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  • The VVA Veteran: Mark Jury’s Quiet War in Vietnam
    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 Mark Jury s Quiet War in Vietnam Mark Jury was sent to Vietnam in July 1969 This was not one of the military s wisest personnel moves Drafted into the Army Jury was eager not to fight in the war but to document it For the next 12 months armed with a trio of battered Nikon cameras and supplied with 36 exposure rolls of Tri X film by his Aunt Nink in Pennsylvania Spec 5 Jury roamed South Vietnam more or less at will unrestrained by rank empowered by his military press card His assignment as a photographer was nebulous and he took full advantage of his situation Shooting film instead of ordnance he captured the quiet war beyond the body count the ambience of fire bases and hospitals and rear area offices Mostly he caught the symbols and scrawls of peace and rebellion of a new generation of soldier less enamored of winning the war than with simply surviving his tour When Jury arrived in country he was assigned to USARV IO one of the largest and possibly most irrelevant information offices in the Army the character and tenor of the war were changing The pursuit of victory so elusive and ultimately unachievable despite the reams of glowing statistics promulgated by the Pentagon was taking on new politically expedient guises pacification the herding

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  • The VVA Veteran: PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE
    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 Into The Wild Blue BY JOHN ROWAN The old adage that You can t please all of the people all of the time was proven to me again recently A reader complained about the Mark Jury photos in the last issue He was upset that the only airman shown was a guy carrying cases of beer and soda While I am always glad to chide my grunt colleagues over the amenities that we Air Force types were able to acquire I understand my fellow airman s gripe So in the desire to provide a view of one of our more heroic airman below is a photo of one of my grammar school buddies retired Senior Master Sergeant Dennis Richardson Dennis was recently awarded forty years late the Air Force Cross for his service in Vietnam He was a door gunner on a Jolly Green helicopter in 1968 when he went into Laos to try to retrieve the backseater in a downed F 4 While hovering just above the ground he came under attack Manning his M 60 despite being hit with shrapnel in the shoulder Dennis managed to keep the chopper from being shot down The rest of his crew received Silver Stars but he did not get a medal at the time A later review of his records uncovered the error Dennis Richardson is one of approximately seventeen Air Force enlisted personnel to receive the Air Force Cross which ranks just below the Medal of

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  • The VVA Veteran: GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS
    much needed bill EDUCATIONAL SUPPORT FOR RETURNING VETERANS Another freshman senator Sherrod Brown D Ohio introduced S 2677 the Supporting Education for Returning Veterans Act of 2008 His bill would amend the Higher Education Act of 1965 and authorize the Secretary of Education to provide grants to institutions of higher education to establish programs for the provision of services and support to veteran students The original co sponsors of this measure are the two contenders for the Democratic nomination for President Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York and Barack Obama of Illinois Personnel hired under this program during and after the Vietnam War were instrumental in helping untold numbers of veterans navigate their way through the college maze directing them to resources for help in dealing with issues that threatened to undermine their completing their studies and receiving their baccalaureate degrees This program delivered a very big bang for a very small buck We would hope that the same Senators and Representatives who believe in S 22 also will embrace S 2677 HOW MANY HOMELESS Mark Twain once said There are lies There are damn lies And there are statistics Now according to the VA The number of veterans homeless on a typical night has declined 21 percent in the past year Patting itself on the back the VA credits this decrease to the services offered by the VA and its partners in community and faith based organizations plus changing demographics and improvements in survey techniques One wonders then if these improvements in survey techniques had come years ago they might have lessened the numbers then The reduction of homeless veterans from more than 195 000 to about 154 000 was announced as Secretary of Veterans Affairs James B Peake was elected to chair the U S Interagency Council on Homelessness The reality is that we don t know how many homeless veterans sleep in shelters on subway grates and air conditioning vents in parks under railroad trestles or in the woods every night For the longest time the best estimates were that there were some 250 000 homeless veterans The number shrunk all of a sudden to 195 000 on any given night a year or two ago or a total of about 400 000 individual veterans in the course of a year We are seeing significant progress in the fight against homelessness Peake said in a press release This success should encourage all those concerned about homeless veterans for it shows we can make a difference in the lives of these veterans through our services and with our community partners As Sen Patty Murray D Wash said in her opening statement of the joint hearing she chaired of two subcommittees of the Appropriations Committee that focused on solutions to help homeless veterans on May 1 However many there are there are certainly many tens of thousands too many veterans who end up homeless To see the web cast of this hearing go to http appropriations senate gov The

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  • The VVA Veteran: MEMBERSHIP NOTES
    Recognition from Ohio Gov Ted Strickland to honor the Chapter s community service work and what the Chapter does to honor veterans and the military Buckeye State Council President Tom Burke was on hand for the presentation Sacramento Valley California Chapter 500 tried to celebrate the dedication of its Veteran Outreach and Drop In Center on March 30 The center one of the chapter s long time goals will serve all veterans in several areas with compensation claims employment housing homelessness and services for the disabled The center also will be a place for educational seminars for veterans and their families a meeting place for Chapter members and other veterans and the Chapter s official office The opening ceremonies did not take place because of a bureaucratic mess involving the city of Sacramento and building permits but Chapter members are hopeful the situation will be resolved and that the center will be open in the near future Western New York Chapter 77 in Tonawanda continued its strong support for the patients at the Buffalo VA Medical Center in 2007 The Chapter donated more than 8 000 worth of food and gift cards during the holiday season Welcome Home to the newest VVA Chapter 1006 in South Shore Kentucky which recently received its VVA Charter from Kentucky State Council President Darrell Martin Bill Bohuslaw and Len Ignatowski of Northern Virginia Chapter 227 recently delivered 300 worth of Burger King meal coupons and a shopping bag full of Girl Scout cookies to the Vet Center in Alexandria Virginia which is located near Fort Belvoir The coupons will be distributed to needy veterans the cookies will be used at group counseling sessions Walt Chuda the vice president of a group of local Burger Kings contacted the chapter offering to provide the coupons and a steep discount South Bay Chapter 53 in Redondo Beach California recently donated a total of 1 259 to the following organizations Fresno Chapter 933 for its September Stand Down Merced Chapter 691 for its upcoming Stand Down the Employment Development Department s South Avalon Office Career Day and the California Benefits Fund In March Chapter members cleaned the Hermosa Beach Veterans Memorial helped out at Bingo night at the Long Beach VA Medical Center and participated in a meeting with the staff at the Green Hills Memorial Park to plan the opening ceremonies for the Moving Wall s visit over Memorial Day weekend On February 12 Quad Cities Chapter 299 in Rock Island Illinois made its first quarterly visit of the year to the Iowa City Iowa VA Medical Center to visit hospitalized veterans The trip was organized by Chapter member Paul Frenchy Eaves He was accompanied by Chapter members Brent Cobb Ron Staes and Harry Hansen along with Art Heyderman of Bettendorf Iowa Gateway Chapter 776 The group distributed fruit valentines energy bars patriotic hats and Chapter 299 pins to about twenty long term patients Through the first two months of the year the Chapter s Charities Committee

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  • The VVA Veteran: Region 5REPORT
    Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up 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 may june 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Notes Region 5 Report Region 8 Report AVVA Homeless Veterans Report Women Veterans Portland Memorial In Memory at the Wall Proudly They Serve Bending At The Knee Arts of War Books In Review Greenville Welcome Locator Letters TAPS Reunions Conference Seminars 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 Region 5 REPORT Going Strong BY TOM MEINHARDT DIRECTOR In Region 5 we are going strong I have been to Ohio and

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  • The VVA Veteran: Region 8 REPORT
    They Serve Bending At The Knee Arts of War Books In Review Greenville Welcome Locator Letters TAPS Reunions Conference Seminars 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 Region 8 REPORT Follow Up BY JOHN NEUMAN DIRECTOR The first Alaska Honorable Service Medal will be awarded at Wasilla on April 26 to veterans from twenty organizations by the VVA State Council Oregon honored veterans of all eras at the Women s Tri State Convention in Pendleton on April Some 360 women veterans were honored by members from VVA Chapter 392 Over 1 000 veterans will be receiving medals in an event sponsored by VVA Chapter 411 in Newport Oregon April 29 May 5 Over 500 veterans will be honored in Burns Oregon on May 23 by VVA and 1 000 plus veterans in Grants Pass from May 24 26 by Chapter 867 National Committee reports and updates are available on line and any chapter can have a website posted on our national site for only 25 a year Please contact me for details Four motions from Region 8 were unveiled at the April BOD meeting and will be pursued as motions and amendments for the 2009 National Convention In brief they include 1 A Constitutional Amendment that defines approval by 2 3rds of the BOD to mean an actual number that reaches or exceeds 2 3 of the total number 2 Currently only when a Regional Director is sick can the alternate vote There is no exception Family needs and emergency situations require changing sick to unavailable

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA
    have made great strides in helping veterans and their families We have had our meetings in Buffalo N Y Tucson Nashville Tucson again and now we will gather in Greenville Our Biennial Meeting will begin with a round robin discussion followed by reports On Thursday morning the meeting will reconvene with reports and the election of officers and Regional Directors Our AVVA luncheon will be held after the elections Thursday afternoon will be open to discussions about several programs that are being looked into for AVVA Friday morning the new board will have its first meeting On Saturday we will have our closing ceremonies and that night will be VVA s Awards Banquet and 30th Anniversary celebrations One of our two Project Friendships is the Wounded Warrior Project One thing they do is provide backpacks with necessary items when wounded military are flown to German hospitals The backpacks contain clothing such as sweats t shirts socks and hygienic items Each backpack costs approximately 95 Safe Harbor is our local Project Friendship It helps women and children in need Our luncheon keynote speaker will be Ret Navy Capt Tom Hovland former interim executive director of Safe Harbor The National Foundation for Veterans and Families held its first election on April 11 Here are the results Mary Yeomans Chair Patsy Varnell Vice Chair Kathy Andras Treasurer Nancy Switzer Secretary Additional board members are Felicia Catapano Penny Meinhardt and Gregory Hamilton Special Adviser There soon should be a link on the AVVA website for the Foundation See you in Greenville VVA AVVA Together Always Elections Kathy Andras AVVA Elections Chair If you feel that you can make a difference in AVVA submit you candidate s form before June 16 That is also the date for delegates to submit their state forms Don t

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  • The VVA Veteran: Homeless Veterans COMMITTEEREPORT
    Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up 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 may june 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Membership Notes Region 5 Report Region 8 Report AVVA Homeless Veterans Report Women Veterans Portland Memorial In Memory at the Wall Proudly They Serve Bending At The Knee Arts of War Books In Review Greenville Welcome Locator Letters TAPS Reunions Conference Seminars 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 Homeless Veterans COMMITTEE REPORT Commitment Change And Inspiration BY SANDY MILLER CHAIR The Bobby J Award is presented by the Homeless Veterans Committee to a formerly homeless veteran who has exemplified commitment embraced change and provided inspiration to brother and sister veterans Bobby J was a formerly homeless veteran in recovery living in a transitional residence who exhibited great courage in his battles with addiction and Agent Orange related cancer He never gave up the fight Nominees must have been homeless as defined in the McKinney Vento Act completed a homeless domiciliary or transitional program obtained and maintained housing in the community for at least one year and be nominated by a VVA chapter State Council national committee or task force chair

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