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  • The VVA Veteran
    Joe Holt a Marine Vietnam veteran who contributed to the exhibit s oral history component Nobody museum wise has ever dealt with the Vietnam War ever The fact that they added the Vietnamese is so brave ON THE RADIO Gary Lillie a longtime VVA member from Michigan is one of the guiding forces behind Veterans Radio a live radio show produced by veterans for veterans The show airs from Ann Arbor Michigan s WAAM AM on Sunday nights from 7 00 8 00 Next year the show will go to two hours beginning at 6 00 p m There are plans to syndicate Veterans Radio to as many as sixty stations around the nation and to Armed Forces Radio It s also broadcast today on the Internet at www veteransradio net The show includes guests of note who served in the armed forces politicians veterans benefits counselors poets writers and others On November 14 Lillie and company broadcast a special two hour one year anniversary show live from the Sidetrack Bar in Ypsilanti The show is informative and above all entertaining Lillie says We hope to inform you and make you laugh at the same time HEARTS AND MINDS A newly restored print of the 1975 Oscar winning Vietnam War documentary Peter Davis s Hearts and Minds appeared in movie theaters around the country this summer and fall That was not a good thing to my way of thinking There s some great stuff in this polemical antiwar film but Hearts and Minds gives a distorted portrayal of Vietnam veterans Davis s point is that the United States had no business being in Vietnam and that everyone who took part in the war has blood on his or her hands In putting forth this oversimplified at best message Davis willfully ignores anything showing Americans and South Vietnamese in a positive light And he portrays the NVA and VC as heroic freedom fighters In Davis s version of the war American GIs raped and pillaged innocent villagers while an unseen enemy went about heroically defending its homeland against the imperialist aggressor Davis s hero among American veterans is a deserter who tells his tale to a congressional committee His villains are a series of military men who were up to no good on the ground in Vietnam and back home Some veterans in the film such as VVA founder Bobby Muller don t fit in either category But the veterans Davis highlights make it appear as if we were all either racist killers or apologizing wimps We all know that that s not true and that the truth is much much more complex ARTS IN BRIEF Two recipients of the National Medal of Arts which President Bush presented at the White House on November 17 have done work in which the Vietnam War figures prominently Honoree Twyla Tharp the renowned choreographer is the creator of the critically acclaimed dance saturated smash Broadway musical Movin Out which revolves around three characters service

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Press Releases Benefits Meetings Special Events Collectibles Contributions and Sponsorships Site Index Vietnam Veterans of America 8605 Cameron Street Suite 400 Silver Spring Maryland 20910 3710 301 585 4000 Fax 301 585 0519 1 800 VVA 1316 Copyright 2005 by

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Florida The cause of death was cancer due to exposure to Agent Orange in Vietnam Skoglund is a former enlisted man who retired an Army major He served two tours of duty in Vietnam During 1966 67 he was with the Fourth Infantry Division in the Central Highlands He spent 1971 72 with the Second Signal Group in Long Binh After retiring from a 23 year Army career in 1978 Skoglund received his B A from St Martin s College in Lacey Washington He then earned his M A in management and human relations from Webster University in St Louis Skoglund was a very active member of the Dean K Phillips Memorial Chapter 227 serving over the years in many capacities including president vice president treasurer chair of the DMZ to Delta Dance and delegate to the Virginia State Council Paul was dedicated to veterans and to VVA said longtime Chapter 227 member Lou James He played a major role in the success of the chapter His death came too soon and we all will miss him very much Visit The VVA Veteran archives to locate back issues E mail us at TheVeteran vva org Home Membership Publications Events Government

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  • The VVA Veteran
    lieutenant colonel had served in the Persian Gulf War and was in the Marine Corps Reserve She mentioned work VVA is doing at Walter Reed Army Hospital helping returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan and their families We talked about the connection between Vietnam veterans and Iraq veterans the incredible connection between the warriors of two different wars Porter said We talked about how many Vietnam veterans had sons and daughters serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and the heartfelt genuine sense of responsibility VVA members feel for the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan Porter returned to the shop over the ensuing months bringing family members and friends and introducing them to Dunne A friendship grew On one of those shopping trips Dunne told her of the meeting in which the store s management and staff had decided to link their Veterans Day sale to a fundraiser on behalf of veterans Dunne who had worked on several political campaigns has contacts all over Washington He was charged with finding out which organizations would be interested in working with Brooks Brothers He knew people from Walter Reed and the National Institutes of Health shopped at the store but when Mokie Porter came in Dunne found the non profit partner with whom he wanted to work Chris took it and ran with it Robinson said From there we just had a lot of people who bought into the idea and helped to make it happen Dunne encouraged Porter to arrange a meeting with VVA I said Why don t we put this together Dunne said It snowballed from there VVAF Executive Director Joe Sternburg said it was unusual for a retailer to approach the organization with such an offer I think it was a success because we don t get a lot of people walking through saying Hey we want to do something on your behalf Chris and the district manager felt it would be successful if they hit 25 000 in sales They hit 31 000 VVA President Tom Corey found much to admire in Brooks Brothers effort to make the day more purposeful for all involved I hope we can do something like this every Veterans Day and Memorial Day he said The recognition of those who served and those who serve now is so important to all of us Brooks Brothers didn t just have a sale They in fact gave back part of their profits I hope other retailers might do the same After approaching Porter about VVA involvement in the Veterans Day event Dunne met with Weidman and others to work out the details I give Chris Dunne a lot of credit for having the vision to put the veteran back in Veterans Day Porter said It s amazing that Brooks Brothers was willing to take the lead I couldn t think of a finer store to do that Brooks Brothers sent out mailers to its customers Weidman passed out invitations at the White House The

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  • The VVA Veteran
    at Party City and it had a Santa suit in Santa s size The suit cost 300 Why buy it Bob said Well I thought What the heck I can wear it to Bonnie s Christmas party and I can wear it other places Let s just buy it and be done with it I thought I might do Santa again next year anyway The country club appearance went well The kids loved him And then there was Las Vegas the next week Bob s son worked at a restaurant in Vegas The Bakers went to visit They brought the suit The employees were having a Christmas party for their kids Would he mind doing Santa again No problem Bob wore the suit in downtown Vegas too People loved it He didn t have to stand in line at restaurants Casinos came to a stop when Santa walked in and orchestras played Here Comes Santa Claus One casino made him part of the show starring David Cassidy They got invited to a Christmas party one year and Bonnie didn t have anything to wear So they bought her a Mrs Claus suit When her 80 year old father got married they got elf suits and everybody went downtown to Fremont Street and had a Christmas ball I like going to Fremont Street when they re doing the light show Bob said The kids will be standing there with their parents and they ll be trying to get their parents to look at Santa The parents will be telling them to watch the show I like doing that Bonnie says it s always a good time when they re going somewhere in the car She enjoys the looks on kids faces when they pull up at a stop sign look over

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  • The VVA Veteran
    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 Us Press Releases Benefits Meetings Special Events Collectibles Contributions and

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Thomas R Benard above left graduated from high school in Manchester New Hampshire and joined the U S Air Force Five years later when he was discharged he joined the Army National Guard When he signed up for active duty with the U S Army this year he was appointed commander of Headquarters Company at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico Visit The VVA Veteran archives to locate back

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  • The VVA Veteran
    for an outreach by the Silver Rose with the Moving Wall I found vets in country Marines and Army who were dying from cancers that the VA recognizes but they did not have any idea it could be service connected I again thank you for all your past help and any you can give in the future My personal motto is One day one vet I can save lives Laura Zolman Mt Vernon Ohio ONE GOOD PLAY I was fortunate to be able to take in a performance of One Red Flower at the Signature Theater Arts of War October I wished your reviewer had given more space to this excellent musical drama about the Vietnam War I have to tell you that I laughed and I cried and I was profoundly moved by this production It deserves to be seen by more people I hope that it gains a wider audience in New York and wherever else it is put on Benjamin F Butler Arlandria Virginia A BETTER LIFE I would like to express my sincere gratitude for your financial support of my education I am deeply grateful for being selected as a scholarship recipient of the Mike Nash Scholarship I am a senior in the College of Nursing at the University of Akron and will graduate in May I hope to work in pediatric nursing so that I can make a difference in the lives of children Most importantly I want to make a difference in my daughter s life I returned to school so that I would have the financial means to be able to provide her with a better life Obtaining scholarships is one way that I have been able to attain my goal without having to go into extreme debt to get my education Thank

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