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  • The VVA Veteran: PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Report
    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 PTSD SUBSTANCE ABUSE COMMITTEE REPORT Force Readiness THOMAS C HALL CHAIR Suicide rates in the active military and among veterans are on the rise Military Sexual Trauma MST continues at epidemic proportions and under diagnosed traumatic brain injury TBI ensures a future of pain for veterans and their families Homelessness and incarceration await too many of our returning troops The Department of Defense assures us that new research initiatives will be funded to find out how to address the rising suicide rates in the military Studies continue to investigate the causes and treatment of MST TBI PTSD and all the substances used to self medicate the many symptoms that come with each To quote Tom Berger In today s military Force Readiness always trumps medical command regardless of the mental health of the troops But Force Readiness requires maintenance Consider the maintenance of all the components sent to the battlefield Tanks rifles battleships and planes are operated by humans either remotely or in the theater of operation The need for operational responsiveness requires that all human and mechanical components be in tip top shape Mental health also is mission critical especially in this era of multiple deployments Our young men and women are dying for want of knowing Consider the rising suicide rate among our soldiers as the canary in the coal mine a warning of imminent disaster Data from the Army suggest that the most sophisticated assets on the field our soldiers find themselves compelled to kill themselves to stop a pain they don t understand either while deployed or upon returning home There

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  • The VVA Veteran: Homeless Veterans Committee Report
    Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions Calender 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 Legislative Developments BY SANDY MILLER CHAIR I want to thank VVA President John Rowan for reappointing me chair of the Homeless Veterans Committee We have been given our direction for the next two years by the delegates at the National Convention in Louisville and will move forward on behalf of our less fortunate brothers and sisters I also have been reappointed to the Secretary of the Department of Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee for Homeless Veterans for another two year term I have been an active member of the Advisory Committee since 2003 During the last Board of Directors meeting in Silver Spring I met with several Senate staffers about homeless veteran bills currently in the works I was accompanied by Sharon Hodge our VVA Staff Advisor We met with Nancy Hogan Committee of Veterans Affairs Sen Daniel Akaka s D Hawaii office S 252 The Veterans Health Care Authorization Act of 2009 This would authorize a five year pilot program to make grants to public and nonprofit organizations to coordinate the provision of supportive services to very low income formerly homeless veterans residing in permanent housing on property that was part of a military installation that had been closed Another pilot program would make grants available to provide outreach Geoffrey Kirkwood Sen Patty Murray s D Wash Legislative Aide S 1237 The Homeless Women Veterans and Homeless Veterans with Children Act of 2009 The bill would expand the grant

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  • The VVA Veteran: Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report
    a policy change that required incarcerated chapters to adhere to the same standard as other chapters Bill Meeks the Chair came to the VIC meeting and discussed the proposal Because prison administrations are extremely wary about the money affairs of prisoners the annual Elections Report is more easily obtained than the Financial Report The Membership Affairs Committee withdrew the proposal However the next day the VVA Officers and the Board of Directors overwhelmingly accepted Membership rules that upheld the revocation and termination of VVA chapters that fail to comply with the VVA Constitutional requirement of submitting annual Elections and Financial Reports The Membership rules hold State Council Presidents responsible for ensuring compliance with oversight by the Regional Directors The State Council should document the difficulties the incarcerated chapters encounter in filing annual reports The Regional Director then may request a waiver on behalf of the incarcerated chapter Basically this policy has accommodated the 47 incarcerated chapters in the past Committee members Allen Manuel and Richard DeLong attended the annual veterans ceremony at the Stiles Unit in Texas Manuel said he might visit Chapter 190 at the Holman prison in Alabama Tom Burke the VIC Vice Chair announced that the Buckeye State Council would be meeting at the North Central Correctional Institution on October 24 This was exciting news Later the chairs of the Homeless and Women Veteran Committees Sandy Miller and Marsha Four informed us that Pennsylvania State Council Meetings had been held at the maximum security Graterford State Correctional Center During the Government Affairs Committee meeting each committee chair presented an oral report about activities and legislative goals The new chair Pat Welch indicated that each committee should focus on two of its top legislative objectives for the final year of the 111th Congress The Government Affairs Committee and

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  • The VVA Veteran: Region 4 Report
    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 november december 2009 The Veteran Departments REMF Diary of Dying VVA s Service Office Program Stayin Alive Final Resting Place Burying Veterans with Dignity Suits for Vets President s Report Letters Government Affairs TAPS Veterans Benefits Update Agent Orange Dioxin Committee Report Economic Opportunities Committee Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Region 4 Report Region 9 Report Minority Affairs Committee Report The Faces of Agent Orange POW MIA Affairs Comittee Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions Calender 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 4 REPORT Planning Ahead BY CAROL SCHETROMPF DIRECTOR I would like to thank the members of Region 4 for your confidence in re electing me to represent you and work with you Our region is going to host the Conference of State Council Presidents winter meeting in Savannah and Florida will be the host state for the National Leadership Conference next August in Orlando I hope that chapters from all over Region 4 will send at least one person to the Leadership Conference Since Louisville I have visited the Florida State Council and the Enterprise Alabama chapter And I attended the Board of Directors meeting in Silver Spring Since this was the Board s first meeting we had some housekeeping things to do Committee members were

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  • The VVA Veteran: Region 9 Report
    Place Burying Veterans with Dignity Suits for Vets President s Report Letters Government Affairs TAPS Veterans Benefits Update Agent Orange Dioxin Committee Report Economic Opportunities Committee Report PTSD Substance Abuse Committee Report Homeless Veterans Committee Report Veterans Incarcerated Committee Report Region 4 Report Region 9 Report Minority Affairs Committee Report The Faces of Agent Orange POW MIA Affairs Comittee Report Books In Review Membership Notes Locator Reunions Calender 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 Accomplishments and Events BY DICK SOUTHERN DIRECTOR Let me be among the first to wish you all a happy holiday season This is the time of year when we reflect on what we have accomplished over the last year and set goals for the new year We have increased our membership and added new chapters but we have many prospects out there to contact as our generation heads into the golden years of retirement Veterans health care remains a big issue Because most Vietnam veterans do not use the VA health care system we need to educate them about presumptive service connected diseases and afflictions We need to encourage them to visit VVA Service officers to file claims with the VA and get into the health care system If you haven t familiarized yourself with VVA s Veterans Health Council go to www veteranshealth org I continue to visit State Councils in my Region and have recently visited Chapter 858 in Hawaii and Chapter 887 in the Philippines New Mexico Nevada Arizona and California have all centralized their

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  • The VVA Veteran: Minority Affairs Committee Report
    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 MINORITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT Improving Communication BY JERRY YAMAMOTO CHAIR Thanks to the members of the Minority Affairs Committee for their hard work during the past two years This year with returning and new members on the committee for the next two year term we re going to continue our work from the past term The 2009 2010 committee members are Paul Crowell Ric Davidge Tommy Gipson Norm Hawkins Joe Jenkins Joe Jennings Tom Meinhart Max Nelson Jorge Pedroza Pete Peterson Dave Simmons James Maddox Frank Ramirez and Joe Wynn our Special Advisor Thanks to John Rowan for re appointing this chair The committee s Resolution at the Louisville National Convention on the availability of VA staff who could communicate with families of service personnel in their native language when the member was not competent to comprehend his or her medical condition was not approved The committee will be working to give members a better understanding of the intent of the Resolution which is aimed at helping family members not service members For more information see Francisco Muñiz letter One Family on page 5 Ed A question was received from one of our members I wonder why there is no effort to join with Native American veterans and run some information on them I know Jerry Y is the Minority Veterans Rep but he lives in LA and of oriental descent no disrespect but something needs to be done as we have fought in many wars and many of us in Vietnam Our committee

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  • The VVA Veteran: The Faces of Agent Orange
    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 THE FACES OF AGENT ORANGE The Worthingtons BY JIM BELSHAW I hate myself longtime VVA member Herb Worthington said Why For bringing all this pain and suffering to my children They don t deserve it His daughter Karen 35 suffers from multiple sclerosis His son Michael 33 has suffered from bronchitis and allergies since infancy Michael s children also have chronic bronchitis and Herb says they display uncontrolled and inexplicable fits of anger Herb himself is 100 percent disabled diagnosed with Agent Orange caused type II diabetes He suffers from peripheral neuropathy It starts out as a tingling like pins and needles he said Hands and feet get cold As it progresses they go numb and have stabbing knife like pains They say it s a circulation problem Married for 41 years to Angela Sorrentino he is president of the VVA New Jersey State Council They met in high school and married in 1968 the summer before their college senior year Five days after he graduated in 1969 he was drafted After completing AIT he received orders to Vietnam as a Light Weapons Infantryman He was assigned to the 2 60 Recon Battalion 3rd Brigade 9th Infantry Division and was sent to the Parrot s Beak Tan Tru the Plain of Reeds and then with the 25th Division to Cu Chi What is significant is the amount of Agent Orange dumped on the Plain of Reeds and the barren dust bowl camp known as Cu Chi he said Three years after he came home he and Angela started a family Karen the eldest grew into such an attractive woman that strangers stopped her to ask if she were a model or an actress She was talented played two instruments was an athlete and an A student he said Everything went well until her senior year of high school when she started getting migraine headaches Several MRIs and doctors later Karen was diagnosed with MS She married then divorced and swears she will never have children for fear of passing the disease to them She still works but she uses a cane and the right side of her face is numb Herb said Now she s beginning to fall down She goes to the MS center in New York She s seen so many specialists and tried different treatments but I think most of it is a bunch of crap It s so sad to see her like this He sees signs of disease in his grandchildren one 3 years old and the other soon to be 5 Both suffer from bronchitis he said And they can turn to anger in a second I can see the physical change in them when they do it I can see it

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  • The VVA Veteran: POW/MIA Affairs Committee Report
    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 POW MIA AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT Always Onward BY GRANT COATES COMMITTEE MEMBER Researching the records that the Veterans Initiative Program has amassed over the past 19 years has developed a myriad of feelings for me Reading first hand stories of combat has brought past war experiences present Many war memories that I suppressed years ago are coming back vividly after reading statements and after action reports and looking at topographical battle maps and hand drawn diagrams I feel as though I have walked in the writers shoes Many veterans have written personal comments along with information on deaths on the battlefield The common wish of many veterans is for the enemy dead and their families to have peace As time passed the hatred and barbaric actions of the wars and the grieving for fellow soldiers has become a desire for peace of mind through forgiveness from the souls of the former enemy These veterans speak for the dead Forgiveness is self interpreted There is no clear definition about how to forgive Some veterans have made their own peace by recalling details of a terrible time in their lives when a life was spared or taken The details were sent to the Veterans Initiative where they were researched sorted and categorized to identify the location of bodies The information was then given to the Vietnamese government for further action Now time is the enemy Memories fade eyewitnesses die facts are lost and knowledge itself disappears But history never disappears Sometimes it is buried sometimes it is relocated and sometimes

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