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  • The VVA Veteran - Ask the Parliamentarian
    it A In committees motions need not be seconded and sometimes when a proposal is perfectly clear to all present a vote can be taken without a motion s having been introduced This is addressed by Robert s page 483 line 10 referring to page 470 line 17 Q Sometimes I hear members say they want to make a friendly amendment Then they say if the maker and seconder accept the amendment it is adopted Is this correct A Regardless of whether or not the maker of the main motion accepts the amendment it must be opened to debate and voted on formally It is handled under the same rules as amendments generally Robert s page 154 line 30 Q Someone told me a motion couldn t be referred to a committee until it is perfected How much has to be done to a motion before it can be referred to a committee A The subsidiary motion to commit or refer is generally used to send a pending question to a relatively small group of selected persons a committee so that the question may be carefully investigated and put into better condition for the assembly to consider Robert s page 160 line 14 The motion to commit usually should include all necessary details about the committee Robert s page 163 line 31 Q Should the quorum be a percentage of the members or a certain number of members Why do some chapters and state councils make the quorum a very high percentage of the members A Chapters need a provision in their bylaws establishing a relatively small quorum considerably less than a majority of the members Sometimes the specification of a quorum is based on a percentage of the membership but such a method has the disadvantage of requiring re

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  • The VVA Veteran
    coming so everyone was surprised to see me My thought was that as a National Board member I answer to our members I am not some executive to be coddled but someone who is available to help bring issues to the national office from the states and information from national to the states The flow of information needs to go both ways I spoke about the upcoming Veterans Disability Benefits Commission and urged all who could attend and testify to do so I also attended the Buckeye State Council board meeting in February Jack did a good job during his first meeting as the new Secretary I again talked about the Benefits Commission and the need to make our presence known I am happy to report that Ohio State Council President Dave Whaley is in much better health after surgery March took me to the Illinois State Council meeting Butch Huber fined me for no real reason as he does everyone at his meetings I attended a service representative training course for chapter coordinators and service reps I was really impressed with the presentation They used role play slide presentation and question and answer periods I again spoke about the Veterans Benefits Commission s upcoming meeting in Chicago I attended the Indiana State Council meeting in March at the old Fort Harrison They have both a meeting room and a product sales room It s nice to go to Indianapolis I have brothers and sisters aunts uncles and cousins all around On April 11 I traveled to Chicago for the much anticipated Veterans Benefits Commission Town Hall Meeting Representatives from all four states in Region 5 attended and gave testimony Although it was my birthday I would not have wanted to be anywhere else because of the need for veterans

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  • The VVA Veteran-Veterans Against Drugs Task Force Report
    middle schools With the hard work and commitment of members of VVA s Blue ray Chapter 628 in Princeton and affiliated AVVA members this program has become an exciting and successful community service project It has been featured on the Veterans Against Drugs page of the VVA web site The other Veterans Against Drugs Program is the Elite Girls Basketball Club which was founded in 1988 to help develop girls basketball in southern West Virginia Since its founding more than three hundred girls from five different counties in southern West Virginia and southwestern Virginia have participated Players are not charged a fee to participate the club s philosophy is that any girl who wants to play ball should be given the opportunity Good sportsmanship fair play and individual development are stressed along with winning These values are re emphasized and strengthened by the teaching of the Veterans Against Drugs Core Values of Honesty Integrity Meaningful Achievement Camaraderie Compassion and Advocacy The club is a member of the AAU Amateur Athletic Union and the YBOA Youth Basketball of America and competes in tournaments from West Virginia to Florida In 2002 a working relationship was developed between Blue Gray Chapter and the Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund to offer the Veterans Against Drugs Program to the Elite Girls Basketball Team and to encourage after school programs The team uniforms display the VAD logo This would not be possible without the help of businessman and coach Kip McPeak The Athlete s Closet in Bluewell West Virginia is one of many local businesses that supports the VAD program Over the past several years participants in the Elite Girls Basketball Club have gone on to play college basketball at King College Radford University Concord University and the University of North Carolina to name a few The

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  • The VVA Veteran - SHAD/Project 112 Task Force Report
    the level of risk associated with certain experimental agents was greater than was known at the time of the experiments 3 In addition contemporary risk assessments consider a more comprehensive list of potential adverse effects e g including psychological ones The above fairly well defines the thoughts of many of us who participated We are trying to find out the identities of veterans who served in the 112 SHAD program and the intensity and duration of the exposures to the agents and simulants tested as well as the decontaminating chemicals that were used We have been striving with some success to insure that a 112 SHAD veteran can receive whatever medical care is needed I believe that civilians who were exposed during 112 SHAD tests also should be eligible for care As John Prados explained in his article these tests were conducted over a long period of time but were not formalized into the 112 SHAD program until 1962 Health concerns revolve around the toxicity and exposures to the named simulants trace elements and decontamination agents Since they are already in the public domain we continue to wonder why the Department of Defense continues to keep exposure information classified This question begs an answer which is why we support the bill introduced by Reps Mike Thompson D Calif and Denny Rehberg R Mont H R 4259 The Veterans Right To Know Act As of this writing 31 Members of Congress have signed on as co sponsors of H R 4259 The Hawaii State Legislature has passed a resolution asking its delegation and others to support this much needed legislation Elected officials from the Territory of Guam have indicated their willingness to pass a similar resolution And most recently the California legislature has passed a similar resolution A state senator in

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  • The VVA Veteran
    and support on how to improve the network G 3 95 VVA SUPPORT FOR THE NATIONAL GULF WAR RESOURCE CENTER Issue A growing national veterans service organization the National Gulf War Resource Center NGWRC was formed to work on issues relevant to veterans of this war The commonalities shared by VVA and the NGWRC make us logical allies VVA s support of the NGWRC can help both organizations fulfill their missions The parallels between the Gulf War veteran movement and that of the Vietnam veteran generation go far beyond the health problems associated with environmental exposures They have found the need to establish a single generation veterans organization because their overall and specialized needs were not being adequately met VVA provides the NGWRC with office space and related resources In addition VVA provides Persian Gulf veterans with access to VVA service representatives on a resource available basis VVA leaders and the NGWRC collaborate on government relations advocacy with Congress and agencies of the federal government VVA also provides support and guidance for the NGWRC s own advocacy efforts Status VVA support for NGWRC continues as it has in the past in providing material monetary and personnel support and especially in actively advocating legislation for the NGWRC on Capitol Hill As VVA provided support to NGWRC we also benefited from the media savvy and contacts of NGWRC executive director Steve Robinson Unfortunately he has moved on to a new position G 4 97 and V 15 95 EXTENSION OF VIETNAM CONFLICT ENDING DATE AND ELIGIBILITY FOR VIETNAM SERVICE MEDAL Issue Congress has declared March 28 1973 as the official termination date of the Vietnam Conflict pursuant to the Vietnam Disengagement Act of 1975 Only those who served prior to this date are eligible for an award of the Vietnam Service Medal and to be considered Vietnam veterans Many service members who served in Vietnam and the contiguous waters and airspace after March 28 1973 were involved in operations such as Eagle Pull and Frequent Wind up until May 15 1975 when the crew of the USS Mayaguez was rescued These service members were exposed to combat or were at imminent risk of hostile action There were 85 service members killed in action from March 28 1973 to May 15 1975 and 20 were killed during the Mayaguez rescue All these service members names are inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Status VVA has been working to urge the President of the United States by executive order to extend the eligibility date for an award of the Vietnam Service Medal or an appropriate Expeditionary Medal to May 30 1975 and to work with Congress to amend the Vietnam Disengagement Act of 1975 to extend the ending date for the Vietnam Conflict as well as the Vietnam era to May 30 1975 The rationale for extending the dates of eligibility for the Vietnam Service Medal needs to be brought to the Senate Armed Services Committee Changing the dates requires legislation which in turn

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  • The VVA Veteran-AVVA Chapel of Four Chaplains
    tornadoes floods and take the time to feed cloth and shelter the homeless The Chapel of Four Chaplains Legion of Honor Award is an AVVA sponsored award that honors the good works of people who serve their communities places of worship and civil fraternal and veterans service organizations Chapter Representatives AVVA State Representatives and State Presidents or members of the AVVA National Board of Directors may nominate two worthy individuals VVA Chapter and State Council Presidents or members of the VVA National Board of Directors also may nominate two worthy individuals for induction Anyone who is a previous recipient of this award may also nominate a prospective recipient The Humanitarian Award of the Chapel of Four Chaplains is an honor for which only the AVVA National President a member of the National of Directors a State Representative or the VVA National President a member of the National Board of Directors or a State Council President may nominate a worthy individual The award recognizes selfless sacrificial service The service rendered must go far beyond that which is normally required in the course of human experience Only the AVVA or VVA National President or a member of the National Board of Directors

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  • The VVA Veteran-AVVA Report
    only one vote per state so that all states had equal representation That opinion has not changed Our Biennial Meeting will be held on Wednesday afternoon and Thursday morning finishing up with our luncheon when the newly elected Board of Directors will be sworn in Across the nation AVVA members are working alongside VVA members to support our returning military Members are welcoming home veterans and supporting their families here at home Symposiums are being held in nearly every state to help veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan understand PTSD find employment and cope with disabilities resulting from the action they saw We all play a part in this and each one of us counts toward helping veterans and their families Election Report BY KATHY ANDRAS By now elections for your AVVA Chapter Representative should be over Remember to notify your State Representative about the outcome of your elections June 11 2006 is the registration deadline for candidates and delegates The election will be held on Thursday July 13 2006 at the AVVA biennial meeting in Tucson There will be no registration at the convention At press time the following candidates had announced their candidacy President Mary Miller Vice President Elaine Simmons Treasurer Sonja Holybee Secretary Patsy Varnell Region 3 Nancy Nix Region 7 Kathy Andras If you are planning to run for a position within AVVA now is the time to submit your paper work This is a very important election Mark your calendars for the Biennial Meeting in Tucson Your participation in our organization is essential Better Chance Scholarship BY JUDY VARGO In 1998 AVVA established the Better Chance Scholarship Fund as a way to improve the lives of veterans and their families through education The program targets students who want to go to college but cannot afford the

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  • VVA Homeless Veterans Task Force Report-Continuing the Push
    the traditions of 12 step programs we will not reveal his last name Bobby J died in December 2001 Nominees must meet the following criteria 1 Must have been homeless as defined in the McKinney Vento Act 2 Must have completed a homeless domiciliary or transitional program 3 Must have obtained and maintained housing in the community for at least one year 4 Must be nominated by a VVA chapter state council national committee or task force chair national officer or Board member Nomination packets must contain 1 A copy of the individual s DD 214 2 Proof of program completion 3 A written nomination letter not more than 500 words on chapter state council or VVA letterhead for those nominations from national committee or task force chairs National Board of Directors or national officers Completed nomination packets should be sent to Sandra Miller HVTF Chair P O Box 557 Douglassville PA 19518 The Homeless Veterans Task Force Chair will provide copies of the nominating essays to the members of the task force The selection committee will be comprised of the President of Vietnam Veterans of America and the members of the National Homeless Veterans Task Force Nominations will be

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