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  • The VVA Veteran: LOCATOR
    James was with me at Ellsworth in 1966 I was ordered to RVN and lost touch with them both Contact Raymond A Jones 739 Arrowood Rd Rutherfordton NC 28139 Looking for a Navy veteran who was stationed at San Diego in 1966 I do not have a name but know this individual was the second husband of a woman named Lillian who is a registered nurse stepfather of Cheryl Louise and grandfather to Aime Louise Contact Linda Daniels 14664 Valley Vista Blvd Sherman Oaks CA 91403 818 385 1805 drum core live com Searching for Pappy from Chicago We served in H and G Cos 2nd Bn 4th Marines 3rd Marine Division We were both WIA in an ambush outside FB Russell June 23 1969 The Medevac helicopter was lifting Pappy out on a hoist when we started taking fire I last saw Pappy hitting the trees while still on the hoist His father owned a barbershop Contact Gary L Morrison 5120 KY Route 206 Dunnville KY 42528 606 787 4492 A Vietnam veteran is researching how public perception of Vietnam veterans has changed over the years through music What songs bring back memories of your tour of duty and why What songs trigger memories of your homecoming and thereafter and why Contact Dr George M Amolsch 193 Lakewood Dr Avon Lake OH 44012 gmamolsch centurytel net Trying to find Douglas P George from either Pittsburgh or Chicago and John Bauer Germantown Tenn We served together in the 615th M P Co Long Binh 1972 73 Contact Gary M Fredenburg 840 McKinley Pkwy Buffalo NY 14220 716 827 7145 Seeking anyone who served with 2nd Plt 3 5 Cav 9th Inf Div under Lt Riggs at Camp Evans 1968 69 I was a medic Contact Orville Connor 14 N Ave Apt D9 Elizabeth NJ 07208 908 469 2845 Looking for anyone who served with Radio Relay Security Plt Co C 121st Signal Bn 1st Inf Div Di An 1969 70 Contact E Mark Peterson 224 Club House Dr Willingboro NJ 08046 609 877 3692 Need help with PTSD claim but also want to reconnect with others who served with me in B or M Division aboard the U S S Alamo LSD 33 1969 71 Particularly looking for John Meneely Contact Michael Thompson 34801 Calle Loma Capistrano Beach CA 92624 949 661 9346 Trying to find former SP4 Carlton a k a Kato who served with me in 1st Bn 7th Cav 1st Cav Div 1964 65 My nickname was Tommy G Contact Tom Graziosetta 1720 Benson St Philadelphia PA 19152 215 695 0585 t grazlb2 comcast net Looking for shipmates from the U S S Hermitage LSD 34 RVN cruise of 1967 Does anybody remember me going ashore at Danang on a supply detail or for the beach party in Oct 1967 Contact Ray Struve W 1626 Steven Ln Marinette WI 54143 715 732 9972 or 715 938 3098 Seeking anyone who served with me on Advisory Team 73 Chuong Thien IV Corps in early 1970 Particularly seeking members of the MAT Team in My Long The CO was Major Lewis and I worked with Sgt Kelsey and a 2nd LT possibly named Nesbit I was replaced by Sgt Walker who was killed two weeks after I left Contact Joseph P Leavens 500 Mermaid Ave Beachwood NJ 08722 732 341 3072 Searching for fellow Dusters crew members who served with 4 60th ADA IFFV A Btry FSB Sherry Phan Thiet Jan July 1971 and RCB action Duster crews B Btry on Highway 19 Mang Yang Pass July Nov 1971 Contact Jeff Murph Murphy P O Box 1104 Chepachet RI 02814 Has anybody I served with developed multiple illnesses like I have I was with Det 40 USAF GWC USAFE Contact Marie LeMarble P O Box 3924 Bay Pines FL 33744 Creating a Phu Cat AB website and would like to hear from USAF Phu Cat veterans with photos to share Especially want to hear from those who served in the airframe shop from April 1967 January 1968 Contact Floyd Carmichael 24 Elredge St Battle Creek MI 49037 af tinbender gmail com Trying to find David L Redding and John T Yoakum We served together in Berlin as part of the 570th MP Co railway police The 570th was headquartered in Frankfurt we were part of the Berlin detachment Contact Paul J Wilson 1007 Sunset Ave Clarks Summit PA 18411 570 586 0003 Looking for Joseph Docima formerly a medic with 3rd Plt Co C 101st Airborne Docima would now be about 66 years old I was with 1 16 Iron Ranger Bn 16th Inf Reg Lei Kye Feb Aug 1969 I was known as John Contact Kenneth E Johnson 706 Knoll Lake Dr Brea CA 92821 562 690 7424 Seeking Fred B Boyd III Calif Robert A Boyland Chicago Dennis Conway N Y Richard A Cullison Pa Kenneth W Hamilton Kan Dan Henning Mich James Julian Md John D Moshier Mich James D Rogers Texas Mark Taub Bronx N Y from HQ Co A 704th Maint Bn Tech Supply 4th Inf Div Contact Bob Dall 7 Sunnyside Ave Middletown NY 10940 845 342 2160 Searching for friends from C Co 725th Maint Bn 25th Inf Div Cu Chi Dec 1965 Dec 1966 including John M Briand Pedro Garcia Albord Hunter and Willie Fountain Contact Roy C Miller Unit 212 2609 W Southern Ave Tempe AZ 85282 602 426 0197 Want to hear from anybody who was in USMC recruit Plt 3191 San Diego 1969 Contact Ken Auburn 100 Betsy Ross Dr Youngsville LA 70592 SPR142 att net Would like to hear from anyone who served in or around the Tuy Hoa area in Phu Yen Province I am also interested in learning more about scout dog platoons and would enjoy hearing from veterans who served in these units My wife is Vietnamese from Tuy Hoa and I am trying to learn all I can about her home and its

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  • The VVA Veteran: REUNIONS, ETC.
    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 REUNIONS ETC 27th Field Artillery Regimental Association all battalions Sept 5 7 in the area of West Point Planned activities include football game and tailgate party Contact James R Suessmann 570 Park Ave Paterson NJ 07504 973 742 3474 jrs cpa verizon net Ft Ord Military Police 95B 95C Nov 13 16 Phoenix Contact Richard Hutch Winstanley R Winstanley506 yahoo com NMCB10 and 106th NCB Seabees reunion in conjunction with the All Seabees reunions on East and West coasts Contact Bill Annett 10954 Easthaven Ct Santee CA 92071 619 449 6742 619 322 7104 cell seabeebill cox net or Jim Feagles 12510 Golden Ave S E Cumberland MD 21502 301 724 8746 jimfeagles hotmail com 20th Annual DMZ to Delta Dance Nov 10 8 p m midnight Holiday Inn Rosslyn at Key Bridge 1900 Ft Meyer Dr Arlington Virginia Pre dance warm up Dogwood Room 7 8 p m dancing and vets camaraderie finger food silent auction cash bar raffle free parking Sponsored by VVA Chapter 227 Hotel reservations 800 368 3408 specify reservation code VIE Dance tickets 30 person Order by mail with checks payable to VVA Inc Chapter 227 and sent to VVA Chapter 227 P O Box 5653 Arlington VA 22205 Contact Len Ignatowski 703 255 0353 grunt69 gmail com www dmztodeltadance org www vva227 org 218th M P Co Oct 2 5 Nashville Core group meeting of 1st Plt 218th M P Co which served at Nha Trang in 1970 but all former members of the 218th are welcome to attend Contact Mike Terrell 256 996 0333 mktrl

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  • The VVA Veteran: Taps
    member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Manitowoc Chapter 731 Aloysius Bowling Gardiner 73 died May 22 in Williamsburg Virginia from heart and lung disease He served in the U S Marine Corps for 23 years including service in Korea and Vietnam He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Williamsburg Chapter 957 James Lowell Gingerich 64 died June 21 at his home in Blue Springs Mississippi from cancer He served in the U S Navy during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Tupelo Chapter 842 Clifford William Goeden 63 died June 17 at home He was a U S Army veteran of the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Carlyle Chapter 269 Michael H Goode 61 died in Kissimmee Florida He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Kissimmee Chapter 755 James T Gootee Jr died in West Paducah Kentucky He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Paducah Chapter 337 Levon L Grimes 66 died in Etoile Texas He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Nacogdoches Chapter 931 Phil Hackney 63 died April 27 in Chattanooga Tennessee from a heart attack He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of U S Coast Guard Auxiliary and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Chattanooga Chapter 203 David L Hanes 63 died May 17 in Nashville of heart disease He served in the U S Navy from 1963 85 with a tour of duty in Vietnam from 1965 66 He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Saint Marys Chapter 720 John Martin Hayes 61 of Conway South Carolina died July 15 from heart disease He was a Master Sgt in the U S Air Force for 26 years He served three tours in the Vietnam War and received the Silver Star He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Little River Chapter 925 Thomas I Heckman 70 died in Lancaster Pennsylvania He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at large member of Vietnam Veterans of America Pennsylvania Millard P Heistand 69 died March 10 2007 in Charleston South Carolina from ventricular fibrillation coronary heart disease and diabetes mellitus type II He served in the U S Marine Corps and in the U S Army with two tours of duty in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Charleston Chapter 780 Ralph H Helms Sr 78 died April 11 in Lawton Oklahoma He enlisted in the U S Army in June 1947 and served for 20 years in Japan Korean Vietnam and Germany He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Lawton Chapter 751 John C Hillestad 61 died in Iola Kansas He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Wichita Chapter 934 Dennis Ralph Hodge 57 died May 18 in Houston He served in the U S Marine Corps from 1970 74 with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Houston Chapter 343 Russell B Hodges 77 died December 8 in Lompoc California from a heart attack He served in the U S Air Force during the Vietnam War from 1965 66 as a combat forward air controller supporting the Army Special Forces and retired in 1981 at the rank of Lieutenant Colonel He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross three Meritorious Service Awards 16 Air Medal Awards and many other awards He was an at large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America California Lynn Bradley Hulsey 60 died May 10 in Gainesville Georgia He served in the U S Army during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Gainesville Chapter 772 Charles Oliver Hunt 64 died at home May 25 He served in the U S Army stationed in Korea from 1962 65 He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Owego New York Chapter 480 Lloyd E Hydle 59 died June 24 in Cottonwood Arizona He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and an at large life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Arizona William Victor Jefferson 70 died April 11 in Lawton Oklahoma He served in the U S Army from 1955 80 with service in Vietnam He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Lawton Chapter 751 James Jenkins 62 died October 7 2007 in Durango Colorado from a heart attack He served in the U S Navy during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Santa Rosa California Chapter 223 Floyd Robert Jensen 65 died at home in Warren Arkansas October 2 2007 from cancer He was a veteran of the Vietnam War Jensen was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Dryden New York Chapter 377 Ira Arthur Jett died April 4 2007 in Arlington Virginia A retired Captain in the U S Army Jett was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Arlington Chapter 227 Monty D Johnson 61 died July 19 in Rising Sun Maryland He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Bel Air Chapter 588 Charlie M Jones Jr 76 died June 6 at home in Texarkana Arkansas He served in the U S Air Force during the Korean War He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Texarkana Chapter 278 Chester David Karasinski 60 died March 13 in Hainesport New Jersey from complications from transplants He served in the U S Navy in Vietnam 1970 71 and in Bosnia Herzegovina and retired in 2007 He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Bordentown Chapter 899 Francis H Kelly 80 died February 11 in Wakefield

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  • The VVA Veteran: MEDALS OF AMERICA
    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 MEDALS OF AMERICA In 1976 in response to the families of WWII veterans who wanted to know what medals their fathers had been awarded Army wife Linda Foster founded Medals of America It was a suitcase operation ideally suited to her peripatetic life But the business grew 15 20 percent a year People would ask Where have you been she said There just wasn t anyone else doing it When he retired in 1990 Frank Foster joined his wife in the business It was an easy fit He had supervised awards and decorations in the Army The reference material on medals was so scant that he wrote his own book one that has been through several printings and revisions and is now the standard reference Medals of America has a handsome plant just outside Greenville South Carolina and has several dozen people on the payroll The assembly of the medals ribbons and display boxes is done entirely

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  • The VVA Veteran: Messer At The BVA Convention
    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 Messer At The BVA Convention As he turned down a narrow street in downtown Phoenix looking for a parking spot Arizona State Council President Bill Messer had to slow down for half a dozen guys in dark glasses and white canes most with women helping them cross the street Messer who is also a Chapter Director of Phoenix Chapter 432 had volunteered to man the nursing station where he and other Phoenix VA Medical Center staff provided wellness care and glucose and blood pressure readings during the Blinded Veterans of America 63rd Annual Convention held August 12 16 The nursing station was next to the dog run which gave Messer the opportunity to meet many veterans The first he spoke with was Special Forces his face scarred from a 2002 combat injury in Afghanistan that had left him blind The young man spoke openly of his blindness and injury He chain smoked but was friendly with a calm demeanor He held his

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  • The VVA Veteran: VA Promises More Support For Women Veterans
    MAY JUNE july aug SEPT OCT Nov DeC 2006 July Aug SEPT OCT nov dec REPORT FROM THE National Summit on Women Veterans Issues VA Promises More Support For Women Veterans BY SARA McVICKER During the opening session of the VA s 2008 National Summit on Women Veterans Issues which was held June 20 22 in Washington D C Under Secretary for Health Michael J Kussman promised to make all Veterans Health Administration VHA Women Veterans Program Manager positions full time a goal that exceeds VVA s Resolution WV 4 03 Kussman also promised that VHA would establish women veterans clinics at all VA Medical Centers although no timetable was given In addition he has established a work group to ensure that every woman veteran has access to a primary care provider who is competent in women s health issues VVA participants at the conference held once every four years included Marsha Four who chairs the VVA Women Veterans Committee Sandy Miller Connie Christensen and Sara McVicker VA Secretary James Peake discussed the need for VA to be more responsive While claiming significant progress in recent years he also acknowledged that more needs to be done and announced the formation of a work group to focus on women s needs in prosthetics and rehabilitation The Women Veterans Health Program Office in March 2007 was elevated in organizational status to that of a Strategic Health Care Group which puts it on a par with other major VHA offices Patty Hayes for many years the Women Veterans Program Manager at the Pittsburgh VAMC and the VISN 4 Women Veterans Coordinator was appointed chief consultant Mark Walcoff Deputy Under Secretary for Benefits said that because some offices are very small VBA is unable to make all women veteran coordinator positions full time But he did commit to ensuring that the individuals in these positions receive training and have sufficient time to do their jobs He also discussed working with veterans service organizations to provide training on women veterans issues Headstones are now available with inscriptions for those with service in the WAAC and WASP Headstones for use in private cemeteries William Truek said are not being requested by women veterans in the same proportion as they are by male veterans Recent legislation allows a VA marker to be placed at a grave that also has a private marker The new law also authorizes the use of a veterans medallion which can be attached to a private headstone The medallion is being designed and should be available next year The number of women veterans using VA care has increased dramatically Nearly 60 percent are post Vietnam War veterans and 56 percent of women using the VA are under 45 Although the need to provide care with privacy dignity and sensitivity is not a gender issue women veterans have driven this message throughout the VA Dr Hayes discussed factors that may affect the health of newer women veterans including erratic use of birth control pills

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  • The VVA Veteran: Stayin’ Alive
    long after her husband Ramiro Cid Cedillo began to experience difficulties of his own symptoms eerily similar to those his wife had experienced speech interruptions and memory lapses At first he too dismissed his troubles but the family insisted that there was more to it Growing concern led them to the emergency room at the Alexandria Louisiana VA Medical Center where the medical staff agreed to do more testing A CT scan was performed and Cid Cedillo was sent to the Regional VA Hospital in Shreveport for more tests while he awaited the results of the scan He too was diagnosed with a brain tumor With both husband and wife struggling with serious medical conditions and mountains of associated bills VVA s Ville Platte Louisiana Chapter 632 resolved to do everything possible to help Cid Cedillo a Vietnam veteran was a small business owner with no major medical coverage His wife s bills were only partially covered by a small insurance policy First we called VVA s Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund But we were told that VVAF does not provide assistance to individual veterans The old adage says Help comes to those who help themselves And well we did it ourselves Chapter 632 organized advertised promoted and did the things we needed to do to help our fellow VVA member Even without outside help it was a huge success First I called on my fellow Chapter 632 members Cid had been a founding member of the chapter an officer and board member and a dedicated and loyal supporter We would not let him down The chapter acted quickly with an initial cash donation We then immediately got to work on planning a fundraising barbeque With no time to lose we approached other civic organizations in our small town the Knights of Columbus the Lions Club and the Rotary Club and asked them to join us Cid had been an active member in each of these organizations and they were eager to help The Ville Platte Gazette and the local radio station did all they could to help publicize the event to be held at the Knights of Columbus hall Tickets were printed and sales began The local banks The Evangeline Bank Trust Citizens Bank of Ville Platte Guaranty Bank of Mamou and the Hancock Bank sold tickets at each of their branches and also established accounts for donations to our benefit drive With our newspaper ads now on doorsteps and our urgent pleas broadcast on the radio daily tickets began to sell briskly In a radio interview we outlined the seriousness of the situation Scores of volunteers came forward offering to sell tickets cook serve food in general to do anything we asked of them When the day arrived it became obvious that the Ville Platte Knights of Columbus had their act together Volunteers arrived before daybreak and the barbeque pits needed to cook the two thousand steaks were already alight Later in the morning when the fires were just

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  • The VVA Veteran: You Always Learn Something: The 2008 Leadership Conference
    second part of that seminar which was presented by Betty Mekdeci of the American Birth Defects Registry I am so excited Lynch said I can t wait to get home and tell him Getting that information was worth the whole trip here for me Lynch s experience mirrored those of many of the three hundred plus VVA members who took part in the Leadership Conference and who took in as many seminars as they could pack into their busy schedules That was the case even if what was on the agenda how to be an effective board of directors member for example or how to recruit and retain new members or how to be a grassroots lobbyist covered material already familiar to many members It s important for every chapter to come here said Tim Driscoll the president of Washtenaw County Michigan Chapter 310 We have to continue to learn how important the details are in our advocacy work We are getting older and it s crucial that those who can still do a lot come here and get re energized We ve made a commitment to our chapter members We have to keep those promises Or as Ned Foote the New York State Council President and a veteran Leadership Conference goer put it No matter how many seminars you go to you always learn something An added bonus this year the city of Greenville in the Northwestern South Carolina Piedmont warmly welcomed VVA along with the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America which was having its biennial Convention and the Veterans of Modern Warfare which was having its Founding Convention in conjunction with the LC Many of the merchants and eateries along bustling Main Street just outside the hotel proudly posted signs welcoming VVA some offered discounts just about all offered friendly greetings Just walking outside the hotel was an adventure in good eating good people and good fun VVA President John Rowan remarked during the Closing Ceremonies It s been a real pleasure to be here The Conference kicked off Wednesday morning with stirring Opening Ceremonies that featured a strak Color Guard from Chapter 172 in Cumberland Maryland a rousing National Anthem and God Bless America sung by Michelle DellaFave and Lindsay Bloom greetings from South Carolina State Council President Avery Taylor AVVA President Mary Miller and VMW President Julie Mock Rowan s welcoming remarks in which he dubbed the event VVA s Summer School and an inspiring Keynote from motivational speaker Bridget Cooper who went on to lead a series of seminars during the next three days The seminars themselves began right after the opening ceremonies and continued until noontime on Saturday Nearly all were jam packed with conference attendees All offered expert advice on myriad aspects of veteran advocacy At the 9 00 a m Thursday seminar on grassroots advocacy for example Pat Welch a VVA Board member who is vice chair of the Government Relations Committee and Tom Insley who also co vice chairs the

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