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  • The VVA Veteran: Annual Committee Report: Minority Affairs
    the delegates at VVA s National Convention called on the VA to create an Asian American veterans working group within its Advisory Committee on Readjustment of Vietnam Veterans VVA still supports the creation of a VA Asian American and Pacific Islander working group and requests that a study be conducted by the VA on the social and psychological effects of military service on Asian American and Pacific Islander veterans during and after the Vietnam War Recommendation Continue the resolution but combine it with MA 8 97 MA 4 95 Native American and Alaskan Natives VVA recommended at its fourth National Convention the placement of a person qualified in Native American law in the VA Office of General Counsel Additionally the delegates supported the development of personnel orientation and recruitment outreach to tribal reservations as well as consideration for alternative models of health care delivery on the reservations The appointment of a qualified Native American to the position of assistant to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs was also supported Recommendation Retire this resolution as part of it has been met with the recent appointment of a qualified Native American as an Assistant to the Secretary of Veteran Affairs The second part calling for the appointment of the position in the Office of the VA Counsel has not been met MA 5 95 Foreign National Vietnam Veterans Immigration Because of an anomaly in U S immigration laws Vietnam veterans who are foreign nationals may be barred from entry into the United States owing to disabilities incurred during military service in the U S armed forces VVA supports legislation to permit free entry into the United States by foreign nationals who served in the U S armed forces and who are Vietnam veterans seeking medical care for service related disabilities regardless of length of service Recommendation Continue the resolution MA 6 95 Involvement by Minority Veterans Welcomed in VVA VVA continues its commitment to minority affairs programs by encouraging all veterans to become involved at all levels of the organization and that VVA work more closely with other minority veterans organizations Recommendation Continue the resolution MA 7 97 Puerto Rican Veterans and U S Virgin Islanders Puerto Rican and U S Virgin Islander veteran populations are disproportionately large but only a small percentage has been able to use VA services because of budget cuts VVA renews its commitment to a continuum of health care and VA services for Puerto Ricans and U S Virgin Islanders and their families and to increase awareness of the availability of these services Recommendation Continue the resolution VVA made two recent trips to Puerto Rico to investigate the deplorable conditions at the San Juan VA Medical Center and made appropriate recommendations to the former VA Secretary for construction of a new hospital MA 8 97 Recognition of the Services and Sacrifices made by the Veterans of the Territory of Guam and U S Pacific Islanders There are some 8 000 veterans of Guam who have served in the

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  • The VVA Veteran: Annual Committee Report: Government Affairs
    30 1975 There is neither interest by the Senate Armed Services Committee nor any potential individual sponsors to promote such legislation Grassroots efforts have been minimal and ineffective Without congressional sponsors and a strong groundswell of support from the Vietnam veterans community nothing will happen to further this proposed legislation Recommendation Retire the resolution G 5 03 VVA urges that eligibility under Public Law 104 275 should be extended to permit Vietnam era veterans to continue to remain eligible for Vet Center services There have been no widespread reports or policies enacted to deny Vietnam veterans access to Vet Centers Until either occurs no legislative action is required Recommendation Retire the resolution G 7 99 VVA urges Congress to pass appropriate legislation to establish hepatitis C as a presumptive disability Hepatitis C guidelines should be based on existing guidelines as found on the American Liver Foundation website Connie Christensen submitted a detailed report in January 2008 on the emergency room conditions in Vietnam that might have put patients at risk for contracting hepatitis C VVA needs to summarize and prioritize critical points on the rationale for having hepatitis C listed as a presumptive condition The objective is to marshal our arguments and back them with facts and data then seek the support of members of Congress to begin the legislative process Realistically any positive action will be in the 111th Congress G 9 03 VVA supports the efforts of veterans and veterans service organizations who seek to change the regulations that have prevented the issuance of the Combat Medevac Badge to those individuals who served as aero medical crewmembers during and for wars since the Vietnam War The U S Army has objected to the inclusion of the new Combat Medevac Badge The Army s objections were that the award would be retroactive for the most part and that any medic or Medevac crew member who is in combat now receives the new Combat Action Badge Therefore there is no need to authorize a new medal specific to Medevac crews or medics assigned to other infantry units since the new Combat Action Badge is awarded for direct combat experience Recommendation To broaden the criteria for the badge to include Medevac crews and medics assigned to aviation units who saw combat Action needed Seek direction from the Committee on whether and how to proceed on this Resolution G 10 07 Endorsement of legislation to create minimum private sector health care coverage for uninsured and underinsured veterans and their families It has been reported that 45 million Americans are uninsured or underinsured including 1 5 to 1 8 million veterans VVA is working with AARP as a member of the U S Chamber of Commerce providing AARP with input for its health care and insurance initiatives G 11 07 Philippine veterans Individual members of the armed forces of the Commonwealth of the Philippines who served with either the active or guerrilla forces in support of U S military operations against hostile forces

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  • The VVA Veteran: Annual Comittee Report: ETABO
    dec March April 2009 ANNUAL COMMITTEE REPORT ETABO BY ALAN GIBSON CHAIR As we get ready for the Convention let s look at what has happened with the resolutions from the last Convention It has been a pleasure working with the committee with and for you all Most of the resolutions contain language referring to accountability VVA has been advocating for this for as long as I can remember Congress is beginning to use these words which is at least a beginning With your continued support we may see accountability come to pass this year E 1 07 Jobs in the Public Sector We have seen some progress in the reporting and publication within federal agencies on Veterans Preference in hiring However a recent court ruling was a setback and will be until a loophole in the regulations is corrected VVA has been actively working with members of Congress on new bills to correct this problem E 2 07 Job Training and Other Services As with many other veterans items just because it is on paper does not mean complete actions are taken As can been seen in our Legislative Agenda for the 111th Congress we will be working on bringing most if not all programs under one roof the VA This has received favorable support from congressional folks but will take action and watching by all of us to see this become a fact Stay tuned and be ready to let Congress know your feelings on getting this accomplished E 3 07 Veterans In Business Agencies are beginning to get on board with the requirements and intent of PL 106 50 Veterans Entrepreneurship and Small Business Act of 1999 PL 108 83 Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 and Executive Order 13 360 It has been ten years since the

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  • The VVA Veteran: Annual Committee Report: Public Affairs
    membership and the public and to publicize the availability of veterans benefits and how to claim them Further the membership instructs the leadership to encourage VVA chapters to publicize the availability of service officers to file claims We further request that a letter be sent to the Veterans Affairs Department with a copy of this resolution Financial Impact Statement An expenditure of 20 000 for various forms of public advertising is required P 13 07 Gold Star Mothers National Monument Resolved That Vietnam Veterans of America applauds our Gold Star Mothers and supports the development and construction of an American Gold Star Mothers National Monument in Washington D C Further each chapter and state council is encouraged to reach out to Gold Star Mothers in their communities and to help in the fundraising needed to construct the monument Public Affairs Resolutions P 01 02 03 and 05 were written to encourage chapter members to get involved within their communities Although the PA Committee is always looking for outstanding examples of the work being done by our chapters and we are including more examples of the work done by our chapters in The VVA Veteran we do not have a specific update to present regarding these continuing resolutions P 1 95 Community Services Resolved That Vietnam Veterans of America encourages chapters to take the initiative to make a better community for everyone and serve as a focal point to promote the interrelationship between Vietnam veterans and the community To accomplish this mission VVA at the national state and local levels should publish useful materials including national and state resolutions through the media to communicate our message P 2 95 Children s Welfare Resolved That Vietnam Veterans of America calls upon Vietnam era veterans and their families through financial and personal contributions to act responsibly to ensure the protection and development of infants and children in the United States and throughout the world P 3 95 Chapter Involvement with Educational Institutions on Teaching the Vietnam War Resolved That Vietnam Veterans of America encourages the balanced comprehensive teaching of the Vietnam War at all educational levels including the Department of Defense education system Chapters are encouraged to establish ties with schools and colleges in their areas for the purpose of making appropriate individuals available to help teach the Vietnam War The PA Committee sent a letter to many education systems offering to sell our 25th Anniversary Wall book to them as a reference book on the war and we have encouraged state councils and chapters to buy books and donate them to their local schools and libraries P 4 95 Regulation of Certain Activities at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Resolved That Vietnam Veterans of America strongly recommends that the National Park Service with the fullest capabilities of its jurisdiction and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations prohibit the use of the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D C and adjacent areas for press conferences politically motivated actions or statements and all

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  • The VVA Veteran: Elections Committee Report: Attention Prospective Candidates
    continuous period of 1 not less than twelve months immediately preceding the opening of the National Convention at which such candidate seeks election and 2 such candidate must have held a position as an officer or board member at the National level or as an officer at the State Council or Chapter level during any continuous period of twelve months prior to the date of the opening of the National Convention at which such candidate seeks election Candidates for At large and Regional Board of Directors must meet the requirements to hold office as set down in the VVA National Constitution Article I Section 4 Paragraph B 1 and 2 for Regional Directors and Article I Section 4 Paragraph B 1 and 3 for At large Directors as revised July 19 2007 To wit To qualify for election a candidate must have been a member of the Corporation in good standing for a continuous period of not less than the twelve months immediately preceding the opening of the National Convention at which candidate seeks election The candidate must have held an elected position at the national state or chapter level for any continuous period of twelve months prior to the date of the opening of the National Convention Candidates for Regional Board positions must reside within the region they wish to represent ANNOUNCEMENT DATES The time period this election announcement covers is from January 1 to April 30 2009 LETTER OF INTENT Prospective candidates must submit Letters of Intent to the VVA Elections Committee by April 30 2009 Letters of Intent must include the candidate s name address home and work phone numbers and the position he or she is a candidate for A prospective candidate may announce and run for only one position With regard to the paragraph entitled Eligibility prospective candidates for National Officer and Board positions must include in the Letter of Intent a signed statement that includes the National State Council or Chapter positions they have held and the dates they held these positions The Elections Committee began accepting Letters of Intent January 1 2009 at the following address VVA ELECTIONS COMMITTEE c o Adolph Gardner 7 Crum Road Walkersville MD 21793 8018 his phone number is 301 845 4296 IMPORTANT NOTES All Letters of Intent must be postmarked on or before April 30 2009 All Letters of Intent must be sent to the Elections Committee s Walkersville Maryland address Any Letter of Intent that does not meet the postmark requirement or is sent to any other address will be considered invalid and will not be accepted by the Elections Committee CANDIDATE S PACKETS On January 1 the Elections Committee began mailing Candidate s Packets to prospective candidates who submitted their Letters of Intent To avoid possible loss or destruction of these packets they will be sent via Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested These packets contain information instructions and rules regarding the conduct of the election process that are of vital importance to every candidate Included

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  • The VVA Veteran: Annual Committee Report: Homeless Veterans
    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 ANNUAL COMMITTEE REPORT Homeless Veterans BY SANDY MILLER CHAIR HTF 1 07 Homeless Veterans as a Special Needs Population To be continued Nationally 23 30 percent of the homeless population or approximately 194 000 are veterans While federal agencies acknowledge these statistics they have yet to identify these veterans as a special needs population They are due a fair share of the available federal dollars for programs and services funded in the United States Resolution HTF 1 07 urges the Presidential Interagency Council on Homelessness to recognize homeless veterans as a Special Needs Population Further we urge Congress to require all entities and agencies that receive or utilize federal program funding dollars to report statistics on the veterans they serve Additionally VVA supports legislation that would incorporate a fair share dollar approach for the federal funding of homeless programs and services to specifically target homeless veterans HTF 4 07 Homeless Veteran HUD Transitional and Supportive Services Only Funding To be retired HTF 5 07 Homeless Veteran HUD VA Supportive Housing Funding To be retired as fulfilled HTF 6 07 VA Homeless Grant and Per Diem Funding To be continued The VA HGPD Program is an effective tool in addressing veteran homelessness Resolution HTF 6 07 urges the VA HGPD Program to provide payment for services rather than the reimbursement for services it presently provides Additionally VVA supports and

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  • The VVA Veteran: Books In Review
    troops did to other civilians Nor is there any mention of the NVA s systematic massacre of nearly three thousand civilians in Hue during Tet 68 nor the shameful way the other side treated our POWs Nor for that matter is there even a hint that horrible crimes against innocents have been committed by all sides in every war ever fought in history This is not to say that American troops did not commit heinous crimes in the Vietnam War Nor to excuse them Many were prosecuted too many were not as Nelson shows But Nelson fails to point out that the over ten long years some 2 8 million Americans fought in Vietnam and that the overwhelming majority did not come close to taking part in covering up or aiding or abetting any type of war crime After reading her book though one could come away thinking that the American war in Vietnam was one long crime spree That s a gross distortion of the truth at the very least NO 1 SPY One other thing that bothered me about Nelson s book She made herself and her quest to uncover American war crimes a big part of the narrative This kind of personal journalism how I got the story with the emphasis on I seriously distracts the reader from the story That also is the case with Thomas A Bass s The Spy Who Loved Us The Vietnam War and Pham Xuan An s Dangerous Game Public Affairs 297 pp 26 95 There s a fascinating and important story here Time magazine Saigon bureau translator and reporter Pham Xuan An led an amazing double life as a high ranking spy for the other side But Bass an English and journalism prof at the State University of New York at Albany all but ruins the story with far too many first person travelogue like interludes Such as Whenever I am in Paris I try to meet Philippe Franchini for an afternoon drink at the Bistro des Amis near his apartment near the Left Bank Who cares and why is this in the book other than as a massive ego exercise Another annoying thing about the book Bass s use of the present tense when quoting An This is more than a little off putting because the master spy died in 2006 Still the facts of the case are amazing especially that An pulled off the spying for decades right under the noses of the top American journalists and military intelligence types in Vietnam He gave vital advance information to the other side on many U S and ARVN operations including the Cambodian incursion in 1970 and Operation Lam Son in Laos in 1971 But before recognizing and honoring him for his work the Vietnamese Communists sent him to a re education camp to atone for his bourgeois ways NONFICTION IN BRIEF In Grunts The American Combat Soldier in Vietnam M E Sharpe 243 pp 24 95 Arizona State University

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  • The VVA Veteran: Membership Affairs
    Walhalla Christmas parade on December 6 Fort Dodge Iowa Chapter 861 delivered twelve Christmas food baskets in December to needy veterans and widows of veterans Thank you for thinking of me during the recent holidays one recipient wrote to the chapter I m 100 percent non service disabled I live alone and have a hard time dealing with the holidays I was very much excited to have the chapter representatives deliver the food It really made for a very nice holiday time having the food in my home Members of Porter County Chapter 905 in Portage Indiana had a busy December centering on support of the local Toys for Tots program Chapter member Jim Atkinson was the program coordinator and chapter members pitched in December 6 at the Valparaiso Armory at the annual Toys for Tots Christmas party The following week chapter members took part in a toy distribution event for needy families at the Armory It s truly a joy to be able to help at this time of year Chapter President Jim Lynch said The kids we help are America s future Showing kindness love family values and sharing will hopefully make them better adults The chapter also paid a visit on December 20 to the Indiana Veterans Home in Lafayette for its annual Christmas pizza and bingo party Sacramento Valley California Chapter 500 Board member Don Harper AVVA member Rhona Nitsche and chapter member E D McNeil took part January 27 in the annual Sacramento County Homeless Count The three had a training session the week before then joined more than four hundred other volunteers taking part in the count In 2008 about 19 percent of Sacramento s homeless were veterans VETS CONNECT At Washtenaw County Michigan Chapter 310 s bimonthly packing party for its Support the Troops program in November sixty five people showed up including chapter members and family and friends of deployed troops The big group packed a record number of 113 boxes weighing between fourteen and twenty pounds each That brought the total number of care packages in the program to just over eleven tons Chapter member Elmer White matched donations of up to 500 to help defray shipping costs The chapter s 22nd annual Christmas Program on December 16 featured special guest Ashlee Baracy the reigning Miss Michigan as well as the presentation of a specially embroidered shirt to every patient at the local VA Medical Center VVA Board Member Tony Catapano a member of Greenville North Carolina Chapter 272 and Chapter President Don Top Simmons last fall presented a check which represented the proceeds of a chapter No Limit Texas Hold Em Tournament to Marcus Waller the President of Veterans of Modern Warfare Chapter 8 in Greenville The VMW chapter will use the money as start up funds Nassau County New York Chapter 82 has adopted a U S Army platoon stationed in Afghanistan Three care packages of toiletry items non perishable food items batteries of all sizes and travel sized

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