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  • The VVA Veteran: Books In Review
    harassed and overruled by Robert S McNamara and his whiz kids at the Pentagon NONFICTION IN BRIEF Susan A Brewer s well written and well argued Why America Fights Patriotism and War Propaganda from the Philippines to Iraq Oxford University Press 342 pp 29 95 contains a long meaty chapter on the Vietnam War In it she looks at how our government leaders from Eisenhower to Nixon made their cases to the American public to support the war Brewer is a history professor at the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Edwin A Martini s Invisible Enemies The American War on Vietnam 1975 2000 University of Massachusetts 280 pp 80 hardcover 24 looks at U S Vietnam relations and the lack thereof after the communist takeover Martini a Western Michigan University history professor includes a good deal on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial on line virtual Vietnam War memorials and postwar films such as the execrable Rambo series Jill Hunting was fifteen years old in 1965 when her brother was killed in the Mekong Delta in a VC ambush Pete Hunting was a civilian working for International Voluntary Services an NGO doing grass roots work with the Vietnamese Jill Hunting tells her brother s story in Finding Pete Rediscovering the Brother I Lost in Vietnam Wesleyan University Press 292 pp 24 95 an engaging first person tale about Pete Hunting s life and work and the author s quest to come to terms with his death Her web site is www jillhunting com Rob Honzell Sr s First Person Combat PTSD LuLu com 195 pp 24 50 paper is a memoir of the author s life before during and after serving an action heavy tour of duty in a Marine Recon unit in Vietnam In Having Diabetes Acting in an Honorable Way Seminole Tribe of Florida 140 pp Vietnam era veteran Mitchell Cypress the Chairman of the Seminole Tribe of Florida shares the lessons he s learned battling the disease For ordering info go to www mitchellcypress com VVA member Eileen Comerford Moore s new book is Race Results Hollywood vs the Supreme Court Ten Decades of Racial Decisions and Film Cool Titles 306 pp 25 95 Moore a nurse in the Vietnam War today is a Justice on the California Courts of Appeals Patrick Hagopian s The Vietnam War in American Memory Veterans Memorials and the Politics of Healing University of Massachusetts 560 pp 49 95 is a wide ranging examination of how America has commemorated the Vietnam War and its veterans and how commemorative memorials reflect political interpretations of the Vietnam War Hagopian who used VVA s clearinghouse of state and local Vietnam veterans memorials in his research is a lecturer in American studies at Lancaster University in the U K FICTION IN BRIEF Allan Cole and Chris Bunch s A Reckoning for Kings was one of the better Vietnam War novels of the 1980s Bunch who served in Vietnam and Cole went on to write a ton of science

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  • The VVA Veteran: Membership Notes
    us POW MIA Tuolumne County California Chapter 391 honored POW MIA Recognition Day September 18 by distributing more than 1 200 black clovers at nine locations manned by a total of 24 volunteers That included post offices flying the POW MIA flag in Jamestown Sonora Columbia Twain Harte and Tuolumne The Chapter took in some 900 in donations for its community service endeavors as well as donations for bricks for a Veterans Memorial planned at the new VA Medical Clinic on Mono Way It was a good day and I want to thank all the volunteers who endured the heat to make this an honorable day said Dick Southern VVA Region 9 director VETS CONNECT Santa Rosa California Chapter 223 held its second annual Welcome Home Barbeque July 27 for active duty military personnel and for veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan at Veterans Memorial Hall About a hundred people attended the event which offered a range of veterans services along with a strong welcome home message The speakers included Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Gary A Medvigy who formerly served in the U S Army Office of Military Cooperation and the Special Operations Command We just want to give back to these young veterans said Chapter President John Crooker No one appreciates veterans more than veterans Staten Island New York Chapter 421 is a strong supporter of the Wounded Warrior Project which provides programs and services to severely injured service members during their transition to civilian life Chapter members recently attended a Wounded Warrior breakfast and a fundraiser Chapter member Joe Cammarata was a guest speaker at the fundraiser where Chapter President Gene DiGiacomo presented a check for 500 to the non profit organization on behalf of the Chapter After receiving a donation of 77 cases of Girl Scout cookies from the Ann Arbor Girl Scout Council Washtenaw County Michigan Chapter 310 send them to the troops in Iraq and Afghanistan The labeling boxing and mailing took place on August 25 Those boxes brought the Chapter s total shipments to the troops to 1 742 since the Chapter began its Support Troops campaign in 2002 Postage for all those boxes has added up to some 27 000 the Chapter estimates the value of the contents at 100 000 Greater Hartford Connecticut Chapter 120 has adopted Marine CPL Michael Gero the grandson of Chapter member Nancy Rouselle Gero recently deployed for his third tour in Iraq The Chapter donated phone cards to CPL Gero when he was home on leave and it will be sending care packages to him Spurred on by Chapter member Donald Landrum Gainesville Georgia Chapter 772 in conjunction with Operation Bandanas is sponsoring Georgia Bandanas which is sending Psalm 91 AKA the Warrior s Psalm bandanas free of charge to American troops overseas The Georgia program which is being supported by several other VVA chapters in the state receives all of its funding from contributions made by churches civic organizations and the general public

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  • The VVA Veteran: Locator
    claim Anyone stationed on the U S S Kishwaukee AOG 9 RVN 1969 Contact Ronald Marcum ronnbunny aol com Need verification for VA claim from David Julseth Henderson Climbing Bear John Hartman Johnnie Ford or anyone who served with me in Long Binh October 1969 70 Contact Larry W Fowler P O Box 231 Choccolocco AL 36254 MIJACL BELLSOUTH NET Looking for Steven Operer Vincent Vinny Adolfo Morales and Brandon Kavorkian all from the New York area regarding Arlin Thomsen Contact David Lee 718 668 6192 leedj ar usacapoc soc mil Need verification for VA claim from Lt Thorson or any servicemen in Dong Tam on the road to My Tho and the 1969 attack on ammo dump Contact Paul Gagne 141 Den Quarry Rd Lynn MA 01904 pgagnesr live com Looking for Chuck Nagle U S Army assigned to MACV Team 6 Qui Nhon 1969 Also looking for Robert Benham Vietnam 1968 69 followed by then N H Voc Tech College and Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Contact Roger Aubert waterbughb2 msn com Looking for the former owner of a Zippo lighter found while on holiday Lighter is inscribed front top MAC front bottom KORAT THAILAND 1966 reverse top R R BANGKOK JULY 4 3 2 5 2 reverse bottom PHU CAT VIETNAM 1967 Contact Cheryl Moore cheryl4461 att net Looking for Bradley J Carlson Mass and Bernard Mitchell Pa from Travis AFB 60th Supply Sqdrn Base Fuels POL 1975 Contact Daniel L Cameron Daniel Wavecable com Need verification for VA claim from fellow servicemen U S S Hopewell DD 681 RVN 1967 68 Contact Marcy Goulart mouseyzinger hotmail com Looking for anyone stationed at Senaga Shima off Naha Okinawa 1967 1970 for answers related to Okinawan grass crews and herbicide use Contact Mike Thoma 5364 311th St Cannon Falls MN 55009 507 263 2575 MN3Thoma yahoo com Looking for Kenneth Mason and Jackie Keith Team 22 Signal Advisors with regard to the 1st Sgt Janca incident of October 13 1970 Contact George Slook dddiaries aol com Looking for Hershel Sweeney 300th Military Police Co 1967 68 Contact Jimmy L Manley 602 Harper Rd Pendleton SC 29670 864 221 3916 Jimmymanleyman aol com Looking for Billy Ray Attebury 27th Wolfhounds of the 25th Div early 1960s Contact Chuck Zehnder zehnder cofo edu Looking for anyone who knew Thomas Hall Worked on a construction project at Ione Calif and lived at Comanche Lake 1970 71 Born late 1940s deceased mid 1970s Contact Claudia Dee Price claudiadee007 yahoo com Looking for Robert Dennis Brown injured July 1965 Contact Troy Allen Brown Matevia medic tm yahoo com Looking for Gene Eugene Snyder Frankfurt 1967 Vietnam 1968 Contact Rob Newman rob newman01 btinternet com Looking for anyone who knew Charles M Clark Ocala Fla deceased December 2008 Contact Dick Bolt dickbolt his com Looking for Charles Boyd Ashville N C 22nd Inf HQ Co 3rd Bn Vietnam 1966 67 Contact Robert Caljouw N1931 State Road 32 Oostburg WI 53070 920 627 6961 rdcaljouw gmail com Looking for information on serviceman Waters or Watters deployed overseas in 1962 and stationed at Camp Pendleton Specifically seeking information on his wife Alexandria Victoria of Garden Grove Calif Contact Michelle Speirs RHONSHELL aol com Looking for Ted Loving Nha Trang AB 1969 and Gregory Keen Vietnam 1971 Contact Huong Nguyen 201 993 1948 201 332 3573 tammytran118 yahoo com Looking for Mike Cheney Sedlecheck and fellow Marines from 2 1 1st Marine Div 1969 71 Da Nang Also seeking a copy of the 1969 yearbook from boot camp San Diego 2004 Bn Contact Patrick J Moran 1301 Summit St Marshalltown IA 50158 641 752 1501 Looking for information on Michael Ray Coon Delta Co 1st Bn 7th Marines 1st Marine Div KIA Feb 16 1969 Quang Nam along with Thomas Casey William Farvour Craig Hemphill Dennis Riley and Robert Whitney Contact Amy Fadine 16february1969 gmail com Looking for Alan J Reynolds Calif formerly 2nd Lt or anyone who served with him Contact Lynn Pomeroy lynn pomeroy gmail com Looking for Thomas Mathias Cole USAF 1969 70 Contact Susan Cole 1307 Briarwood Jackson MO 63755 Looking for James David Bradshaw Vietnam 1969 70 Contact Thomas Miller MAVSnews aol com Looking for Thomas Dooley 366th Fighter Wing 390th Tactical Fighter Sqdn Vietnam 1968 69 Contact Don Bradshaw MAVSnews aol com Looking for Doug Anderson 1st Bn 77th Armor 1st Bde 5th Inf Div 1969 70 Contact Bob Basner MAVSnews aol com Looking for personnel from the 544th Eng rock quarry duty Jan 12 1970 Dec 24 1970 Contact Larry Raygoza larryraygoza1948 sbcglobal net Seeking former penpal Robert Allen Treadwell born March 7 1946 or 1947 drafted in 1964 served with 335th Aviation Co 173rd Airborne Graduated Marion Ind High School 1963 last known home address there Was once engaged to a woman named Kathy or Kate Contact Vicki L Bentzien vlb hawaii rr com William F McBride 3rd of 8th 4th Inf Div Charlie Co 1967 68 The Isidro Gastello you are looking for and served with is my father We have tried to call the number provided in a previous Locator notice in 2002 but get no answer Please feel free to contact me Contact Maria Hernandez 602 684 0321 mc1979j yahoo com Seeking Anthony Restifor Vietnam veteran originally from Albany N Y Contact M Reicks VMReicks msn com I am searching for information about the people who attended the Finance Officer Advance Course at the Finance School U S Army Ft Benjamin Harrison from August 27 1959 to May 24 1960 One of the students was my father Maj A H Kastubi He will turn 90 this December and I would love to give him a big birthday present by contacting some of his classmates and have them sign the birthday card for him Contact Ariyani Kastubi Matti wolf matti t online de Searching for old friend Michael Chandler from Donora Mich whom I met when he came to Australia on R R twice in the late 1960s I

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  • The VVA Veteran: Reunions
    J King 570 424 0499 nychabill yahoo com 5th Maint Bn April 21 25 2010 Las Vegas All units welcome HQ Main Support 526th CC S 552nd 554th 560 LEM E Co CC S Troop Command 85th Lt Maint DS 510th Engineer Co and any other unit within the 5th Contact Richard Clinton 540 854 7608 richardsteph67 yahoo com or see www 5thmaintenancebn com 1st Military Intelligence Bn July 8 11 2010 Las Vegas Contact Don Skinner 503 648 6059 donsk verizon net 25th Military Police Co Sept 9 12 2010 Lexington Ky All eras welcome Contact Sanford or Sue Baker 260 589 3119 sdbaker earthlink net or mandydog aol com 6th 84th Arty C Battery Vietnam 1968 69 is having a reunion on March 6 7 2010 at the home of Jeff Gray 491 Wildwood Ln Johnson City TX 78636 Contact Jeff Gray jeff gray316 yahoo com 299th Cbt Engr Bn Dak To Defenders July 28 31 2010 Radisson Hotel 120 So Wildwood Dr Branson MO 65616 Contact Jay Gearhart 231 922 3471 jaybird718 charter net or see www daktoreunion com 1st Bn 7th Marine Regt May 13 16 2010 Sheraton Richmond W 6624 West Broad St Richmond VA 23230 Contact Al Furbush VVA 272 Greenville NC 27858 252 902 6099 www marzone com 7thMarines South Dakota Vietnam Veterans Reunion Feb 12 14 2010 Ramada Inn and Convention Center Mitchell S D Brochure and registration form available by mail or e mail Contact Virgil Stockstad S D Vietnam Veterans Reunion P O Box 1026 Mitchell SD 57301 virgil rushmore com 199th Light Infantry Brigade Association June 14 18 2010 Columbus Ga Ft Benning All who served the Brigade are cordially invited to attend Contact Ed Davis 856 854 7103 Edward199 aol com 307th Bomb Wing B47 KC 97 Association

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  • The VVA Veteran: PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
    Report AVVA Election AVVA Scholarship Project Friendship ETABO Report Public Affairs Report VVAF Veterans Against Drugs National Secretary s Report Women Veterans Letters Arts of War Book Review The 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 PRESIDENT S MESSAGE Thirty More Years BY JOHN ROWAN It seems to be the season for celebrating milestones Near the end of 2007 we celebrated the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Last September I joined with my former colleagues in commemorating the 40th anniversary of the creation of the 6990th Security Squadron and the initiation of Combat Apple which was the first use of the RC 135 reconnaissance aircraft in combat operations The pictures below were taken at the reunion Its large nose distinguished the RC 135 like its earlier cousin the RC 130 The POW MIA symbol in the photo only can be seen when the exit hatch is opened but it is nice to see that our active duty personnel remember On a more personal note Mariann and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary on January 1st Time flies when you re having fun VVA will be celebrating its 30th anniversary this year in conjunction with the Leadership Conference in Greenville S C All chapters and State Councils should begin making their travel arrangements now While we are reminiscing about our history it is good to know that the Veterans of Modern Warfare will be creating theirs by holding their first convention in Greenville at the same time While I wasn

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  • The VVA Veteran: GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
    two programs created decades ago to replace a Civil Service exam that was deemed biased against minorities The Post noted that the programs lost out in a legal clash over the government s obligation to show a preference to military veterans when filling jobs As a general practice veterans are supposed to have an edge for federal jobs if they meet the minimum qualifications for a position But the two special hiring programs do not evaluate and rate applicants in ways that take the veterans preference into account officials said In 2005 two veterans David Dean and Matthew S Olson filed suits contending they were wrongfully passed over for jobs and non veterans were hired instead through the Outstanding Scholar program They won the suit hence OMB s action VVA notes that the very best readjustment program for returning veterans is a decent job So why is this administration and all of the heads of federal agencies not strictly enforcing veterans preference and pushing managers and human resource staff to use the special hiring authority for veterans rated by the VA at 30 percent disabled or higher Moreover why is Congress not strengthening veterans preference laws and requiring veterans preference in the Senior Executive Service from which veterans are consistently excluded And why is the OMB not getting its own house in order by hiring more veterans Currently out of 978 employees there are fewer that ten veterans working for OMB and not one disabled veteran Can anyone believe such a record of exclusion just happened Clearly OMB is not enforcing veterans preference in its own hiring and has not for a very long time over several presidential administrations It is clear that such a sorry record could only be a deliberate pattern and practice to exclude veterans if not outright discrimination against veterans particularly disabled veterans It is time to get the federal and congressional houses in order when it comes to hiring veterans especially disabled veterans SUITABLE CARE Sen Daniel K Akaka D Hawaii chair of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee offered both praise and reasoned caution about some of the recommendations of the Dole Shalala commission on veterans disabilities and the need for prompt action on its recommendations Most of the suggestions are worthy and indeed much work is underway on some of the points There are however some conclusions about which I have serious concerns the Senator wrote For the most part these suggestions focus on fostering collaboration between the VA and DoD to meet the needs of service disabled veterans The commission recommended a restructuring of the Defense Department and VA disability systems This recommendation has two key components that would fundamentally alter the manner in which the Pentagon and the VA administer those systems Akaka wrote The first component merging the departments existing systems has strong appeal If enough obstacles can be overcome it is possible that for some subset of those leaving the military it may prove feasible to have the two systems function collaboratively with one physical exam and one disability rating for those who leave the service for medical reasons Indeed as of early December the VA was conducting these exams However Akaka contends the second component that the VA s compensation system should be fundamentally restructured is far more problematic The legislation that the White House drafted to carry out this recommendation would have Congress cede responsibility for the proposed retooling of the VA s compensation system to the Secretary of Veterans Affairs and it would require the secretary to accomplish this monumental task in just a few months Akaka contrasted this recommendation with the findings of the congressionally mandated Veterans Disability Benefits Commission Over its two and one half year existence the VDBC focused exclusively on the complex and often inefficient disability structure that applies to all servicemembers and veterans in what was the most extensive overview of the benefits provided to this nation s disabled veterans in more than half a century The Veterans Disability Benefits Commission in its report issued October 3 made 113 recommendations designed to improve and update the VA s disability compensation program These recommendations address the appropriateness and purpose of benefits benefit levels and payment rates and the processes used to determine eligibility Many significant proposals among the VDBC s 113 recommendations designed to improve and update the VA s disability compensation program were not contemplated by the Dole Shalala commission and warrant review before any action is taken on the Dole Shalala recommendations relating to the overall disability benefits system I do not believe the junior senator from Hawaii said that the timeline in the President s legislation is remotely realistic He voiced concern that the Dole Shalala recommendations would apply only to those who entered service during the current conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan and would exclude veterans from earlier generations Some have suggested that this recommendation would pit veterans of these recent conflicts against those from different eras Such an outcome would be unacceptable This nation must never forget the sacrifices made by those who served on the beaches of Normandy at the Chosin Reservoir in the jungles of Vietnam and on the sands of Kuwait Congress should focus on creating a system that is equitable for all of our veterans young and old VA TAKES ACTION What sparked Sen Akaka s tentativeness over Dole Shalala The VA This department which is hardly famous for quick decision making seemingly rushed to judgment on Dole Shalala and moved quickly to solicit outside bids to be able to award one contract to conduct two important technical studies that will help decisions to be made regarding the updating of the whole military disability system One of the studies will focus on the creation of a schedule for rating disabilities based on current concepts of medicine and disability taking into account loss of quality of life and loss of earnings resulting from specific injuries or combination of injuries The study will make recommendations concerning

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  • The VVA Veteran: MEMBERSHIP NOTES
    Delta dance on Saturday night Nov 10 during Veterans Day weekend More than three hundred people attended the fundraiser Among the guests VVA National President John Rowan and his wife Mariann The event netted some 8 900 Members and spouses Len and Diane Ignatowski Bill and Cheryl Dumsick Bill and Natalie Bohuslaw Joe and Sharon Celesnik Chris Beverly Bruce and Sarah Waxman Max and Fran Knouse Bob and Ardis Mills Paul and Cyndy Stancliff Chuck and Glenda Harris Jim Hewitt Len Funk Charlie Klein Jonathan Olson and Margaret Stern worked at the big dance Bob Sweeney a member of Western Massachusetts Chapter One Eleven was named Springfield Massachusetts Veteran of the Year He was honored for his many years of work in the Springfield Veterans Services Office In 2007 he was named manager of the Massachusetts Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Agawam Racine Nenosha Wisconsin Chapter 767 presented a large donation in December to the Southern Wisconsin Veterans Home in Union Grove Included in the donation were gift cards comforters tablecloths craft items games candy and batteries These items consisted of the majority of a wish list compiled by the Center for its residents Members of Yuma Arizona Chapter 835 took part in several local activities during November s Veterans Day commemorations The chapter marched in the huge Yuma Veterans Day parade and several members attended events honoring veterans at the Faith Baptist Church and Grace Bible Fellowship After returning home from showcasing its Agent Orange Awareness float in the Nov 10 VVA sponsored 25th Anniversary of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Parade in Washington D C members of Las Vegas Nevada Chapter 17 took part in two local events benefiting needy families The chapter participated in the Thanksgiving Turkey Drive sponsored by HELP of Southern Nevada which provided holiday meals to hundreds of families in need On Thanksgiving day itself chapter members pitched in at the Hard Rock Café s annual Thanksgiving feed for the homeless Chapter 17 is proud to be a part of this event by providing personal care kits to the homeless as they leave from their delicious meal said Chapter President Tom George Some two dozen Rotarians and Vietnam veterans including Howard Goldin of Rockland County New York Chapter 333 presented school supplies medical equipment toiletries bicycles and toys to students in the Mekong Delta village of Long Xuyen in November as part of the Schools to End Poverty project which Goldin and Chapter President Ed Frank began in 2005 The program helps disadvantaged Vietnamese children in rural areas of the country The program s first project was to help build a three story school outside Dalat in the Central Highlands which when completed will educate some 450 Montagnard children In my particular unit there was a lot of loss Goldin said This is one of my ways to heal VETS CONNECT VVA s 2007 Chapter of the Year Washtenaw County Michigan Chapter 310 reached an admirable milestone in November After four years of sending care packages

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  • The VVA Veteran: ASK THE PARLIAMENTARIAN
    APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec ASK THE PARLIAMENTARIAN Multiple Offices BY MIKE SWIFT VVA PARLIAMENTARIAN Q Can a member serve in two elected offices at the same time A A member may hold more than one elected office simultaneously because the Constitution of VVA does not prohibit it Robert s on page 425 line 33 states that although there is no prohibition against a person s holding more than one office it is understood in most societies that a member can serve in only one such capacity at a time and sometimes the bylaws so provide This means the bylaws may prescribe the prohibition but if they are silent there is not a prohibition Q Can an elected officer of a chapter also be a State Council delegate A The Constitution of Vietnam Veterans of America does not provide that a member is limited to serving only one office at a time Although strictly speaking there is no prohibition against a person s holding more than one office it is understood in most societies that a member can serve in only one capacity at a time and sometimes the bylaws so provide In such a case if the person elected to two or more offices is present he can choose which of the offices he will accept If he is absent the assembly should decide by vote the office to be assigned to him and then should elect a person to fill the other office Robert s page 425 line 33 According to the VVA Constitution and Robert s Rules of Order Newly Revised a member may serve more than one office at a time That is a member may serve as a chapter president and as a state

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