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  • The VVA Veteran:Women Veterans COMMITTEE REPORT
    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 Women Veterans COMMITTEE REPORT A Summit And An Anniversary MARSHA FOUR CHAIR Kathy Weblemo staff director of the Subcommittee on Health for the House Veterans Affairs Committee spoke to the VVA Women Veterans Committee about new bills affecting women veterans Senate bill S2799 deals with several issues that are not addressed in the House bill HR4107 Both bills can be found at www thomas gov WOMEN VETERANS SUMMIT VVA will have an information table and will participate in a workshop on homeless women veterans at the VA sponsored 4th National Summit on Women Veterans Issues which will be held June 20 22 in Washington We look forward to this national summit which is held every four years At least four committee members will attend For details see the

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  • The VVA Veteran: Huey Anchors New Memorial
    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 Portland Oregon Metro Area Chapter 392 Huey Anchors New Memorial Portland Oregon Metro Area Chapter 392 is the driving force behind The Vietnam Era Veterans Memorial Project in Canby a small agricultural and residential community on the Willamette River south of Portland Chapter members including former President Mike Breshears have been working since 2000 to build the ambitious memorial which will honor everyone who served the nation during the Vietnam War era in a park like setting The Chapter was instrumental in acquiring a Huey helicopter from the Pentagon for the memorial along with the parcel of land where the memorial will be built The Chapter also provided cash donations and its members are working in many ways to help the memorial come to fruition The memorial s bamboo pines and palm trees are meant to suggest a rural Vietnamese setting There also will be a village with a town square

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  • The VVA Veteran: In Memory At The Wall
    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 In Memory At The Wall It had rained hard all the previous night On April 21 friends and family of 75 dead Vietnam veterans gathered on the knoll above the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington D C These veterans had not perished in Vietnam but many years later Still their deaths were directly attributable to the war Many had died of the cancers associated with Agent Orange For others the PTSD induced rage within them finally destroyed them As the crowd gathered for the 10 a m In Memory ceremony to honor these most recent victims of the Vietnam War the rain tapered then stopped The families gathered in a broad semicircle behind 75 small posters on which were printed the names photographs and dates of the veterans Speakers including Jan Scruggs eulogized the men But far more eloquent were the family members themselves They waited patiently and attentively as one by one they spoke of the men they had lost Many widows spoke angrily of being betrayed and abandoned by a government that had sent their husbands

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  • The VVA Veteran: Proudly They Serve
    Legislative Agenda VVA Testimony Legislative Action Center Government 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 Chapter 483 Yauco Puerto Rico Proudly They Serve Most VVA members know that our organization has chapters outside the Continental United States all of whom work in many ways as VVA s motto puts it In Service to America That includes Chapter 483 in Yauco Puerto Rico which also sees its mission as educating Americans on the important role played by Puerto Ricans in every war and conflict of the United States since the Spanish American War as José Valentin the Chapter President recently said We have men and women Valentin said who have received medals including the Medal of Honor Silver Star Bronze Star Meritorious Service Medals and many others Chapter 483 honors

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  • The VVA Veteran: Bending At The Knee
    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 Bending At The Knee It s a choice you make when you wake up in the morning Am I going to have a bad day or a good day I choose good said SFC Patrick King an Iraq War veteran as he stood with fellow cyclists Dave Gudes Mike Najarian and Art Wong members of Silver Spring Md VVA Chapter 641 in the parking lot of the Takoma Park U Haul Center demonstrating his new leg I love my new leg Look at how it bends at the knee April 25 was a very good day for King who along with 50 other cyclists wounded warriors their significant others Vietnam veterans and their support team arrived at the final destination of the first day of White House to Light House a three day Soldier Ride a program of the Wounded Warrior Project cosponsored by U Haul Those cycling with their arms I almost cried I thought I can t give up admitted Gudes Added Wong These guys and gals with arm cycles when they climbed that hill that was hell But they did it slow and steady so we did too

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  • The VVA Veteran: Arts of War
    City in 1980 The core members were Sondra Varco an art collector and self described suburban housewife and a handful of accomplished artists who served in Vietnam Joseph Fornelli Ned Broderick Dale Samuelson Rick Aztlan and Mike Petersen The Vietnam Veterans Art Group had first exhibited in Chicago in 1981 Within days after that show opened veterans from around the nation contacted the group and offered their work for its collection That work formed the basis for a traveling show called Reflexes and Reflections that drew critical and popular raves when it was exhibited in large museums and art galleries on college campuses From 1981 until 1994 the group struggled plagued mainly by financial and logistical problems Funds were short and space to store the group s art collection was difficult to find Often the growing collection was stored in garages and basements of friends of Varco and the artists Then in 1994 an amazing thing happened Mayor Daley and Commissioner Weisberg were so taken by the collective work of the Vietnam veteran artists that they made arrangements to give the group the old factory building along with a million bucks to make it into a permanent museum They asked us how much we needed to turn this place into a first rate art museum Broderick told me in 1999 Sondra came up with the figure of one million dollars and the city followed through They wanted this museum in Chicago THE COLLECTIVE CONSCIOUSNESS The museum was dedicated on August 25 1996 with a staff of eight funded by grants and helped by a legion of volunteers When I visited for the first time in 1999 I too experienced the figurative face slap as I came face to face with some of the most powerful images of the Vietnam War created by men and women who saw the war up close and personal lived with those images and then poured them forth in paintings sculpture collages and photographs It s real real life said Jerry Kykisz the artist and Vietnam veteran who serves as the museum s general manager Maybe not the pretty pictures you see at the contemporary art museums My second visit to the museum early in March came on a bone chilling only in Chicago cold late afternoon The temperature outside was in the low twenties the sky the color of purple slate the wind howling The cavernous museum was cold it s almost impossible to heat But the images on display still were blazing hot I kept my winter coat on as Kykisz who did a 1968 69 tour in Vietnam with the Fourth Infantry Division and who is one of two full time paid employees showed me around the amazing collection The museum houses nearly 2 000 works of art including paintings photography sculpture poetry and music the work of some 125 artists Kykisz does just about every job you can imagine at the museum from hanging exhibits to changing light bulbs That day he

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  • The VVA Veteran: Books in Review
    up violent or a combination of the above That includes a high class beautiful young Vietnamese prostitute Miriam Herin s first novel Absolution Novello Festival Press 320 pp 22 95 is a well crafted well told tale that deals with the present day murder of a Vietnam veteran by a young Vietnamese immigrant and the veteran s wife s search for answers to questions involving his war time deeds It includes well rendered scenes in the jungles of Vietnam J A Gasperetti served as a draftee with the Army s 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam in 1966 67 So does the hero Gil Landon of Gasperetti s new novel Landon s Odyssey Author House 478 pp 20 95 paper Gasperetti evokes that time and place in the war in this sprawling tale which focuses on Landon s difficult post war readjustment and how he deals with it namely by going on a quest to deliver six letters from his war buddies Carl Nelson a Naval Academy graduate served four tours in Vietnam today he s an accomplished writer Nelson s newest thriller the fast paced Madam President and the Admiral New Century Press 270 pp 16 95 paper hones in on the repercussions of China shooting down a U S Navy jet in the South China Sea POETRY The most honored poet who served in the Vietnam War Yusef Komunyakaa who has a Pulitzer Prize for poetry under his literary belt recently published a dramatic adaptation of Gilgamesh the epic ancient Middle Eastern tale often known as the world s oldest story The book Wesleyan 110 pp 22 95 is a collaboration with theater producer Chad Garcia The much honored poet John Balaban s latest collection Path Crooked Path Cooper Canyon 77 pp 15 paper contains several war related works including Loving Graham Greene a glimpse into the mind of a Vietnam veteran which is dedicated to the famed Vietnam War correspondent and Vietnam veterans advocate the late Gloria Emerson Balaban who is perhaps best known for his translations of traditional Vietnamese poetry is poet in residence and a professor of English at North Carolina State University Kenneth R Taylor s book of remembrances and poetry Vietnam Remembered My Journey 58 pp 10 paper is the result of a vow by the former member of the 1st Cavalry Division s 227th Assault Helicopter Battalion to a fellow soldier that whoever made it back home alive would tell the other s family about what happened in the war For more info write to Taylor at 152 Cold Spring Rd Lewistown PA 17044 Marjorie A Brockman s Letters Medals Roses Trafford 39 pp 13 50 paper contains poems based on long conversations the author has had over the years with Vietnam veterans as well as her experiences attending veterans parades reunions and ceremonies The seeds for the book were planted with the author s participation in the 1986 Chicago Welcome Home Parade Boston University English Professor James Anderson Winn s The Poetry

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  • The VVA Veteran: Welcome Home To Greenville
    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 Welcome Home To Greenville BY BRUCE W WHITAKER REGION 3 DIRECTOR Region 3 is pleased to welcome everyone to South Carolina for the 2008 VVA Leadership Conference and 30th VVA Anniversary celebration in Greenville While you re here be sure to visit the Greenville County Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Cleveland Park After the dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington a Greenville Memorial Committee was established in 1984 consisting of Ron Norris David Murray Jim Land and Connie Bailey They worked with the South Carolina Vietnam Era Veterans Association and its president Mike Davis For two years weekly meetings were held at the home of David and Peggy Murray A competition was held for the memorial s design Eddie Worthy a double amputee Vietnam veteran submitted the winning entry The committee estimated the cost at 90 000 The Greenville City Council donated the land in Cleveland Park Cely Construction Company did most of plans and site preparation at a greatly reduced rate Then the committee began fundraising in earnest Efforts included yard sales donation jars displays at local

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