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In This Issue February 14, 2014

Documents: Judgments Random in Military Sex Crimes

10 Actions for Responding to a Vet in Crisis

VVA Video

Faces of Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting

Study Shows Vietnam Vets Exposed to AO Have High Risk of Skin Cancer

Half of Nevada's VA Claims Sent Out-of-State

Great Majority of Americans Don't Know Correct Heart Facts

OEF/OIF Vets Needed for Comparative PTSD Studies

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Documents: Judgments Random in Military Sex Crimes

Judgments Random in Military Sex Crimes

In a February 9 AP story filed from Tokyo by Yuri Kageyama and Richard Lardner, at U.S. military bases in Japan, most service members found culpable in sex crimes in recent years did not go to prison, according to internal Department of Defense documents. Instead, in a review of hundreds of cases filed in America's largest overseas military installation, offenders were fined, demoted, restricted to their bases, or removed from the military.

Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/judgments-random-military-sex-crimes-documents-article-1.1608452#ixzz2t9eiPO7V

From the American Institute of Stress

10 Actions for Responding to a Vet in Crisis

10 Actions for Responding to a Vet in Crisis

From the American Institute of Stress by Alison Lighthall on February 1: Telephone calls from a combat veteran in crisis require different approaches, skills, and tactics than other subjects. 

Read about some basic strategies that can be used by crisis call responders here

VVA Video

2013 VVA Excellence Awards Banquet

VVA Excellence Award Video

At every National Convention, VVA honors those who served in Vietnam and their supporters for their achievements both during and after the war. VVA National President John Rowan was thrilled to present Excellence Awards to Bill Nelson, Dr. Guion Guy Bluford, Jr., H. Lee Barnes, Dr. G. Reid Lyon, U-Haul International, Inc., and Arlo Guthrie.

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As Reported by US News & World Report HealthDay

Study Shows Vietnam Vets Exposed to AO Have High Risk of Skin Cancer

Agent Orange Spray

In a February 7 US News & World Report HealthDay post, reporter Robert Preidt writes about a study which demonstrates that Vietnam vets exposed to Agent Orange may be at increased risk for skin cancer. 

Read the complete story

As Reported by the Las Vegas Review-Journal

Half of Nevada's VA Claims Sent Out-of-State

Half of Nevada’s disability claims sent out of state

In a February 8 post on the Las Vegas Review-Journal by Keith Rogers, the VA’s benefits office in Reno was so overwhelmed by disability claims last year that it sent half of them to out-of-state offices for decisions.

Read the complete story

Town Hall Meeting

Faces of Agent Orange Town Hall Meeting

February 20th 2014

Mooresville, North Carolina
Date: Thursday, February 20, 2013
Time: 1 pm
Town Hall Meeting: Mooresville, North Carolina
Place: Richard's Coffee Shop, 165 North Main Street, Mooresville, NC 28115
Contact: Pamela Scheffer: 704-425-5573

To view calendar with upcoming town hall meetings, http://www.vva.org/Committees/AgentOrange/TownHall.htm

As Reported by the Stone Hearth News 

Great Majority of Americans Don't Know Correct Heart Facts

From a February 7 post on the Stone Hearth News, despite the fact that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women in the U.S., about three-quarters (74 percent) of Americans do not fear dying from it, according to a recent survey by the Cleveland Clinic. 

See more at: http://www.stonehearthnewsletters.com/heart-health-facts-unknown-to-majority-of-americans/heart-health/#sthash.altLTiNu.dpuf

Vet Court Con 

OEF/OIF Vets Needed for Comparative PTSD Studies

National Intrepid Center of Excellence

Researchers at the National Intrepid Center of Excellence on the campus of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland, are currently recruiting for a study in which they provide free evidence-based therapy to OEF/OIF military veterans, service members, guardsmen, and reservists experiencing combat-related PTSD.

The study is comparing Prolonged Exposure to Virtual Reality Exposure (VRE) with or without cognitive enhancers. The study is offering 9 free sessions of individual treatment to eligible individuals, and all participants receive exposure therapy. The study also offers 2 free functional MRI (brain scans) to assess recovery in those receiving VRE therapy and comparing them to healthy veterans, those with history of blast exposure and those with PTSD receiving usual care. If you are interested in participating, please contact the Study Coordinator, Ms. Patricia Taylor, at 240-507-6339.
                                   
NOTE: this study’s I.R.B. documentation has been filed and reviewed by VVA’s I.R.B. research officer and judged to be in compliance with all applicable human subjects research guidelines.

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