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    Bennington CVS 20 HS 8 and USS I Hornet CVS 12 HS 2 He was a charter member of Vietnam Veterans of America Hayden Lakes Idaho Chapter 673 Larry Hock died recently in Anchorage Alaska He was born November 4 1945 Hock served in the U S Army from 1968 74 with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Anchorage Chapter 904 Billy Wayne Hunter died January 26 in Savannah Georgia of a heart attack He was born March 6 1948 He served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Savannah Chapter 671 Wesley F Jarred died July 24 in Grants Pass Oregon of cancer He was born December 20 1930 Jarred served in the U S Army during the Korean War He was a member of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America Grants Pass Chapter 867 Dean Carl Johnson died February 2 of myocardial infarction due to diabetes and hypertension He was born September 9 1947 He served in the U S Navy during the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Hopkins Chapter 62 Lonnie David Keel died recently in Atwater California He was born February 2 1951 Keel was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was an at large member of Vietnam Veterans of America California Scott W MacKenzie died July 29 in Athol Massachusetts He was born August 27 1947 MacKenzie served in the U S Army with a tour of duty in Vietnam He was a member Vietnam Veterans of America Athol Chapter 340 David Paul Mahn died August 12 in Norwood Massachusetts of a massive heart attack He was born on January 17 1941 Mahn served as a chaplain in the U S Naval Reserves and the Mississippi National Guard He was activated during Desert Shield Desert Storm He was a member and chaplain to Vietnam Veterans of America Stoneham Chapter 837 Marshall P Mitchell died recently in Birmingham Alabama He was born June 20 1938 He was a veteran of the Vietnam War and a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Birmingham Chapter 416 Timothy D Morton died November 17 2003 in Polk City Iowa He was born September 18 1946 He was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a member of Vietnam Veterans of America Des Moines Chapter 490 Timothy J Mueller died January 7 in Cuyahoga Falls Ohio of a massive heart attack He was born December 3 1947 Mueller was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America Cuyahoga Falls Chapter 34 Stephen E Paquin died April 12 in Clearbrook Minnesota He was born January 11 1952 Pacquin was a veteran of the Vietnam War He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America St Cloud Chapter 290 Darrell Parrott died August 2 in Ann Arbor Michigan He was a veteran

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    the word to inspire action in the face of despair Thank God we will always have her with us Bill Crandell Washington D C LARGE TRIBUTE I wish so much that I could have gone to Gloria Emerson s memorial service I ve got great Gloria stories to tell If you read my section in Winners and Losers you ll recognize me as that large affable fellow She was such a sweetheart and she loved us all She loved her Vietnam veterans God Bless you Gloria I know that you are with the rest of our brothers I just hope God allows smoking in heaven My prayers for you girl Randy Doc Barnes A THANK YOU This is a thank you from Paul and Donna Marie Crowell VVA North Carolina State Council President and AVVA Associate Liaison their son in law Mark and granddaughters Stephanie and Jennifer Sandmann who are associate members of Chapter 654 We thank everyone for their prayers phone calls e mails cards plants flowers and support during our time of need and sorrow It was and is appreciated that so many people cared Our daughter Theresa Sandmann associate liaison and AVVA member of Chapter 654 in Jacksonville North Carolina passed away on September 7 at home at the age of 37 years from cancer She put up a strong fight for almost four years battling her cancer She fought through two major surgeries Theresa is missed so very much She was a dedicated and hard worker for VVA and AVVA She is not in pain anymore She is at rest Again thank you for your support Paul and Donna Marie Crowell Via e mail MISTAKE CORRECTED I visited your web site for the first time and read an article I was in 9th grade when I

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    personally notify the next of kin that their son or their husband had been killed Breaking the news to families distraught by what I could tell them and further distressed by what I couldn t was uniformly painful They were starved for information and the only information I could give them was how he had died and where he was when he was killed Fifteen years later Murphy s older brother Pat a West Point grad a career military man who did two tours in Southeast Asia urged him to make the pilgrimage to The Wall He felt that the experience might afford Tim a degree of solace and peace that Pat had found there One Saturday summer morning in 1983 Tim joined Pat on one of his weekly jaunts to The Wall Someone might stoop to leave a rose a letter or a poem A message to a young man loved and lost To show they still remember those who never made it home Who built The Wall so long and tall and paid the bitter cost Pat Murphy sat by the bushes where the Frederick Hart sculpture now stands and watched as his brother explored The Wall seeking out and finding the names of buddies lost to the war Tim was Pat recalls pretty quiet when he rejoined him That first visit affected me so deeply Tim says I came away with an abiding comfort which endures to this day It was dramatic It was cathartic And I felt I had to write something about it I wanted others to know this peace that I d experienced there After a pause he adds I have a lot of friends on The Wall What he wrote Tim Murphy says he never intended for anyone but himself While many of his compositions are works in progress for the longest time The Wall pretty much stayed the same from its initial conception A week later he called Pat who was living near Washington He read me the lyrics I nitpicked and he of course ignored me thank God Pat recounted Sometime after that he called me again He had worked out the music And he sang The Wall to me on the telephone Maybe a month later Pat visited Tim at his home in Peekskill New York As they were driving Tim popped a recording he d made of The Wall into the cassette player Pat listened And he cried And every name s a father or a husband or a son Or a daughter or a brother or a cousin to someone Or a name might be a classmate or a friend you may recall There s nearly sixty thousand fallen names still waiting at The Wall Tim Murphy felt that perhaps I had something here He did Brother Pat gave a tape of The Wall to Pat Garvey who began singing it in the pubs he played at in and around Washington And Tim added The Wall to his

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    white officers He is the recipient of the Bronze Star the Purple Heart and the Medal of Honor Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen Richard B Myers and other dignitaries including VVA President Tom Corey watched as troops passed in review along the green lawn at the conclusion of the ceremony The following Saturday September 26 a group of people who would have preferred not to know each other gathered together as they have every year since 1929 American Gold Star Mothers met for the installation of new officers for the coming year Ann Herd whose son Ronnie died in Vietnam in 1970 was installed as the new president VVA Staff Director Joe Sternburg represented President Tom Corey Just as veterans relate to other veterans Sternburg who was accompanied by VVA staff members said you can relate to the new mothers and share your pain sorrow and the joy of carrying on your life and your mission and to remind everyone never to forget those who served and made the ultimate sacrifice A VVA proclamation urged all members of Vietnam Veterans of America to observe the day by paying respects to those mothers whose sons and daughters have

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    Iraq Rep Lane Evans D Ill Ranking Democrat on the House Committee on Veterans Affairs is introducing legislation that will respond to the mental health concerns of returning troops We must not lose any of another generation of veterans to this devastating condition Evans a life member of VVA said in a press release We must not allow assistance to those veterans already affected to be diminished due to rising demand for services or inadequate planning Evans cited recent studies that indicate that as many as 17 percent of the troops who have returned from Operation Iraqi Freedom have symptoms of a serious mental health disorder such as depression anxiety or PTSD Experts have recognized that early intervention is critical in preventing the development of chronic PTSD that may require a lifetime of care Evans bill which had not been introduced at press time would insure that active outreach programs are in place for veterans returning from deployments in Iraq Afghanistan and elsewhere enhance the capacity and accessibility of PTSD services within the VA health care system insure that current PTSD patients at VA facilities will continue to receive services build a broad based educational system to provide fundamental information about PTSD to front line providers including the case managers of veterans of the current deployments provide the most current information about state of the art treatment for PTSD to VA mental health clinicians establish a joint DoD VA council on post deployment mental health to address issues that affect both active duty troops and veterans insure that decisions about compensation for PTSD and its associated conditions are based on the available science develop new models for delivering effective and efficient PTSD treatments and allow the family members of service disabled veterans to gain access to therapy to adjust to

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    and determination to continue our mission The new officers and board members are President Mary A Miller Vice President Fran Files Davis Secretary Patsy S Varnell Treasurer Sonja Holybee Region 1 Susan Chechoski Region 2 Linda Haberkorn Region 3 Nancy Nix Region 4 Mary Yeomans Region 5 Judith Bolio Region 6 Diane Kuhns Region 7 Kathy Andras Region 8 Sandra Pitcox Region 9 Anne Pancrazio and Special Adviser Allen Manuel The past board worked extremely hard and I know that the new board will continue that legacy Bylaws were discussed and adopted and our good friend and legal counsel Mike Gaffney will be filing our papers with the IRS in the next few weeks Our biennial meeting was crammed with important information and I want to say a special thank you to our Founding President Nancy Switzer for her tremendous work preparing for this meeting Our luncheon had over 200 attendees who gave ovations to Kate Pantroilla and Janis Roznowski American Airline flight attendants who received the AVVA Fellowship Award Kate and Janis fly soldiers into Iraq and Afghanistan and home Nancy presented charters to states that have incorporated Illinois Nevada Maryland Florida California Pennsylvania and Michigan Congratulations Texas finished

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    Vietnam Veterans of America and a few other veterans groups became involved with Rich s vision to combat this war on drugs In 1993 after putting pictures of these murdered children on the wall in his office Rich contacted Judy Ringold director of the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Rich wanted to give something back to the families who had lost children Volunteer artists from the Academy of Fine Arts drew portraits of the murdered children and presented them in a ceremony Transparencies of the portraits were made and the children s pictures were put on a moving wall The exhibit called Lost Dreams on Canvas was taken to local high schools for a week long antiviolence program Mothers came into the schools and talked to the students about how their loved ones were murdered After meeting Rich in February of 1993 I joined him in his dream of stopping the violence on the streets in Philadelphia I learned Rich s good and bad behaviors in dealing with law enforcement veterans groups the District Attorney s Office neighborhood watch organizations and members of Congress Most importantly I learned about helping the families who had lost children and about doing whatever it takes to get them the support they need to survive their losses Last January Richard Montgomery lost his battle with Agent Orange The veterans community the city of Philadelphia and the families he helped over the years honored Rich and his family Acknowledging this great man was easy District Attorney Lynn Abraham Sen Harris Wolford and other dignitaries spoke at his funeral about his accomplishments I was asked by Rich a few days before his passing to promise that the Veterans Against Drugs Lost Dreams on Canvas program would not end Judy and I continue Rich Montgomery s legacy

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    VVA Newsletter of the Year awards Truelove s Florida Recon Report and Boyd s Texas VVA News have demonstrated outstanding vision and skill Combined Ray Truelove and Jim Boyd have more time doing ink and photography than either is willing to admit We are fortunate that they have chosen to share their knowledge and leadership with us As editor in chief Boyd supervised the breakdown into teams assignments reporters fact checkers editors proofreaders photographers and a whole newsroom that functioned each day of the conference from 6 45 a m until 11 00 p m The final product came off the press early Friday evening It was very well done Thanks to Jim Boyd for doing such an outstanding job in motivating and leading the team The Get Out The Vote seminar held Wednesday morning was well attended and included a spirited but civil exchange of ideas We were fortunate to have Medal of Honor recipient Paul Buddy Bucha open the seminar with a talk about the qualities and requirements of leadership especially during wartime Bucha noted that when you have no one to lead you have no one willing to follow Former VVA president George Duggins who looked tanned

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