(Washington, DC) – “It’s bad enough that veterans have had to bear the cross of exposure to toxic agents during our military service,” said Vietnam Veterans of America National President John Rowan. “It is worse to see our children and grandchildren afflicted with health conditions we suspect have derived from our exposure, and to think we are the cause of their hurt and pain. Today, however, we see real light at the end of a long, grim tunnel with the introduction of the ‘Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.’ This legislation, when enacted, will establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service,” Rowan said. >>READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE
VVA will conduct its election of all National Officer and Board positions during the 17th National Convention to be held July 21-25, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel and Double Tree by Hilton in Springfield, Illinois.
Prospective candidates who have not yet filed with the Elections Committee may still run from the floor. Those candidates need to go to the Elections Committee’s room at the Convention and complete a Declaration of Candidacy and Eligibility, and they must produce a DD-214 and sign an SF-180. Note: Only current or prior National Officers and National Board Members may disregard the DD-214 and SF-180 requirement. They will receive petitions that need to be signed by delegates; the minimum number will be determined by the committee. They will also need to complete and sign other necessary paperwork.
Candidate Statements must be submitted to The VVA Veteran by April 17. Those seeking election for President, Vice president, Treasurer and Secretary are allowed a maximum of 500 words; those running for all other elected positions are allowed a maximum of 250 words.
VVA National Awards
VVA National Awards are submitted by mail and must be postmarked by May 22, 2015.
The deadline for submitting proposed amendments and resolutions has passed.
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VA Turns Back on C-123 Crews Poisoned by Toxic Herbicides
Despite legal authority to act, VA passes buck to Congress Secretary of VA Must Overrule Erroneous Legal Reasoning of the VA Office of General Counsel
((Washington, D.C.)–Today, the US Department of Veterans Affairs turned their back on reservists who suffer from disabilities as a result of their exposure on contaminated C-123 aircraft following the Vietnam War. Despite their legal authority to grant disability compensation to these reservists, the agency went against its own binding legal opinions and instead asked Congress to pass legislation. The US Department of Veterans Affairs has taken the stance that these reservists do not qualify as “veterans” under 38 U.S.C. § 101 (2) and (24).Vietnam Veterans of America denounced the policy. “Vietnam Veterans of America calls upon VA Secretary Bob McDonald to overturn the erroneous legal opinions of the VA Central Office attorneys and immediately grant these beleaguered veterans their overdue benefits, effective from the date they filed their first claim,” said John Rowan, National President of VVA. Read entire press release & browse press release archive
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