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  • The VVA Veteran: VETERANSINCARCERATEDCOMMITTEEREPORT
    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 INCARCERATED COMMITTEE REPORT Punishment vs Treatment BY TERRY HUBERT CHAIR The Veterans Incarcerated Committee has received good news about incarcerated issues from a variety of sources and remains optimistic about the future for veterans incarcerated Probably the best news came from the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare which has been closely monitoring the re approval of The Second Chance Act of 2007 HR 1593 This bill passed the House and included 360 million for a variety of essential re entry programs for adults and youth Essentially Congress is grappling with the enormous cost associated with the current practices addressing the social problems caused by substance abuse in America The prevalent practice has emphasized strict law enforcement zero tolerance at the expense of treatment and prevention which is a punishment versus treatment mentality The emphasis is seen in a burgeoning prison population and very few treatment or prevention related programs In approving The Second Chance Act Congress recognized that the nation s prisons and jails incarcerate approximately 2 3 million prisoners and that almost 650 000 are released every year It is necessary to provide essential social services to guide the reintegration process of these offenders Fortunately this bill will provide funds for re entry programs and services for those being released from prison It is important to support and expand successful community based re entry programs such as the Incarcerated Veterans Transition Program and RidgeHouse Inc Programs like these will be able to apply for grants to offer transitional services to men and women leaving prison The Senate still must pass it and then the Bush administration must sign off on it for it to become law Both the administration and the Senate have expressed support for The Second Chance Act of 2007 Realistically funds will become available in FY 2009 How does this relate to veterans The Bureau of Justice Statistics BJS estimates that in 2004 veterans accounted for about 10 percent of state prisoners This was down from a high of 20 percent in 1986 In May 2007 the BJS reported that 140 000 veterans were in prison and that 54 percent of state prisoners and 64 percent of federal prisoners served during wartime Vietnam era veterans were the single largest group of incarcerated veterans 38 percent Interestingly veterans generally have shorter criminal records than non veterans and about 80 percent of these veterans report that substance abuse is a key issue in their incarceration Other news affecting incarcerated veterans comes from the U S Sentencing Commission The commission approved a Crack Cocaine Amendment and in December 11 was scheduled to vote on the retroactivity application of this amendment The Crack Cocaine Amendment addresses the fundamental unfairness of the penalties applied against drug offenders confined by the Federal Bureau of Prisons BOP Considering that 60 percent of

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  • The VVA Veteran: Taps
    27 in Port Byron New York from Agent Orange related diabetes type II He served in the U S Marine Corps as a Lance Corporal including a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Auburn Chapter 704 Thomas J Marino Jr 59 died November 6 in Philadelphia from liver cancer and hepatitis C He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War and left at the rank of Sergeant He was a member and past president of Vietnam Veterans of America Liberty Bell Chapter 266 He was also the committee chair for the Philadelphia Stand Down Program Fred D Mattox died November 6 in Saugerties New York He served in the U S Army for 20 years and retired in 1981 with service during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Ulster County Chapter 60 and served as chapter secretary John McGowan 56 died November 23 in Pittsburgh He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Beaver Falls Chapter 862 Frederick Douglas McMullen Sr 60 accidentally drowned October 20 in Enid Oklahoma He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War and retired after a long career He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Enid Chapter 940 James Vincent Merlini 65 died October 14 in Montgomery Alabama He served in the U S Air Force as an aircraft radio maintenance specialist in Okinawa during the Vietnam War He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tuskegee Chapter 607 Edwyn Robert Owen 73 died October 5 in Topeka Kansas when his automobile caught on fire He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War An avid athlete he was a member of the U S hockey team that won the gold medal during the 1960 Olympics He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Topeka Chapter 604 Clifton Leon Perkins 81 died May 19 in Wilmington California from heart failure He served in the U S Navy for 30 years retiring at the rank of E 7 He served in three wars including the Vietnam War Perkins was a Life Member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tidewater Virginia Beach Virginia Chapter 48 Thomas B Petrie 65 died March 15 in Pavilion New York as a result of an automobile accident He served in the U S Army from 1964 66 with a tour of duty in the Vietnam He was a member and past president of Vietnam Veterans of America LeRoy Chapter 193 Peter J Radesi 60 died March 26 in Lee Center New York from thymic carcinoma He served in the U S Army in Vietnam serving with HHB 2nd Battery 32nd Artillery from August 1971 to January 1972 and A Battery 5th Battery 42nd Artillery from January 1972 to March 1972 He was an at large member of Vietnam Veterans of America New York Peter Reibel 62 died November 24 in Tonawanda New York He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tonawanda Chapter 77 Thomas C Richardson 61 died July 23 in Lovelock Nevada He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Lovelock Chapter 834 Calvin L Richmond 61 died September 28 2006 in Leesburg Virginia He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Silver Spring Maryland Chapter 641 Steven D Ridenour 53 died January 30 in Bettendorf Iowa from cancer He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War Ridenour was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Moline Chapter 669 Charles Anthony Rozas Jr died March 14 in Lake Charles Louisiana He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Santa Barbara California Chapter 218 James Hillard Runyon Jr 61 died May 31 in Sinking Spring Pennsylvania from diabetes mellitus type II and congestive heart failure He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War for two tours of duty Runyon was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Reading Chapter 131 Gerard St Hilaire 62 died October 20 in Mattydale New York from cancer He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Liverpool Chapter 103 Gregory Theodore Scheffer 58 died April 3 in Kannapolis North Carolina from pancreatic cancer He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam from August 1968 69 He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Concord Chapter 909 Mary L See 100 died January 7 in Winchester Kentucky from vascular disease She was a life member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Chattanooga Chapter 203 Robert R Seredy 65 died July 26 2006 in Cleveland Ohio He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War Seredy was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Parma Chapter 15 Mark Shaver died July 30 in Jackson Michigan He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Jackson Chapter 371 Paul R Shown 70 died June 7 in Topeka Kansas from complications from open heart surgery He served in the U S Army with tours in Vietnam from 1965 66 and again from 1970 71 Shown was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Junction City Chapter 344 Frederick Allen Singleton 66 died May 19 in Cumberland Maryland from cancer He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War Singleton was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Cumberland Chapter 172 David L Slawter 59 died April 3 in Huttonsville West Virginia from cardiac disease He served in the U S Army with a tour in Vietnam from 1968 69 Slawter was a member of Vietnam

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA
    s Message Government Affairs Membership Notes Ask The Parliamentarian Veterans Incarcerated Taps AVVA 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 ASsociates of Vietnam Veterans of America As We Start The New Year BY MARY MILLER PRESIDENT As we start the New Year we have many things to accomplish in AVVA Sonja Holybee Our national Treasurer has resigned her position and her positions on all national committees Bill Williams former Treasurer has graciously agreed to be our interim Treasurer till the elections are held in July Elections will take place at our Biennial Meeting in Greenville South Carolina I encourage you to step up to the plate if you qualify for any positions All of the national Officers and Board of Directors positions will be decided upon None of the positions receive a salary but we are rewarded by knowing we are helping veterans and their families and active duty military The AVVA bylaws also will be presented to the State Representatives and State Presidents at our Biennial Meeting Suggestions have been made on the AVVA Talklist If you feel strongly about them make sure you present them to the Bylaws Committee before March 19 Bylaws are changed only at Biennial Meetings by the State Representatives and State Presidents The AVVA chapter structure and procedures are still being worked on by the Board of Directors Chapter

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA Election Report
    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 January February 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Notes Ask The Parliamentarian Veterans Incarcerated Taps AVVA 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 AVVA Election Report BY KATHY ANDRAS Now is the time to plan for the upcoming National Election of AVVA National Officers and the Regional Board of Directors By now your AVVA State Representatives or Presidents VVA officers and VVA Chapter Presidents

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA Better Chance Scholarship
    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 January February 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Notes Ask The Parliamentarian Veterans Incarcerated Taps AVVA 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 AVVA Better Chance Scholarship By Kathy Andras chair We are now accepting applications for the AVVA Better Chance Scholarship Established in January 1998 the scholarship is one way that AVVA helps veterans families The scholarship targets average students who may not be eligible for academic scholarships but want to

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  • The VVA Veteran: Project Friendship
    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 January February 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Notes Ask The Parliamentarian Veterans Incarcerated Taps AVVA 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 Project Friendship BY KATHY ANDRAS AVVA s Project Friendship for the Greenville South Carolina 2008 Biennial Meeting will help the Wounded Warrior Project and Safe Harbor WOUNDED WARRIOR PROJECT The Wounded Warrior Project s mission is to raise awareness and enlist the public s aid for the needs of severely injured service men and women to help severely injured service members aid and assist each other and to provide unique direct programs and services to meet their needs The Wounded Warrior Project began when several individuals took small inspired actions to help others in need While watching the evening news veterans were moved by stories of the first wounded service members returning home from Afghanistan and Iraq They realized that something needed to be done for these veterans beyond the brass bands and ticker tape parades They wanted to provide tangible support for the severely wounded to help them heal physically and mentally What they viewed as a small contribution compared to what the warriors had sacrificed is

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  • The VVA Veteran: ETABO COMMITTEE REPORT
    MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec ETABO COMMITTEE REPORT Where We Stand In 2008 BY ALAN GIBSON CHAIR It is the start of a new calendar year and the ETaBO Committee hopes that everyone had a safe and happy holiday season It is also our hope that we are refreshed and ready to move forward in helping ourselves and our fellow veterans in the quest for meaningful jobs at living wages With that in mind let us look at what is going on in the three areas of Employment Training and Business Opportunity EMPLOYMENT VetJobs is now averaging more than 24 500 jobs a day representing some 1 000 employers who are active daily on the site These are all quality jobs with good employers who want to hire transitioning military veterans and their family members Just log onto www vetjobs com enter your resumé keep your resumé current and search for jobs Remember This site is run by a disabled veteran owned business that does not charge veterans for its services The Chair was honored to represent VVA at the initial meeting of the Veterans Outreach Advisory Council for the Department of Homeland Security DHS in December The Council is seeking assistance from VSOs in getting veterans into the workforce DHS includes border patrol and airport security and also has openings in the science and technology fields and administrative support jobs For a list of openings go to www dhs gov xabout careers TRAINING Not much is new in the training arena But as a reminder check with VA Vocational Rehabilitation personnel or visit them at www va gov Unfortunately as of this writing the three Veterans Business Resource Centers in Boston Mass Flint Mich and St Louis

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  • The VVA Veteran: PUBLICAFFAIRS COMMITTEEREPORT
    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 PUBLIC AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT What s Goin On BY KEITH KING CHAIR A few weeks ago a Regional Director sent an email to VVA s officers Board members and committee chairs asking them what the priority goals and objectives of VVA were or what it was that tells everyone where we are going What follows is a list of my goals and objectives as Public Affairs Chair Create an electronic version of The VVA Veteran on www vva org and make it a revenue generator We have reviewed several software programs and of course there are costs and this is not an easy thing to do But the technology is great and what a fun way to read The Veteran Create an electronic newsletter that will have input and feedback from all levels of VVA It too needs to pay for itself We already have sent emails to State Council and chapter newsletter editors and members of the VVA National Public Affairs Committee asking for input It seems like everyone likes this idea and we are moving forward to make it a reality Expand the email database to all VVA members who have email and improve our communications on all levels If you have an email address and want to get emails from us go to www vva org and sign up The e newsletter is an example of the type of information you will receive from us along with information about upcoming 30th Anniversary of VVA events Create PSAs for our Service Officers program membership and our health concerns and drive traffic to www vva org Did you see the Rocky Bleier PSAs we did for the Parade We still need to work some things out but we are working on them Change how we communicate with advertisers and sponsors and create a pro active fundraising Communications Department We have made great strides in working with our advertisers and the sponsors that helped us put on the 25th Anniversary Parade and print The Wall magazine We are working on increasing our interaction with them and strengthining our long term relationships See the logo below for Commerce Bank They stepped up to support us on several projects and we are working to expand our relationship with them Their logo appears in this column as an example of a new way of thinking and working with those who help us I m proud to suggest that this column is the first sponsored committee report because Commerce Bank requested that they be included in the Public Affairs Column Improve the look content and profitability of The VVA Veteran on a continuing basis Your input is welcome Improve the look content and profitablitiy of www vva org on a continuing basis Have you seen the new photos in the header of the Parade You should go to

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