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  • The VVA Veteran: POW/MIA Affairs COMMITTEE REPORT
    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 September october 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Member Notes Veterans Healthcare Homeless Veterans Veterans Incarcerated POW MIA PTSD AVVA Chapter 172 Books In Review Ross Grego Remembered Anthony Russo Letters The Locator Reunions Taps American Medals Messer at the BVA 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 POW MIA Affairs COMMITTEE REPORT The Right Thing To Do BY GARY JONES CHAIR The Leadership Conference in Greenville was very successful and enjoyable Steve Thompson external affairs representative of JPAC was the speaker at the POW MIA session on Saturday morning Despite the early hour on the last day we had a packed house Thompson did a fantastic job and people wanted more I wish to extend a very great thanks to him and to Admiral Crisp and all those who serve in JPAC The POW MIA ceremony on Friday morning had some technical problems which only detracted a bit from the ceremony The hotel failed to show up with a sound system and a noisy garbage truck did its best to destroy the solemn occasion However Gunny and the South Carolina State Council did a nice job presenting this ceremony As usual all POW MIAs were recognized This year we took the time to recognize that events even after the official end of the Vietnam

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  • The VVA Veteran: PTSD/SUBSTANCE ABUSE COMMITTEE REPORT
    for Veterans Benefits and Mental Health Issues I am confident that a new chair will be selected by the October Board meeting I plan to work closely with the new chair and members to insure that the committee continues to meet its goals and commitments on behalf of VVA and America s veterans Here s my Leadership Conference report The PTSD Substance Abuse Committee sponsored the seminar Post War Integration From Battlemind to PTSD by Dr Matt Friedman Executive Director of the National Center for PTSD Dr Friedman presented his seminar twice once before the VVA Leadership Conference attendees and later for the members of Veterans of Modern Warfare who were having their first National Convention in Greenville Dr Friedman provided a wealth of information particularly about the different PTSD treatment modalities in use and those under study Both sessions were well attended SUICIDE HOTLINE UPDATE According to an AP report published July 28 the government says that more than 22 000 veterans have sought help from the suicide hot line in its first year and 1 221 suicides have been averted In the same article Dr Jan Kemp national suicide prevention coordinator for the VA said The hot line receives up to 250 calls per day double the average number calling when it began Callers are divided evenly between veterans from the Iraq Afghanistan and Vietnam wars The VA estimates that every year 6 500 veterans take their own lives The mental health director for the VA Dr Ira Katz said last December that of the eighteen veterans who commit suicide each day four to five of them are under VA care and 12 000 veterans under VA care are attempting suicide each year The veterans hot line which is linked to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline received 55

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  • The VVA Veteran: AVVA
    Feb MAR APR MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America A Direction for the Future BY ELAINE SIMMONS PRESIDENT With the help and guidance from our State Representatives Presidents and Alternate State Representatives the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Inc has set upon a new and exciting path for the future The delegates at the Fifth Biennial Meeting in Greenville developed and finalized two plans to expand the growth of AVVA Plan 1 This plan allows AVVA members who are affiliated with a VVA Chapter to continue exactly as they have for more than nine years They will continue to elect an Affiliated Chapter Representative every April to be their spokesperson and to be affiliated with their VVA Chapter They will continue to report directly to their elected AVVA State Representative or President Plan 2 This plan allows members of AVVA who are currently affiliated with VVA Chapters to incorporate as chapters of AVVA AVVA Chapters will be independent will elect their own full slate of officers hold their own meetings be allowed to maintain and manage their own finances comply with all state requirements as a nonprofit organization and administer projects and programs of their own They will continue to work integrally with their VVA Chapters They will report directly to their elected AVVA State Representative or President Additionally AVVA has approved a test plan for the next two years that will allow incarcerated AVVA members to participate and affiliate with VVA Incarcerated Chapters This program will give incarcerated Vietnam veterans the opportunity to mentor younger incarcerated members of AVVA and also will allow members of AVVA who are incarcerated to work with VVA Incarcerated Chapters on the many worthwhile community service programs that they participate in This new program begins immediately New Programs AVVA is excited to announce that we are in the process of developing two new programs The AVVA Veteran Benefit Program and the Leadership Program We are finalizing the necessary paperwork that will be filed with the Department of Veterans Affairs that when approved will recognize AVVA as a veterans service organization Once AVVA obtains this classification many doors that are presently closed will open to us One of those doors will allow AVVA to offer training and the opportunity to become Accredited AVVA Service Representatives and Accredited AVVA Service Officers At the request of many members the AVVA Officers and Board of Directors have created a new AVVA national committee the Leadership Development Committee It will be given the tasks of examining and describing the roles and responsibilities of each elected office and preparing written guidelines These guidelines will set out when to file necessary reports what a successful Affiliated Chapter Representative does to make AVVA members well informed excited and productive how to submit proposals to change the National Bylaws why it is important to keep in touch with members and how to run a productive meeting among

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  • The VVA Veteran: Chapter 172 Pays Tribute to POW/MIAs
    Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS September october 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Member Notes Veterans Healthcare Homeless Veterans Veterans Incarcerated POW MIA PTSD AVVA Chapter 172 Books In Review Ross Grego Remembered Anthony Russo Letters The Locator Reunions Taps American Medals Messer at the BVA 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 Pays Tribute to POW MIAs Hundreds of people gathered over Memorial Day on the downtown mall in Cumberland Maryland to pay tribute to America s POWs and MIAs The Color Guard of VVA Chapter 172 performed a Round Table ceremony in which a table is set with five empty dinner places symbolizing the POWs and MIAs from the five branches of the military We gather today as veterans and as a community to pay tribute honor and respect for the ultimate sacrifice they gave for the freedom we share today those brave men who lost their lives will not be forgotten said Chip Sours Color Guard narrator for the event and a life member of VVA This isn t just an ordinary memorial service Bob Peck the coordinator of the event said We want people to be more enlightened about POWs and MIAs and the dedication of those who have kept this a free nation Peck a VVA life member sits on the board of directors of Chapter 172 Beginning with World War II some 142 000 Americans have been prisoners of war Of those more than 17 000 died while in captivity Peck said that

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  • The VVA Veteran: Books in Review
    a projected two volume series His section on the Vietnam War in which the men of the 7th Infantry known as the Cottonbalers served in the 3rd Battalion of the 199th Light Infantry Brigade known as the Redcatchers is engrossing and enlightening McManus includes a vivid depiction of one of the unit s low points a living nightmare as he puts it that took place on March 1 1970 when an inexperienced captain took his men into a lethal ambush One of the survivors was VVA s National Chaplain Father Phil Salois then a young PFC who made a vow that if he escaped the fighting alive he would lead a religious life The depiction of that scene is not easy to read but it is must reading CLETE AND DAVE My wife asked me if I was reading the new James Lee Burke novel Swan Peak 402 pp Simon Schuster 25 95 to review or for pleasure I was pleased to say that I was reading it for both One of the highlights of my job is reading one of my favorite novelists the prolific Burke just about every summer when he produces his latest Dave Robicheaux Every one of these detective thrillers is as good as the genre gets The new book is no exception Burke follows his Robicheaux formula but keeps things fresh and compelling This time the 17th in the series Burke moves the action from New Orleans to the Montana Rockies where Dave and his fellow Vietnam veteran and old crime fighting buddy Clete Purcell the defrocked detective are on an extended vacation It doesn t take long for the boys to get into big trouble with a gang of violent sociopaths There are murders aplenty Dave and Clete get in trouble with the feds and the local cops and they solve a giant mystery in the last pages of the fast moving narrative Dave and Clete s service in the Vietnam War is a constant theme In fact the book opens with former Marine Clete s recurring war induced nightmare Burke s muscular evocative writing style is evident throughout this violence filled often dark book In his dream Clete saw a hootch with a mamasan in the doorway suddenly engulfed in an arc of liquid flame sprayed from a Zippo track Burke writes He saw a seventeen year old door gunner go ape shit on a wedding party in a free fire zone the brass cartridges jacking from an M60 suspended from a bungee cord He saw a Navy corpsman with rubber spiders on his steel pot try to stuff the entrails of a black Marine inside his abdomen with his bare hand He saw himself inside a battalion aid station his neck beaded with dirt rings his body dehydrated from blood expander his flak jacket glued to the wound in his chest FICTION IN BRIEF Intercourse Chronicle Books 216 pp 22 95 the latest effort from Robert Olen Butler is a unique one

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  • The VVA Veteran: ROSS GREGO: A Son Remembered
    Local VVA Chapter Personality Disorder Discharges Chaplains Corner CSCP Contact VVA PARTNER SITES PUBLICATIONS September october 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Member Notes Veterans Healthcare Homeless Veterans Veterans Incarcerated POW MIA PTSD AVVA Chapter 172 Books In Review Ross Grego Remembered Anthony Russo Letters The Locator Reunions Taps American Medals Messer at the BVA 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 ROSS GREGO A Son Remembered On June 20 92 year old Ross Grego visited the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington Accompanied by his neighbor Cheryl Parkinson and Silver Spring Maryland Chapter 641 members Mike Najarian and Dave Gudes he went to see his son s name A volunteer made rubbings for Grego and he spent some quiet moments in front of The Wall This was the first time in his life that he had wandered outside Council Bluffs Iowa It was not the first time he had seen his son s name memorialized however Grego was responsible for the creation of the Veterans Park in Council Bluffs which was built around a Vietnam Veterans Memorial he had created whose centerpiece is a bronze statue of his son The memorial was a labor of love for Grego and his friend Verlow King whose son had returned safely from Vietnam Between the two of them they raised 80 000 to cover the memorial s costs On the granite memorial are carved the names of the 39 servicemen from Pottawattamie County who died in Vietnam On top of the granite slab Grego

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  • The VVA Veteran: Obituary
    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 September october 2008 The Veteran Departments Featured Stories President s Message Government Affairs Member Notes Veterans Healthcare Homeless Veterans Veterans Incarcerated POW MIA PTSD AVVA Chapter 172 Books In Review Ross Grego Remembered Anthony Russo Letters The Locator Reunions Taps American Medals Messer at the BVA 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 Obituary Anthony J Russo 1936 2008 Anthony J Tony Russo a main figure in the Pentagon Papers case died August 6 in his hometown of Suffolk Virginia He was 71 years old and in poor health after suffering a heart attack in 2005 Russo worked on Vietnam War policy at the RAND Corp the California think tank After he became disillusioned with the war Russo and former fellow RAND staffer Daniel Ellsberg learned of the top secret study of the origins of American involvement in the war commissioned by Defense Secretary Robert S McNamara Russo and Ellsberg copied the 47 volume work and gave it to The New York Times which published the Papers in 1971 That led to a landmark First Amendment case in which the U S Supreme Court

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  • The VVA Veteran: LETTERS
    war Many of our brothers feel that invading Iraq because of 9 11 would have been like invading Brazil because of Pearl Harbor Let no one in our ranks doubt the valor and dedication of our gallant troops Yet as William F Buckley Jr once said There is no way to get around the grotesque historical fact which is that soldiers fight heroically no matter the character of the government they serve Or in the words of Albert Einstein Unthinking respect for authority is the greatest enemy of truth You have lit a single candle for truth Bill Edward J Kesgen Sylva North Carolina IDEOLOGICAL DRIFT Bill Crandell is entitled to his opinions in Iraq Vietnam Without Water but Iraq is vastly different from Vietnam The original Winter Soldier stuff which had an entirely dubious connection to any factual foundation contributed to negative stereotypes of veterans and to the employment discrimination of the 1970s If Vietnam Veterans of America continues its drift to the ideological left it will lose half of its membership and a lot of its moral authority Jim Anderson Via E mail A VETERANS ADVOCATE After I read the article on Iraq Veterans Against the War I had to take a few days to regain my composure before I responded Bill Crandell s one sided coverage stated parallels with the Vietnam Veterans Against the War in 1971 but failed to mention that Jane Fonda provided the majority of funding and that much of the testimony was proven false Crandell wrote that the participants who gave testimony in March 2008 were carefully screened but he neglected to include that validation of service and testimony was the major purpose for the presence of Eagles UP whom he tried to paint as a insignificant group of pro war fair weathered old men and women In Crandell s coverage of the IVAW testimony I didn t read about atrocities I only saw necessary self defense protocol Did I miss something We are fighting an enemy who hides among the civilian population I m not saying there aren t those who abuse their authority but most soldiers value life and don t use deadly force indiscriminately Regarding Crandell s dismissal of the baby killers label placed on Vietnam veterans it s certainly hurtful when coming from the mouths of ignorant civilians But when it comes from fellow veterans it is a betrayal You as a veterans advocate should know that Bob Schaffer Via E mail LOOKING GOOD Congratulations on Iraq Vietnam Without Water in your last issue I may not always agree with the subjects and issues you present in your magazine but I am confident that of all the publications available to veterans The VVA Veteran presents the best and most stimulating coverage better that all the other veterans organizations Besides that you re looking better than ever David Hardy Via E mail THE VA GOOD I d like to give a well deserved thank you to the VA All too

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