He was an at large life member of Florida Francis J Kozlovsky Sr 63 died June 1 2008 He was a life member of Appleton Wisconsin Chapter 351 Stanley M Kuchlewski 61 died November 18 2008 He was a life member of Nassau County New York Chapter 82 Robert W Lehrfeld Jr 63 died October 19 2008 He was a member of Greenville North Carolina Chapter 272 Earl R Mason 64 died August 20 2008 He was a life member of Las Vegas Chapter 17 Malinda A McLaughlin 65 died October 23 2008 She was an AVVA member of White Hall Arkansas Chapter 830 Alfred

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  • The VVA Veteran: Region 3 Report: The George Duggins Conference
    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 January February 2009 The Veteran Departments Angola Prison Stayin Alive Vietnam Veterans Restoration Project VVA Chapter 333 Cold Case Letters President s Message Government Affairs TAPS Region 3 Report Constitution Committee Report Membership Affairs Report Region 9 Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report AVVA Report VA Voluntary Services Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Elections Comittee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Arts Of War Calendar Books In 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 REGION 3 REPORT The George Duggins Conference BY BRUCE W WHITAKER DIRECTOR WHEN April 16 18 2009 WHERE Embassy Suites Charleston West Virginia Region 3 is preparing for its annual conference hosted by the West Virginia State Council and chapters The conferences are held to bring everyone in the region together to exchange information and hold informative seminars The tentative seminar schedule includes sessions on health related concerns for our generation new Convention delegate information secondary PTSD stressors and grant writing Pre registration has started and ends March 20 For VVA members early registration and dinner is 60 on site it s 70 For AVVA members early registration and dinner is 50 on site 60 For those attending as non registered members and guests the closing dinner and entertainment on Saturday April 18 will run 45 A downloadable registration

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  • Proposed Change to the National Constitution
    State Council YES NO If yes enter state Has this amendment been endorsed by the Conference of State Council Presidents YES NO Section Affected Article Section Paragraph Related Articles Sections Paragraphs Affected Article Section Paragraph Proposed Change Reason For Proposed Change Additional Sections Affected Article Section Paragraph Related Articles Sections Paragraphs Affected Article Section Paragraph List any additional Articles Sections Paragraphs affected and add any additional notes or comments here

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  • The VVA Veteran: Membership Affairs Committee Report: Amendments & Milestones
    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 January February 2009 The Veteran Departments Angola Prison Stayin Alive Vietnam Veterans Restoration Project VVA Chapter 333 Cold Case Letters President s Message Government Affairs TAPS Region 3 Report Constitution Committee Report Membership Affairs Report Region 9 Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report AVVA Report VA Voluntary Services Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Elections Comittee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Arts Of War Calendar Books In 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 MEMBERSHIP AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT Amendments Milestone BY BILL MEEKS JR CHAIR As we close out 2008 the committee already has begun gearing up on membership related Constitutional amendments for the 2009 VVA Convention These proposed amendments will seek to address areas in the VVA Constitution that contain repetitive requests for a VVA member or chapter to submit an individual s DD Form 214 1 Prior to the election the member shall submit a DD Form 214 to the Nominating Committee and 2 After the elections are held the Secretary shall forward to the Corporation a DD Form 214 for each duly elected officer and director VVA reached two milestones in 2008 1 We have 58 249 members as of

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  • The VVA Veteran: Region 9 Report: Communications Resolution
    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 January February 2009 The Veteran Departments Angola Prison Stayin Alive Vietnam Veterans Restoration Project VVA Chapter 333 Cold Case Letters President s Message Government Affairs TAPS Region 3 Report Constitution Committee Report Membership Affairs Report Region 9 Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report AVVA Report VA Voluntary Services Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Elections Comittee Report Veterans Benefits Committee Report Arts Of War Calendar Books In 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 REGION 9 REPORT Communications Resolution BY DICK SOUTHERN DIRECTOR I want to wish a Happy New Year to all members of VVA and AVVA and their families All of the State Councils in Region 9 are growing in membership numbers especially California with Chapters 223 and 391 in the top 25 in the nation in membership Recruitment and retention remain high in Region 9 Our biggest concern continues to be health care and VA benefits as we urge veterans to enroll in the VA health care system and contact their veteran service officers to file claims for presumptive service connected health issues We must also remember that we need to reach out to help the troops returning from our conflicts overseas and help them get the benefits they deserve for their service to our country Communication

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  • The VVA Veteran: Convention Resolutions Committee Report: Resolved That
    DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT Resolved That BY FRED ELLIOTT CHAIR Get ready get set and send in those Convention Resolutions For the 2009 Convention we hope to improve further on the process of submitting evaluating presenting and finalizing resolutions submitted by members of Vietnam Veterans of America We encourage you to submit resolutions that are workable concise and have attainable objectives We realize that resolutions will and do range from the feel good to the serious and we will gladly accept them all as directed by the VVA Constitution Each state council and chapter will receive a copy of the Policies and Procedures of the 2009 Convention Resolutions Committee to be used as a guide for the submission of resolutions Included in each package will be an official resolution submission form This is the only form acceptable for submissions When you are considering a resolution give it this litmus test 1 Can this be accomplished through the regular action of the National Board of Directors a state council or other VVA leadership 2 Is this something we are already or should be doing If so can we get this accomplished through a simple request by a National Officer or Director If the answer to any part of either question is yes reconsider submitting your resolution and follow one of the paths described previously If no was the answer then you should ask yourself Can we accomplish this without breaking the bank Does the funding requirement match the priority of the resolution Does it fit within the long range goals of the organization If you can answer these questions with a definite yes then bring forth the resolution to the

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