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  • The VVA Veteran:
    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 September october 2009 The Veteran Departments Stayin Alive Operation Lamar Plain A Big Hotel A Big Success Hepatitis C President s Report Letters Government Affairs Veterans Against Drugs Report TAPS Communications Department Report Constitution Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report Region 9 Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Resolutions Committee Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions 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 VETERANS AGAINST DRUGS REPORT Back To Angola BY DAVE SIMMONS NATIONAL PROGRAM DIRECTOR The Veterans Against Drugs program will be traveling back to the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola to work on a very exciting new project VAD and members of VVA Incarcerated Chapter 689 will be working together on a DVD

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  • The VVA Veteran:
    A Bittner 59 died July 5 from cardiac arrest He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a life member of Milan Ohio Chapter 774 Robert L Bloise 60 died May 7 from a motorcycle accident He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1969 70 He was a member of Dickson Tennessee Chapter 950 Benjamin W Bolyard 61 died April 24 from diabetes He served in the U S Air Force in Vietnam He was an at large life member of Michigan Eugene E Borowski 61 died March 30 from metastatic prostate cancer and bone cancer He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Roseville Michigan Chapter 154 Karmel W Bowling 64 died April 27 She was an associate of Baltimore Maryland Chapter 451 Richard C Bradshaw 63 died July 17 He was a Navy veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of New Brunswick New Jersey Chapter 233 James Edward Branch 68 died May 8 A Vietnam veteran Branch first served with the U S Air Force then with the U S Army He was a life member of Worcester Massachusetts Chapter 907 Warren G Brehm 84 died October 13 2007 from natural causes He served in the U S Navy during World War II He was an associate of Vietnam Veterans of America Maryland Victor Anthony Brocksmith 61 died June 29 2008 He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War He was a permanently hospitalized veteran member of Portage Indiana Chapter 905 Claude R Brodeur 67 died He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Bow New Hampshire Chapter 41 Benjamin T Brooks 58 died April 28 from Agent Orange related liver failure from hepatitis C He served in the U S Marine Corps with two tours in Vietnam He was a life member of Rock Island Illinois Chapter 299 Harold Eugene Bushong 75 died April 11 He served in the U S Army during the Korean War He was an associate of Centralia Illinois Chapter 175 James D Butterfield Sr 70 died February 1 He was a veteran of the U S Army and a life member of Savannah Georgia Chapter 671 Philip K Byard 66 died April 6 He served for four years in the U S Marine Corps including in Vietnam He was a member of Allenhurst New Jersey Chapter 12 Roy Frederick Correnti 60 died April 25 from pneumonia and respiratory failure He served in the U S Marine Corps with a tour in Vietnam from 1967 68 He was a life member and vice president of Lynn Massachusetts Chapter 908 Robert D Costner 67 died May 27 He served in the U S Army for three years and with the 502nd Aviation Battalion in Vinh Long He was a life member of West End North Carolina Chapter 966 Joseph A Creech

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  • The VVA Veteran:
    MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec COMMUNICATIONS DEPARTMENT REPORT Don t Wait For An Army To Die BY MOKIE PRATT PORTER DIRECTOR OF COMMUNICATIONS Significant numbers of Vietnam veterans have children and grandchildren with birth defects related to exposure to Agent Orange A Ford Foundation public relations campaign to win the sympathy of the American people for the plight of Agent Orange victims in Vietnam does not plan to address the plight of Agent Orange victims in America On June 2 the Ford Foundation announced that it and the U S Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange Dioxin are hoping to mobilize resources to raise awareness about the ongoing health consequences of dioxin contamination in Vietnam resulting from the wartime spraying of Agent Orange The end goal is to gain the support of Congress American business and the American people When VVA representatives asked at the meeting whether American veterans and their offspring also would be part of the public relations campaign the chair of the Working Group replied We have given you the report A June 1 report U S Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Understanding the Impact 40 Years Later by the National Organization on Disability with funding from the Ford Foundation concludes that it is not too late to correct the lapses in the nation s treatment of veterans who were exposed to dioxin during the Vietnam War and that one lesson of the Agent Orange experience has been that the consequences of such chemicals are rarely easy to predict and that the burdens they impose may well be borne for generations The report is online at http www veteranstoday com article7206 html The report includes five detailed recommendations 1 outreach to all affected veterans and their families 2 outreach to health practitioners and disability related service agencies 3 medical care for affected children and grandchildren 4 a fresh approach to research and 5 direct service to veterans and their families VVA recognizes the work and commitment of the Ford Foundation Special Initiative on Agent Orange Dioxin and the U S Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange Dioxin Moreover the June 1 report provides highly useful recommendations related to the unfinished business of Agent Orange Dioxin for Vietnam veterans and their progeny But if the Ford Foundation s publicity campaign will focus exclusively on the plight of Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange then Vietnam veterans need to launch their own grass roots publicity campaign THE TASK AHEAD This is not just a VVA issue VVA members chapters and state councils need to reach out and work with other veterans organizations in their communities We cannot allow veterans to find out about their A O exposure from the perspective of the Vietnamese victims This is not about animosity toward Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange it is a response to telling only one side of the story We need real stories about real people We are in the process of

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  • The VVA Veteran:
    available at www vva org on the Constitution Committee page A brief summary of the changes and their significance follows Article I Section 4 National Board of Directors B 1 A The 2009 amendment deleted the following Must supply a valid form DD 214 and any other documentation required by a majority of the Board of Directors Significance This eliminates the requirement for the Chair of the Conference of State Council Presidents to submit a DD 214 or other documents to the Board of Directors prior to being seated on the Board The credentials of the Chair of the CSCP are established multiple times through the election process at the state level and by the policies and procedures of the CSCP Thus submission of the DD 214 is considered redundant Article I Section 7 Committees A 4 The 2009 amendment added the following A committee may revise amend or retire an existing resolution relative to that committee based upon developments regarding that resolution made during the committee hearings at the Convention Significance Prior to reading proposed resolutions at the National Convention each committee holds a public hearing in which proposed resolutions and other committee issues are discussed by the delegates This amendment enables committees to respond to events or information reported to them during these hearings Based on the new information a committee may elect to ask the Convention delegates to amend revise or retire an existing resolution without having to submit it to the Resolutions Committee 120 days prior to the Convention Article II Section 12 Reporting The 2009 amendment deleted the following sixty 60 days after the council elections and a list of committee chairpersons within one hundred twenty 120 days after the council elections and replaced it with July 15 of the year in which the elections

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  • The VVA Veteran:
    Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS September october 2009 The Veteran Departments Stayin Alive Operation Lamar Plain A Big Hotel A Big Success Hepatitis C President s Report Letters Government Affairs Veterans Against Drugs Report TAPS Communications Department Report Constitution Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report Region 9 Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Resolutions Committee Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions 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 WOMEN VETERANS COMMITTEE REPORT Good Convention Better Future BY MARSHA FOUR CHAIR I would like to thank President John Rowan for the opportunity to again serve as chair of the Women Veterans Committee The new and amended resolutions will be posted on the web page The recent GAO report Preliminary Findings of the VA s Provision of Health Care Services to Women Veterans also is on the web page The Women Veterans Breakfast at the Convention drew a nice crowd Our guest speaker was Daria Sommers the co director and producer of the documentary Lioness She and her partner Meg McLagan who was unable to attend were given VVA Women Veterans Committee Awards for Outstanding Documentary Daria discussed the making of the film and the challenges facing the female military personnel who were selected for this history making assignment in Iraq The October committee meeting will be exciting The VA s Cooperative Study Program has approved funding for a study of the long term health outcomes for women s service during the Vietnam

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  • The VVA Veteran:
    Agent Orange Other Toxic Exposures PTSD Locate Your Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS September october 2009 The Veteran Departments Stayin Alive Operation Lamar Plain A Big Hotel A Big Success Hepatitis C President s Report Letters Government Affairs Veterans Against Drugs Report TAPS Communications Department Report Constitution Committee Report Women Veterans Committee Report Region 9 Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report AVVA Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Resolutions Committee Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions 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 REGION 9 REPORT Bright Prospects BY DICK SOUTHERN DIRECTOR Wasn t that a great Convention in Louisville From start to finish there was always something going on The Opening Ceremonies were very well done and set an upbeat tone for the rest of the week The members did their work on the amendments and resolutions in committees the debate was done on the floor and the direction was set for the new term Each of the Regions held caucuses and heard from candidates before going to the voting room to cast their ballots on Friday The balloting went very smoothly and quickly The Awards Banquet was a good dinner and the awards given out were well deserved The emcees for the evening Wes Guidry and Marc Leepson kept the evening rolling along at a snappy pace One highlight was the introduction of New Mexico State Council President Frank Ramirez s granddaughter Kasey L Moucha She is an active duty combat medic with

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  • The VVA Veteran:
    June the Army reported no confirmed suicides and nine potential suicides among active duty soldiers Since the June report four of the nine potential suicides have been confirmed and five remain under investigation There have been 96 reported active duty Army suicides during the January 1 to July 31 period Of these 62 have been confirmed and 34 are pending determination of manner of death For the same period in 2008 there were 79 suicides among active duty soldiers During July 2009 among Reserve soldiers not on active duty there were four potential suicides During the January 1 to July 31 period among that same group there have been 17 confirmed suicides and 28 potential suicides the potential suicides are under investigation to determine the manner of death For the same period in 2008 there were 32 suicides among Reserve soldiers not on active duty In an August 9 article in the Spokane Washington Spokesman Review the report of a VA investigation stated that the number of Spokane area veterans who killed themselves from July 2007 to July 2008 was far greater than the Spokane VA Medical Center knew at the time The Spokane VA had previously reported nine suicides and 34 attempted suicides But in reality at least 22 veterans in the Spokane VA service area killed themselves According to VA medical inspectors The methods and sources routinely being utilized by the medical center to identify veterans who have committed suicide may be inadequate Although the report was completed on February 4 it was not released until early August by the VA to Spokane resident Steve Senescall who had spent a year trying to find out more about the death of his son Lucas The discrepancy between the nine deaths reported earlier by the Spokane VA and the 22 noted in the medical investigators report came as a result of the medical center comparing death records from the Spokane County medical examiner with records from all three branches of the VA the Veterans Health Administration the Veteran Benefits Administration and the National Cemetery System Among the recommendations of the medical inspectors was that the VA and the Department of Defense should determine under what circumstances patient safety should take priority over patient privacy e g reservists being treated by the VA who are in no physical mental condition to deploy VA Medical Center Director Sharon Helman said We have aggressively taken action to improve care to veterans According to the Ann Arbor News University of Michigan researchers will survey thousands of soldiers as part of the largest study of suicide and mental health in the U S military The 50 million research project was announced July 16 and will be conducted jointly with the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences Harvard Medical School and Columbia University The study will identify risk factors in soldiers suicides and help the U S Army prevent more suicides from occurring The goal of this five year study is to identify modifiable risk

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA Report: Dreams Achieved
    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 Dreams Achieved BY ELAINE SIMMONS PRESIDENT AVVA has completed its fifth National Leadership Conference We thank the members of local VVA Chapter 454 for their help and hospitality Special thanks go out to the National Officers and Board of Directors and the VVA staff for allowing us to join them at the Galt House Registered AVVA members participated in three days of seminars and took home great new ideas a better working knowledge of issues that affect veterans and their families and a lot of information on how to make AVVA grow and prosper It was wonderful to see old friends and to make new friends as we took advantage of the opportunity to celebrate our tenth birthday Congratulations to Penny Meinhardt for being the winning entry in the Derby Hat Contest at the luncheon and a very special thank you to Heather French for being our guest speaker She spoke at the first AVVA Luncheon in Buffalo New York when she was Miss America This year s Project Friendship was a great success and we were able through many generous donations to provide Beacon House with more than 1 500 as well as a vanload of personal hygiene items and linens for its halfway house in Louisville AVVA awarded three Better Chance Scholarships The recipients are Thomas Hall of Marietta Georgia Lauren Schlosser of Chesterfield Missouri and Brenton Roth of Lawton Oklahoma The AVVA Member of the Year is Pamela Bush of Lebanon Oregon The AVVA Fellowship Award was given to Suzie Meeks for Project Amigo a program that helps needy

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