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  • The VVA Veteran
    was represented with 45 members from all four states Region 7 has lost several members recently We lost our former Regional Director Jim Riggs who served from 1997 99 We will always remember him for the service he gave to Region 7 We also lost Daniel E Bannan the Arkansas State Council chaplain and Gerald Patton Jr Chapter 467 secretary Our prayers go to all An election was held in our region in June Our officers are Gary Trice Ark Richard Delong La Nate Washington Okla and Buster Newberry Texas We wish them the best Awards were given out for the Region 7 Chapter of Year Chapter 467 Ark Chapter 215 La Chapter 751 Okla and Chapter 923 Texas The Region 7 Veteran of the Year is Dean Reynolds of Chapter 137 in Dallas He was given a plaque and an American flag for his outstanding work Texas AVVA has submitted the paperwork to be the first to be incorporated in Region 7 We wish them the best Kathy Andras from Louisiana was elected Region 7 AVVA Director Now that the Leadership Conference is over we must prepare for the 2005 National Convention where we will elect national officers We

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  • The VVA Veteran
    Finance Nancy Montgomery Long range Planning Mary Yeomans Scholarships Judy Vargo Disciplinary Patsy Varnell Website Talklist Sonja Holybee Awards Judy Bolio Fundraising Sonja Holybee and Nancy Montgomery Paper Safes Executive Officers Election Kathy Andras Project Friendship Sonja Holybee and Mary Miller Public Relations Fran Davis and Sonja Holybee Flag Committee Elaine Simmons It has been a busy time for Joyce Koprowski who is affiliated with Chapter 195 in Florida She has been working alongside VVA members Tom Hall John Koprowski and our own Mary Yeomans to name just a few They have been collecting and buying supplies for hurricane victims In Tom Hall s words Joyce is top notch in buying supplies Joyce is going one step further by thinking ahead to December She would like to have baby blankets for all the new little ones and the ability to replace toys destroyed in the hurricanes Resources are sparse and the need is great Any donations of blankets yarn fabric and toys for boys and girls of all ages and monetary contributions would be appreciated Send items to Joyce Koprowski P O Box 890 Zephyrhills FL 33539 0890 Across the nation VVA and AVVA work together Florida is an example

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  • The VVA Veteran
    America The VVA Thomas Davis Jr Memorial Chapter 616 at Mansfield Correctional Institute in Mansfield Ohio has continued to set high standards with their projects They continue to give back to their adopted communities from one end of the state to the other These few paragraphs don t do true justice to the effort and commitment that these veterans have put into their resources and fundraisers Their unselfish staff advisers are William Homer U S Navy Ret Randy Roose U S M C and Don Berry U S Army Chapter 616 purchased 46 tickets from the Cleveland Indians to take 36 children from the Hanna Neil Center and 10 staff members to watch the Tribe take on the Oakland As in 2003 The Hanna Neil Center helps abused children in Ohio The chapter felt this would be great therapy for these traumatized children In September 2003 the chapter received a second Letter of Recognition from Ron Edwards the Ohio Director of Veterans Affairs to acknowledge the chapter s veteran and community service accomplishments In January of this year Chapter 616 delivered more than one hundred pounds of canned goods to the Joseph House of Cincinnati for homeless veterans Chapter 616 also donated 1 500 in September 2003 to the Joseph House to help homeless veterans In February Chapter 616 donated 500 to the Ohio State University Psychology Student Education Program With this partnership we hope to complete a study of PTSD and the veteran incarcerated In conclusion the veterans of Chapter 616 are still serving Being an incarcerated chapter the membership easily could have thought of only themselves However this group of veterans chose to think of their brothers and sisters instead They believe in veterans helping veterans whether they be past present or future Since Joe wrote this article

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  • The VVA Veteran
    special people who never stops giving back He took time from his private life to come to the Leadership Conference and speak at the seminar He is a guidance counselor at a middle school Always giving of his wisdom and faith he has become a true friend of the VAD program In order to demonstrate this program to those who could not attend the Leadership Conference the VAD Committee is offering to go to state council meetings and regional meetings to put on demonstrations If you are interested please contact Herb Worthington at hworthington vva org to discuss and plan a demonstration After the seminar the Scouts posed for pictures with us and asked Gary to sign the VAD caps we presented to them as thanks for participating in the program They went to many other veterans in the lobby and asked for their autographs also I was puzzled I inquired why they wanted everyone s signature and I was told that we are heroes in those kids eyes Due to budget constraints this year we have had to cancel three conventions and conferences we were scheduled to attend We will try to go next year The Latino Police Association the Purple Heart Association and the Enlisted Association of the National Guard all offered us display space at their meetings As the program expands into different areas we promote VVA AVVA and our committees and services We have found that Vietnam veterans are more respected then ever before People are interested in our personal stories They are judging us on our merit and knowledge That is exactly how the VAD program also is spreading In order to fund and expand this program you need to tell us what you are doing with the VAD in your area Send photos We

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  • The VVA Veteran
    book is full of thank you s and notes from people who have come back two and three times Some tears have been shed hopefully beginning the healing process The most rewarding sight of all is to walk by the exhibit and see one solitary veteran standing in front of one of those photographs To catch a glimpse of the exhibit and see the traveling schedule go to www sawtooth org vets html For more info e mail photoart sawtooth org Two other Vietnam War exhibits of note Face to Face Images from a Different War a one man exhibit of digitally re mastered slides by Don Fox who served as chief announcer for AFVN in 1967 in Vietnam which ran from October 12 November 13 at All Things Art Gallery in Canandaigua New York and Vietnam From a Texas POV which contains manuscripts photographs artifacts uniforms and memorabilia from the Southwestern Writers Collection at Texas State University San Marcos which began September 1 and goes through January 31 2005 A panel of writers will discuss their work on Veterans Day at the University s Alkek Library ONE RED FLOWER One Red Flower a powerful musical drama about an eventful 1969 70 year s tour of duty of an Army platoon in the Vietnam War had its world premiere during a month long run at the Signature Theatre in Arlington Virginia in September and October Paris Barclay the Emmy Award winning producer director wrote the show based on the 1988 book Dear America Letters Home From Vietnam edited by VVA s Bernie Edelman which also begat an excellent film documentary of the same name Signature Theatre s Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer directed the production We follow these six characters become emotionally involved with them and experience what war was really like for them Schaeffer said in a newspaper interview Based on actual letters and told through letters these are all very personal first hand moments connected together over the space of a year Schaeffer took pains to make the show as realistic as possible beginning with putting his six actors through a boot camp experience run by a Marine gunnery sergeant The director took those steps he said in tribute to Vietnam veterans It really isn t about us he said It s about the words of these guys these intimate letters that are so heartbreaking and engaging It s about channeling these words and bringing them to the ears of others The result is a hard hitting two act twenty song two hours and forty minutes of theater One Red Flower the critic Rich See said is an emotional musical that Signature has crafted into a technically well constructed vocally delightful production ARTS IN BRIEF The photographer Eddie Adams who made an international reputation for taking one of the most influential and shocking photographs of the Vietnam War died September 18 in New York at age 71 of Lou Gehrig s disease Adams enlisted in the Marines and served

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  • The VVA Veteran
    forceful essay lays into former Defense Secretary Robert S McNamara the person who more than any other figure created and set in motion the death apparatus that wound up killing 58 000 Americans and between two and four million Vietnamese Beidler says and who in retrospect tells us he s sorry it all turned out to be such a big corporate miscalculation James Webb the former Marine turned journalist novelist Fields of Fire et al and government official looks into a little noted but huge 27 million strong American ethnic group in his latest book Born Fighting How the Scots Irish Shaped America Broadway 369 pp 25 95 Webb weaves his own experiences in the Vietnam War and afterwards into this detailed history of the Scots Irish Americans a group that includes Andrew Jackson Davy Crockett Stonewall Jackson Mark Twain John Wayne Ronald Reagan and Bill Clinton In Overconfidence and War The Havoc and Glory of Positive Illusions Harvard University Press 284 pp 26 95 Princeton University s Dominic Johnson poses the question Does a human tendency toward overconfidence lead us into wars when a more realistic assessment might keep the peace His answer stretched out over eight densely written chapters is much more often than not yes Johnson hones in on what he posits are turning points in 20th century history World War I the Vietnam War the Munich Crisis of 1938 and the 1962 Cuban missile crisis Johnson shows that all five American presidents Truman Eisenhower Kennedy Johnson and Nixon who set this nation s course in Vietnam had plenty of evidence that a war there was at best an iffy proposition Yet each prosecuted that ultimately fruitless war All five Johnson says appear to have maintained an optimism that some kind of victory would eventually come however painful and costly the war might be along the way Craig Roberts and Charles W Sasser collectively and singly have written extensively about the Vietnam War Both are veterans Sasser is a former Green Beret and Roberts a former Marine sniper Their latest collaborative effort Crosshairs on the Kill Zone American Combat Snipers Vietnam Through Operation Iraqi Freedom Pocket 370 pp 6 99 paper contains first person profiles of snipers with the use of reconstructed quotes and scenes The latest convincing attack on the puffed up legend of Henry Kissinger is Jussi Hanhimaki s well argued The Flawed Architect Henry Kissinger and American Foreign Policy Oxford University Press 554 pp 35 Hanhimaki a professor of international history and politics at the Graduate Institute of International Studies in Geneva makes a convincing case that Kissinger s peacemaking in Vietnam is part of his inflated legacy Before the war was over in 1973 his foreign policy began to disintegrate the author notes as the agreement he worked out began to fall apart at the seams Robert Timberg the longtime Baltimore Sun reporter and editor graduated from the Naval Academy and served as a Marine lieutenant in Vietnam where he was severely wounded

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  • The VVA Veteran
    of disaster relief efforts by chapter members McManus and immediate past president Joseph Jorge delivered clothes and other supplies to hurricane victims in Pahookee HONORS Best Civic Group honors were bestowed on the Robert E Wheelock Chapter 327 in Stanhope New Jersey when they marched in the annual July 4th Parade in Sparta Region 3 Director Bruce Whitaker recently presented an award to Sen Barbara Mikulski D Md for her dedication and commitment to veterans on behalf of the Maryland State Council North Little Rock Arkansas Chapter 184 Vice President Steve Short recently was honored by his peers for his outstanding work for veterans He was recognized as Disabled Veteran of the Year by two VSOs Oregon State Council President Richard Gorby was recognized with the top prize from the International Association of Workforce Professionals for his level of service and commitment that exceeds the norm Gorby has established community partnerships helped develop memorials and advocates for veterans on KBND NewsTalk 1110 AM radio He also serves as editor of the Central Oregon Jobs newspaper NEVER AGAIN Ed Lampman of Orange Texas Chapter 348 tells us the chapter took part in the Louisiana Home Front Celebration in September in Leesville The event was organized to honor men and women in the armed forces and their families Over 30 000 people assembled to hear Louisiana Gov Kathleen Blanco pay respect to those who have worn the uniform of the armed forces of the United States Chapter 348 presented its Ronald E Ray War Museum and joined for a day of fellowship with recently returned Iraqi vets Rev Clate W Briggs Jr a nursing home minister in Elizabethton Tennessee and a member of Chapter 824 reports the story of 83 year old WWII POW Paul Hedges a resident of the nursing home where Briggs works Hedges who was in very bad health had asked for an American flag and a POW MIA flag for the head of his casket when his time came Jerry Campbell president of Chapter 824 found out about the request and the wish was quickly fulfilled by the chapter On July 21 Mr Hedges was presented with his two flags Incarcerated Chapter 616 in Mansfield Ohio donated 1 000 to the Richland County Red Cross All proceeds will be used to provide care packages for troops in Afghanistan and Iraq The World War II Memorial in Pasadena California is the beneficiary of a recent cleanup and restoration effort coordinated by Pasadena Chapter 446 EDUCATION Chapter 616 in Mansfield Ohio spent time working with psychology students at Ohio State University Mansfield Eight junior and senior students attended a recent meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association in Chicago where their work with inmates in the chapter brought them a better understanding of Post traumatic Stress Disorder The chapter also raised the POW MIA flag over the institution under the direction of Joe Jennings Executive Director of the Ohio State Council SCHOLARSHIPS Chapter 49 in Pleasantville New York awarded 3 000

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  • The VVA Veteran
    These people were in pain and a quilt square in their memory really helped VVA President Tom Corey calling her a tenacious advocate for those still suffering the effects of the Vietnam War said Jennifer Le Fevre touched countless lives When you look at what this lady has done over the years it s remarkable to think of the sacrifices she made trying to make people aware of the killer that s out there the killer that took her husband s life Corey said She had a tremendous impact on Vietnam veterans and her families I can t tell you the number of times she s set up her display and been there for veterans Invariably those who knew her speak of her energy They describe a physically small woman tiny in the words of one veteran whose presence filled every room she walked into She was an extraordinarily dynamic woman VVA Public Affairs Committee chair Jim Doyle said She had so much energy packed into such a small frame Some people walk into a room and create a vacuum Jennie energized everyone in the room Her quilt gave people a chance to put a face and name together and to reflect on it so a loved one wasn t just some abstraction who died from Agent Orange cancer These were real people with real families and Jennie made it her life mission to make the world aware Gary Chenett national director of The Order of the Silver Rose said he often found Jennie throwing open her house and heart to veterans Chenett said it was impossible for veterans not to talk to her Something about her insisted that they open themselves to her She would just break guys down and get them to open up Chenett said These were guys who hadn t thought about the war or about friends they lost There were times when I saw her conversations go on for an hour with vets who were hurting badly She was an honest open sweet person One such veteran was Henry Snyder Now living in Florida he came home from Vietnam in 1969 not wanting anything to do with the government the VA or any other person or organization connected to his experience in the Vietnam War Snyder said it took the five years of browbeating by a friend over the Internet before he would apply to the VA for Agent Orange related disability benefits He said he just wasn t talkative about anything Then he met Jennie Le Fevre and she did nothing less than change my life Snyder said He and his wife Sheila saw a newspaper story in 2000 about a woman with a quilt They went to see it out of curiosity Nothing has been the same for him since On the way home that evening he was crying Sheila said After all these years it was the first time I saw Henry say anything about Vietnam Jennie Le Fevre spoke to him

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