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  • The VVA Veteran: Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund Report
    Report A Commemorative Worth Having BY KEITH KING PRESIDENT VVAF A friend of mine recently told me that the only people who fail are the ones who are out there trying new things or ideas When we came up with the idea of creating a book for the 25th Anniversary of The Wall no one was sure it would be a success not just a financial success but a creative success and a book we could be proud to call ours Bob George is the president of Boston Publishing and a Vietnam veteran He had the credentials to create the book but had no experience with VVA We spent many hours talking about the content of this book and its look its design every element of it He spent hours and hours with members of the VVA national staff getting their input and perspective on our issues and what content we should include The details of creating this book selling ads to sponsors and getting it printed and delivered in time for the Parade are mind boggling The fact that Bob George and his staff pulled this off is a minor miracle But the final product proves that we truly owe Bob George and his team a debt of gratitude It is testament to us as veterans and it honors us and our brothers and sisters on The Wall But don t take my word for it Here is what one Vietnam veteran who read the book had to say I was handed this copy by a friend at Raytheon who had purchased it I was asked to deliver it to the Raytheon Library as a gift for all employees to read I thought that I d read it before I dropped it off believing it would be a quick

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  • The VVA Veteran: VETERANS AGAINST DRUGS PROGRAMREPORT
    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 VETERANS AGAINST DRUGS PROGRAM REPORT Opening the Parade BY DAVE SIMMONS VAD EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR On behalf of the Veterans Against Drugs Program I want to thank the many members of Veterans Against Drugs for their participation in VVA s 25th Anniversary of The Wall Parade in Washington We were honored to be asked to open the festivities with the Pledge of Allegiance We had a wonderful group of young people from Washington D C and the surrounding states who were proud to help us The young people who marched with us in the parade were for the most part members of the Boys and Girls Club of America in the Washington D C area Veterans Against Drugs has worked for many years with this after school program Our long standing working relationship with this great organization has helped many young people to be safe and drug

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  • The VVA Veteran: National Secretary’sREPORT
    oct Nov DeC 2007 Jan Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec National Secretary s REPORT The Battle Is Not Over BY BARRY HAGGE I don t know how our 56 000 brother and sister VVA members feel but the last five months have flown by It s been a blur the Springfield Convention planning for the 25th Anniversary of The Wall Parade the publishing of The Wall planning for our Leadership Conference and 30th Anniversary and our next legislative blitz on Capitol Hill It seems like we never have enough time yet we still succeed Thanks to our National Staff for all they do for us They are few in number and overworked but they always are there to help us succeed By the time you receive this issue of The Veteran we will have rolled out the National Secretary s Info Center to the chapters in Region 3 and asked the other Regional Directors to supply e mail addresses for the chapters in their regions The next region to be rolled out is on a first come first served basis What is the Info Center It is a secure section of the VVA Website where information sometimes more than you want is posted as it becomes available Over the last nine months or so we have opened the site up for the Board of Directors and State Council Presidents and now to our chapters If you want to see the work of the national committees the latest on the efforts of the VI public relations info and Government Relations news go to the Info Center Information is posted when it happens and you do not need to wait for a mailing What can your chapter do to

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  • The VVA Veteran: WOMENVETERANSCOMMITTEEREPORT
    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 The New Year BY MARSHA FOUR CHAIR The activities of the past few months allowed us to do more outreach and advocacy and to take pride in ourselves as veterans A one page information paper was developed by the committee as an easy resource and reference tool providing answers to frequently asked questions from veterans and advocates The committee had a strong presence at the tenth anniversary celebration of the Women In Military Service Memorial in early November including displays with handouts at the Women s Reunion and the anniversary ceremony In addition we participated in the 25th anniversary parade marking the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial We were in the outreach membership tent and we placed wreaths The committee has been able to offer language to be included in testimony for the House Veterans Affairs Committee and provide input to the VA Advisory Committee on Homeless Veterans Going forward the committee is in the process of delivering its business plan developing its budget for the coming year and providing input to the Government Affairs Committee The upcoming year will include participating in two large events The first is the 2008 National Women Veterans Summit scheduled for June 20 22 in Washington D C This summit has been held every four years since 1996 It will incorporate plenary sessions with workshops a health expo agency and organizational displays and a possible town meeting We are also beginning discussions for our involvement in the 15th anniversary ceremonies of the Vietnam Women Veterans Memorial scheduled for November 11 The duties responsibilities advocacy oversight and reporting of

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  • The VVA Veteran: LETTERS
    three days and in getting VVA support We re proud to have her as part of our team This was but one more example of the support she s always provided Wilma L Vaught Brig General USAF Ret President WIMSA AO FROM THE BEGINNING Thanks for the great report from Betty Mekdeci Agent Orange and Birth Defects in the November December issue But I have a correction The article states that it s been 35 years since Agent Orange was first sprayed in Vietnam That s not true It was sprayed more than 41 years ago We were sprayed in 1966 and 1967 Ed LaVenture Menomonie Wisconsin In fact Operation Ranch Hand started even earlier than that in 1962 Ed BONUS COVERAGE The coverage of the 25th anniversary of The Wall in the November December issue was terrific I wasn t able to attend the event but some of my fellow veterans did and brought me some memorabilia The cover photo is wonderful as well as the other photos I also want to thank Marsha Four for her article On The Edge of Change and I want to thank all women Vietnam veterans I am an Era vet so I didn t serve in Vietnam and wouldn t have met any of these ladies I can though pay my respects to them That goes for all the women who served in all branches of the service during all wars The faces in the pictures accompanying the article are beautiful and reflect the strength wisdom and dedication of these ladies I salute all of them Also I was unaware of Arlo Guthrie s support of Vietnam veterans and all the charitable work he does A bonus Richard Simmons Chicago BUSH ON VETERANS I read with interest the comments made by President Bush in the Government Affairs column in the November December issue Bush acknowledged that there were serious problems caused by bureaucratic delays and administrative failures And we re not going to let those problems continue Well President Bush made a host of promises to the military and veterans in his campaign letter of September 13 2000 He said Soldiers once ordered to stand in the line of fire should not now be ordered to stand in line at the nearest federal bureaucracy waiting with hat in hand He called for an immediate comprehensive review of our military and a thorough review of our military health care programs Further he said our government should honor the health care commitment made to the men and women who have served and are now serving honorably in our military Time is running out for our President to make good on his word Matthew C Ford Jr Washington New Jersey PROTEST OR TREASON I read a recent article about a Westboro Kansas Baptist Church protest group that picketed the funeral of Lance Cpl Matthew Snyder a Marine killed in Iraq These protesters carried signs saying Thank God for dead soldiers and claimed it was their

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  • The VVA Veteran: Arts of War
    life Harlem drug kingpin Frank Lucas The film is set in the late sixties and early seventies and the Vietnam War is integral to the main plot Lucas hears of widespread drug use in Vietnam flies to Northern Thailand to check it out and then begins smuggling high grade Asian heroin to the States in what can only be described as a cold blooded but clever manner I skipped the movie because those facts had escaped my radar until they were pointed out by my friend David Willson There are also dramatic scenes that take place in S E Asia two of which involve Denzel Washington s character front and center Willson told me There are also frequent newsreel depictions of Vietnam War related news and there s a major scene in the United States involving the American military related to using military planes military personnel and military coffins to transport the evil drugs The Vietnam War Willson said is at the center of the film as it s the enabler for Frank Lucas to obtain the drugs he sells in great amounts in New York The war is the conduit for the drugs When the war ends Frank Lucas is done FORTY YEARS AGO Somebody once said that during the year 1968 the United States suffered a nervous breakdown Two demoralizing assassinations race riots in big cities and the chaos of the Democratic National Convention in Chicago at home along with the Tet Offensive and its aftermath in Vietnam certainly made for one painful year Now that 2008 is upon us it s inevitable that the media will mark this quasi newsworthy event with plenty of looking back coverage The coverage in fact started late last year Newsweek for example devoted a hefty section of its November 19 issue to a group of essays about 1968 The issue with a cover by iconic sixties artist Peter Max referred to 1968 as the year that made us who we are on the cover as part of an era that just won t end on the content s page as a world in disarray on the Newsweek com page and as the year that changed everything as the headline of the main article by Jonathan Darman put it Why the hoop to do Because Darman says all of us young and old are stuck in the 60s hostages to a decade we define ourselves as for or against The sixties he says were not necessarily as some baby boomers would have it America s defining moment But they were an era when a generation held sustained argument over the things that have always mattered most How should America show its power in the world What rights were owed to African Americans to women to gays What is America and what does it want to be Fair enough questions But something about the whole exercise did not sit right with this Army veteran who spent nearly the entire year of 1968 in

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  • The VVA Veteran: Book Review
    photographer Clive Hills trace the history of the famed NVA infiltration route and offer many present day photos and maps For ordering info go to www orchidpress com The Tet Offensive A Concise History Columbia University Press 272 pp 29 50 a history and an interpretation of the turning point of the Vietnam War Author James H Willbanks who directs the Military History Department at the U S Army Command General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth argues that Tet 68 was a strategic victory for the Vietnamese communists Tet The Turning Point in the War Johns Hopkins University Press 385 pp 21 95 paper a reprint of former Washington Post correspondent Don Oberdorfer s well received 1971 book with a new preface by the author who did not change a word of the 36 year old text in which he concludes that Tet 68 was a military defeat but a resounding political success for the other side The Big Red One America s Legendary 1st Infantry Division from World War I to Desert Storm University Press of Kansas 594 pp 34 95 a chronicle by Army veteran and author James Scott Wheeler of the oldest continuously serving U S Army division including three chapters on the Big Red One s 1965 70 deployment in the Vietnam War A Military Miscellany Bantam 208 pp 15 a grab bag of facts anecdotes and stories involving the American military including tidbits on such Vietnam War subjects as Hamburger Hill and My Lai by Thomas Ayres a veteran newspaper reporter columnist and author The Art of War Sun Zi s Military Methods Columbia University Press 208 pp 19 95 the latest English edition of the famed ancient Chinese war text translated by University of Pennsylvania Chinese language and literature professor Victor Mair who claims that the often quoted book was not written as is commonly believed by Sun Wu Military Justice in Vietnam The Rule of Law in an American War University Press of Kansas 256 pp 34 95 a detailed analysis of the workings of the military justice system as it played out in Vietnam by William Allison a Weber State University history professor who has taught at the Air War College After the Massacre Commemoration and Consolation in Ha My and My Lai University of California Press 217 pp 19 95 paper 50 hardcover a look at how Vietnamese villagers have coped with what happened at My Lai and Ha My a village near Danang where South Korean troops killed many unarmed civilians written by South Korean born Heonik Kwon a social anthropologist at the University of Edinburgh Black Sailor White Navy Racial Unrest in the Fleet During the Vietnam War Era New York University Press 343 pp 35 U S Naval Historical Center historian John Darrell Sherwood s examines the racial situation in the Navy during the sixties and seventies and the Navy s attempts to deal with it Vietnam s Orange White and Blue Agents and Weapons of Mass Destruction

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  • The VVA Veteran: LOCATOR
    1st Marine Regiment motor pool in Nov 1966 Contact Robert Gambol P O Box 88 Lakewood NM 88254 610 304 6649 bobgambol yahoo com Need VA claim verification Searching for members of VRC 50 stationed in Danang Oct 1970 I flew in from the U S S Shangri La CVS 38 on a C 1A Contact John Lyons 3230 Harvard Rd Erie PA 16508 814 864 4177 harleygirlguy aol com Trying to locate Moon former sergeant who is missing a thumb and Harris We were based at Qui Nhon and set up showers and laundry facilities between May 1966 Dec 1967 Also seeking anyone who served in the DMZ between July 1966 Sept 1967 cannot recall camp name but a U S jet was shot down 500 yards away Contact Gary Swish Swisher P O Box 932 Chester VT 05143 Looking for anybody who served with 610th Trans Co starting with Ft Benning and on to RVN Aug Sept 1965 14th Trans Bn reunion planned for Nov 7 9 in Nashville Contact Douglas H Muenzhuber 5648 Yates Ave N Crystal MN 55429 muenz comcast net Want to return a Zippo lighter I found on a ferry in Sydney Australia The lighter is inscribed as follows Lt G Macgregor U S U T D Shark Attack NAM Marko 1960 U S NAVY SEALS Would love to get this back to its owner Contact Geoff Young geoffyoung1 optusnet com au Looking for U S S Hancock CVA 19 shipmates from S 2 Division on WESTPAC cruises 1970 72 Contact Joseph E Mavero 93 Pulaski Homes New Brighton PA 15066 724 494 1505 Would like to hear from anyone who did basic training at Ft Bragg Feb Apr 1969 in D 2 1 especially the 4th Platoon or from buddies at AIT at Ft Sill Apr June 1969 A 1 4 I recall Alford Coolahan Dotson and Wilson Also seeking brothers from A Btry 2 94 Artillery Defenders of the DMZ at LZ Sally FB Sharon FB Barbara and FB C 1 Contact Bill Cowan 9 W Chelton Rd Parkside PA 19015 610 485 1683 Want to hear from anybody who was with E Btry 1st Bn 84th Artillery 9th Inf Div at Ben Tre 1968 69 A reunion would be nice Contact Denis B Backus 1014 Old River Rd White River Junction VT 05001 802 295 5005 Seeking members of the 174th AHC Duc Pho 1969 70 including Taggert Shedd Zohel Riddle Bond Pritchard Max Moody and Baldy all members of the Dolphins Contact William Conklin 402 N Umatilla St Sutherlin OR 97479 541 459 4407 Looking for anyone from Plt 3314 Marine Corps Recruit Depot Sept Nov 1966 Frank Baton Andy Antone Eddie L Harris or anyone from A or B Companies 1st Tracks 3rd Mar Div stationed at Que Viet Mar 1967 68 We were the AM Grunts Contact Robert E Davis 6530 Lake Ave St Joseph MO 64504 Seeking shipmates from the U S S Coral Sea CVA 43 V 3 Div 1965 67 Don Frowick Don Gass George Fluker Doug Mann Bob Smith Smitty Mike Ward Dave McKelvy Monty Franklin Jerry Akers Lt Guthouser and any other guys from the Division Contact Al Krueger 25752 60th Ave Cushing MN 56443 320 749 2431 Need help verifying stressors Seeking anybody stationed with 1st Marine Div 9th Engr Bn HQ Co Construction Plt Chu Lai We got hit by 60mm mortars in March 1968 Members of the Army s Americal Div were also in the area Contact Robert Geronimo 352 Nome Ave Staten Island NY 10314 718 494 0465 RG0829 aol com Want to hear from anybody who served with D Co 1st Bn 9th Marines 1965 66 Willy White Larry Moecair Richard Sky Korisky Howey George Contact Joseph Langer 126 Curry Rd Wappingers Falls NY 12590 845 632 2716 glider9426U yahoo com Incident verifications for PTSD claim needed Late July 1966 attack on Long Binh when I was in transit and 186th Engr Bn was occuying the base Later that year on Dec 4 another attack at Tan Son Nhut Air Base when I was next door assigned to HQ HQ Co USARV Special Troops Contact Bobby Rea 1880 Private Road 6137 Elkhart TX 75839 903 764 5354 Looking for John Eldridge from Mississippi crew chief of a CH 53 D who was at Marble Mountain 1969 70 or 1970 71 He was my supervisor and trained me as a crew chief Also Sgt Bechtel Cpl Benton Sgt E E Smith and all crew chiefs and members of HMT 204 MCAS New River N C who were involved in the evacuation of Saigon 1974 75 Contact Rodger E Brown 214 Greenbrier Dr Simpsonville SC 29680 864 963 9228 Trying to find anybody who was in the 306th LOG CMD Camp McCoy Wisc 1951 52 This was a reserve unit activated before the Korean War on active duty when I was discharged in Dec 1952 Contact Billy R Alexander 4502 Mt Vernon Rd Louisville KY 40220 Seeking Ron Doc McLaughlin or information about him We served together aboard the U S S Eldorado LCC 11 May 1970 March 1971 We were like brothers Contact Jim Wright 755 Delifield Ave Staten Island NY 10310 718 273 4795 Looking for anybody who served aboard the U S S Bordelon DD 881 1965 69 Home port was Charleston S C in RVN 1967 68 Contact Robert Evans bobinspects sbcglobal net Seeking a replacement for a yearbook called Tour 365 that I received when I left Vietnam in March 1969 It was about the size of a comic book Can anyone help Contact Parker Jarvis 555 W Schrock Rd Suite 120 Westerville OH 43081 DrJarvis netwalk com Searching for anyone stationed with the 31st Support Sq at Tuy Hoa Air Base June Dec 1970 and at Cam Ranh Bay in the 483rd Transportation Sq Dec 1970 June 1971 Contact Mike Murphy 208 227 6399 wiley9042 msn com Want to contact the Marine who escorted

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