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VVA National Awards are submitted by mail and must be postmarked by May 22, 2015.
October Is Agent Orange Awareness Month
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Support The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014 Here
DOWNLOAD THE TALKING POINTS IN SUPPORT OF THE TOXIC EXPOSURE RESEARCH ACT OF 2014 HERE
Sen. Jerry Moran Joins With Senator Blumenthal To Introduce Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014
(Washington, DC)– “We applaud Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for joining forces to introduce The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014, said VVA National President John Rowan. “Among the so-called invisible wounds of war are those brought home by troops that may not manifest for decades. And most tragically, the damage done by the toxins may pass on genetically to the children and grandchildren of our nation’s warriors. Our children are the innocent victims of our military service.”
This bill, (S.2738), instructs the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxins during service in the Armed Forces. Further, S.2738 calls for the establishment of an advisory board to oversee and assess the work of the center; to determine health conditions that result from toxic exposure; and to study and evaluate cases of exposure. The advisory board will advise the Secretary of VA on issues related to research conducted at the National Center and the particular benefits and services required by the descendants of individuals exposed while serving as members of the Armed Forces.
Sen. Moran Speaks About Toxic Exposure Research Act on U.S. Senate Floor
On Thursday, July 31, 2014, U.S. Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) spoke on the U.S. Senate Floor about the Toxic Exposure Research Act.
Tony Becker, cast member of the TV show "Tour of Duty", encourages you to learn more about Agent Orange and other toxic exposures that have occurred during military conflicts. Visit the Faces of Agent Orange page today!
More Veteran News
In an October 20 press release, the VA announced it will begin accepting applications by mail on November 3, 2014, for the Fry Scholarship under newly expanded eligibility criteria, to include surviving spouses. The expanded criteria for the Fry Scholarship is the latest in a series of VA actions to implement provisions of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014 (“Choice Act”). Specifically, Section 701 of the Choice Act expands the Fry Scholarship to include the surviving spouses of Servicemembers who died in the line of duty after September 10, 2001. Prior to this expansion, only children of those who died in the line of duty were eligible for this benefit.
TBI Rehab Program Extended
According to an October 22 article by Mark Flatten in the Washington Examiner Watchdog, deliberate falsification of patient wait times was confirmed at the Department of Veterans Affairs hospital in Phoenix in 2008, but the agency’s inspector general kept its findings secret, a report obtained by the Washington Examiner shows.
According to the National Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 25 million Americans, aged 12 and older, used illicit drugs in 2013. Additionally, 17 million Americans were classified with alcohol dependence. To learn about VVA’s Veterans Against Drugs and Violence program go tohttp://www.vva.org/TaskForce/VAD/vad2.html
To learn ways to prevent substance abuse in the workplace and at home, visit the SAMHSA website for resources and tools at: SAMHSA Website
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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.--The VVA Veteran’s “Books in Review II” web page, which was launched in May of 2011, just ran its 500th book review. “Books in Brief” is an online feature that complements the long-running “Books in Review” column, which has appeared in The Veteran, the national magazine of Vietnam Veterans of America, since 1986. Books in Review II can be found at http://vvabooks.wordpress.com
“Books Editor Marc Leepson and his stable of reviewers have done an amazing job with ‘Books in Review II,’ ” said Michael Keating, editor of The VVA Veteran. “David Willson, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of Vietnam War literature, has specialized in fiction and poetry. Marc, John Mort, Joseph Reitz, Henry Zeybel, and John Lavelle are our nonfiction reviewers. They are helping us reach our goal of reviewing every newly published book of fiction, non-fiction, and poetry that deals with the Vietnam War and its veterans.”
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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."