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  • The VVA Veteran: Constitution COMMITTEEREPORT
    days The 2007 amendment made the following addition to this section The State Council shall submit its election results to the National Membership Department within sixty 60 days after the council elections and a list of committee chairs within one hundred twenty 120 days Notwithstanding any other provision of this Constitution or the National Disciplinary Policy the Charter of any State Council that fails to file its election report within the specified period shall be automatically suspended upon written notice of suspension to the National Board of Directors In such cases no charges shall be required under the National Disciplinary Policy for such suspension to be effective Written notice of such suspension shall be sent to the State Council at its last known address Such suspension shall continue until 1 the State Council shall file its election report for the election year which caused the suspension or 2 the Board of Directors of the Corporation shall relieve the State Council of the responsibility for the filing of such report for the election year in question or 3 the Charter of such State Council shall be thereafter revoked upon the filing of charges under the National Disciplinary Policy Impact on State Councils The Corporation has the ability to immediately suspend without formally filing charges through the National Disciplinary Policy any State Council that does not submit its election results within sixty days and its list of committee chairs within one hundred twenty days The amendment emphasizes the importance of filing this information with the Corporation and is in agreement with the policy already in force related to the filing of annual financial reports Article II Section 4 Paragraph A 2005 Constitution A The delegates to a State Council shall elect from the membership within the state whether Chapter or otherwise a President a Vice President a Secretary a Treasurer or Secretary Treasurer and such other officers as may be deemed necessary or proper by the council Election of officers of the council held after December 31 1986 shall upon nomination be by vote at a meeting of the Council to be held in June of each even numbered year Officers shall serve for a term of two 2 years or until the seat held by such officer shall be deemed vacant pursuant to the provisions of this Constitution The 2007 amendment deleted the words in June and replaced them with the 2nd calendar quarter Impact on State Councils This amendment gives more flexibility to State Councils in scheduling their election meetings Greater flexibility may help the councils find more reasonable hotel and meeting rates and may allow elected individuals more time to arrange to attend the Leadership Conference Article III Section 9 2005 Constitution The Chapter shall submit the election results and a list of committee chairs to both the State Council and the National Membership Department not later than sixty 60 days after the Chapter elections The 2007 amendment made the following addition to this section The Chapter shall submit

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA
    State Council Chapter 172 TAPS Reunions The Locator Letters Arts of War Book Review In Memory Plaque Armed With Toys Join A Database Erie County Fueled By The Fallen Grading VVAF Inside The Vietnam War Band Of Gold 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 Bylaws And Byways BY MARY MILLER PRESIDENT AVVA has been working on the Biennial Meeting that will be held in Greenville S C in July If you have bylaw changes I hope you have submitted them They will be discussed at the Meeting Bylaws may only be changed at a Biennial Meeting with all the State Representatives and State Presidents voting on the changes So make sure you have registered as a State Representative or State President because you must be registered to vote Greenville is a beautiful city I hope you are able to take advantage of it while you are there It has a Vietnam Veterans Memorial that the local VVA chapter had a lot to do with I was told there is a waterfall in the city as well as a bridge and a park It has a general store with lots of items I will remind you that when walking to one of the many stores or restaurants be aware that the street may be a lot steeper coming uphill than going down If you want to find out more go to www greatergreenville com Our Project Friendship consists of two programs this year The Wounded Warrior Project helps returning troops

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  • The VVA Veteran: Membership Affairs COMMITTEE REPORT
    Fueled By The Fallen Grading VVAF Inside The Vietnam War Band Of Gold 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 Membership Affairs COMMITTEE REPORT Marking Progress BY BILL MEEKS JR CHAIR The VVA Membership Affairs Committee as required by the VVA National Board of Directors provides this yearly report on its Resolutions to the membership M 1 95 Verification and Security of DD Form 214 Vietnam Veterans of America requires that all applicants for individual membership in VVA must provide a copy of their DD Form 214 or other acceptable documentation establishing eligibility for membership These documents are to be kept at the local level in a confidential and secure manner in accordance with the provisions of the VVA Constitution Verification to the national organization shall be done by the local chapter secretary or in the absence of the secretary a designated chapter official All DD 214s for life members or veterans incarcerated members that are sent to the VVA Membership Department as required by the VVA Constitution are entered into the VVA database and then destroyed The VVA database is protected by a password and is behind locked doors in the VVA national office All information in the database is backed up and stored at a secure off site location M 2 95 Communication Between VVA s Organizational Levels Vietnam Veterans of America recognizes that the national office must reply to all communications from state councils and chapters within five working days and state councils and chapters must reply to all communications from the national

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  • The VVA Veteran: MEMBERSHIP NOTES
    laptop computers to Veterans Upward Bound a U S Department of Education program that helps eligible U S military veterans refresh their academic skills so that they can successfully complete the postsecondary school of their choosing It was another big success in November for Northern Virginia Chapter 227 s DMZ to Delta Dance The chapter recently distributed the proceeds 1 000 to the Washington D C VA Medical Center 100 worth of Metro bus tokens and meal coupons to the local Vet Center 200 for the Memorial Day Writers Project tent rental and a 250 grant to the Shriners Hospital for Children Members of Quad Cities Chapter 299 in Rock Island Illinois paid one of their quarterly visits to the Iowa City Iowa VA Medical Center September 24 They distributed cookies fruit chapter pins and reading materials Taking part in the trip were Frenchy and Ann Eaves Bob Segura Ron Staes Jerry Grooms Harry Hansen Brent Cobb and Art Heyderman Kentuckiana Chapter 454 in Louisville Kentucky makes regular visits to the Bashford East Health Care Nursing Home and the local Vet Center The chapter donated 125 to the Pike Street Clinic for the Homeless in November and 250 and clothing and toiletry items in December The chapter also sent Christmas gifts to veteran patients at Bashford East and paid a visit to the Louisville VA Medical Center for Popcorn Night Tim Finnerty Len Johnson and Tom Murtha of Liberty Bell Chapter 266 in Philadelphia recently paid a visit to Pennsbury High School in Fairless Hills Pennsylvania where they held a two hour discussion and question and answer session on the Vietnam War with students The questions were answered precisely and honestly Murtha said as young students can detect a lie right away Every year Washtenaw County Michigan Chapter 310 sends special Christmas cards to family members of the men listed on the Washtenaw County Vietnam Veterans Memorial At their November meeting chapter members sit down and add handwritten notes to each card This year the chapter received a note and a donation from Larry R Taylor the half brother of Robert C Piercy who perished in Vietnam in February 1968 thanking the members for the card I will always have admiration and respect for our men and women in the military Taylor wrote Steve Crecy of South Bay Chapter 53 in Redondo Beach California organized a Veterans Day Candlelight Program at the Hermosa Beach Veterans Memorial More than a hundred people attended Chapter member Nick Nickelson delivered the Keynote Speech and Adele Borman sang the National Anthem Chapter members brought fifty toys to the Chapter Holiday Party in December and they were donated to the Beach Cities Toy Drive and Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program Bozeman Montana Chapter 788 working with the Wild West Shirt Company and Universal Athletics and the Marine Corps Toys for Tots program purchased sorted and delivered toys and other Christmas presents to needy veterans and their families in Ennis White Sulphur Springs Livingston

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  • The VVA Veteran: MINORITY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE REPORT
    of minorities in Vietnam Veterans of America VVA continues to monitor the activities of the Department of Veterans Affairs and its treatment of and assistance to minority veterans and their families Some Resolutions MA 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 and 11 recognize and invite the participation of minority veterans groups Congress has had a lengthy hearing and several laws were introduced in 2007 that are consistent with the intent of Resolution MA 10 Since December 2006 in conjunction with MA 7 VVA has made two investigatory trips to the San Juan VA Medical Center and VA Cemetery VVA has conveyed its concerns about the deteriorating conditions of the hospital to the VA Secretary and to the House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committees MA 1 95 Language Translated DVA Benefits Materials Resolved That Vietnam Veterans of America continues its support for distribution by the DVA of materials outlining benefits programs and adjudication guides in Spanish as well as in other appropriate languages MA 2 95 Minority Affairs Coverage in The VVA Veteran Resolved That VVA continues production of a regular minority affairs feature in addition to the quarterly report focusing on various minority groups in The VVA Veteran with the understanding that such articles are to be both educational and informative MA 3 95 Asian American and Pacific Islander Veterans Resolved That VVA continues its support for the creation of an Asian American and Pacific Islander working group within the DVA VVA further requests a study to be conducted by the DVA on the social and psychological effects of military service on Asian American and Pacific Islander veterans during and after the Vietnam War MA 4 95 Native American and Alaskan Natives Resolved That VVA continues its support for improved services to Native American and Alaskan Native veterans and their families and to increase the awareness of the availability of services and furthermore VVA shall seek legislation for appropriations for the support of the Native American position in the DVA Office of General Counsel MA 5 95 Foreign National Vietnam Veterans Immigration Resolved That VVA supports legislation to permit free entry into the United States of any foreign nationals who served in the U S armed forces and who are Vietnam veterans seeking medical care for service related disabilities regardless of length of service This legislation should also give disabled foreign national Vietnam veterans eligibility for naturalization irrespective of the 24 month period required for naturalization status MA 6 95 Involvement by Minority Veterans Welcomed in VVA Resolved That VVA continues its commitment to minority affairs programs by encouraging all veterans to become involved at all levels of the organization and that VVA work more closely with other minority veterans organizations VVA will devote appropriate staff and resources to continue a long range comprehensive Minority Affairs program directed at recruiting education and involvement The Minority Affairs Committee will monitor the plan outline adopted by the Board of Directors MA 7 97 Puerto Rican Veterans and U S Virgin Islanders

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  • The VVA Veteran: Veterans Benefits COMMITTEE REPORT
    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 Benefits COMMITTEE REPORT Annual Resolutions Analysis BY JERRY KLEIN CHAIR During the committee hearing at the National Convention in Springfield the consensus of the attendees was to leave the past resolutions as published without modification The committee recommendations below include specific reasons either to sunset some resolutions or to combine them with other ones At the January Veterans Benefits Committee meeting the Veterans Benefits Committee moved to support retiring some resolutions and combining others VB 1 95 Judicial Review Until the new law that only partially removed the fee limit and which created the U S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims COAVC is further amended the resolution remains viable VB 2 95 Boards of Correction of Military Records We recommend that this resolution be retired because it is a no win resolution that never will be accepted by Congress VVA would do better by putting together and distributing a simple brochure on how to correct military records VB 3 95 Less Than Honorable Administrative Discharges We recommend that this be retired This is another no win resolution VVA would do better by putting together a brochure on Administrative Upgrade Discharges which are also covered in the Veterans Benefits Manual for Services Reps and have it available to the membership and for outreach VB 4 95 DVA Overpayments This resolution should be retired because of the enactment of the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1999 Also the Debt Management Center on the VA webpage seems to be reaching out to veterans about their rights when a debt is owed to the federal government VB 5 95 Civil Liberties of Active Duty Military Personnel This resolution can be retired or revised Not many Vietnam veterans remain on active duty VB 6 95 Just Compensation for Injuries Sustained by Active Duty Military Personnel This is an issue that can be brought to the attention of the Veterans Disability Benefits Commission which is studying various facets of disability compensation and will be making recommendations to Congress and the President VB 7 95 Class Actions at U S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims Before the Veterans Judicial Review Act VJRA was enacted VVA was able to help veterans in the federal courts by filing class action lawsuits The VJRA is silent on such cases and the U S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims provides no rules for class action lawsuits Combine with VB 9 95 VB 8 95 VA Implementation of Decisions Rendered by the U S Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims This resolution remains viable VB 9 95 Veterans Benefits and Services Combine with VB 11 95 VB 12 95 VA Service Connected Disability Compensation Payments and Military Retirement Pay Offset This resolution needs to be updated to take into account congressional action

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  • The VVA Veteran: CONFERENCE OF STATE COUNCIL PRESIDENTS REPORT
    Stories President s Message Government Affairs Budget Request Constitution AVVA Membership Affairs Membership Notes Minority Affairs Veterans Benefit Update Conference of State Council Veterans Incarcerated Homeless Veterans Veterans of Modern Warfare Ask The Parliamentarian Region 3 Region 4 Region 8 Region 9 Women Veterans Public Affairs PTSD POW MIA ETABO National Secretary ND State Council Chapter 172 TAPS Reunions The Locator Letters Arts of War Book Review In Memory Plaque Armed With Toys Join A Database Erie County Fueled By The Fallen Grading VVAF Inside The Vietnam War Band Of Gold 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 CONFERENCE OF STATE COUNCIL PRESIDENTS REPORT To The Mountain Top BY CHARLIE MONTGOMERY CHAIR There was no snow in the Rocky Mountains until the last day but there were powerful winds in the valley But they could not stop the Conference of State Council Presidents from having its Annual Winter Meeting in Colorado Springs Colorado It was a very productive learning experience for all who attended We had 30 of the 47 State Council Presidents present for this meeting We started our meetings each day an hour earlier than normal because our agenda was so full and to make room for activities planned for Saturday afternoon At the meeting we went over information on current and upcoming VVA business that will affect state councils in 2008 That included the upcoming VVA Leadership Conference which will help the State Presidents better themselves to help their chapters VVA National President John Rowan addressed concerns on a variety of issues including

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  • The VVA Veteran: VETERANS INCARCERATED COMMITTEEREPORT
    VIN 1 95 originally adopted thirteen years ago had three components First it recognized that veterans coming into contact with the criminal justice system were abusing alcohol and controlled substances and engaging in self destructive behaviors reflective of post traumatic stress disorder PTSD It resolved that the American court systems recognize PTSD as a factor of mitigation at time of sentencing and even more importantly as a key factor for diversionary programs stressing rehabilitation and community service Second veterans should have reasonable and appropriate access to benefits and services This resolution called upon all local state and federal detention facilities to establish working relationships with the Department of Veterans Affairs Finally VIN 1 95 resolved that the Department of Justice through the Bureau of Justice Statistics enforce the mandate for the accurate identification and reporting of veterans encountered by criminal justice agencies VIN 2 95 concerns the support of incarcerated veteran organizations Incarcerated Vietnam veterans use the common bond of military service to develop veterans service organizations within the prisons These veterans organizations develop programs to benefit all prisoners and facilitate their rehabilitation The development of prison veterans organizations can only occur with the support of staff and community based veterans service organizations Resolution VIN 2 95 resolves that VVA State Councils act to promote the development of incarcerated chapters and to facilitate and support the local chapters to provide direct support to our incarcerated veterans and State Councils and chapters support veterans in their transition from prison or jail VIN 3 01 resolves that the VA is responsible for providing benefits to all veterans including those involved with the justice system or incarcerated Of particular concern are veterans benefits involving counseling and PTSD treatment including residential and transitional services and programs aimed at reducing recidivism VIN 3 01 resolves that 1 The VA more aggressively provide medical treatment and counseling for veterans incarcerated with special emphasis on PTSD and other service related disabilities 2 The VA work closer with federal state and local correctional facilities to help veterans incarcerated achieve successful rehabilitation and 3 The VA work more closely with the Department of Justice to ensure that reliable and verifiable methods exist to identify veterans involved with the justice system VIN 1 95 has served its original purpose The courts recognize that PTSD is a psychiatric disorder and it is included in the DSM IV Manual The PTSD diagnosis may be used as a factor of mitigation at time of sentence The other two components of this resolution remain current issues for the committee However these two issues are addressed and updated in VIN 1 01 It is recommended that VIN 1 95 be retired VIN 2 95 and VIN 1 01 remain viable While reviewing the 2007 Convention Resolutions it became apparent that the veterans incarcerated resolutions are aligned with the resolutions from VVA s Homeless and PTSD Committees We are involved with veterans struggling with mental health alcohol and substance abuse and such closely related issues as

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