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  • The VVA Veteran
    Program are being sought Another important issue is the Veterans Workforce Investment Program VWIP Only 16 states currently receive VWIP funds An additional 33 5 million in FY 2005 is being asked for in an effort to extend this funding stream to additional states The VA s Homeless Grant and Per Diem Program is an essential component in the continuum of care for homeless veterans The VA estimates it will need the full 75 million currently authorized to keep up with increasing per diem payments and additional per diem payments to new programs HUD VASH is the only housing assistance program in the Department of Housing and Urban Development targeted for the veteran population It is designed to provide permanent supportive housing to veterans with serious mental and addictive disorders In the Homeless Veterans Comprehensive Assistance Act of 2001 Congress authorized HUD to allocate 500 additional HUD VASH vouchers annually through FY 2006 HUD however has not requested the funding necessary for the additional vouchers The requested 13 5 million funding level would allow for the 500 vouchers for FY 03 and FY 04 in addition to the 500 vouchers authorized for FY 05 HUD McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance programs are the primary source of federal financial assistance to public community based and faith based organizations providing emergency shelter transitional housing permanent supportive housing and supportive services to all people experiencing homelessness including homeless veterans The recommendation of NCHV is to appropriate 1 8 billion in FY 2005 for HUD McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Programs NCHV also is calling for Congress to enact HR 1906 which would revise the Transitional Assistance Program for those separating from active duty in the armed forces making the program mandatory for all separating service members and providing for the furnishing to such members of

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  • The VVA Veteran
    30 years including 20 involving veterans health outcomes It promises to be a great presentation The newly revised PTSD tri fold brochure is being distributed with the assistance of VVA s Conference of State Council Presidents and Veterans Service Officers Additional copies of the brochure will be available at the Leadership Conference In addition the PTSD SA Committee is reviewing a proposed update of the on line Post traumatic Stress Disorder Guide that can be found under the Benefits News and Resources section on VVA s website The committee is also developing its own web page with assistance from the Communications Department for inclusion on the VVA web site As you may have heard VA Secretary Principi recently announced his decisions to reconfigure the VA s facilities and health care services The PTSD SA Committee remains very concerned about the impact of the reconfiguration on the VA s PTSD and related mental health programs VVA President Tom Corey said We remain particularly concerned by the lack of beds and staff to treat the psychiatric and neuropsychological wounds of war VVA will continue to press hard until the VA performs a proper needs assessment to make VA a true veterans health

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  • The VVA Veteran
    or young adult s life Members of the VAD committee who are applying these lessons around the country will be there to show you how the program works We will be working with a group of Boy Scouts who have volunteered to meet with us and show how you can make a difference in someone s life We will also have a special guest speaker at the seminar Gary Beikirch Vietnam veteran and Medal of Honor recipient who served with the 5th Special Forces group in Kontum Province He risked his life to save others as a medical aidman Although wounded himself Beikirch saved many Through a hail of bullets and exploding mortar shells he managed to get his fellow soldiers back to a medical bunker before he collapsed from his own wounds Beikirch is still saving lives He is a school counselor in Rochester New York He counsels young people on career opportunities and how to be useful citizens and sometimes he advises students on the perils of drugs and alcohol Beikirch has chosen a path of saving lives by giving of himself We are extremely proud to have him at our seminar and be a part of VAD

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  • The VVA Veteran
    provide to the many veterans who call the VVA national office asking about chapters in their communities If your chapter or state council contact information on the Chapter Locator is not up to date please send corrections to mapchanges vva org or call the membership department at 800 VVA 1316 PERMANENTLY HOSPITALIZED VETERANS We have established a new membership category for permanently hospitalized veterans as called for in a resolution passed at the 2003 National Convention The membership type is PHV and membership dues are waived for eligible applicants This membership is open to any Vietnam veteran who is eligible to join VVA and who is a permanent resident of a health care facility where he or she receives care for a chronic medical condition The health care facility can be a VA a non VA hospital or a nursing home The chapter transmittal form has been revised to add this membership category and a PHV membership application has been created Please visit the forms library on our web site www vva org Membership memforms htm or call the Membership Department to order forms MEMBER BENEFITS AND SERVICES A new feature in The VVA Vetera n lists important information about

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  • The VVA Veteran
    chair of the committee I was asked to provide testimony before the House Veterans Affairs Committee s Subcommittee on Health about the renewal of the VA MST authority Our stand is and has been for years that the authority should be made permanent HR3849 introduced by Rep Ciro D Rodriguez D Tex includes this provision In early June the VA Advisory Committee on Women Veterans submitted recommendations in its biennial Report 2004 to the Secretary In mid June the VA Women Veterans Summit took place A report on this event will follow From a list provided by the Membership Department one of our committee members Judy McCombs contacted the non renewed members encouraging them to renew membership An adviser to the committee Sara McVicker is delving into the writings and annals of the organization to provide the committee and VVA with a record of the history of women veterans in VVA This effort will secure a solid chapter on women veterans their presence their accomplishments and their contributions It will provide a clear understanding of our mark upon history The State Council Presidents were given their semiannual packets for the State Women Veterans Committee chairs If you are a state

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  • The VVA Veteran
    round white rocks take shape from the uncut stone to the finished product For more info go to www bisonfilms com OPERATION HOMECOMING 2004 Operation Homecoming was the military s codename for the February 12 March 29 1973 return of 591 American POWs from North Vietnam On April 20 2004 the chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts Dan Gioia announced another Operation Homecoming This one is quite different Subtitled Writing the Wartime Experience it consists of a series of two day writing workshops at military installations for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan led by some of the nation s top writers Family members also will be invited to participate The object is to help veterans and their significant others write about their war experiences The top works as judged by an NEA panel of literary experts will be published in an anthology due out in late 2005 The anthology will be distributed to military installations schools and libraries and sold in bookstores A percentage of the proceeds from bookstore sales will go to military charities The 26 authors chosen to work with the veterans in Operation Homecoming 2004 include several with Vietnam War credentials The list includes the Pulitzer Prize winning poet Yusef Komunyakaa the acclaimed science fiction writer Joe Haldeman The Forever War et al the award winning short story writer and memoirist Tobias Wolff In Pharaoh s Army This Boy s Life et a l and Bobbie Ann Mason the University of Kentucky s writer in residence and the author of the 1989 novel In Countr y The other authors include popular novelist Tom Clancy the poet Richard Wilbur and Tom Bowden who wrote Black Hawk Down Veterans and family members who cannot take part in the workshops may take advantage of a free Operation Homecoming CD which contains interviews and readings by writers who have dealt with war as well as an online writing tutorial To order a copy of the CD or the Operation Homecoming instructional booklet or for more info go to www arts gov national homecoming index html ARTS IN BRIEF Julia Moore whom Joe Galloway called the real hero of We Were Soldier s died April 17 at her home in Auburn Alabama after a brief illness In the film Madeleine Stowe portrayed the wife of Army Gen Hal Moore as a kind caring compassionate woman a true to life portrait according to those who knew her Julia Moore was laid to rest at the 7th Cavalry cemetery in Fort Benning The family suggests that in lieu of flowers donations be sent in Julia Moore s name to the Ia Drang Scholarship Fund First Cavalry Division Association 302 N Main St Copperas Cove TX 76522 The latest exhibit at the Vietnam Veterans Art Museum in Chicago Traumatic Stress Metamorphosis and the Artistic Experience opened April 15 It consists of a group of paintings sculpture prints and poetry by Vietnam veterans The exhibit is co sponsored by the group Free On

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  • The VVA Veteran
    On Dec 7 1964 for example Sen Mansfield sent a memo to President Johnson saying We are close to the point of no return in Viet Nam There ought to be less official talk of our responsibility in Viet Nam and more emphasis on the responsibilities of the Vietnamese themselves and a great deal of thought on the possibilities of a peaceful solution Gary A Freitas who served in the USAF in the early 1970s knows his war movies If you don t believe me check out his excellent War Movies The Belle Blade Guide to Classic War Video s Reed 414 pp 14 95 paper The heart of the book is an A Z listing of 350 war films including Vietnam War movies Each one page entry contains a concise summary and analysis of a war movie along with a recap of the critics reactions Freitas also includes short essays on the films of each war including Vietnam in this accessible useful volume The epic battle of Dien Bien Ph u ended a half century ago in May 1954 David Stone a former British military officer presents a readable well researched detailed look at that battle in Dien Bien Phu Brassey s Casemate 128 pp 19 95 paper In his analysis of that watershed event Stone maintains that the determining factor in the Viet Minh victory was the dedication of their soldiers and leaders The bravery discipline robustness and determination of the Viet Minh were remarkable throughout the battle he says citing poor motivation and moral of many French Union soldiers Sgt Major Billy Waugh who retired in 1973 was one of the Army s original Green Berets He served in high level Special Forces operations all over the globe including a seven year stint in Vietnam Waugh with writer Tim Keown tells his war stories which stretch from 1954 2002 in the readable action packed Hunting the Jackal A Special Forces and CIA Ground Soldier s Fifty Year Career Hunting America s Enemie s Morrow 256 pp 23 95 Waugh gets two brief mentions in John L Plaster s Secret Commandos Behind Enemy Lines with the Elite Warriors of SO G Simon Schuster 366 pp 26 a first person account of the work of the then secret Studies and Observation Group in the Vietnam War Plaster the author of two other nonfiction accounts about his former unit served three SOG tours in Vietnam Richard Taylor served two combat heavy tours in Vietnam as an adviser to the ARVN s 7th Infantry Division in the Delta in 1967 68 and as a company commander with the 1st Cav s 1st of the 7th in 1970 71 Taylor describes those tours in his well written thoughtful memoir Prodigals A Vietnam Stor y Casemate 288 pp 32 95 Taylor says that an emotional burden lifted when he attended his first VVA chapter meeting a few years ago When an overweight and aging vet with a ponytail shook my hand and said

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  • The VVA Veteran
    s adds interesting detail on the New York Time s s decision to publish and ironically the heavy cloak of secrecy surrounding publication Prados who contributed the narrative portion uses Richard Nixon s telephone tapes to demonstrate that it was the president himself who decided to challenge publication of the papers Inside The Pentagon Paper s argues persuasively that Nixon was less concerned about the diplomatic consequences of the leak an excuse concocted after the fact than with maintaining government secrecy for its own sake Nixon s dismissal of the public s right to know during private discussions of these issues is especially chilling in today s Nixonian environment That s of course a goddamn code word he snorts right to know The public has no right to know secret documents In one of the most interesting and telling sections of the book Prados closely analyzes those documents from the Pentagon Papers the government cited as damaging to the national security He finds nothing that comes close to meeting that test Nor Prados argues did the leak of the papers have any significant impact on ongoing negotiations or the national security The greatest impact of the publication of the Papers was at home The documents confirmed much of what the antiwar movement had been saying about the war and government deceit The Supreme Court upheld the newspapers right to publish the Papers and this significant victory for the First Amendment made journalists more willing to challenge the government The authors nevertheless caution that the Pentagon Papers case represented only one battle in an ongoing struggle between government secrecy and the public right to know Over classification and excessive secrecy remain serious threats to our constitutional rights and civil liberties As the perpetual war on terrorism unfolds notes contributor Michael J

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