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 22, 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.
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
According to an October 1 story in the Army Times by Patricia Kime, a comprehensive review of the military healthcare system finds that, overall, the military health system is functioning on a par with private-sector care, but patients face broad disparities in appointment wait times and quality of care—and have little way of finding out how their Defense Department hospital or clinic measures up regarding safety or potential harm to their health.
Senator Wants Probe Into MST Policies at Ft. Leonard Wood
According to a September 30 Army Times article by Deidre Shesgreen, Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MO) has asked the Pentagon to investigate allegations that Army leaders at Fort Leonard Wood discouraged trainees from reporting sexual assaults.
A breathtaking new photo-essay by Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist Mary Calvert documents all facets of the recovery process for survivors of military sexual assault.
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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.
“Vietnam Veterans of America is very pleased with the recent announcement by Secretary of Defense Hagel regarding the September 3, 2014, Department of Defense (DoD) guidance to Military Department Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) when considering petitions regarding discharge upgrade requests by veterans claiming Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, who received Other Than Honorable (OTH) Discharges,” said VVA National President John Rowan.
“It is the right thing to do, especially for our Vietnam veterans. Many of our brothers and sisters were inappropriately discharged under other than honorable conditions after serving their country, because PTSD was not recognized at that time. In many cases, a PTSD diagnosis was not made until decades after their service was completed. And, because of their OTH discharge, they were unable to receive VA benefits. VVA has been advocating for these veterans for a long time, and we are very grateful that Secretary Hagel has taken this action,” said Rowan.
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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."