Vietnam Veterans of America to Present Legislative Priorities Before 114th Congress
On March 5, 2015, VVA National President John Rowan will testify before a Joint Session of the House and Senate Committees on Veteran Affairs regarding VVA’s Legislative Priorities and Policy Agenda for the 114th Congress. The hearing will begin at 10:00 am in Room 345 of the Cannon House Office Building, Washington, DC.
The hearing can be viewed at http://veterans.house.gov/
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 February 25 The Hill article by Martin Matishak, a bipartisan coalition of 41 senators is pressing Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to remedy the implementation of a program that allows veterans to seek private medical care. The effort, often called the "choice card," allows veterans to seek medical care at non-VA providers, if they live more than 40 miles from an agency facility or if they cannot get a doctor's appointment within 30 days.
Veterans Cheated Out of Benefits
In a February 25 CBS News story by correspondent Wyatt Andrews, the Veterans Benefits Administration provides $95 billion of entitlements each year to veterans, including disability money, pensions to vets and their surviving spouses, and death benefits — even American flags at veterans' funerals. But a CBS News investigation has found widespread mismanagement of claims, resulting in veterans being denied the benefits they earned, and many even dying before they get an answer from the VA.
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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."