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  • The VVA Veteran
    for political purposes as Prados notes the dangers were real Paul Kaser Fresno California OUR STRENGTHS Unlike the VFW American Legion and DAV which have a new group of veterans to recruit from VVA is a dying organization The last Vietnam veteran walked off the hill more than 30 years ago By the time you read this I myself will have passed on That said what are the strengths of our organization I think our two greatest strengths are our knowledge and institutional lore By this I mean that the wonderful folks at VVA headquarters possess unique skills that help veterans Through the service reps they help veterans submit accurate and timely benefit requests that are easy to adjudicate They also know which lawmakers favor veterans affairs and which ones do not They are extremely knowledgeable in dealing with Agent Orange issues PTSD and our homeless and incarcerated veterans I would like to see the organization set aside 250 000 to help fund an organization for the veterans of the Gulf War Afghanistan and Iraq and perhaps share some rooms at the headquarters We have invented a beautiful wheel that works well I would hate to see them reinvent this and not create what we have already Michael C Ross Montgomery County Maryland Editor s note Mike Ross died April 14 A CONTINUING TRAGEDY I saw your January February 2004 article on the U S S Frank E Evans tragedy Thank you for the article My twin brother LTJG Jon Kenneth Stever was the senior officer lost My family suffered greatly from his loss which was made worse by the response we got from our senator in our effort to have these men recognized by adding their names to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Your article gave me the first understanding of why it appeared that the government was attempting to quiet this issue My father is gone but my mother 84 and sister are angry with our government s continuing failure to recognize those lost in this tragic accident Events keep bringing me back to this tragedy I know that there are many others still suffering from this event Ron Stever Via e mail FALLING DOMINOS Marc Leepson was a tad hasty in the March April issue in dismissing the Domino Theory After all we simply have no idea what would have happened had the U S not intervened in Vietnam Moreover we now know that Kennan s Containment Theory worked Communism did not spread because it was resisted in Korea and Vietnam and in many other places around the world Evelyn Lincoln Falls Church Virginia UNDERSTANDING ACCEPTANCE I have read the articles on PTSD in the March April issue several times These are probably the best I have read Thank you That was an important service you provided I am a charter member of Chapter 857 in New Philadelphia Ohio I would like to reproduce the front page and submit it to our local newspaper Those words are very

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  • The VVA Veteran-Locate Former Fellow Servicemembers
    Saffles Monroe Riley Thompson Finn We were on Operations Meade River and Lynn River aboard USS Princeton and USS Okinawa Contact Bud Bidwell 2205 Willow Breeze Rd Chino Valley AZ 86323 928 636 4519 Searching for anyone who served aboard USS Wichita AOR 1 and went on port call in Danang August September or October 1970 Contact Jim R Riesenberg Courthouse 615 N 6th St Sheboygan WI 53081 920 459 3054 riesejrr co sheboygan wi us Looking for all former members of E Co 102nd Sig Bn Heidelberg Germany Konigstuhl Bush Gangsters 1959 62 Contact Richard McKnight 10 Oakwood Terr Apt 98 New Windsor NY 12553 Looking for anyone who served with me in USAF 3rd Tran Sqd Motor Pool and Service Station Maint at Bien Hoa 1967 68 during Tet especially AIC Robert Skaggs Contact Peter A Petrosky 420 Forrest Hill Rd Industry PA 15052 724 643 8999 Looking for Charles E Armour III from Atlanta who served with me at Camp Lejeune 1967 He was shipped to Vietnam in 1967 and I went in 1968 Contact Gerry W Horvath 260 Wonder St Johnstown PA 15905 814 255 1651 Seeking two buddies I met during R R in Saigon 1967 One was from 101st Abn and the other was named Haller or Hallett We stayed in a hotel with balconies He dressed up in a bed sheet and roamed the halls Contact John M Giovo 783 West End Ave Carthage NY 13619 315 493 3935 Looking for unit records for E Co 14th Inf Long Binh ammo dump June to November 1972 Interested in August 13 1972 when ammo dump was blown up and CO asked for volunteers for forward observer and I volunteered Would like to hear from Lt Stenstrom Also would like unit records for H Trp 17th Air Cav Camp Halloway Pleiku March 28 1973 Need information for PTSD claim Contact David C Michell Klassy intercom net Trying to find anyone who served with my uncle 2nd Lt Thomas B Ferguson USMC or knows anything about his unit when he died in Quang Tri Province in early 1968 Contact Tom C Ferguson tferg78 rotaspain net Trying to locate my husband s Army buddy Dennis Banks who served in Germany Quirnheim a missile base in 1963 64 He was injured and in a hospital and could not speak when my husband returned in 1964 I think he was from Utah Contact Judy mushroom valkyrie net Looking for anyone who served with 169th Eng Bn 159th Grp 20th Eng Bde 46th Eng Co 1969 Contact Bill Shaw larboardside att net Trying to locate address of the Shelford Hotel Singapore where I stayed in 1968 while on R R while serving with Australian Forces Vung Tau and Nui Dat as a driver August 1967 68 Contact Terry Hornbuckle 5 Bennet Ct Noble Park 3173 Melbourne Australia tpug psacelink com au Looking for anyone who served with me in 507 TC at the airport at Cam Ranh Bay 1967 68 Would love to hear from you Contact Bill Spence bjspence sbcglobal net Trying to find 1st Class Medic Doc Thompson stationed at Tra Cu Operation Slingshot 1970 Contact John R Henry 10 Greenhill Rd P O Box 7 Winnabow NC 28479 910 253 6647 soso atmc net Looking for family or anyone who knew William Gurein who was stationed at Edwards Air Base Shortly after returning from Korea in 54 he was killed in an auto accident I escorted his body back to Grafton and have copies of his obituary if anyone is interested Contact Carl Seal 101 Channel Buoy Rd Ocean City MD 21842 bascrs aol com Seeking Capt Price and Lt Arrington who served with Co D 1 6th Inf 198th LIB Americal Div or any non comms who did not receive air medal Also let s talk about a reunion Contact Sam Maggio ilin168 hotmail com Looking for anyone who served with 1st of the 8th 4th Inf Div August 1968 to March 1970 www swampfox info is dedicated to those who served with this unit and I am trying to capture my memories as well as those of the men who served with me Contact Homer R Steedly Jr 16 Pisgah Shadows Rd Hendersonville NC 28739 Looking for anyone who served in U S Army with 101st Abn Div B 2 506th 1967 68 or family members of KIA Our next reunion is in San Diego March 1 8 2006 Contact Dave Spencer 760 318 4733 dgimp dc rr com or visit web site http home dc rr com curaheeb2506th Looking for anyone who has information on a fragging incident where an Army captain was killed This incident occurred in a postal unit in Long Binh July 1969 70 Contact G W Barbee 6824 Gap Point Cir Sherwood AR 72120 501 833 0184 Searching for anyone who served with T F 593 1 L Z English Any information would be appreciated Contact Larry Ward laward valleyint com Would like to find buddies who served with 363rd Trans Co 1971 72 especially Harold Cooper who was caught with me in a so called VC trap north of Danang at Fly City We did not think we were going to make it out Contact Dennis Gleba dehg1987 yahoo com Trying to locate family of LCDR Robert Reddington Vaughn USN who was KIA in October 1967 while flying a photo version of the A3D I was his crewman navigator on Crew 5 VAH2 1964 66 Contact David E Lippitt 401 219 6346 sincol juno com Trying to locate Jim Moss from Reno Nevada who served with the Military Police and Brent Fields a clerk with HQ MACV I served with the Australian Army Signal Corp Saigon 1967 68 and they visited my home for R R in 1968 Contact Tom Garrick garcomm60b bigpond com Would like to return POW MIA bracelets to families of Capt Timothy Ayres dated 05 03 72 and LCDR Kenneth Knabb Jr from Wheaton Illinois who was KIA 1 18 78 Contact Eddie Craig 256 216 6372 fasteddie pclnet net Looking for anyone who can verify that my unit Co A 426th S S Bn Ambl 101st Abn Div AirMobile served in Khe Sanh 1970 71 Contact Charles Cdespenza aol com Looking for anyone who served with 352nd Trans Co Long Binh 1968 or with same unit before deployment to Vietnam from Ft Carson Contact Norm Theriault gntheriaul adelphia net Would like to hear from anyone who served with me in 532nd Eng Det Qui Nhon 1965 66 Contact Roger D Schaefer linda1237 msn com Looking for Frank Petty from Jacksonville Florida or anyone who served with my brother Joe Smeed in 1st Cav 2nd 7th Div Contact Robert Smeed gingmeister1 earthlink net Looking for 2nd Lt Miller who served with me in 2nd Recon Bn and also attended Ranger School Class B 70 He went to Vietnam as a navigator and flew fire missions for my Recon team Contact Jim Churchill 3980 N Gambel Ridge Dr Chino Valley AZ 86323 928 636 2979 Looking for anyone who served aboard the Minesweeper Fortify 1972 and recalls an incident involving a Boatswain s Mate 3rd Class threatening to throw crew members overboard if they didn t carry their weight Contact Mike Hankins 519 S H St Port Angeles WA 98363 888 915 9700 Seeking anyone who served with Co C 2nd 12th 1st Cav Div Vietnam 1966 68 Contact billscates12995 yahoo com Looking for buddies who served with me in 35th Bn Eng 1967 68 Contact Thomas Irvin VangieM1 aol com Looking for anyone who served with USAF C 130 Crew Chiefs 314 OMS Little Rock AFB to U Tapao Thailand in the spring of 1974 We were involved in dropping rice and ammo by air to South Vietnamese troops I m especially interested in speaking with maintenance personnel from Pope AFB regarding events in Thailand and Vietnam 1974 Contact David William McIlvory 441 Blue Hole Rd Beebe AZ 72012 Looking for anyone who served with U S Army 13th Finance Grp Qui Nhon December 1968 69 I was in the supply room and drove the company truck Contact Loren Hoffman 580 Hebrides Ct Apopka FL 32712 4730 hoffmanapopka aol com Trying to locate Dennis Ward USMC 2nd Bn 7th Mar Golf Co 1965 66 who served with my brother Lester Contact David Atherton 757 583 9420 phil smith vba gov Trying to locate Kenneth Wheeler John Thomas Joe Gomez who were stationed at McGuire AFB 1965 66 and served with 438 FMS C130 Dispatch Sec swing shift Contact Wayne Monk wsmonk msn com Looking for anyone who served with me in 1st Mobile Com Grp Clark AFB Philippines July 1967 69 especially AIC Slade Ssgt Morgan Ssgt Cisti Ssgt Rubesne Contact Stanley H Aoki Rt 5 Box 437 Duncan OK 73533 pele simplynet net or big kahuna simplynet net Looking for CWO Leon Muiczkowski USA retired from Trenton New Jersey I believe he moved to Perth Australia He was the best man at my wedding in 1973 Contact Fred Draper P O Box 593 Eatontown NJ 07724 732 681 0711 800 422 6909 Looking for anyone I served with in CBMU 302 Bien Hoa 1971 especially HM2 Greg Loots HM2 Jim Linsey HM2 James Weehunt HMC Beltser and Fred Moorhead I also served with NAVCAT 23 Contact Bob Gamble 1006 W Boot Rd Downingtown PA 19335 christingamble msn com Looking for James Bond III from California 1st Amtrac Bn 3rd Mar Div B Co 4th Plt Vietnam 1966 67 Mouth of Cua Viet December 1966 Quang Tri Province then Con Thien DMZ last contact May 1967 Located Big Daddy Danny Gunn Perry Red Walker Phil Delaney David Young Need K Bar sharpened Contact Lonny Livingston 10003 N 22nd St Tampa FL 33612 813 972 2914 sdianel sbcglobal net Looking for Capt Shippey or Capt Ottinger or anyone who can verify firefight in area of Thu Dau Mot aka Phu Loi or Bien Hoa September 1964 in support of ARVN 5th Inf where several GIs were WIA and several VC taken prisoner Verification needed for VA claim I served with 232nd Sig Co 39th Sig Bn Contact Charlie Smith Caribou Vet Center 456 York St Caribou ME 04736 uncamitty yahoo com Found in Tennessee or Kentucky at a rest stop a Vietnam Service Ring size 10 11 with the initials E S J and 1966 68 inscribed inside of ring Contact Ron Lieto 734 241 6686 Looking for anyone who served with Co C 1st Bn 1st BCT Bde 5th Army Ft Polk June 22 1972 to September 1 1972 especially 1st Lt Richard J Reno who retired as a major in 1988 Senior Red Cross Worker Linda Smith from Missouri and Sgt Ray Sam of Chicago Contact Ronnie Lee Wallace 140221 2500 S Avon Belden Rd Grafton OH 44044 330 823 7510 Looking for anyone who served with 10th Inf 85th Reg E Co 3rd Plt during FTX 1956 57 when a short 4 2 round killed and wounded many I had a Stars and Stripes either in Vilsek or Wildflexan but lost it while serving in Alaska Need information to include in my book Contact Franklin Delano Norris 170 Park Ct Hinckly IL 60520 Calling all Paratroopers of the Herd who served with 173rd Abn Bde Kontum Darlac or Binh Dinh Provinces 1967 70 You are eligible for DVA compensation for any illnesses ailments or medical conditions which are predisposed as resulting from Agent Orange exposure Write for detailed list of medical problems Contact Craig R McLaren 115624 Holman Unit 5 D Atmore AL 36503 Seeking anyone who many have served with my father LCPL Herbert Bandit L Handy Jr 1st Force Recon 1st Mar Div Vietnam 1965 67 He was also stationed at Camp Lejeune He is deceased and I would like to know more about his time in Vietnam Contact Crystal Handy 44 Old Mill Rd Clinton CT 06413 203 809 7407 Would like to hear from anyone who served aboard USS Oriskany CVA 34 in the V4 Fuels division 1967 to May 1970 especially Dennis Tree Ryan or Roger Gabrielson Contact Ray VanLengen 1080393 NCF P O Box 218 Newton IA 50208 0218 Looking for anyone who served aboard USS Tripoli LPH 10 HMM 165 February to March 1972 when the ship went to Kobe Japan and remembers me being hit by a taxi cab especially Sgt Ron Newcom Sgt Spiewak Cpl Chris Williamson Cpl P D Lewis Cpl M O Blackstone Cpl J Mullinex Cpl W G Ford Cpl A D Costello LCpl R M Lanuwski and Pfc D B Moody I served with Flt Equip Sqd Banber Contact Al Halseth 885 C R 486 Mountain Home AR 72653 870 424 3074 Looking for anyone who served with Delta Co 2 28 1st Inf Div 1968 especially Sgt Walt Derr San Francisco Mike Dasaset California Herb Adams Oklahoma Joe Guterraz New Mexico Larry Hanie California Joe Starret Michigan Nucombe Mississippi Greek New York or Tommy Henderson and Jim Tennant West Virginia Contact Steve Stone 1497 Ravina Rd Charleston WV 25314 304 342 2269 deltaforce500000 yahoo com Looking for Jim Hawckett aka Hackett Tom Martin Ted Porter Mike Clemens John Yavor who served with me on Diego Garcia Indian Ocean Territory 1972 73 I was known as Maxi Contact Ed Maxfield 162 North Main St Barre VT 05641 802 476 8668 Looking for anyone who graduated from 3rd Bn C O 89 Plt 3089 Parris Island or pen pals Contact Chris Ross 424 216 P O Box 788 Mansfield OH 44901 Looking for anyone who served with 504th MP Bn Co A Phan Rang Detach 1966 67 especially SP4 James Tully Sgt Jack Moody SP4 Bettle Bailey SP4 Glenn Palmer SP4 Thomas Jellison SP4 Ruiz SP4 Edison SP4 David McKinney Contact Jerry Matayka 187 S Primrose Ln Round Lake IL 60073 847 740 6513 Looking for anyone who served with Cold Storage Unit next to Monkey Mountain Danang 1968 69 Contact Martin Niemiro 75 Quartus St Chicopee MA 01013 Looking for anyone who served with me in Co C 2nd Bn 8th Inf 4th Inf Div Pleiku July 1966 67 Contact John Gigante 1126 Park Ln North Franklyn Square NY 11010 Looking for Leo Nystrom from Minneapolis who served with A Co 1st Bn 29th Mar also 2nd Bn 29th 2nd Mar Div Last known rank was sergeant and he made landings at Tarawa Saipan Taiwan Contact Pat Roberts 1091 Country Club Rd Elberton GA 30635 706 283 2468 Looking for anyone who was stationed at Treasure Island 1971 72 and knows the whereabouts of Cpl Marty Harper from Dayton Ohio and served with Marines Would like to tell her that when I served as a field medic during third tour in Vietnam she was a great influence in my life Contact Robert Lee Holmes 320061 ECI 30420 Revells Neck Rd Westover MD 21890 Wish to locate former members of 95th Medical Co Wertheim Germany 1959 62 Contact Joseph P Brown 40 Bran Ford Rd Darby PA 19023 Looking for information about 18th M P Bde 92nd M P Bn 300th M P Co Pershing Field Tan Son Nhut September 1968 69 especially looking for David Pratt and Curtis Contact Daniel J Morris 521 Brookhaven Rd Morgantown WV 26508 304 296 4146 Looking for anyone who was assigned to 7th F D S Tan Son Nhut down Saigon and finally headquartered at Cholon PX Compound 1964 67 Contact Brian Clary 207 Dorchester Ct Santa Rosa CA 95403 classglue yahoo com Looking for anyone who served with me at Clark AFB Philippines 1974 76 I was a military airlift command air cargo specialist on special assignment to airlift refugees out of Danang and Tan Son Nhut AB Need to prove Vietnam service not entered on DD 214 Contact Reno N Cyr 868 Aroostook Rd Fort Kent ME 04743 207 834 3868 Looking for photos of vehicles that had extraordinary rare or special crests or logos Contact Norma Ryman 137652 P O Box 534 Jessup MD 20794 0534 Trying to locate Msgt Denise Hill Rix Carter from California Her son was named Travis nephew son was Randy and her husband was named Cliff or Clifford Contact Amelia Taylor 2357 Brook Green Rd Sumter SC 29154 803 499 5757 Looking for Pee Wee Reese or Roy Satterfield 4th Inf Div 3 12th Inf Mortars Vietnam 1968 69 Contact Tom Sibley 2246 Holliday SW Grand Rapids MI 49509 sibleyt ispnv net Looking for Barry Campbell from West Virginia who served with 25th S T Cu Chi 1969 70 Hong Kong was outrageous Contact Tracy M Quillan 3301 37th St Beaver Falls PA 15010 724 847 3408 carfreak409 msn com Searching for anyone who served with Co C 2nd Bn 14th Inf 25th Inf especially the lieutenant who was wounded when Pfc John Cowboy R Gainer was KIA July 28 1969 after stepping on a landmine I was the platoon RTO and medevaced with them to the hospital Contact Steven J Ellis 35 Colonial Dr Somers CT 06071 860 749 0359 In search of members of the 1st Inf Div 1st Combat Eng Bn Co A Vietnam November 1968 69 Contact Tom J Doyle 19 White Bridge Rd Weaverville NC 28787 828 658 0753 Trying to locate combat photographers SP5 Robert B Walker Jr from Downers Grove Illinois and SP5 Jarrell Jarvis who served with me in 125th Sign 25th Inf Div Cu Chi 1969 Contact Don Shannonhouse 11 Oklahoma Ave Sewanee TN 37375 2037 Trying to locate addresses for buddies Ronald L Smith from Michigan assigned to Swift Boats PBRs and Charles G Stevens Alpena Michigan who served with me in Road Patrol Foreign Claims Danang 1966 67 Contact Robert Webb 2668 Tern Dr San Diego CA 92123 619 607 1900 Would like to contact Jeff Greene and Airwoman Josephine Carlson who served with me at Scott AFB 1967 whom I have not heard from

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  • The VVA Veteran-Reunions
    angelfire com mo2 CharlieCoScarf Military veterans and the public are invited to ceremonies marking the 52nd Anniversary of the Armistice ending the Korean War July 27 Washington D C hosted by the Korean War Armistice Day Coordinating Committee Contact Norbert Reiner 6632 Kirkley Ave McLean VA 22101 5510 RVAH 12 RECONATKRON Twelve Speartips 1965 79 RA5C Vigilante Squadron is holding its second reunion Key West Wyndham Casa Marina Hotel Key West Florida July 8 10 for all personnel with this squadron Hotel reservations call 800 626 0777 and mention group s name or visit www rvah12 org for complete itinerary information Contact William Arthur 904 333 8142 Robert Wagner 904 287 2107 Tim Canady 281 259 0008 A 37 Dragonfly reunion at Sheraton Grand Hotel Irving Texas September 1 4 Visit our web site at www A 37 org or contact us and give us your name and address and receive reunion newsletter free for one year Contact Ollie Maier 512 353 7432 GM08 TxState edu Vietnam Military Police Sentry Dogs Alumni Army reunion Downtown Kansas City Marriott August 11 14 Contact Gary Smith 22108 W 64th Terr Shawnee KS 66226 3704 913 441 6344 510th Fighter Squadron Buzzards reunion Hope Hotel Fairborn Ohio October 12 16 Contact Stephen W Tanner 6219 Billinsgate Dr Katy TX 77449 buzzardroost charter net 575th Supply Co Cam Ranh Bay reunion in Joplin Missouri September 24 25 Contact Ron Demery 417 623 7944 or visit web site www 575supply com U S Coast Guard Combat Veterans Association reunion Holiday Inn Tampa Florida October 20 23 All eligible CGCVA are welcome Contact Baker Herbert LM P O Box 544 Westfield Center OH 44251 330 887 5539 USS Thetis Bay CVE 90 CVHA 1 LPH 6 20th reunion September 7 11 in Ironwood Minnesota for shipmates

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  • Team Effort: Tim Brown and VVA Bring Closure to Ngok Tavak
    The real bottom line is that a couple of people can make a difference they can actually affect U S government policy That s the legacy of Ngok Tavak Kham Duc We were able to have some positive results and it never would have happened without one guy Tim Brown In 1995 Team Bravo returned with another VITF mission this time bringing along John White the Australian Special Forces officer who commanded the small outpost and Greg Rose a Marine survivor of the battle who lived in Australia They videotaped White s detailed testimony about the battle and its aftermath White who said that since leaving the military in 1972 he had not pursued any old soldier activities was surprised when Brown tracked him down and invited him to accompany Team Bravo to Ngok Tavak Today White expresses great satisfaction at the effort s success I am delighted that the remains of those Marines will finally be brought back he said This must bring some consolation to their families and to their former military colleagues Donnie Waak with Brown since the early 1990s also is pleased with the outcome of their efforts All of a sudden everything I had ever done in veterans affairs had been validated he said If I never did another damn thing in my life I knew that I knew that I was part of something very special and that it was a campaign on many people s parts There were struggles along the way Things went back and forth But take all the personalities away None of that matters anymore We accomplished something many people didn t think we could do We can go to the families and say to them We didn t forget Upon returning to the United States after the second mission to Ngok Tavak in 1995 Team Bravo and VVA delivered a copy of the White videotape to Gen James Wold then Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for POW MIA Affairs On the next VITF mission to Vietnam Duker delivered a copy of the videotape to a veteran JPAC official At that time the office was called Joint Task Force Full Accounting We told him that once he saw it we thought he would agree that it was something they would want to look at a little harder Duker said The next thing we knew we got word that they were going to do a preliminary investigation of the site They went up and saw what we saw It wasn t just a good site it was a great site Everything they had been going on was wrong and we were right They realized it was not only an important site but probably would turn out to become one of the most important sites ever It would turn out to be one of the most difficult and dangerous sites as well The ground was littered with unexploded ordnance including M 16 ammunition hand grenades RPGs and 155mm howitzer shells JPAC personnel

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  • L.Z. Motown: Chapter Nine's Quarter Century
    Detroit Police Department the Greater Detroit Building Trades Council the local Navy Seabee reservists the UAW and the membership the job was done L Z Motown opened its doors and became a viable veterans service center in the heart of the city In order to keep the doors open and their programs running chapter members were always fund raising One of the early members designed patented and turned over the rights to produce a license plate with a Huey helicopter emblazoned over the Vietnam Service Medal As more veterans came forward to show their pride in their military service and their support for fellow Vietnam veterans sales soared Soon new varieties of VVA Chapter Nine hats shirts and other items went on sale When Chapter Nine members helped create the VVA Michigan State Council they supplied much of the Vietnam veteran merchandise to new chapters throughout the state Many other activities were used to generate funds raffles dinners dances millionaire parties rummage sales car washes and auctions to name a few The building was expensive to maintain and competition from other chapters made fund raising more difficult Chapter Nine was located in the inner city and everyone in the area was poor In fact many chapter members were homeless Through it all the chapter remained vibrant Chapter Nine set up its education program in conjunction with local schools and universities Its speakers bureau put together symposia and classroom discussions at town halls community centers and classrooms all over the metropolitan area Veterans brought their stories to audiences in places such as the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Detroit Athletic Club and the University of Michigan Through history and English classes at Wayne State University students learned about the Vietnam experience via talks writings and poetry presented by Chapter Nine members University Liggett School a private preparatory school in Grosse Pointe sponsored a day long program that brought high school students and veterans together to develop a better understanding of the war in Vietnam and its effect on American society By 1985 Chapter Nine had nearly a thousand members including General William Westmoreland Mayor Coleman Young Oliver North Kris Kristofferson Willie Nelson and Country Joe MacDonald During a period of financial uncertainty the chapter lent the national organization 5 000 Detroit hosted VVA s Second National Convention in 1985 Thousands of VVA members came together in Detroit and L Z Motown contributed substantially to cover expenses Most of the VVA chapters in Southeastern Michigan were formed by members of Chapter Nine L Z Motown became known as the Mother Chapter as more and more chapters were created by spin offs from Chapter Nine Turf wars ensued but eventually agreements were reached and things settled down Many activities became joint ventures in which all participated Under the motto In Service to America Chapter Nine spearheaded countless community based programs throughout the Detroit area Chapter members their friends and families showed up with brooms and shovels to clean the block of trash and debris

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  • The VVA Veteran
    in 1980 It described PTSD as a situation in which the person experienced witnessed or was confronted with an event or events that involved actual or threatened death or serious injury or a threat to the physical integrity of self or others The diagnosis requires that the person s response involved intense fear helplessness or horror The DSM description continues Symptoms can include general restlessness insomnia aggressiveness depression dissociation with reality emotional detachment or nightmares Amplification of other underlying psychological conditions may also occur Veterans of former wars suffered from what was called shell shock battle fatigue or soldier s heart But PTSD its Vietnam War incarnation has been a tough and secretive affliction Instead of receiving compassion or treatment however returning veterans were shunned and disdained as walking time bombs In fact the Crazy Vietnam Vet was a common if detestable stereotype of American popular culture VVA has always loudly denounced that insulting and demeaning stereotype Just as forcefully and even more passionately VVA has been in the forefront of studying examining and describing PTSD We have supported the formation and encouraged the use of Vet Centers Our organization has counseled and educated our members and their friends and families about the realities of PTSD At the same time we have sought to educate the general public while standing up for our own self respect and dignity In the pages of The VVA Veteran can be found some of the very best writing on the subject PTSD Committee Chair Tom Berger has reviewed the many articles that have been published in this newspaper and has selected some of the best for this issue Some may be new to you because they re so old Brison and Treanor s Vietnam Veterans and Alcoholism for example was published in 1984 Bentley

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  • The VVA Veteran Government Relations
    and by the House of Representatives was a foregone conclusion In the Senate however this revision in the budget process has not been greeted with unquestioning assent The February 10 issue of Roll Call a daily publication that covers the goings on in Congress reported that Senate Republican appropriators resoundingly rejected a revised House proposal to reduce from 13 to 10 the number of Appropriations subcommittees Saying they wanted Senate Appropriations Chairman Thad Cochran R Miss to negotiate further changes with his House counterpart Rep Jerry Lewis most Senators leaving a meeting of the panel s Republicans this afternoon said they would definitely not go along with the House plan as it currently stands Senators said their overwhelming consensus was to keep 13 subcommittees in their chamber though perhaps with some modifications that would make it easier to reconcile spending bills in conference committee What would this reorganization mean for veterans Veterans Affairs would be divorced from Housing and Urban Development NASA and Independent Agencies and be placed with Military Quality of Life in a subcommittee to be chaired by Rep James Walsh R N Y Also transferred from the current VA HUD subcommittee would be the American Battle Monuments Commission Arlington Cemetery and the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims and from the current Defense subcommittee the Basic Allowance for Housing Facilities Sustainment Repairs and Modernization Defense Health programs and Environmental programs After more than a month of negotiations and discussions the Senate ultimately went along with the reorganization plan adopted by the House reducing the number of Subcommittees of Appropriations to 10 from 13 VVA believes that this reorganization pits appropriations for veterans against appropriations for military programs including TriCare which is a must pay program that is in any case vital to many of our members This means that finding an offset for any additional funding for a veterans program beyond what is budgeted will have to take away from the needs of one of these other entities It can certainly be argued that this new alignment will make it more difficult to add to the request for the VA by any administration and that it also is a divide and conquer move by pitting veterans against active duty military retirees and their families Whatever anyone thinks however this reorganization is now a fact that VVA and others must learn to deal with Undersecretary of Defense David Chu It would appear that the reorganization of the Appropriations Committees in the Congress is just one part of a coordinated attempt to delegitimize veterans with a view toward marginalizing veterans needs and issues If this succeeds then it becomes easy to continually cut the appropriations for veterans health care and other vitally needed services This intent of this attempt this campaign became apparent when Undersecretary of Defense David Chu told The Wall Street Journal the funding for programs benefiting veterans and military retirees including survivors of those killed in combat and the children of MIAs KIAs have gotten to

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  • The VVA Veteran
    it can be printed from our web site at www vva org meetings 05reno html Please be sure to complete the For Delegates Only box at the bottom of the registration form Indicate the chapter you will represent at the Convention or the state council you will represent Please enter only one or the other not both A copy of your DD 214 is not required if you are a Life Member or a state council president or were a delegate at a Convention since 1999 If you are not in one of these categories include a copy of your DD 214 with the registration form Unless you are a state council president two officers of the chapter or state council you are representing must sign the registration form Registration forms without the required signatures will be returned Registering early will save you time and money If you mail your delegate registration by July 7 you will receive the early bird discount of 35 off the registration fee and at the Convention you can go to the express line for pre registered delegates Please do not mail registrations after July 7 After that date you must register on site at the Convention This will cost more and you ll have to wait in line to get credentialed and registered You want to be sure you have a current VVA membership card at the time of the Convention If you re a Life Member and you need a new card just let us know and we ll send one to you If your membership is due to expire before the Convention be sure to renew in advance so that you ll have a current card when you arrive in Reno Another part of the planning process is to keep in mind

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