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  • The VVA Veteran: President's Report: VVA's Veterans Healt Council: Knowledge Veterans Need
    OCT nov dec March April 2009 PRESIDENT S REPORT VVA s Veterans Health Council Knowledge Veterans Need By John Rowan Serving in the military poses both long term and immediate risks The immediate health issues bullet or shrapnel wounds traumatic amputations obvious injuries to the brain are treated properly for the most part first by military medical personnel then by clinicians at the health care facilities of the Department of Veterans Affairs Some long term health conditions post traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injuries as well as a host of health conditions that are presumed by the VA to have resulted from one s military service are often not related by the veterans to their time in uniform or only when it s too late Because there is very little outreach to the men and women who served our nation in the military and because too many veterans succumb to diseases that can be traced back to their time in service Vietnam Veterans of America has created in partnership with dozens of interested health care and advocacy organizations the Veterans Health Council The mission of the Council is to improve the health of veterans by creating an ongoing forum via its website www veteranshealth org for veterans their families and clinicians The Council was formally introduced at a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D C on February 25 The goals of the Council are fourfold We want to inform veterans and their families about health issues related to their military service along with health care and other benefits available to them We want to educate health care communities about the issues associated with military service In concert with other advocacy organizations we want to develop educational materials for medical colleges nursing schools teaching hospitals and

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  • The VVA Veteran: Letters/Letter To The VVA Membership
    person who ever demanded we change a conclusion was Hendon He kept demanding that we change our professional analysis and say that the reports were proof positive that there were live POWs Read Let s Sell The Bones The Marketing of America s Missing In Action I presented the paper in April 1996 at Texas Tech University and it s on the Internet Sedgwick Tourison sdtourison yahoo com BRING EM HOME I read with interest the article entitled Cold Case and have read in their entirety the book An Enormous Crime and one recently written by John Top Holland entitled Perfidy These two accounts of Americans abandoned by the government are factual detailed and without flaw It is time to insist that the U S Congress appoint an independent counsel to investigate the POW issue and hold accountable those responsible for abandoning American servicemen still alive in Southeast Asia after Operation Homecoming in 1973 Wearing the POW patch or flying the POW flag is more than a fashion statement it is a commitment to bring our brothers home JJ Jensen Upper Peninsula Michigan PHONY ISSUE The January February issue has a multi page article giving the madness of Billy Hendon and Rambo some legitimacy The mere publication of this article filled with false hope discredited reports and nonsense that POWs just might still be in Vietnam gives some legitimacy to those who exploited the issue for years There are no American POWs in Vietnam There are no secret POW camps in Vietnam This is the truth Visit Vietnam and go where you wish The only Americans there are those of us who wish to provide services those who work for international corporations those who work for the American government or those who have relocated to live there no POWs Why in the world would VVA perpetuate the lie that Vietnam has kept American POWs The bones discovered and those that will never be found are from casualties That is the truth Anyone who claims other than this is a liar Kenneth J Herrmann Jr By Email WAR S LAST CHAPTER I appreciate the publication of Cold Case by former Congressman Bill Hendon Having worked this issue as Chapter 82 s POW MIA chair I could never accept on its word that our government ever got all its unsung heroes in 1973 at Operation Homecoming Former head of the DIA Lt Gen Eugene Tighe told the Senate Select Committee on POW MIAs in June of 1992 that the intelligence was strong that between 1 100 and 1 200 Americans should have been returned When will the communists and our side finalize this last chapter of the war They wanted reparations as promised by President Nixon in the secret letter given to them in 1973 Support the reintroduction of HR 101 introduced on Feb 2 2009 to form a committee to continue the investigation Soldiers captured during the Korean War have come out of the North over the last ten years Let us make the effort to resolve whether our fellow Americans are all deceased This is Congress duty and responsibility I dare say many do not have a detailed understanding of this issue Thanks to the Veterans Initiative Program and its members for continuing their work and for meeting with veterans of the former North Vietnamese Army Paul Masi Bethpage New York THE VA NOT SERVICE I am writing to address the letter The VA Not Welfare I can understand why the letter writer withheld his name and military info I m just glad he wasn t covering my back when mortars flew daily in Doc Pho I was told for 32 years by both VA hospitals and VA claims reps that my problems with PTSD and the effects of Agent Orange were really caused by alcohol and too much caffeine In 2007 I finally went to a VA hospital in Vermont and hooked up with a vet rep who understood and correctly diagnosed my problem I have been waiting for a claims decision for two years All I get are questions from the VA about information they already have in my file Gary Chilson Keene New Hampshire SERVICE NOT A HANDOUT The VA Not Welfare interested me Having observed VVA in action on Capitol Hill I can say that the letter writer has little or no knowledge of how much VVA knows about claim adjudication VVA has been a leader in focusing on this topic I know this because I have walked with VVA representatives through the halls of the Congress The truth is that the VA has languished in a status quo mode for decades It has been prodded by Congress to do something about claims processing for quite some time Congress started the 2008 session by holding a hearing on the topic Let s face facts With electronic technology there is absolutely no reason for the VA not to have an electronic records system There also is no practical reason that a certain level of artificial intelligence could not be involved in the adjudication process The 90 day request made by VVA is a valid and doable objective The vast majority of claims made by veterans are honorable They are not looking for a handout I know this to be true because of the number of veterans I have helped as an advocate Wallace Ward By Email A WELL GROUNDED CLAIM In reply to The VA Not Welfare your criticism of VVA s lawsuit is misplaced VVA is acutely aware of what it takes to process present and prosecute a claim before the Department of Veterans Affairs VVA Service Representatives are faced with the same difficulties as VA adjudicators incomplete applications for benefits no DD 214 and so on But isn t that what we are about to gather documents and evidence to substantiate a claim in fact to present a well grounded claim without including frivolous issues Some less than knowledgeable service officers counselors and representatives present

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  • The VVA Veteran: Government Affairs: Advance Appropriations Bill Needs Grassroots Support
    Menendez D N J Lisa Murkowski R Alaska John D Rockefeller IV D W Va Bernard Sanders I Vt Debbie Stabenow D Mich John Thune R S D and David Vitter R La The House bill H R 1016 introduced by Veterans Affairs Committee Chair Bob Filner D Calif was co sponsored by Reps Walter Jones R N C Phil Hare D Ill Stephanie Herseth Sandlin D S D Mike Michaud D Maine and John Hall D N Y What is needed now more than ever is a grassroots effort It is critically important that VVA members and your families reach out to your Senators and Representatives Ask how they stand on the issue of funding for veterans health care If they profess their support for sufficient timely and predictable funding ask them to support and co sponsor H R 1016 S 423 If they agree thank them If they demur raise the heat at town hall meetings and via letters and emails Achieving sufficient timely and predictable funding is VVA s highest legislative goal With the support of the President it is within reach And your efforts will make a difference FILIPINO VET INEQUITIES The best laid plans of mice and men to paraphrase Robert Burns too often bring disappointment Crisis however often brings change It looks as though it took the near collapse of the American economy to get the Filipino veterans of World War II men who fought under the flag of the United States the recognition and compensation they have been seeking for more than six decades A provision in the stimulus bill authorized the release of 198 million to rectify Uncle Sam s postwar snub Some 18 000 Filipino veterans will now receive up to 15 000 for their service Their long quest for compensation stems from President Franklin D Roosevelt s decision in 1941 to draft 140 000 soldiers from the Philippines then an American colony A year later Congress passed a law allowing Filipino soldiers to become U S citizens with full military benefits But in 1946 after Filipino soldiers fought and died side by side with U S troops President Harry Truman signed two bills denying them citizenship and most veterans benefits The bills were postwar cost saving measures Of the 250 000 Filipino veterans of World War II some 12 000 live in the Philippines and 6 000 in the United States About 30 000 came to this country in the early 90s after President George H W Bush signed a bill granting them instant citizenship About 2 000 settled in the San Francisco Bay Area All but a few hundred in Northern California have either died or returned to the Philippines Last April the Senate by a vote of 96 1 passed a bill that would have given the Filipino veterans a pension from the Department of Veterans Affairs of 900 a month if they lived in the United States or 300 plus VA health care if they lived in

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  • The VVA Veteran: From The National Chaplain: TAPS
    62 died in 2008 He was a member of Brookings Oregon Chapter 757 Richard Scott Danner 57 died in 2009 He was a member of Fostoria Ohio Chapter 440 Marie L D Elia 99 died She was a life member of Phoenixville Pennsylvania Chapter 436 Robert F Dilks 60 died October 10 2008 He was a member of Cape May New Jersey Chapter 955 Yvan Auriele Dufour 58 died August 6 2008 He was a life member of Flemington New Jersey Chapter 452 Dale A Dukate 72 died March 21 2008 He was an at large life member of Florida Lawrence P Esposito Jr 56 died September 21 2007 He was a member of Farmingville New York Chapter 11 Thomas O Fiske died December 12 2008 He was a life member of Yountville California Chapter 702 Orvale M Fissel Jr 59 died June 8 2008 He was an at large life member of Pennsylvania Richard C Frink 64 died November 19 2008 He was a member of Jamestown New York Chapter 865 Peter Hurst Gibson 63 died August 24 2008 He was a member of the Appleton Wisconsin Chapter 351 Duncan C Green 64 died December 2 2008 He was a member of Liverpool New York Chapter 103 William Greiner died December 15 2008 He was a member of Wilmington Delaware Chapter 83 Michael H Grube 57 died January 8 2008 He was a life member of Manitowoc Wisconsin Chapter 731 James Hunter Gumbel 62 died September 22 2008 He was a life member of Davenport Iowa Chapter 776 Oscar Wiley Hamilton 79 died September 4 2008 He was a member of Tyler Texas Chapter 932 E James Harless 58 died January 13 2009 He founded and was President of Des Moines Chapter 490 Dale Horton 59 died October 27 2008 He was a member of Cincinnati Chapter 10 Garland Leon Howard 65 died December 16 2008 He was a member of Schulenburg Texas Chapter 870 Charles A Huckaby 84 died He was a member of Chouteau Oklahoma Chapter 877 James S Hutchinson died He was a member of Cheboygan Michigan Chapter 274 Richard Dennis Jodoin died January 16 He was a member of St Albans Vermont Chapter 753 Gary E Johnson 65 died He was a permanently hospitalized veteran member of Wichita Kansas Chapter 934 Robert L Johnson 75 died He was a member of Kennewick Washington Chapter 335 Steven Clifford Karas 60 died December 17 2008 He was a life member of Chattanooga Chapter 203 Paul L Kinney 62 died December 5 2008 He was a life member of Salina Kansas Chapter 809 Raymond E Kirschenheuter 61 died August 17 2008 He was a member of Browns Mills New Jersey Chapter 899 Robert Bob Kittell 65 died November 26 2008 He was a member of Beaumont Texas Chapter 292 George J Koeck IV 64 died January 9 He was a member of Erma New Jersey Chapter 602 Ronald E Kowalski 58 died He was a life member of

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  • The VVA Veteran: Region 9: Planning for Louisville
    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 March April 2009 The Veteran Departments Stayin Alive Lyons At The Wall Child In The War Zone Be Mine President s Report Letters Government Affairs TAPS Region 9 Report Constitution Committee Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report Veterans Incarcerated Membership Affairs Credentials Committee Report Veterans Health Care PTSD Substance Abuse POW MIA Affairs Veterans Benefits Agent Orange Dioxin Women Veterans Minority Affairs Annual Committee Report Government Affairs ETABO Public Affairs Elections Committee Report Homeless Veterans Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions AVVA Report Calendar 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 March April 2009 REGION 9 REPORT Planning for Louisville BY DICK SOUTHERN DIRECTOR As we come into spring after a long wet winter our fiscal year has ended and chapter elections are starting All of this activity is leading up to the Convention in Louisville in July Make sure to get all of your election and financial reports in on time Now is the time that we should all be thinking about and starting to plan the fundraisers that will help defray the cost of sending delegates to the Convention A spaghetti dinner or two in the next few months would help or maybe a golf tournament I want to invite everyone to the Region 8 and 9 pre Convention conference at the Silver Legacy Resort and Casino in Reno

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  • The VVA Veteran: Constitution Committee: The Amendment Process
    Report Veterans Health Care PTSD Substance Abuse POW MIA Affairs Veterans Benefits Agent Orange Dioxin Women Veterans Minority Affairs Annual Committee Report Government Affairs ETABO Public Affairs Elections Committee Report Homeless Veterans Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions AVVA Report Calendar 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 March April 2009 CONSTITUTION COMMITTEE REPORT The Amendment Process BY LESLIE DeLONG CHAIR The deadline for submitting proposed Constitutional Amendments was March 28 that is 120 days prior to the start of the Convention per the VVA Constitution No proposals submitted after midnight on March 28 2009 have been accepted On Friday April 24 at 4 30 p m the National Constitution Committee will meet in open session at the Crowne Plaza Hotel in Silver Spring Maryland We encourage members to attend this meeting to voice support for the proposed amendments or to email letters of support to the committee chair at ldelong vva org After full review and discussion of the proposed amendments the committee will prepare its report to the membership The report will contain copies of all the proposed amendments along with an explanation of the committee s recommendations regarding each one The committee s report will be made available via email and on the VVA web site no later than May 28 2009 At the Convention in Louisville the Constitution Committee will conduct an open hearing on the proposed amendments before they are presented to the delegates for action We encourage delegates to attend the meeting and to make their opinions known Following

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  • The VVA Veteran: Convention Resolutions Report: Reviewing New Resolutions
    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 March April 2009 The Veteran Departments Stayin Alive Lyons At The Wall Child In The War Zone Be Mine President s Report Letters Government Affairs TAPS Region 9 Report Constitution Committee Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report Veterans Incarcerated Membership Affairs Credentials Committee Report Veterans Health Care PTSD Substance Abuse POW MIA Affairs Veterans Benefits Agent Orange Dioxin Women Veterans Minority Affairs Annual Committee Report Government Affairs ETABO Public Affairs Elections Committee Report Homeless Veterans Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions AVVA Report Calendar 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 March April 2009 CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT Reviewing New Resolutions BY FRED ELLIOTT CHAIR The time for submitting resolutions has passed If you submitted a resolution to the national office it was assigned an official resolution number A letter of acknowledgment was sent to you listing the resolution s number and the committee or task force to which it had been referred The proposed resolution was reviewed by the Resolutions Committee to verify that the official submission form was used that it was postmarked by March 28 and that the financial statement was attached if required When the Resolutions Committee s review is complete the resolution will be sent to the appropriate committee or task force However if a proposed resolution is found to be incomplete it will be returned to the

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  • The VVA Veteran: Annual Committee Report: Veterans Incarcerated
    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 March April 2009 ANNUAL COMMITTEE REPORT Veterans Incarcerated BY TP HUBERT CHAIR The Veterans Incarcerated Committee would like to hear from veterans incarcerated who are involved in active veterans service organizations We would like to hear about your organization including a brief history and a list of its contributions to the prison Please also discuss the group s interaction with the staff and any relationships with outside volunteers Photos would help too VIN 1 95 Veterans in the Criminal Justice System was introduced nearly fifteen years ago when Vietnam veterans represented about 20 percent of the incarcerated population According to the Sentencing Project in 2003 an estimated 585 355 military veterans had been convicted of a felony and constitute a significant portion of the disenfranchised population VIN 1 95 resolves that the American court systems recognize PTSD as a factor of mitigation at time of sentencing and even more importantly as a key factor for diversionary programs stressing rehabilitation and community service Veterans also should have reasonable and appropriate access to veteran benefits and services This resolution calls upon all local state and federal detention facilities to establish working relationships with the Department of Veterans Affairs VIN 1 95 also resolves that the Department of Justice enforce the reporting mandate necessary for accurate identification of veterans encountered by criminal justice agencies VVA has been in the forefront in advocating on behalf of VIN 1 95 The Veterans Specialty Court in Buffalo serves as a model for veterans encountering the justice system Diversion and treatment programs are emphasized for veterans over prosecution and stigmatization Legislatures in Minnesota and California have enacted laws and policies that are sensitive to the mental health issues of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan VIN 1 95 remains viable and appropriate for endorsement by Vietnam Veterans of America VIN 2 95 VVA Chapter and State Council Relationships with Veterans Incarcerated addresses support of incarcerated veterans organizations by VVA state councils and chapters Incarcerated Vietnam veterans have the common bond of military service to facilitate veterans service organizations within the prisons The effective development of prison veterans organizations relies on the support of prison staff and community based VSOs such as VVA Resolution VIN 2 95 resolves that VVA state councils act to promote the development of incarcerated chapters Furthermore it encourages state councils and chapters to help veterans in their transition from prison or jail VIN 2 95 remains viable and appropriate for continued endorsement by Vietnam Veterans of America VIN 3 01 Veterans Incarcerated Benefits and Entitlement resolves that the VA is responsible for providing benefits to all veterans including those involved in the justice system Of particular concern are veterans in need of mental health services that address PTSD VIN 3 01 resolves that 1 The VA more aggressively provide medical treatment and counseling for veterans incarcerated with

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