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  • The VVA Veteran
    participation in that process VVA staffer Suton Thumprasert is a leader in the Thai community in the United States In an effort to help his organization provide relief directly to tsunami victims in Thailand Jim Porter created one hundred tsunami relief candy bars for sale to VVA members staffers volunteers and others Labels were produced and the bars were wrapped by the Communications Department They were joined by AVVA members who also collected money for tsunami victims by packaging Nancy Switzer s homemade chocolate raspberry creams Suton s tsunami relief fund is the beneficiary of more than 300 from the candy sales The committee will help the organization promote two VVA conferences this spring A one day conference at the National Press Club will bring together a group of experts to discuss the parallels between the Vietnam and Iraq experiences VVA is uniquely qualified to present this kind of objective examination The committee is pleased to have been asked to help present this important forum The PTSD and Substance Abuse Committee will present a conference on the immediate mental health needs of veterans of the War on Terror The Public Affairs Committee will support this project VVA maintains our primacy in presenting timely intellectually sound and reasonable public discourse We have a long history including the Conference on the 25th Anniversary of the End of the War in 2000 cosponsored by the College of William and Mary and the 2002 Yale Conference on Agent Orange The committee is eager to join the team that will insure the success of the 15th anniversary of Sons and Daughters In Touch over Father s Day June 19 weekend The Public Affairs Committee is on call for SDIT The Poetry Project is complete and will be included as an insert in an upcoming issue

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/archive/TheVeteran/2005_01/pa1.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The VVA Veteran
    e mail Agibson vva org and he will include it in his updates New State Council presidents include Ed Gaudet from Iowa I attended a meeting in Marshalltown and it was organized efficient and orderly Good job Iowa Wisconsin also has a new State Council president me Yes with my retirement I decided I would have the time to commit to the region and my state Wisconsin has a new program called Mission Welcome Home It s a statewide effort to support our newest generation of veterans VSOs the state and other governmental agencies along with businesses and citizens are joining together to help new veterans get what they have earned Our seasoned presidents Mike Kuhn from Kansas Jerry Kyser from Minnesota Dottie Barickman from Nebraska Dan Stenvold from North Dakota and Al Gibson from Missouri will be there for us always willing to share their experiences from their many years of hard work A regional meeting is scheduled for April 29 30 and May 1 in Milwaukee The meeting begins on Saturday and concludes early Sunday morning All candidates running for national office are invited They will be asked to address our region There will also be a 30

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/archive/TheVeteran/2005_01/region9.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The VVA Veteran
    need to do some fast recruiting and convincing your lapsed members to renew Also if your chapter membership is near one of the multiples for additional delegates 50 100 150 and so on you need to be sure that you have at least that many members paid through February or later The next step is for state council and chapter presidents to look for their delegate authorization letters By mid March we ll complete the processing of February s membership transactions and calculate the number of delegates each state council and chapter is authorized to send to the Convention in accordance with the VVA Constitution Article I Section 6 We ll send a letter to each state council and chapter showing the number of active VVA members and the number of authorized Convention delegates Contact the VVA Membership Department if you believe there are discrepancies in the numbers shown in the delegate letters The Convention registration form will be published in each issue of The VVA Veteran until the Convention The form also is available on our web site at www vva org meetings 05reno html Most chapters begin registration after their elections are held in April Next issue we

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Conference to open the amendment process marked the third time that the committee sponsored a seminar on the Constitution and provided a forum for the membership to present issues and questions The postmark deadline for all Proposed Constitution Amendments is March 31 2005 Proposed Amendments postmarked after March 31 will be returned Only amendments mailed to the national office or emailed to Bhagge vva org will be accepted The Proposed Constitution Amendment format must be used Faxes are not accepted Please write your amendments clearly Any VVA member may submit amendments While having the support of a chapter or state council is not necessary it does enhance the chances of an amendment being accepted at the Convention In cases where an amendment duplicates an amendment submitted by a committee the amendment will not be reported out and delegates will debate and be free to amend the committee sponsored amendment Please be sure that your membership number is entered on the form This is the only way we can insure that only VVA members submit Proposed Amendments The National Constitution Committee will meet in open session following the submission deadline review all proposed amendments and prepare its report to the membership

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/archive/TheVeteran/2004_12/constitution.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The VVA Veteran-Veterans Against Drugs
    generation will learn from our transgressions Evidently we are not doing enough I know that the VAD Program is working and growing in many areas But gangs are growing across the nation You have heard about the drug epidemic If you think it is not real you are mistaken Kids today are getting involved with drugs gangs and violence at younger and younger ages Why Because the gangs know that young kids are easily swayed and impressionable Plus they are told that because of their ages they won t be punished harshly when arrested The amazing part is that kids are duped and the parents have no idea what is going on The problem is exacerbated by the rising number of latch key children Families increasingly are unable to survive on a single salary so both parents work Some have more than one job Single parents have it even tougher That is where VAD comes in We can help before things get totally out of hand If you don t get involved now later you may be saying you don t understand how your grandchild became hooked on drugs or how terrible it is that she was killed by gangs

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/archive/TheVeteran/2005_01/vad.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The VVA Veteran
    the list of veteran owned businesses that answered our Survey of Business Owners We hope that you will visit this site from time to time and see what our brother and sister veteran owned businesses are doing Remember to buy veterans products first If you are a business owner please complete the survey and get it to us so we can list you on the web site and get you information to help market your product You cannot beat the price It s free You already have paid the price by serving your country so take advantage of it The committee also is looking for VVA members interested in helping keep up with legislation or proposing legislation that will help all veterans with employment training and vocational rehabilitation If you would like to help please contact the committee or let your State Council president know that you would like a recommendation to be added to the committee Attendance at meetings would be at your or your State Council s expense However attendance is not mandatory You can work from home and keep us informed about what you are doing or you can make recommendations Remember You do not have to

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/archive/TheVeteran/2005_01/etabo.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The VVA Veteran
    In an effort to comply with the resolution we are providing the following information JCAHO the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations is an organization that accredits hospitals and other health care facilities in the United States Although it is a private nonprofit organization JCAHO with input from professional and consumer groups establishes the standards by which health care facilities are evaluated Accreditation status is used to establish eligibility for non federal institutions to receive Medicare funds and in some cases to determine eligibility for licensure Although Department of Veterans Affairs facilities can continue operating without accreditation all VA Medical Centers VAMCs participate in the JCAHO accreditation process Loss of accreditation or conditional accreditation is viewed as an extremely serious matter by the VA The JCAHO review process is conducted at least every three years It includes on site visits to health care facilities JCAHO requires that hospitals provide an opportunity for the presentation of information by consumers and the public Recent changes in the accreditation process by JCAHO include unannounced accreditation surveys The surveys focus on organization safety of care and safety of the environment in which care is provided If you have information on these areas you can request a public information interview with a JCAHO field representative You must make the request in writing and include the information you wish to discuss The request should be sent to Division of Accreditation Operations Office of Quality Monitoring Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations One Renaissance Boulevard Oakbrook Terrance IL 60181 You also can fax the information to 630 792 5636 or e mail it to complaint jcaho org JCAHO s Office of Quality Monitoring acknowledges requests in writing or by telephone ten days before a survey begins If your request is granted an account representative

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/archive/TheVeteran/2005_01/vetaffairs.htm (2016-02-16)
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  • The VVA Veteran-AVVA Report
    in recovery Many items are needed and financial contributions are welcome Please make checks out to AVVA Project Friendship with the name of the project in the memo line Checks will be collected by Sonja Holybee AVVA Treasurer Direct your questions regarding Project Friendship to Sonya at sholybee avva org Elections will be held for State Presidents and State Representatives between January and June Affiliated Chapter Representatives also will be elected in April Affiliated Chapter Representatives may be elected every one or two years to correspond with the affiliated VVA chapter Contact your Region Director or Kathy Andras if you have any questions regarding elections at kandras avva org I would like to remind everyone that homeless grants are available Grant forms are on our web site Nancy Montgomery is chair of the homeless grants program Contact Nancy at nmontgomery avva org 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

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