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  • The VVA Veteran: Letters
    cruel calculus at work Ten years ago in addition to a lengthy piece commemorating the life of Board member Ernie DiRocco we ran 22 obituaries In this issue there are 82 As the numbers have increased the amount written about each member has decreased Every issue of The VVA Veteran is a struggle for space In this issue we have attempted to respond to readers concerns by listing cause of death and dates of service Additionally the rich and thorough obituaries that are compiled by National Chaplain Fr Phil Salois are posted on our website www vva org Ed KEEPING THE FAITH I am once again compelled to write regarding another letter this time about a singularly onerous comment by Kenneth J Hermann Jr entitled Phony Issue in the March April issue I m not surprised at Mr Hermann s comments I am surprised at his tone however He dishonors me by calling me a liar I subscribe to some simple beliefs First in Vietnam I was surrounded by fellow soldiers who believed there were two basic things you must internalize in order to survive any life threatening situation faith and hope Those who lose either or both of those traits are the first to die in a dire situation but most critically in POW circumstances I believe that those traits are so ingrained in those of us who survived Vietnam that we simply will give up neither our faith nor our hope that some of our brothers and sisters will return home eventually one way or another We are also bred with the internal drive never to leave one of our own behind Even to think such a thing is simply not in our DNA To allow the possibility that there are no POWs left in Vietnam is tantamount to believing that it s okay to abandon our brothers now that we are safe and comfortable in our own homes We must keep the faith and hope alive that we have done everything possible to find and bring home those who may have survived We must do that until time and survivability overcome any reasonable thought that anyone could live beyond that time Finally to give up on any possibility of finding live POWs makes it far too easy and far too convenient to give up on finding any more of our deceased brothers and sisters buried somewhere in lonely graves in Vietnam Mr Hermann s strident condemnation of those of us who subscribe to those beliefs as liars makes me thankful that I never served with such a man I urge anyone who ever served this country and anyone who ever loved or was a friend of one who served this country Never stop believing that survivors will be found and never give up hope Bill Pratt By Email DECISIONS TO MAKE I just finished reading Bill Hendon s book An Enormous Crime I can fully understand why the POW Committee is upset about the article being published

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  • The VVA Veteran: Government Affairs: Obama on Board for Advanced Appropriations
    advance appropriations for veterans medical care in the FY 2010 Budget Resolution Last year our government was able to enact an on time budget for VA for the first time in over ten years Unfortunately this timely budget was approved on September 30 2008 just one day prior to the start of the next fiscal year As a direct provider of services VA operations benefit greatly from advance notice regarding resource allocation Last minute funding threatens the quality of care even when budgets are approved on time Late budgets further hinder the ability to recruit well trained medical professionals maintain operational facilities and acquire new equipment Providing VA with advanced appropriations will alleviate many budgeting burdens ultimately resulting in improved quality of care for veterans and better use of taxpayer dollars Many have compared this measure to a family budget a household needs to know its income in advance in order to adequately plan its expenses The letter was co signed by 50 Representatives To find out if your own Senator or Representative is a co sponsor of this very important legislation go to thomas loc gov type in the bill number in the appropriate box click and then click on the box that says co sponsors If your Senator or Representative is not listed as a co sponsor call his or her office and ask why A VETERANS CORPS The House of Representatives passed Rep Phil Hare s D Ill legislation to create a Veterans Corps It was included as part of the Generations Invigorating Volunteerism and Education GIVE Act I am extremely proud that a Veterans Corps is one step closer to becoming reality Hare said Creating a Vet Corps will answer President Obama s call to service while honoring our commitment to America s veterans The Veterans Engaged for Tomorrow VET Corps Act was coauthored by Hare and Rep John Sarbanes D Md his former colleague on the Education and Labor Committee It will establish a service corps similar to AmeriCorps and Senior Corps for veterans by veterans The primary mission of the Veterans Corps will be to recruit and mobilize veterans to serve the needs of their fellow veterans It will collaborate with VSOs the VA and other groups to provide education job training and mentoring to veterans Our nation s veterans have already demonstrated a profound commitment to service Hare said Vet Corps aims to harness that spirit and in the process give back to those who have sacrificed so much by providing them with critical support and services IThe Veterans Corps will be overseen by the Corporation of National and Community Service It would be the first of its kind President Obama has announced his strong support for the GIVE Act FOR WOMEN VETERANS Sen Olympia Snowe R Maine joined Sens Patty Murray D Wash and Kay Bailey Hutchison R Texas in announcing bipartisan legislation to prepare the VA for what is expected to be an influx of women veterans who will receive care

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  • The VVA Veteran: Women Veterans Committee Report: Resolutions And A Survey
    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 may june 2009 The Veteran Departments 2009 VVA Candidate Statements Family Reunion Last Train To Coatesville Stayin Alive Memorial List President s Report Letters Government Affairs Women Veterans Committee Report Elections Committee Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report AVVA Report Veterans Benefits Report Veterans Incarcerated Report TAPS VA Voluntary Service Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report Credentials Committee Report 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 WOMEN VETERANS COMMITTEE REPORT Resolutions And A Survey BY MARSHA FOUR CHAIR Resolutions are in for the 2009 Convention On May 20 the committee attended a roundtable discussion at the request of Rep Bob Filner D Calif chair of the House Veterans Affairs Committee on The Growing Needs of Women Veterans Is the VA Ready Additionally we have provided support letters for the awarding of the Congressional Gold Medal to the WASPs of WWII and to the VA in support of a study on in county Vietnam War women veterans I want to thank the entire committee its liaisons and its national office staff for the work and support they provided over the past two years WOMEN VETERAN MEMBERS SURVEY The Women Veterans Committee is attempting to gather information from VVA women veteran members to determine their utilization of

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  • The VVA Veteran: Elections Committee Report: The Second Half
    the Convention Any violation of this rule will result in disqualification POSITIONS OPEN FOR ELECTION VVA National President VVA National Vice President VVA National Secretary VVA National Treasurer VVA National Board of Directors At Large all ten seats VVA National Board of Directors Regional all nine seats TERM OF OFFICE All National Officer and Board positions are for terms of two years beginning at the close of the 2009 National Convention through the close of the 2011 Convention ELIGIBILITY Candidates for all positions open for election must be individual members of VVA in good standing Candidates for any of the National Officer positions must meet the requirements set down in the VVA National Constitution under Article I Section 5 Paragraph A as revised July 19 2007 To wit To qualify for election to any of these offices a candidate must have been an individual member of the Corporation in good standing for a continuous period of not less than twelve months immediately preceding the opening of the National Convention at which such candidate seeks election and 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 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 CANDIDATE PACKETS Candidate Packets contain information instructions and rules regarding the conduct of the election process Included in these packets will be some forms Candidates are required to complete the forms and return them to the Election Committee The Candidate Packet will include a cut off date calendar that lists events and dates that are very important to each candidate s campaign for office Failure to meet any of the deadlines will be grounds for disqualification CONDUCT OF CAMPAIGNS Candidates may use the national flag of the United States the VVA national logo and the VVA national flag on their campaign materials Any other flag or logo of a State Council or Chapter may not be used in or on a candidate s campaign materials Any kind of VVA State Council or Chapter letterhead may not be used Campaign materials are considered to be but are not limited to buttons pins brochures and

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  • The VVA Veteran: Membership Affairs Committee Report: Reaching 60,000
    Reunion Last Train To Coatesville Stayin Alive Memorial List President s Report Letters Government Affairs Women Veterans Committee Report Elections Committee Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report AVVA Report Veterans Benefits Report Veterans Incarcerated Report TAPS VA Voluntary Service Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report Credentials Committee Report 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 Reaching 60 000 BY BILL MEEKS JR CHAIR VVA membership expanded from 40 000 members in 2001 to more than 50 000 members in 2005 and VVA will reach 60 000 members by the time of our Convention in Louisville Most of our success is due to the outstanding job the membership is doing recruiting new members Retention of members from year to year has improved A good portion of those renewals are converting to life membership That sharp increase has pushed life membership in VVA to 49 percent of our overall membership Another area chapters may explore to provide additional members an area that is often overlooked or under utilized is the at large member rosters within each state Those rosters comprise about 20 percent of our current VVA membership totals There are many reasons members choose at large status Here are a few 1 Some new members do not designate chapter affiliation on their VVA membership application 2 Some have experienced unpleasant chapter affiliations 3 Many at large members live in rural locations with no nearby VVA chapter and 4 Some did not receive information about

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  • The VVA Veteran: Homeless Veterans Committee Report: Homeless Veteran Award
    Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements 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 may june 2009 The Veteran Departments 2009 VVA Candidate Statements Family Reunion Last Train To Coatesville Stayin Alive Memorial List President s Report Letters Government Affairs Women Veterans Committee Report Elections Committee Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report AVVA Report Veterans Benefits Report Veterans Incarcerated Report TAPS VA Voluntary Service Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report Credentials Committee Report 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 HOMELESS VETERANS COMMITTEE REPORT Homeless Veteran Award BY SANDY MILLER CHAIR The Bobby J Award is presented annually to a formerly homeless veteran who has exemplified commitment embraced change and provided inspiration to other veterans Bobby J was a formerly homeless veteran in recovery living in a transitional residence who exhibited great courage not only in battling his addiction but also in his battle with Agent Orange related cancer Bobby J never gave up the fight He died in December 2001 Nominees for the Bobby J Award must meet the following criteria Must have been homeless Must have completed a homeless domiciliary or transitional program Must have obtained and maintained housing in

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA Report: Updates: AVVA Goes Electric
    Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS may june 2009 The Veteran Departments 2009 VVA Candidate Statements Family Reunion Last Train To Coatesville Stayin Alive Memorial List President s Report Letters Government Affairs Women Veterans Committee Report Elections Committee Report Membership Affairs Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report AVVA Report Veterans Benefits Report Veterans Incarcerated Report TAPS VA Voluntary Service Report Convention Resolutions Committee Report Credentials Committee Report 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 AVVA Report Updates AVVA Goes Electric BY SUZANNE BLOHM WEBER UPDATES EDITOR The Updates Committee wants to email Updates to every AVVA member Unfortunately we do not have email addresses for everyone and many are incorrect Please make sure that VVA National has your most current email address because that is how you will receive the Updates newsletter It also will be available on our website www avva org For those without a computer your local library or a friend s computer might work for you If you are unable to gain access to a computer we will find a solution that will work for you We are looking for your input What would you like to see in Updates If you have something to contribute this is your newsletter We will be changing as we go using technology to create cost effective communications As a non profit we have an obligation to keep administrative costs to a minimum and we ask you to help Please send all submissions to avvaupdates yahoo com You

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  • The VVA Veteran: Veterans Benefits Report: The VA's Privacy Settlement
    DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec VETERANS BENEFITS REPORT The VA s Privacy Settlement BY DAVID L HOUPPERT ESQ DIRECTOR VETERANS BENEFITS On June 6 2006 VVA joined with several other organizations and individual plaintiffs seeking the court s oversight and damages from the U S Department of Veterans Affairs handling of personal information VA has a long and well documented history of being lax about information security The May 3 2006 incident involving a VA data analyst who took home electronic data reportedly containing personal information for about 26 5 million veterans and others which was later reported to have been stolen from the analyst s home was another bump in the road for VA information security Although VVA was initially a plaintiff in the action we failed to meet judicial requirements as an organizational plaintiff Fortunately the suit went forward under the names of the individual plaintiffs The parties and the court recently reached a settlement and the following information has been issued by the claims administrator A settlement has been reached with the United States Department of Veterans Affairs the Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs the Deputy Secretary of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs and an employee of the United States Department of Veterans Affairs in their official capacities together called the Defendants stemming from the theft of computer equipment which was reported to contain personal information of military veterans spouses of military veterans and military personnel The Class includes all veterans spouses of veterans and military personnel who had actual damages during the Recovery Period that were directly related to the theft of computer equipment which was reported to contain personal information from the home

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