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  • The VVA Veteran - SHAD/Project 112 Task Force Report
    SHAD The commission will have subpoena power One third of its staff will have the clearances necessary to examine documents still kept under wraps by DoD One of the particularly vexing issues for SHAD veterans is determining what they were inoculated against Sailors were given vaccinations for a variety of diseases Most of them did not know however what they were inoculated against and these inoculations do not show up on their health records Because DoD has not answered all the questions VSOs and individual veterans have asked Reps Thompson and Rehberg both of whom served during the Vietnam War have seen fit to cosponsor H R 4259 Officials at DoD and the VA give out only what they think we already know They do not seem to be particularly concerned about insuring that veterans whose health may have been compromised by exposures while they were serving our nation get all the information they need to learn if a medical condition may be associated with or correlated to a bio chem exposure Because DoD has not been forthcoming with dosage information many veterans attribute any malady to what they may have been exposed to while in the service Misinformation or lack of information only foments more questions and doubts about the truthfulness of our government as well as fear among veterans and their families During 112 SHAD DoD developed new decontamination procedures and protocols Because DoD classified this operation not even acknowledging that it had occurred until confronted with irrefutable evidence the knowledge gained has not been given to today s service personnel Knowledgeable SHAD veterans who have seen the lesson plans and procedures currently being taught believe that they would benefit from lessons learned 40 years ago A Veterans Right to Know Commission given subpoena power and staffed at least in part by people with top secret clearances will have the authority to delve into records now hidden from public view to determine if the health of veterans may have been compromised during their participation in 112 SHAD tests VVA sees no logical reason for national security or anything else why dosage information and the safety plans for each test have not been declassified Our hope is that the Commission will open doors and let the light of truth illuminate what has been darkened for far too long and that veterans afflicted with diseases they believe have been caused by exposure to toxic agents simulants and decontaminants will finally get the information needed to help determine if these diseases are associated with their military service VVA also believes that it is our obligation to ensure that those who have served be treated fairly justly and equitably A final report by the Commission to Congress listing its inquiries its findings and its recommendations for executive and legislative action can go a long way toward restoring faith and confidence in our military leadership WHO S ON BOARD Today H R 4259 has 22 co sponsors In addition to Reps Rehberg and

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  • The VVA Veteran - PTSD/SA Committee Report
    4 million According to a subsequent VA fact sheet the IOM will form two committees to conduct its review One committee will review the literature of various treatment modalities including pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy This phase is expected to be completed in 12 months The other committee will review the objective measures used in the diagnosis of PTSD and known risk factors for the development of PTSD and the utility and objectiveness of the criteria in the DSM IV and will comment on the validity of current screening instruments and their productive capacity for accurate diagnoses This phase is expected to be completed within six months Perhaps you re now thinking along the lines of a December article penned by Larry Scott in OpEdNews com who wrote that they are trying to rewrite the book on PTSD But there are more pieces to this puzzle In a front page Washington Post article on December 27 reporter Shankar Vedantam noted that PTSD experts were summoned to Philadelphia for a secret two day expert panel meeting in which they were asked to discuss evidence regarding validity reliability and feasibility of the department s PTSD assessment and treatment practices according to an e mail invitation obtained by the Post The goal the e mail said was to improve clinical exams used to help determine benefit payments for veterans with Post traumatic Stress Disorder The so called experts quoted in this article included Sally Satel the American Enterprise Institute s conservative voice on PTSD along with Chris Frueh from the Charleston South Carolina VA Clinic whose claim to fame includes trying to show fraud among veterans seeking treatment for PTSD and VA spokesperson Scott Hogenson the former executive director of the Conservative Communications Center In this article Satel makes the outrageous claim that an underground network advises veterans where to go for the best chance of being declared disabled VVA President John Rowan formally responded to the Post article on December 28 asking for the list of participants at the Philadelphia meeting But as of this writing VVA has not received a response to the request for the meeting s participant list But here s more David Oaks Director of MindFreedom International a mental health advocacy organization wrote in a January 6 editorial that the U S government is helping to fund a series of private conferences throughout the world with the American Psychiatric Association APA about the Future of Psychiatric Diagnosis According to Oaks the Bush administration provided the APA with 1 1 million for the meetings One goal of this series of invitation only conferences is to promote international collaboration in order to increase the likelihood of developing a future unified DSM ICD Oaks said The DSM is the APA s psychiatric label book while ICD is the disease classification system used internationally In other words these meetings are about the U S and the APA influencing a global system of classifying psychiatric disorders You don t have to be a rocket scientist

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  • The VVA Veteran-The Women Veterans Committee Report
    of the minority staff on health care provided the committee with insight on several fronts Discussions ensued on the following items 1 Military Sexual Trauma Among the Reserve Components of the Armed Forces A study was mandated by Public Law 160 117 to report to the House Veterans Affairs Committee by 2001 Not having received it Rep Lane Evans D Ill requested the report in the fall of 2005 and one of two pages was provided to Rep Michael Michaud D Maine This study referred to by the VA as the Street Study was not approved by the VA in its entirety It can be downloaded as a complete report on the Women Veterans Committee page of the VVA web site The study was completed in 2003 and sent to OMB but never was published In today s world with the increased number of women serving the VA needs to be prepared to address this issue not only in the money required to provide treatment but the staff needed to deliver it 2 National Vietnam Veterans Longitudinal Study NVVRS More than five years ago Congress mandated that the VA replicate the National Vietnam Veterans Readjustment Study Research Triangle Institute was awarded this study as sole contractor to replicate the original one it undertook 20 years ago RTI was to return to the same cohort of study participants in order to reexamine their psychosocial and physical status After two years VA asked that the study be halted due to a review and an audit by the Inspector General Office That report is quite telling However it is important that this study be conducted to satisfy its intent as a longitudinal study It is the only one to include both women and minorities To substitute The Twin Study in its stead which

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  • The VVA Veteran-AVVA Report
    deadline for form 021 is June 11 You will receive a verification letter from the Election Committee once your membership has been verified There will be no delegate registration at the National AVVA Convention by the Election Committee If your AVVA Chapter is having an election for Chapter representative it must be held between January and April Within 45 days of the election you must notify the State representative or State President with the name of the person who has been elected as your Chapter representative This will be a very busy and active year for AVVA Remember the deadline for the Candidate and Delegate forms is June 11 There will be no exceptions to this rule Mark your calendars for the Convention 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 escalating costs Typically one 1 000 and two 500 scholarships are awarded A candidate must be an AVVA or VVA member the spouse child or grandchild of a KIA or MIA Vietnam veteran Interested Visit the AVVA website www avva org for details AVVA PA Friendship BY LINDA HABERKORN AVVA and VVA members in Pennsylvania in 2005 participated in our third annual Project Friendship Last year the project benefited the women veterans at the Mary E Walker House The Mary E Walker House is a 30 bed transitional residence for homeless women veterans It is located at the Coatesville VA Medical Center AVVA and VVA members collected more than 1 500 worth of items on the center s wish list The items were delivered in December Our first State Project Friendship benefited homeless veterans at the Philadelphia Multi Service Education Center We collected underwear hats gloves and toiletries In 2004 the project benefited the Yellow Ribbon Girls from Beaver Pa who send boxes to our troops in Iraq and Afghanistan every month AVVA CHAPEL OF FOUR CHAPLAINS CEREMONY RULES OF ENGAGEMENT 2006 NOMINATION PROCESS The ninth annual Chapel of Four Chaplains ceremony sponsored by Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America AVVA will be held on Sunday September 10 2006 at 1 00 p m in the base chapel of the U S Coast Guard Training Center in Cape May N J The Legion of Honor the Humanitarian Award and the Bronze Medallion of the Chapel of Four Chaplains are bestowed in a public ceremony and recognized with honors relevant to their significance Members of AVVA and VVA may be nominated by the three levels of either organization Nonmembers may be nominated by the three levels of both organizations as well Chapter representatives state representatives or members of the AVVA National Board of Directors may nominate two worthy individuals for induction from AVVA VVA chapter or state council presidents or members of the VVA National Board

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  • The VVA Veteran-ETABO Committee
    There was talk about updating the four VVA guides and reprinting them Also on the drawing board is a trifold to be printed and given to returning soldiers with a list of places to go to find work Also on the list of items is our National Leadership Conference presentation on finding meaningful work at a living wage for all veterans Any questions you have are welcome and may be sent to me by e mail agibson vva org or fax 573 814 0348 We are still looking for workers in the employment and training areas of the committee You do not have to attend the meetings since attendance is at no expense to National You just have to be willing to help your brothers and sisters in dealing with the employment sector of life Contact your state council presidents and they will contact me Please check out the ETaBO page on VVA s web site www vva org Feel free to make suggestions about what you would like to see on it We have to work together in making the site and our organization a viable tool for all veterans Visit The VVA Veteran archives to locate back issues

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Hours of Operation of DVA Medical Facilities WV 1 03 Support for Women Veterans WV 2 03 Medical Treatment of Women Veterans by DVA HTF 2 03 A Fair Share of Funding for Homeless Veterans Programs and Services HTF 3 03 Realignment of Homeless Veterans Programs Currently Managed Within the U S Department of Veterans Affairs System HTF 4 03 Homeless Veteran Housing and Urban Development Transitional Funding Only three new Resolutions were adopted by the Convention delegates PTSD 8 05 PTSD and Compensation Claims Resolved That Vietnam Veterans of America urges that 1 The Veterans Benefits Administration VBA act decisively to revise all directives and regulations which guide the rating board s adjudication of PTSD claims Too much emphasis is placed on combat and the objective proof of a stressor As a result the wrong claims may be granted purely after finding evidence of combat service and proper claims are often denied for failure to conduct an in depth inquiry into the true nature of the stressor The DVA should be obligated to conduct the often necessary unit records search to augment frequently incomplete military personnel records Additionally DVA Central Office policy should be changed and enforced requiring the use of current mental health standards regarding diagnosis of PTSD as set forth in the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual as published by the American Psychiatric Association 2 The DVA amend its regulations specifically to recognize that a delimiting rate for educational benefits can be extended if it can reasonably be shown that the veteran could not take meaningful advantage of these benefits because of PTSD even if drugs alcohol or incarceration were part of the symptoms 3 In addition through the leadership of its duly elected officers Board of Directors Conference of State Council Presidents and

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  • The VVA Veteran- Arts of War
    user friendly web site http Nixon archives gov If you choose to make a visit to College Park it s a good idea to call 301 837 3202 or e mail nixon nara gov beforehand ARTS IN BRIEF Winter Soldier the 1972 documentary that deals with the 1971 Vietnam Veterans Against the War Winter Soldier hearings in Detroit has been playing in theaters art museums film centers and other venues around the country since last August and will continue its national tour throughout 2006 Panel discussions are held at many of the screenings In December in Washington for example the speakers included Bernie Edelman and Rick Weidman from VVA s national office former VVA national staffer Bill Crandell former VVAW activist Ken Campbell and Dr Art Blank Jr an Army psychiatrist who served in Vietnam and went on to become the national director of the VA s Vet Center program For info on upcoming screenings go to www wintersoldierfilm com A profile of VVA member Dale Dye in the November 13 issue of The New York Times Magazine covered his three Vietnam War tours and how the former Marine made his mark in Hollywood Since 1985 when he talked Oliver Stone into letting him be the military technical adviser on Platoon author Peter de Jonge notes Dye has established himself as Hollywood s top military adviser and hardest working monger of virtual war In 20 years he has put his stamp on 33 movies bringing grisly verisimilitude to films about the Vietnam War World War II and Iraq Dye s secret de Jonge says is partly sweating the details making sure the weaponry and combat styles are faithful to the period but his specialty is conveying the timeless toll of combat in gaunt cheeks and hollow eyes and bringing grim authority to what he calls the whole business of dying in war movies Also in magazine land Maya Lin who made her name in the arts world when she won the 1981 design contest for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington was named one of 35 Americans who made a difference in the last 35 years by Smithsonian magazine in its November issue which celebrated that publication s 1970 debut Her work so far includes some striking additional memorials says writer Michael Parfit including the Civil Rights Memorial in Montgomery Alabama and a memorial to the women of Yale where as a 21 year old architecture student in 1981 she designed the Vietnam Veterans Memorial as a class exercise Lin s body of work Parfit notes also includes several public and private buildings furniture individual sculptures in stone and other media earthworks and sculptures of the shapes of the land in media such as wood and broken glass Vietnam War arts related events that took place on and around Veterans Day included a one day seminar on November 12 sponsored by the Texas Tech University Vietnam Center in Crystal City just outside Washington D C to commemorate the 40th anniversary

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  • The VVA Veteran
    D 2nd Battalion 3rd Infantry Dancy was severely wounded not long after he reported to his unit He relates the details of his military service and his turbulent homecoming in his well written concise Serving Under Adverse Conditions Wars and the Aftermath AuthorHouse 84 pp 15 75 paper James S Brown joined the Marine Corps OCS in February 1966 shortly after graduating from the University of the South at Sewanee Tennessee He served for 13 combat filled months in Dong Ha Khe Sanh Con Thien and other areas of the DMZ beginning in June 1967 as an FO with C Battery 1st Battalion 12th Marines Brown relates his Vietnam War cogently and creditably in Impact Zone The Battle of the DMZ in Vietnam 1967 1968 University of Alabama Press 277 pp 29 95 Kerri Fivecoat Cambell s No Immediate Threat The Story of an American Veteran ASJA Press 120 pp 12 95 is a tribute to her brother Steve Fivecoat who joined the Army in 1969 and served a 1970 71 Vietnam tour with A Battery of the 1st 82nd Field Artillery Battalion in the Americal Division Steve Firecoat never re adjusted to life back home and was found dead in an alley in Fargo North Dakota in 1999 His sister an accomplished freelance writer offers a unique perspective on one veteran s post traumatic stress as well as the overall PTSD picture among Vietnam veterans For more info go to www writeforyou biz Mary S King s Facing the Wall A Mission Xlibris 159 pp 30 99 hardcover 20 99 paper is an introspective examination of her husband s VVA member Jim King battle with severe PTSD after serving as a Marine in Vietnam and how it has affected their family This is a story she notes about the aftereffects of wars as seen through my eyes Greg McPartlin wanted to join the Marines in 1966 but a recruiter talked him into joining the Navy to be a corpsman After training he was assigned to the Third Marine Force Reconnaissance Battalion which deployed to Vietnam just before the Tet Offensive in January 1968 Three months later his unit was called back to the States by the end of the 1969 he was back in Vietnam with SEAL Team 1 in the Ca Mau area McPartlin does a good job of relating his unique Vietnam War tours in Combat Corpsman The Vietnam Memoir of a Navy SEAL Medic Berkley Caliber 319 pp 15 paper Carey J Spearman served a 1967 68 Vietnam tour as a medic with the First Cav in An Khe and at the 91st Evac in Tuy Hoa In his second book 26 Years and a Wake Up An American Returns to Vietnam Truman Publishing 230 pp 19 95 paper he offers his thoughts and reflections in rapid fire staccato passages on the war and on his readjustment difficulties framed around his reflections on his eight trips back to Vietnam Douglas R Bergman joined the Army in

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