VVA will conduct its election of all National Officer and Board positions during the 17th National Convention to be held July 21-25, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois.
Fellow veterans: The Elections Committee invites you to think about your future role in the leadership of VVA. The committee encourages all those considering running for office in 2015 to think about and evaluate whether you are willing to take on the responsibilities of an officer or a Board member. Take time now to consult with your family, friends, and those whose opinions you value to determine if this is the next step you are willing to take in your involvement with VVA.
Remember: The election process begins January 1, 2015, when the committee starts accepting Letters of Intent, so be ready, be committed, and be sure. The future of VVA could be in your hands as a representative of this organization. The Elections Committee welcomes all those who wish to be a part of the elections process and who aspire to be the leaders of VVA.
Proposed VVA Constitutional Amendments and Proposed VVA Convention Resolutions
The deadline for submitting proposed amendments and resolutions has been extended to midnight March 29, 2015 due to technical difficulties.
If you have already submitted a proposed amendment or resolution please resubmit it on the new forms.
Proposed amendments to the VVA Constitution and VVA Convention Resolutions can be made online. Use the buttons below to submit amendments and resolutions (each separately). Submissions for both are due no later than March 29, 2015. NOTE: If you submitted your amendment prior to October 14, please resubmit it.
VVA National Awards are submitted by mail and must be postmarked by May 22, 2015.
More Veteran News
According to a March 23 Stars and Stripes article by Heath Druzin, beginning Tuesday, March 24, veterans filing or appealing claims must use standardized forms, a controversial move that the VA says will streamline the process, but some advocates say it will cost tens of thousands of veterans their benefits.
Study: Healthcare Reform Has Led to Diabetes Diagnosis Surge in States with Medicaid Expansion
In a March 23 article by Stacy Lawrence posted on the FierceMedical Devices website, the enactment of the Affordable Care Act with its expansion of Medicaid benefits has led to an uptick in diabetes diagnoses by almost one-quarter, according to a study of de-identified test results from Quest Diagnostics. That's in states that opted to expand Medicaid under the new law during the first 6 months of 2014 as compared to the first 6 months of 2013. In states that did not accept the Medicaid expansion, the number of diabetes diagnoses expanded by a scant 0.4%. As of February, 22 states and the District of Columbia had accepted expanded Medicaid coverage under ACA, while another 6 opted for an expansion under an alternative plan. And 17 states decided not to expand Medicaid coverage, while another 5 were considering it, according to an analysis by healthcare industry group The Advisory Board. Almost all the southern U.S. states, many of which have some of the highest rates of diabetes and obesity in the country, rejected the Medicaid expansion under the ACA.
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"Books in Review II," is an online feature that complements "Books in Review," which runs in The VVA Veteran, the national magazine of Vietnam Veterans of America.
"Arts of War," is Vietnam Veterans of America's up-to-the-minute compendium of information, news and reviews about the arts—movies, television, stage plays, musicals, music, dance, popular and fine arts, and more—that deal with Vietnam veterans and the Vietnam War.
Washington, D.C.--Representatives Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Mike Honda (D-CA) have introduced the Toxic Exposure Research Act (H.R. 5484) that will, when enacted into law, establish a national center at a VA medical facility for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service in the U.S. Armed Forces.
On November 19, at 2:00 p.m., in testimony before the Subcommittee on Health of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, VVA National President John Rowan expressed VVA’s strong support for this legislation. “This bipartisan legislation is multigenerational in scope and will provide a process for evaluating exposures that may result in toxic wounds to veterans and their offspring,” said Rowan. “The invisible wounds of war may not manifest for decades. Most tragically, these wounds may be passed on to subsequent generations, and our children and grandchildren should not have such burdens visited upon them.”
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Personality Disorder Discharges
The Department of Defense (DoD) has violated the law by failing to release records showing that it has wrongfully discharged nearly 26,000 service members on the basis of so-called "Personality Disorder."