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  • The VVA Veteran - PTSD/SA Committee Report
    to provide such services in the future In a reference to the GAO report Dr Jonathan Perlin the VA s Acting Undersecretary for Health said We take exception to this report and noted that the VA is a world leader in PTSD treatment GAO investigators said the VA has put in place only 14 of 24 recommendations from an advisory committee that Congress created while the VA says it has completed seven The bottom line according to the report is that the delay raises questions about VA s capacity to identify and treat veterans returning from combat who may be at risk for developing PTSD and maintaining treatment for veterans already receiving help PERCEPTION WARS In early February Col Thomas Burke Director of Mental Health Policy for the Department of Defense said that the stigma for troops seeking mental health care is a real problem and that there is a perception among the troops that seeking mental health care means you re weak or a coward and frankly we in the military foster that attitude Burke also noted that the biggest barrier to reducing stigma in the military is confidentiality In other words troopers who self identify themselves as suffering from PTSD or other forms of psychological trauma and then try to pursue medical help are running into difficulties Perhaps that s the reason for an Army Times report of February 28 that some troops in Iraq are taking antidepressants such as Prozac Zoloft and Paxil On the other hand this does little to explain The Guardian s report on February 17 that some scientists in South Carolina want to offer the street drug Ecstasy as a treatment for PTSD and are advertising for combat veteran volunteers The scientists note that the drug assisted therapy sessions last up to eight

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  • The VVA Veteran
    sure the official submission form was used to be sure it was postmarked no later than April 11 2005 and to be sure the required financial statement of cost and funding is attached when a resolution requires funding If a proposed resolution passes the committee s review it will be sent on to the appropriate committee or task force However if a proposed resolution is found to be incomplete it will be returned to the author by certified mail return receipt requested You will then have until April 11 to resubmit your resolution The National Board of Directors will be presented the proposed resolutions at their April 2005 meeting for review and comments A final package of resolutions with a committee or task force recommended action for each proposed resolution will be sent to all state councils and chapters by first class mail no later than June 10 At the Convention committee hearings will be held to allow the committees task forces and delegates to review all resolutions pertaining to that particular committee or task force before the resolutions are presented to the delegates on the Convention floor The 2005 Convention Resolutions Committee is chaired by Fred Elliott The other

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  • The VVA Veteran
    is required by the nominee s professional or organizational position The Chapel Awards Committee must approve all nominations Please be as specific as possible and include the nominee s full name chapter affiliation if applicable address and telephone number NOMINATIONS FOR THE HUMANITARIAN AWARD Only the National President a member of the National Board of Directors or a State Representative of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America or the National President a member of the National Board of Directors or a State Council President of Vietnam Veterans of America may nominate a worthy individual NOMINATING REQUIREMENTS In no more than four paragraphs describe the nominee s selfless sacrificial service In all cases the service must go far above and beyond that which is normally required in the course of human experience Supplementary documentation news articles letters of endorsement substantiation of other awards etc is required for all nominations All nominations must be approved by the Chapel Awards Committee which subjects all nominations to a rigorous review process Please be as specific as possible and include the nominee s full name chapter affiliation if applicable address and telephone number The National Presidents of AVVA and VVA shall be advised of the names and credentials of those nominated for this recognition NOMINATIONS FOR THE BRONZE MEDALLION Only the National President or a member of the National Board of Directors of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America and Vietnam Veterans of America may nominate a worthy individual for The Bronze Medallion In no more than one page describe the nominee s contributions to world peace the well being of mankind or to interfaith and interethnic tolerance In all cases the efforts cited must go greatly above and beyond that which is normally required in the course of human experience as well as alter

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/archive/TheVeteran/2005_03/4chaplains.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The VVA Veteran-AVVA Report
    let us know Contact your Regional Director or any national officer 2005 AVVA Annual Fellowship Award BY JUDY BOLIO It is again time to consider nominations for the Fellowship Award to be presented at the AVVA Leadership Conference in Reno in August Past recipients were recognized for their work for veterans and their country We in AVVA want the Fellowship Award to remain a prestigious honor Honorees who have received the Fellowship Award in the past three years are Marge and Loren Herrick John Kahler and Lynda Greene Nancy and Charlie Montgomery Kate Pantorello Janis Roznowski The award goes to individuals who go one step beyond The requirements for nominations are 1 Applicant must be a current member in good standing of AVVA with no pending disciplinary actions 2 Applications must be postmarked no later than June 10 3 Applications must include a report of no less than one page but no more than two pages describing the individual s attributes and accomplishments 4 Application must include documents or articles that reinforce your submission 5 The Awards Committee is responsible for the selections All submissions will remain the sole property of the Awards Committee until the AVVA Leadership Conference is closed at which time submissions will be stored at the national office in Silver Spring Maryland 6 Submissions should be sent to Judy Bolio Awards Committee Chair 326 16th Ave Silvis IL 61282 1809 Election Report BY KATHY ANDRAS We are preparing for Affiliated Chapter and State Representative elections The candidates applying for these positions must be aware of the tremendous responsibility that they will be assuming Until now elections for the Affiliated Chapter Representatives were held annually in April It is now up to AVVA members affiliated with VVA chapters to decide if they would like to have elections every two years or keep their elections every year Whichever they choose the State Representative should be notified Candidates must be at least 21 years old and a member in good standing in AVVA with no pending disciplinary action Each candidate must provide a letter of intent to the person in charge of running the election no later than 60 days prior to the election The forms requirements and duties of the office of the Affiliated Chapter Representative are found in the AVVA Policy and Procedure Manual Section Seven This is the year for State Representative elections They are held in odd numbered years with the elections taking place between January 1 and June 30 The candidate must be 21 years of age and either an at large regular member or a regular member affiliated with a VVA chapter To qualify you must have been a member for at least one year prior to the election and have no pending disciplinary actions The current State Representative must receive a letter of intent no later than 60 days prior to the election Members in the state will review the candidate s letter of intent The most important duty of a State

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  • The VVA Veteran
    council If a state council elects not to send a delegate it may transfer the delegate s vote to another eligible VVA member in good standing from any chapter within its state Transfer authority must be in writing and signed by two chapter officers or in the case of a state council signed by two state council officers All challenges should be brought to the attention of the Credentials Committee chair The chair will confer with the applicable regional director state council president and VVA membership staff for clarification of a delegate s credentials If a challenge cannot be resolved at that level a meeting of the Credentials Committee will convene and arbitrate If VVA national has not received a copy of a state council or a chapter s annual financial report that state council or chapter s delegates will not be credentialed They will not be allowed on the Convention floor until the annual financial report has been received Annual financial reports may be turned in at Convention It is recommended to bring a copy of the annual financial report to the Convention The Credentials chair will make an oral report each morning to the assembled delegates notifying them of the total number of delegates seated that day SEATING The Credentials Committee is responsible for setting up delegate chairs on the Convention floor by region and state according to the number of delegates each state is allotted Delegate seating will be assigned by the following procedure The host region will be assigned the center front section with the host state seated in the front row or rows The Credentials chair will then draw numbers 1 9 for each region except the host region The first region number drawn will be seated behind the host region the second region number

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/archive/TheVeteran/2005_01/credentials.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The VVA Veteran
    have been a member of the Corporation in good standing for a continuous period of not less than the twelve 12 months immediately preceding the opening of the National Convention at which candidate seeks election The candidate must have held an elected position at the national state or chapter level for any continuous period of twelve months prior to the date of the opening of the National Convention Candidates for Regional Board positions must reside within the region they wish to represent IMPORTANT NOTES Candidates submitted Letters of Intent to the VVA Election Committee by March 31 Any Letter of Intent that did not meet the postmark requirement or was sent to any other address will be considered invalid and will not be accepted by the Nominating Committee Those who plan to run for an elected position from the floor at the Convention cannot distribute any campaign materials or announce or campaign on any web site including their own or accept any authorized contributions prior to being approved as a candidate by the Election Committee at the Convention Any violation of the above will result in disqualification CANDIDATE S PACKETS The Election Committee will mail Candidate s Packets to candidates who have submitted Letters of Intent To avoid possible loss or destruction of these packets they will be sent via Certified Mail Return Receipt Requested These packets contain information instructions and rules regarding the conduct of the election process that are of vital importance to every candidate Included in these packets will be some forms Candidates are required to complete the forms and return them to the Election Committee NOTE The Candidate s Packet will include a Cut off Date Calendar that lists events and dates that are very important to each candidate s campaign for office Failure to meet any of the deadlines will be grounds for disqualification CONDUCT OF CAMPAIGNS Candidates may not use the VVA national logo or flag nor that of any State Council or Chapter in or on their campaign materials Campaign materials are considered to be but are not limited to buttons pins brochures and the like A photograph of a candidate wearing his or her VVA National State Council or Chapter lapel pin is acceptable Additionally a photograph of a candidate who is wearing a coat jacket shirt or hat that has a VVA National State Council or Chapter logo on it also is acceptable Candidates may not solicit or accept campaign contributions in any form from VVA or any VVA State Council or Chapter Campaign contributions are considered to be but are not limited to money paper envelopes postage free printing free phone calls use of web sites or e mail Candidates may not solicit or accept any campaign endorsement from VVA any VVA State Council Chapter or VVA newsletters newspapers web or electronic mail sites Candidates may solicit and accept campaign contributions and endorsements from any member of VVA provided that the contributions or endorsements are not in violation of rules

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  • The VVA Veteran
    you to other sites that can tell you how to fix your computer the proper way to dispose of flags where to get flags and other topics Mostly however you will be able to eavesdrop on some powerful conversations regarding politics the War on Terror Iraq Afghanistan how to help the troops what chapters are doing locally where the Moving Wall will be and how you can volunteer your time and resources for the betterment of communities throughout the world There also are discussions you can take part in or not about things such as whether Army will beat Navy These are regulated so that the List maintains its integrity and balance Under the supervision of one of the fairest and patient members me complaints are few If they are legitimate they are properly addressed It may not be to everyone s liking but the List is worth joining just for all the current VVA and world information that comes across your home computer station It is technology at its finest and best of all it s free Let the Talk List open up a whole new world for you and your family Come and stand side by side with

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  • The VVA Veteran
    in racist rural Mississippi in the 1950s and his stirring recounting of the three weeks he and another Army helicopter pilot spent evading the enemy in the jungles of South Vietnam after they were shot down Ware alternates chronological chapters with short chapters sketching the hellish journey he experienced avoiding the enemy and nearly starving to death on the ground in Vietnam Adding to the drama Ware discovered that his fellow pilot who suffered a severe leg wound was a card carrying Ku Klux Klan member Ware also offers an evocative recounting of his eventful combat heavy first Vietnam War tour when he was one of the few black pilots with the Army s 61st Helicopter Assault Company Ezell s political analysis of the Vietnam War is not one of the book s strong points A self proclaimed lifer Ezell clings to the all but dismissed Domino Theory claiming that if the United States hadn t intervened in Vietnam the imperial communist powers would have continued to grab countries NONFICTION IN BRIEF Lori Grinker includes a chapter on the wars in Indochina in her starkly effective AfterWar Veterans from a World in Conflict de Mo 247 pp 47 50 a series of photos and interviews with veterans from two dozen conflicts around the globe Grinker an internationally acclaimed photographer provides penetrating color photos of the veterans many of whom were severely wounded The book Bill Moyers said is one of the most compelling visual projects that I have seen on the subject of war and peace Several of the photos were on exhibition at the United Nations earlier this year For more info go to www afterwar com Allan Richman includes a wry humorous chapter on his year in Vietnam in Fork It Over The Intrepid Adventures of a Professional Eater HarperCollins 324 pp 24 95 an engaging memoir that concentrates on the side benefits of being the award winning culinary critic for GQ magazine Richmond served at Camp Davies near Saigon as executive officer with the U S Army Harbor Craft Company There s something I should confess about my year in Vietnam he says I gained weight while I was there The next time the topic of in country versus Vietnam era service comes up take a glance at Cold War Clashes Confronting Communism 1945 1991 VFW Magazine 172 pp 18 paperback an informative well illustrated look at little known engagements covert operations and other clashes on land sea and in the air that took place before during and after the American war in Vietnam The book edited by long time VFW Magazine editor Richard K Kolb includes interviews with veterans and an honor roll of the 382 Americans killed by hostile action during that time For more info e mail shanson vfw org James H Wilbanks Abandoning Vietnam How America Left and South Vietnam Lost Its War University Press of Kansas 384 pp 39 95 is a deeply researched well written analysis that focuses primarily on military

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