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  • The VVA Veteran
    council or other VVA leadership 2 Is this something we are already or should be doing If so can we get this accomplished with a simple request of a national officer or director If the answer to any part of these questions is Yes reconsider submitting your resolution and follow one of the paths described previously If No was the answer then you should ask yourself Can we accomplish this without breaking the bank Does the funding required match the priority of the resolution Does it fit within the long range goals of the organization If you can answer all with a definite Yes then bring that resolution to the committee for consideration at the Convention Once your resolution has been received at the national office it will be assigned an official resolution number A letter of acknowledgment will be sent to the author of the resolution informing him or her of the resolution s assigned number and the committee or task force that it has been referred to for completion The proposed resolution then will be reviewed by the Resolutions Committee to be sure the official submission form was used to be sure it was postmarked no later than the postmark date of 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 2005 to resubmit your resolution The National Board of Directors will be presented the proposed resolutions at their April 2005 meeting for review

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  • The VVA Veteran
    DATES The time period this election announcement covers is from October 22 2004 to March 31 2005 LETTER OF INTENT A prospective candidate must submit a Letter of Intent to the VVA Elections Committee providing his or her name address phone number home and work and the position he or she is a candidate for A prospective candidate may announce and run for only one position With regard to the paragraph entitled Eligibility prospective candidates for National Officer and Board positions must include in the Letter of Intent a signed statement that includes the National State Council or Chapter positions they have held and the dates they held these positions The Elections Committee began accepting Letters of Intent October 22 2004 at the following address VVA ELECTIONS COMMITTEE 14 W Deer Park Rd Apt A Gaithersburg MD 20877 IMPORTANT NOTES 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 Elections Committee at the Convention Any violation of the above will result in disqualification Letters of intent must be postmarked on or before March 31 2005 All letters of intent must be sent to the Elections Committee s Gaithersburg Maryland address Any letter of intent that does not meet the postmark requirement or is sent to any other address will be considered invalid and will not be accepted by the Elections Committee CANDIDATE S PACKETS The Elections Committee will begin mailing Candidate s Packets to those prospective candidates who have submitted their Letters of Intent on January 31 2005 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 Elections 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

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  • The VVA Veteran- Arts of War
    long time film and museum military technical adviser made an interesting discovery early in 1997 while he was working on the movie The Thin Red Line Beltrone s assignment was to find a ship that could be used in the movie to simulate a WWII troop carrier Beltrone who lives in Central Virginia ferreted one out at a maritime reserve installation on Virginia s James River It was the rusting decommissioned General Nelson M Walker a P 2 troopship that last saw active duty in 1968 and was slated for demolition The Walker s last mission was a series of Pacific voyages that took American soldiers and Marines to the Vietnam War While poking around below decks Beltrone spotted graffiti scrawled by Nam bound GIs on the canvas undersides of the sardine like berths There was a little of everything Beltrone told Smithsonian magazine last year Obscenities drawings even poetry That included phrases such as Bong the Cong George Washington Slept Here Will I Return and Capitalist Yankee Dogs Go Home I knew I d stumbled on a unique sort of personal history Beltrone said These young men were going to war while I had spent those years on Long Island Beltrone and his wife Lee a photographer recorded the inscriptions and put together a book about it Vietnam Graffiti Messages From a Forgotten Troopship They also talked the U S Maritime Administration into donating 127 of the canvasses to seven museums around the country including the under construction National Museum of the U S Army and the Smithsonian s National Museum of American History INSPIRED BY LIGHTERS It s safe to say that you ve never heard a CD like Zippo Songs Airs of War and Lunacy Cantaloupe Music by Phil Kline an eclectic music maker The New Yorker calls one of downtown Manhattan s most skillful composer provocateurs Kline mixes elements of classical rock and ambient electronic music in his works some of which use strange combinations of boom boxes and acoustic and electronic instruments That includes Unsilent Night an outdoor event for massed boom boxes and The Garden of Divorce an electronic guitar concerto In Zippo Songs Kline has taken words G I s in Vietnam had etched on their Zippo lighters and turned them into ethereal lieders featuring Theo Bleckmann on vocals The dirge like songs include many of the well know bon mots we used back then Such as When I die bury me face down so the whole world can kiss my ass We are the unwilling led by the unqualified doing the unnecessary for the ungrateful When I die I ll go to heaven because I spent my time in hell Death is my business and business has been good Kline also includes a group of Rumsfeld Songs tunes written to words spoken by the current Defense Secretary and his melancholy version of The End the Doors song that forever will be associated with the bombastic last scene in Apocalypse Now The CD

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  • The VVA Veteran
    flashes back to the narrator s Vietnam War tour Ninety five percent of my experience in Vietnam he says was at least on the surface either banal or comic Unfortunately the remaining five percent was especially tragic This is the sixth book in Lund s Route 66 series The author served as a U S Army combat correspondent in Vietnam in 1970 71 VVA Life Member Mike Sutton s No Survivors Author House 375 pp 19 75 hardcover 12 25 paper is a well told novel that does not shrink from graphically portraying brutal in country Vietnam War action Sutton who served three Vietnam War tours evokes the ground war well from the perspective of a small advisory team working in the Delta His epilogue set in 1986 at The Wall in Washington is a moving and cathartic tribute to those he served with John F Mullins Into the Treeline Pocket Star 357 pp 6 99 is an action heavy evocative broadly sketched Nam novel focusing on a Green Beret LT who becomes a Phoenix Program op This is the second in Mullins Men of Valor series Mullins did three Special Forces tours in the Vietnam War Robert Vaughan s Brandywine s War Back In Country Skyward 259 pp 24 95 is a sequel to the author s 1971 novel Brandywine s War In the new book the title character an Army CWO helicopter pilot gets involved in a series of misadventures revolving around the publication of his novel The dialogue heavy book moves swiftly with a wacky cast of characters Vaughan flew helicopters in the war WAR VOICES In Voices of War Stories of Service from the Home Front and the Front Lines National Geographic 336 pp 30 editor Tom Weiner has taken the stories of Americans who took part in the two world wars and the Korean Vietnam and Persian Gulf I Wars and shaped them into a meaningful narrative Weiner and a group of National Geographic staffers combed through the more than 30 000 oral histories collected by the Library of Congress s Veterans History Project and chose the impressions of some sixty men and women Two Vietnam veterans former Sen Max Cleland and Sen Chuck Hagel contribute the introduction and the afterward The book contains scores of brief entries organized by topic and war enhanced by dozens of photographs SPORTS NEWS In 1969 while hundreds of thousands of troops were in Vietnam life continued back home That year three New York teams the Mets the Knicks and the Jets won world championships Art Shamsky the former Met outfielder and writer Barry Zeman tell that amazing story in The Magnificent Season How the Jets Mets and Knicks Made Sports History and Uplifted a City and the Country Thomas Dunne 266 pp 24 95 The authors put those big seasons in their social and political context by giving the thoughts of among others Vietnam veterans including New York VVA members Ned Foote and Stanley Kuchewski Listening to the

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Jim and Terry Blount of Virginia Tidewater Chapter 48 have taken on the daunting task of adopting a platoon in Iraq The Blounts provide 34 men and three women with items that are either difficult for them to obtain or which help ease the tension and boredom They have been joined by three local schools several small businesses and many friends in assembling packages of foodstuffs toiletries music and video discs money and cards By Thanksgiving the Blounts had mailed out more than 63 packages weighing over half a ton Postage alone exceeded 800 West Haven Connecticut Chapter 647 sponsored a Support the Troops collection The drive netted 750 pounds of supplies which were sent to the 118th Med Bn in Iraq HONORS Buffalo Chapter 77 announced that two chapter members have been appointed to the Advisory Board of the Small Business Development Center at Buffalo State College Patrick W Welch president of Chapter 77 and Tom Konopka Director of Business Development to the Advisory Board look forward to their participation in the programs offered by the Business Center Welch is vice president and chief operating officer of an international software services firm headquartered in Williamsville New York Konopka is a consultant to the medical device industry Beaver County Chapter 862 recently held its annual Awards Dinner Dance Lee Corfield was declared Vietnam Veteran of the Year and Blaine Allinder received the President s Award for Outstanding Service Phyllis Weiss was AVVA Member of the Year and Pete Petrosky received the John Namath Distinguished Service Award ANNIVERSARIES Richard Early reports on the Massachusetts Tribute to Vietnam Veterans commemorating the 30th Anniversary of the End of the Vietnam War 1975 2005 The event was co sponsored by the VVA Massachusetts State Council the Foundation for the Advancement of Vietnam Veterans and the Leominster Elks Lodge Former Regional Director Early said Vietnam veterans remember all who served A special edition of The Boston Herald saluting Medal of Honor recipients reported an old soldier saying The older brother of World War II would rely on the public embrace they received A generation later the men and women of Vietnam came home from a deeply unpopular war and were largely ignored DONATIONS Ohio State Council Incarcerated Staff Representative of the Year Bill Homer presented a check for 500 from VVA Chapter 616 in Mansfield Correctional Institution to the Relay for Life Team of Richland County to promote and increase breast cancer awareness Joining Homer in the presentation ceremony was Alice Cain a breast cancer survivor and Warden Margaret Bradshaw SCHOLARSHIPS Buffalo Chapter 77 has established the Peter P Tycz II Memorial Scholarship in honor and memory of Tonawanda native U S Army Special Forces Sergeant First Class Tycz who was killed in Paktika Province Afghanistan in 2002 The chapter chose Tycz in recognition of his involvement in the community his devotion to his family and country and exemplary military service The scholarship is designed for a graduating high school senior Writing about the scholarship

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  • The VVA Veteran: Carl Les Fordahl-He Drew the War
    painting He worked for six months at the ASA base as a draftsman illustrator Then it was on to Europe and finally Vietnam in 1969 His first six months were at Cam Ranh Bay where Fordahl worked on communication system charts When that assignment came to an end he was asked where he wanted to go I knew guys in the Combat Arts section he said I d already started sketching on my own I got transferred to the section We had a four man team that traveled all over Vietnam Pleased to be doing the work a question remained Why was he doing the work I assumed it was historical Fordahl said We were unit combat artists Working in the war environment provides unique challenges for an artist There were times when other matters took precedence over art I did a painting of junks on the Saigon River he said There was an intelligence building in the background I had to remove all the identifying marks from the painting It ended up a nice scene of Vietnamese junks It had a Renaissance look But it didn t have an intelligence building in it At the firebases the artists drew straws to see who would go on ground operations or ride in the helicopters or stay at the firebase to work From Firebase Bastogne Fordahl brought back a memory that stays with him though it was not something he drew Having drawn the straw that meant he would stay at the firebase to sketch Fordahl watched as a patrol returned from a two day operation He was well aware of the striking difference between himself and the men returning from the jungle His uniform was clean and starched theirs were ragged and filthy The patrol had the look of men who had been somewhere he had not You could tell we weren t grunts and they were he said And one of them came up to me and to this day I don t know who he was but he comes up to me and he had to be dead tired from walking in the jungle for two days And he says If you need a place to stay there s a bunk down there He pointed to a hole in the ground where everyone slept He tells me to grab the bottom bunk on the right It was his bunk Fordahl said he couldn t imagine something like this happening back at Long Binh where the artists were based If I went back to Long Binh and I was filthy dirty and I was hitchhiking nobody would pick me up Neither would the buses he said I don t think they knew there was a war going on at Long Binh It was such a contrast in attitude Those guys on the front line and up in the hills didn t have much but they d give you what they could Back home in Minnesota after the war Fordahl

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  • The VVA Veteran: Diary of a Weaterman
    account that most people probably wouldn t bother to keep he said There are weather records that are kept but not quite like this I had explanations for why things happened It had more emotional impact than dry columns of data Joel Rosenbaum wanted to be a weather forecaster even when he was a little kid He was motivated At Rutgers University where he earned a degree in agriculture he joined ROTC arguing with friends that he d rather spend four years in the Air Force doing something he loved than spend two years as an Army draftee doing something he hated After Rutgers he studied weather science at Texas A M and then at the tropical weather school at Chanute Air Force Base in Illinois Only about half of the weather forecasters sent to Vietnam were trained at the tropical weather school I was probably one of the better forecasters because of my study at Texas A M and the tropical weather school he said He volunteered for Vietnam because it was what I was trained to do At Cam Ranh Bay Rosenbaum found an enormous base always busy with flight operations a wing of F 4 tactical fighters Freedom Birds C 130s Caribous commercial carriers ferrying equipment medevac flights taking wounded to hospitals around the world The weather forecasters briefed pilots on what to expect over the Ho Chi Minh Trail and southern portions of North Vietnam they briefed on close in air support for ground operations They briefed locally and for all of Southeast Asia Sometimes they played 20 Questions with aircrews setting out on classified missions It was kind of funny he said They d call in for a weather briefing and I d say Where are you going and the pilots would say Can t tell you It s a secret So we played 20 Questions and I d finally give them a general briefing on all of Southeast Asia and they d accept that Sometimes Rosenbaum argued with distant commanders who wanted people flying in weather that no one should go near Sometimes he argued with pilots You had to be real careful with medevac flights and turbulence he said You didn t want wounded patients to be bouncing around in the aircraft One time a pilot wanted me to change a forecast for moderate turbulence because it meant he d have to change his flight plan I said no way I wasn t going to get people injured because he didn t want to change a flight plan The prime issue was safety and people wanted to cut corners all the time May 8 Rain showers formed about 0100 local We had 11 inches of rain by 0600 local Heavier rain occurred at 0900 local Clearing by noon Numerous towering cumulus observed over water I picked up radar echoes as far out as fifty miles east of us over the South China Sea The cause of the rain was an over the water

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Airborne Division Association Operation Homecoming Traditions Military Videos Truman Publishing Veterans Commemoratives Veterans Viet Nam Restoration Project War on Cancer Wild Card To receive information about advertising in the VVA Veteran contact J S Publications Inc 8220 Hilton Road Gaithersburg Maryland 20882 3530 301 482 0720 Fax 301 482 0726 E Mail cathy john jspublications com E mail us at TheVeteran vva org Home Membership Publications Events Government Relations Contact

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