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  • The VVA Veteran: Public Affairs COMMITTEE REPORT
    Public Affairs Committee to do whatever is necessary to provide at least 20 000 in the 2008 budget to advertise to the membership and the public and to publicize the availability of veterans benefits and how to claim them Further the membership instructs the leadership to encourage chapters to publicize the availability of service officers to file claims We further request that a letter be sent to the VA Department with a copy of this resolution Financial Impact Statement In accordance with VVA procedures requiring an expenditure estimate to implement the Resolution it is submitted that an expenditure of 20 000 is required to create various forms of public advertising P 13 07 Gold Star Mothers National Monument Vietnam Veterans of America applauds our Gold Star Mothers and supports the development and construction of an American Gold Star Mothers National Monument in Washington D C Further each chapter and State Council is encouraged to reach out to Gold Star Mothers in their communities and to help with fundraising needed to construct the Monument Financial Impact Statement The implementation of the foregoing Resolution shall have a negligible financial impact since it requires only the publishing of the Resolution in The VVA Veteran Public Affairs Resolutions P 01 02 03 and 05 were written to encourage local chapter members to get involved within their communities Although the PA Committee is always looking for outstanding examples of the work being done by our chapters we do not have a specific update to present regarding these continuing Resolutions P 1 95 Community Services Resolved That VVA encourages chapters to take the initiative to make a better community for everyone and serve as a focal point to promote the interrelationship between Vietnam veterans and the community To accomplish this mission VVA at the national state and local levels should publish useful materials including national and state Resolutions through the media to communicate our message P 2 95 Children s Welfare Resolved That VVA calls upon Vietnam era veterans and their families through financial and personal contributions to act responsibly to ensure the protection and development of infants and children in the United States and throughout the world P 3 95 Chapter Involvement with Educational Institutions on Teaching the Vietnam War Resolved That VVA encourages the balanced comprehensive teaching of the Vietnam War at all educational levels including the Department of Defense education system Chapters are encouraged to establish ties with schools and colleges in their local areas for the purpose of making appropriate individuals available to assist in teaching the Vietnam War P 4 95 Regulation of Certain Activities at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Resolved That VVA strongly recommends that the National Park Service with the fullest capabilities of its jurisdiction and in accordance with applicable laws and regulations prohibit the use of the national Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D C and adjacent areas for press conferences politically motivated actions or statements and all conduct not in keeping with its purpose as a place

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  • The VVA Veteran: PTSD/SUBSTANCE ABUSE COMMITTEEREPORT
    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 A Committee In Motion By TOM BERGER CHAIR During the past year the PTSD Substance Abuse Committee continued its advocacy efforts with Congress the Department of Veterans Affairs the Department of Defense and other federal agencies and commissions to initiate improve and expand the mental health and substance abuse resources and programs for our nation s veterans as directed by Committee Resolutions PTSD 1 95 PTSD 2 95 PTSD 3 95 PTSD 5 95 PTSD 4 99 PTSD 1 05 and PTSD 2 05 In doing so the committee also has focused on raising awareness about PTSD TBI MST suicide and related mental health and substance abuse issues We do this through testimony on Capitol Hill public presentations educational outreach media interviews and through partnerships with other veteran focused organizations such as the Veterans of Modern Warfare and the Student Veterans of America In addition the following items were passed by the 110th Congress following advocacy efforts by this committee and its chair during the past year The Josh Omvig Suicide Prevention Bill The extension of the two year window now extended to five years for VA sign up by veterans of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan Two new tri fold publications were produced under the direction of the committee during the past year The first PTSD What Every Veteran and Every Veteran s Family Should Know was completed in time for the 25th anniversary of The Wall celebration in November and was distributed at the VVA health information tent on the Mall during Veterans Day activities The second tri fold Suicide Risk and Prevention Assistance and Resources is being printed and will be

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  • The VVA Veteran: POW/MIA COMMITTEE REPORT
    Aug SEPT OCT nov dec POW MIA COMMITTEE REPORT Measuring Success BY GARY JONES CHAIR All organizations pick time frames to measure their success We look at benchmarks and goals and try to measure how well we have done over some period of time VVA is no different and certainly owes its membership progress reports So here is a look at the status of the POW MIA Committee s Resolutions PM 3 95 Declassification of Information Work continues on this Resolution We have worked hard to develop a good working relationship with JPAC and DPMO I believe we have succeeded PM 7 95 Possibility of Live POWs The committee has worked with JPAC units and asks for updates on case files frequently Additionally we remind all Vietnamese veteran and government groups that we hold the issue of last known alive personnel to be a top priority PM 8 95 Fullest Possible Accounting This is the central issue for the committee VVA supported HR 111 to form a select congressional committee to evaluate the processes of fullest accounting The Veterans Initiative effort going into Vietnam Laos and Cambodia continues to bring successful results for Vietnamese and American families We have added contact with former Soviet military personnel who have knowledge of U S losses over northern Vietnam This has been responsible for the recent resolution of two formerly stalled cases We returned to Ukraine in March to continue this contact PM 9 95 Americans Missing in Laos and Cambodia The VI team has focused its efforts on our Laotian mission this past two years The work continues satisfactorily there and in Cambodia It is hoped that the casualty resolution specialist from Laos and Vietnam and Hawaii will visit us at the Leadership Conference in July in Greenville PM 11 99 Honoring

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  • The VVA Veteran: ETABO COMMITTEEREPORT
    MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec ETABO COMMITTEE REPORT On Convention Resolutions BY ALAN GIBSON CHAIR It s that time of the year for taking care of administrivia However it gives me the opportunity to report on the committee s Convention Resolutions As for E 1 Veterans Preference has not had significant legislation but the Office of Personnel Management did issue new regulations which if properly used will redress the problem of eligible preference As of this writing we have not heard of any state actions With E 2 dealing with job training and other services there has not been any accountability legislation introduced This does not come as a surprise since the word accountability in all federal agency matters seems to have been left out of the dictionary However all committees continue to press for accountability for the good of all Americans E 3 issues dealing with veterans in business seems to be one of the areas in which the Task Force for Veterans Entrepreneurship VET Force has received much attention There is a continued effort by the group as a whole and the other VSOs to have the laws PL 106 50 the Veterans Entrepreneurship Act of 1999 and PL 108 83 the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 and the President s Executive Order EO 13 360 enforced I can report that Missouri has a couple of bills getting that state to do at least 3 percent of agency contracts with veteran and service disabled veteran business owners State governments seem to follow the leadership of the federal government six to nine months is considered the speed of light The comprehensive employment resource development program E 18 still needs lots of help The VA budget that is being proposed

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  • The VVA Veteran: National Secretary’s REPORT
    celebrated at the Conference Many have heard of the online National Secretary s Info Center and have asked how a chapter can gain access to the information posted on the site The answer is simple and totally dependant on your State Council President and Regional Director We have asked the Regional Directors to take a leadership role in this project and supply email addresses of the chapters in their regions You ask 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 You can read about the work of the national committees the latest on the efforts of the VI public relations info and government affairs news at the Info Center Information is posted as it happens You do not need to wait for a mailing All your chapter has to do to get connected is to give your State Council president your chapter email address PUERTO RICO VAMC CEMETERY Region 4 Director Carol E Schetrompf and I recently traveled to Puerto Rico to help form a new chapter and to review the progress at the San Juan Medical Center and the status of the National Cemetery Carol and I along with Jorge Pedroza visited the VA Hospital in San Juan Upon entering the new section which looked very beautiful decorated for Christmas we found it to be very nice and clean Not many people were in the lobby area We found out that the clinics are held on Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays On those days patients are stacked three deep The waiting lines for the pharmacy usually have over three hundred people and have been known to have upwards of a thousand When we were shown the other areas of the hospital we found the conditions deplorable The few waiting rooms are small and cramped Construction was being done but we could not find out what the construction was for At the mental health area we found that there is only a thirty bed ward to take care of all mental patients including PTSD patients There were no separate rooms for female patients all are put in the one open ward The case load for the psychologist is three hundred patients but she is only able to see about ninety patients per month One doctor who asked not to be identified said that more staff is needed for the PTSD clinic but that the powers that be are very slow to staff the Mental Health Clinic The doctor told us that the VA had started a new appointment system that all the previous appointments were thrown out and that the computer generated system was pushing patient appointments back six months The doctor didn t decide on follow ups the computer did and not satisfactorily Parking at the hospital is horrendous If you have an appointment at two o clock you had better get to the hospital by 9 00 a m to

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  • The VVA Veteran: North Dakota State Council
    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 North Dakota State Council Real Support For The Troops Last March Dennis and Phyllis Enger sent thirty five walking sticks to the troops at Walter Reed along with tote bags and blankets they had made by hand The VVA North Dakota State Council picked up the shipping tab Their gifts were so well received that VVA North Dakota State Council President Dan Stenvold asked the Engers to travel to Walter Reed to visit the young soldiers they had helped When several local Vietnam veterans took the train to Washington for the twenty fifth anniversary of The Wall in November the Engers decided to join them They brought one hundred hand carved walking sticks with them We wouldn t have gone if it wasn t for the Vietnam veterans making the trip to the Memorial Enger said Joined by Stenvold neighbor Steve Holt and VVA staffer Bernie Edelman the Engers spent five hours at Walter Reed with the young

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  • The VVA Veteran: CHAPTER 172: Rocket In Their Pocket
    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 march april 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured 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 CHAPTER 172 Rocket In Their Pocket Cumberland Maryland Chapter 172 made a media splash in January when a chapter member working as a volunteer in the chapter s museum thought a Mark I rocket that had been on display there for several years was live and called the bomb squad The next day a phalanx of security personnel from the Maryland State Fire Marshal s Office an Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal team the FBI the Cumberland Police and Fire Departments and the Maryland State Police descended on the museum to investigate The bomb squad went to the museum examined the rocket and found it was live WJLA TV News in Washington D C reported Technicians removed the rocket and

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  • The VVA Veteran: Taps
    Wars He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Las Cruces Chapter 431 Truman Burton Christopher 61 died November 27 2007 in Hixson Tennessee of lung cancer He served in the U S Air Force with a tour of duty in Vietnam in 1965 He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chattanooga Chapter 203 Clarence W Connolly 71 died October 10 2007 in Townshend Vermont of cancer He served in the U S Army National Guard from 1957 77 with service in the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Brattleboro Chapter 843 Ray Dean Cunning 61 died August 31 2007 in Salt Lake City Utah following a highway accident He served in the U S Marine Corps during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Pocatello Chapter 901 James Finch died December 14 2007 in Orlando Florida He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Irvine California Chapter 785 Augustine Fridedel died in December 2007 in Oxford New York He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a permanently hospitalized member of Vietnam Veterans of America Owego Chapter 480 Jerry Stephen Helfer 67 died November 24 2007 in Elizabethton Tennessee of cancer He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War Helfer was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Elizabethton Chapter 824 Edwin Horton 57 died in December 2007 in Oxford New York He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a permanently hospitalized veteran member of Vietnam Veterans of America Owego Chapter 480 William E Kimball Jr 55 died December 1 2007 in Syracuse New York He served in the U S Navy with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Liverpool Chapter 103 Harold Lepri died December 12 2007 in Oxford Connecticut He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Milford Chapter 251 Edmund E Miller 57 died November 14 2007 in East Aurora New York of heart failure He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War Miller was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tonawanda Chapter 77 Alex Molina 66 died in December 2007 in Oxford New York He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a permanently hospitalized member of Vietnam Veterans of America Owego Chapter 480 Eloy Pagan Jr 64 died August 11 2007 in Middletown New York He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America New Hampton Chapter 140 William Richard Peikert 61 died November 28 2007 He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Victoria Chapter 898 Peter J Reibel 62 died November 24 2007 in North Tonawanda New York He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was

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