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  • The VVA Veteran: Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report: Keep Those Letters Coming
    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 VETERANS INCARCERATED COMMITTEE REPORT Keep Those Letters Coming BY TP HUBERT CHAIR As the 2009 National Convention approaches VIC finds itself engaged in several areas of concern Of particular interest is the VICTRI Veterans Initiatives Center and Research Institute Day on the Hill DOH Campaign Tentatively scheduled for the week before the Convention in Louisville July 16 and 17 this event attempts to accomplish two missions First and perhaps foremost is a Day on the Hill for the families friends and supporters of incarcerated and justice challenged veterans to bring to the national stage the impact war trauma has on veterans as they readjust to civilian life Second it is an attempt to gain support for a congressional resolution on the plight of veterans who often face an unsympathetic and relentless criminal justice system interested only in incarceration and punishment The DOH emphasizes the need for social justice not criminal justice for veterans The VIC column continues to generate a steady flow of letters Please be assured that each is read but I am hard pressed to respond to them all VVA has limited resources to help veterans in legal matters or issues involving VA benefit claims Prisoners who have trouble receiving The VVA Veteran should address their circulation issues directly to the Membership Department AVVA members incarcerated or otherwise will no longer receive The Veteran Membership in VVA still requires a copy of a DD 214 and a clearly legible prison return address The correspondence I receive is gratifying and I look forward to reading all of it I sympathize with many of the issues and concerns of incarcerated veterans What

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  • The VVA Veteran: From The National Chaplain: TAPS
    2008 of heart failure He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Daleville Alabama Chapter 373 Dale M Humphrey 59 died in July 2008 He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Oconomowoc Wisconsin Chapter 635 Richard L Hunt 64 died February 5 He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War He was a life member of Las Vegas Chapter 17 Vernon Cornelius Hunt 63 died September 17 2008 He served with the U S Army in Vietnam He was a life member of Jackson Tennessee Chapter 995 James R Kelsey II 62 died March 2 from lung cancer He served with the U S Army including a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1968 69 He also served with the Navy Seabees He was a member of Elmira New York Chapter 803 Donel Clifford Kinnard 72 died He served in the U S Marine Corps and U S Navy and retired after 22 years of service He was a life member of Huntington West Virginia Chapter 949 William J Kreft 60 died November 9 2008 He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Carleton Michigan Chapter 142 Gregory W Kritz 60 died December 17 2008 He served in the U S Marine Corps during the Vietnam War He was a member of Bordentown New Jersey Chapter 899 Thomas W Lane 63 died February 26 from Agent Orange related diabetes mellitus type II congestive heart failure kidney disease high blood pressure and sleep apnea He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Carlyle Illinois Chapter 269 James M Larson 67 died January 26 Jim served in the U S Navy He was a life member and vice president of Geneva Illinois Chapter 693 Roy Laskey 65 died September 5 2008 He was retired from the U S Navy and was a life member of Macon Georgia Chapter 443 David Michael Lee 62 died September 24 2008 from cancer He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War He was a life member of Aurelia Iowa Chapter 888 Eugene Paul Lessman Jr 62 died February 4 from a heart attack He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at large member of Florida Simon Peter Marbley Sr died February 2 2006 He was a life member of Silver Spring Maryland Chapter 641 Harold Edward Maynard 66 died February 20 from Agent Orange related prostate cancer and metastases to the spinal cord He was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a past president of Huntington West Virginia Chapter 949 Donald John McGrady 64 died December 16 2008 He served in the U S Navy from 1965 68 with three tours of duty in Vietnam He was a member of New Town North Dakota Chapter 487 Gregory Francis McNeal 61 died February 12 He served in the U S Army from

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  • The VVA Veteran: VA Voluntary Service Report: Serving Those Who Served
    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 VA VOLUNTARY SERVICE REPORT Serving Those Who Served BY JUDITH McCOMBS VAVS NATIONAL REPRESENTATIVE VAVS volunteers are committed to improving the quality of life of veteran patients serving those who served America In pursuit of that endeavor in fiscal year 2008 85 498 Regularly Scheduled RS volunteers generated 10 605 113 RS hours with an additional 860 784 Occasional Hours OC for a total of 11 465 897 hours valued at more than 229 million Organizations and individuals contributed more than 80 million in monetary and non monetary donations through VAVS for a total volunteer contribution of more than 309 million Voluntary Service costs to VA such as staff salaries etc were calculated at 56 million for a net gain of more than 253 million In the same reporting period VVA had 564 RS volunteers who worked 81 190 RS hours with an additional 4 921 OC hours for a total of 86 111 hours valued at more than 1 7 million VVA has continued to rank in the top 30 percent of all National Advisory Committee member organizations By evaluating the data at the 125 facilities with VVA volunteers last year

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  • The VVA Veteran: Convention Resolutions Committee Report: Preparing For The Convention
    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 CONVENTION RESOLUTIONS COMMITTEE REPORT Preparing For The Convention BY FRED ELLIOTT CHAIR Members chapters

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  • The VVA Veteran: Credentials Committee Report: Onto The Convention Floor
    have a new rule on local filings so make sure that all state councils and chapters comply Remember If a state council or chapter does not comply with all the rules its delegates will not be allowed on the Convention floor CREDENTIALING 1 The VVA member strength as of February 28 of the Convention year shall determine both the chapter and state council delegate count for that year s Convention in accordance with Article I Section 6 paragraph E National Conventions of the VVA Constitution 2 Transfers of VVA members are no longer authorized Transfers for the purpose of starting new VVA chapters or transfers into different chapters when members change residence may continue 3 If VVA national has not received a copy of a state council s or a chapter s annual financial report that state council or chapter s delegates will not be credentialed They will not be allowed on the Convention floor until the annual financial report has been received Annual financial reports may be turned in at the Convention Suggestion Have a copy of your financial report with you in Louisville 4 If VVA national has not received a copy of a state council s or a chapter s annual election report that state council or chapter s delegates will not be credentialed They will not be allowed on the Convention floor until the annual election report has been received Annual election reports may be turned in at the Convention Suggestion Have a copy of your election report with you in Louisville 5 All chapters and state councils will have filed with the appropriate state agency or office in their state commonwealth or territory any report necessary to maintain their corporate status as non profit corporations in good standing This will have been confirmed by the

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  • The VVA Veteran: Books In Review : Three Compelling, Top-Notch Literary Memoirs by Veterans
    you cannot help but admire the man for what he went through in his long battle against the cancer that killed him A SOLDIER ONCE In Soldiers Once My Brother and the Lost Dreams of America s Veterans DaCapo 224 pp 25 long time author Catherine Whitney presents a memoir about her brother Jim Schuler a three tour Vietnam veteran who died penniless and alone in 2001 at age 53 Whitney also gives her spin on a wide range of issues affecting American veterans from World War I to today While these sections contain good solid reporting there is very little here that isn t widely known and reported The parts that deal with her brother and family are more fully realized although much of that narrative including Jim Schuler s service in Vietnam as an engineer with the Army s 1st 87th 815th Engineer Battalions and his postwar military career is based on speculation since he had very little contact with his estranged family including the author who was adamantly against the Vietnam War something her troubled brother never forgot or forgave Whitney only partially succeeds in her mission to find her brother NONFICTION IN BRIEF Why We Fought America s Wars in Film and History University Press of Kentucky 624 pp 75 hardcover 40 paper is an excellent compilation of essays on war films edited by John E O Connor and Peter C Rollins both of whom are professors emeritus and former editors of the journal Film History Three essays deal with the Vietnam War on Platoon by Lawrence Lichty and Raymond L Carroll on The Quiet American by William Bushnell and on popular culture and the Vietnam War by Rollins who served as a Marine in Vietnam and holds a Ph D from Harvard The journalist James Scott takes on one of the deadliest attacks on Americans that occurred during the Vietnam War albeit one that didn t take place in Vietnam in The Attack on the Liberty The Untold Story of Israel s Deadly 1967 Assault on a U S Spy Ship Simon Schuster 352 pp 27 Israeli jets and torpedo boats attacked the U S S Liberty on June 8 1967 during the Six Day Arab Israeli War off the coast of the Sinai Peninsula in international waters Among the crew who survived 34 didn t and 170 were wounded was the author s father U S Navy Ensign John Scott Bruce Davies The Battle at Ngok Tavak Allied Valor and Defeat in Vietnam which we reviewed very favorably in the September October 2008 issue when it was published in Australia is now available on these shores from Texas Tech University Press 242 pp 24 95 paper Mark Moyar s revisionist 2006 history Triumph Forsaken The Vietnam War 1954 1965 is now out in paperback Cambridge University 542 pp 23 99 In it Moyar offers an unabated salvo against liberals intellectuals newspaper correspondents and just about anyone else who had bad things to say about

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  • The VVA Veteran: Membership Notes: A Vietnam Veteran's High School Diploma | John Kinzinger, Citizen Of The Year | On Behalf Of A Gratefiul Nation
    of the meal for all guests Kentuckiana Chapter 454 in Louisville donated a truckload of winter clothing toiletry items and 440 on March 2 to the Pike Street Clinic a walk in medical clinic for the homeless in Convington Chapter members Chet Needy Terry Rupp Bob Keller and John Mitchell made the trip in the truck which Mitchell donated for the occasion Athens Area Ohio Chapter 100 is sponsoring an exhibit called Material Memories Souvenirs of Athens County Veterans at the Athens County Historical Society and Museum Chapter members contributed oral histories and war souvenirs including snapshots Vietnamese currency and an enemy flag that was captured by Chapter member Steve Murray Smoky Mountain North Carolina Chapter 994 was heavily represented March 28 as a crowd of more than five hundred people showed up at the first ever parade and ceremonies marking Vietnam Veterans Day in Franklin North Carolina Chapter members presented a gun salute during the ceremonies Last year Congress recognized March 29 the day the last American combat troops departed Vietnam as a day to honor those who served during the war The chapter was instrumental in lobbying North Carolina Gov Mike Easley and U S Rep Heath Shuler to have the day commemorated Since March 29 fell on a Sunday the ceremonies were held in downtown Franklin the day before The ceremonies included a reading of the names of the forty nine men from Western North Carolina who died in Vietnam Asheville North Carolina Chapter 124 organized the inaugural Vietnam Veterans Day ceremonies that were held March 29 at the Western North Carolina Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain The ceremonies also recognized those who perished in Vietnam and in keeping with VVA s founding principle honored local Gold Star Mothers of sons who lost their lives in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan The Director of the Memphis VA Medical Center recently presented awards to two members of Memphis LZ Chapter 875 for their beyond the call of duty work helping hospitalized veterans Ed Stutler was recognized for putting in more than 2 000 volunteers hours at the Medical Center during the last six years He was the driving force behind obtaining three golf carts to transport veterans from the parking lot to the front door He also spent countless hours doing the work to get a grant for the VVA van used to transport veterans from their houses to the VAMC Howard Jenkins was recognized with two honors a 5 000 hour award and the Presidential Lifetime Service Award VETS CONNECT Santa Rosa California Chapter 223 will hold its second annual Welcome Home and Thank You Barbeque for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans and active duty military personnel on June 27 at the Veterans Building Families of the veterans and military men and woman also are invited to the event The chapter is working with the Veterans of Modern Warfare to form a local chapter in Santa Rosa Acadiana Louisiana Chapter 141 held its third annual special memorial service to honor Gold Star Families who have lost sons and daughters in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan on Memorial Day May 23 at Veterans Park in Lafayette Karen Fontenot the Chapter Secretary organized the event which last year drew more than four hundred people We have families that travel from as far away as Florida to attend she said It is a beautiful reunion for these families We Vietnam veterans have pledged that one generation of veterans will never again abandon the next generation of veterans MEMORIALS Cincinnati Ohio Chapter 10 celebrated the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Cincinnati s Eden Park on April 4 The memorial pays special tribute to the more than 90 000 Vietnam veterans who live in the greater Cincinnati area VVA National President John Rowan along with representatives of Ohio s two U S Senators took part in the ceremonies along with several Ohio VVA Chapter color guards the Wright Patterson Air Force Base color guard and the Hamilton County Sheriff s bagpipers The Beaver County Pennsylvania Chapter 862 Honor Guard took part in the unveiling ceremonies on May 17 of the Ohio Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Clinton Ohio The centerpiece of the park is a black granite Wall inscribed with the names of the 3 095 Ohioans who died in the Vietnam War The Chattanooga Tennessee Chapter 203 Honor Guard presented the colors at a special ceremony held on April 24 to rededicate the Veterans Memorial in the nearby city of Rossville Georgia During a high speed police chase a truck had destroyed the memorial s granite monument which is dedicated to all veterans who died in service The rededication included adding flagpoles to represent the different branches of the military Western Massachusetts Chapter 111 is spearheading the effort to undertake a much needed makeover for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Park in Chicopee The Chapter which officially adopted the park in 1991 is working with several city departments on the improvement project The main change filling a drained fountain with flowers and displaying a piece of military equipment in the center which likely will be a Vietnam War era artillery piece The chapter held its annual candlelight ceremony at the park the day before Memorial Day WASHTENAW COUNTY MICHIGAN CHAPTER 310 John Kinzinger Citizen of the Year BY TIM DRISCOLL Chapter 310 member John Kinzinger is the Ann Arbor News 2009 Citizen of the Year I could write pages on what he has accomplished for his nation county and veterans groups the Ann Arbor VA Hospital the Washtenaw County Honor Guard Chapter 310 as past president the Washtenaw County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Ypsilanti Township and the Washtenaw County Council of Veterans On April 21 John Kinzinger was named the 2009 Volunteer of the Year at the Ann Arbor VA Medical Center He sits on the Voluntary Services Board at the VAMC He has worked with the hospital to move its chapel to a better

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  • The VVA Veteran: Locator
    who knew or remembers my former husband David C Stanley KIA Sept 14 1967 Basic training in Co C 2nd Bn Ft Jackson Oct Dec 1966 Deployed to Vietnam with Co B 2nd Inf 1st Inf Div March 28 1967 Our son was three years old when his father died We would appreciate anything to help us remember David including photos mementoes letters or memories to share Contact Sue Cooper 472 Mildred La Glen Mills PA 19342 suebobred yahoo com Looking for members of 403rd Trans Co Tan My 1971 72 particularly Ron Harris or David Morris Contact Gene Youngblood gnyoungblood yahoo com Looking for any servicemen from Hoi An MACV Compound who had friends among the locals 1970 71 Contact Mai Phan p hoangmai gmail com Searching for any Vietnam Era Marines who served with 1st and 3rd Tank Bns Contact Tom Clary 9983 S W U S Hwy 27 Fort White FL 32038 386 719 0139 grandhailey hotmail com Looking for members of the 3rd Bn 47th Inf 9th Inf Div who knew Alfred Freddie Dean Hildebrand KIA Jan 4 1969 Contact Leann Rogers mhsbroncos2000 yahoo com Seeking battalion unit and company details on 101st Airborne Feb 5 1970 Mar 2 1971 Contact William V Marsh 385 Riddle St Dayton TN 37321 423 334 1418 423 775 3757 bmarsh32 yahoo com Looking for Navy veteran William Johnson III Want to return military records and other personal items to him or surviving family Contact Charlyne Link c lynk comcast net Looking for buddy statement from John Dewar or anyone else serving in 25th Inf MI Detachment 1966 Contact Fred Schafer Jr 10514 Cambridge Ct Great Falls VA 22066 571 277 6058 Seeking help for claim from any servicemen in Charlie Co 29th Combat Eng I Corps June 1968 May 1969 Contact Ronald Ward 2310 John St Vidor TX 77662 409 454 8199 Looking for Lyle Sproul regarding an article about former CMSGT Holland that appeared in the Highland Times Contact Michael Finley Michael Finley 02 afncr af mil Writing a book Seeking information on Italian citizens serving combat duty as contract or allied soldiers along with American forces in Southeast Asia 1963 75 Contact Navarra Simone Simone Navarra apcom it Looking for names of Vietnam veterans for park memorial sponsored by the Veterans of Old Hickory Memorial Park in Old Hickory Tenn For memorial inclusion guidelines please visit www ohvmp org Contact Kris Brummett 615 847 6382 krisbrummett bellsouth net Seeking information about Tim Eugene Handy USMC helicopter gunner 1969 71 Contact Raymond Burtis burtisray yahoo com Searching for John T McMurray Jan March 1968 USAF base at Korat Thailand Contact Fred Howell frednobber aol com Looking for Richlie Monkey Mountain Camp Tien Sha 1968 Contact John Thorp 777ixoye bellsouth net Looking for J Mann Fred Monamaker Scottie Wild Willie and any fellow servicemen who served at Subic Bay Service Craft Division 1966 67 Contact Richard Luchsinger luchblr ameritech net Looking for Daniel Krajac North Versailles Pa who served

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