Queens Vietnam Vets organize blood drive for Pat Toro

After years of advocating for fellow veterans, VVA's own Pat Toro is turning to the troops for support in fighting off an illness stemming from Agent Orange

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Hagel Orders Overhaul of POW/MIA Identification Agencies

Chuck Hagel announced March 31 that he's ordered an overhaul of the Pentagon agencies responsible for recovering and identifying the remains of America's war dead

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John Rowan Presents VVA Legislative Agenda

VVA Testifies Before House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee on the Organization's 2014 Legislative Agenda and Policy Initiatives

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    Arrowhead Device

    The Arrowhead device is a miniature bronze arrowhead that may be worn on campaign, expedition, and service medals and ribbons to denote participation in an amphibious assault landing, combat parachute jump, helicopter assault landing, or combat glider landing by a service member of the United States Army. A soldier must be assigned or attached as a member of an organized force carrying out an assigned tactical mission. A soldier must actually exit the aircraft or watercraft to receive assault credit. Individual assault credit is tied directly to the combat assault credit decision for the unit to which the soldier is attached or assigned at the time of the assault. Should a unit be denied assault, no assault credit will accrue to the individual soldiers of the unit.

    The arrowhead device must be authorized for wear in order to be worn on the suspension and service ribbons of the medal and is placed in position to the wearer's right of other devices on the ribbons including the "V" device, 3/16 inch service star, and 3/16 inch campaign star. Though more than one arrowhead may be authorized for wear, no more than one arrowhead may be worn on a medal and service ribbon. As of 2004, the medals which are authorized the arrowhead device are as follows: Afghanistan Campaign Medal, Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, Vietnam Service Medal (a campaign medal), Korean Service Medal, European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal.

SHOUT! For Women Veterans

Call for Art for Women Veterans

Submissions are being accepted for the 6th Annual SHOUT! For Women Veterans art show. SHOUT! is an annual celebration of women veterans through the arts. We invite all artists to join us in honoring and celebrating the service of women veterans. Previous events featured the artwork of many women veteran artists, and hundreds of community supporters attended and shared in their artistic expression. This year we will feature multiple pieces by artists whose works give voice to women veterans, service members, and families, friends and loved ones of women who served in the military.

The theme of this year's art show is "Celebrating Women in Service, Honoring Their Sacrifice." The Women Veterans Art Show will be held Thursday, June 12, 2014, from 6-9 pm at  Fort Mason, Conference Center 2, Marina Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94123

Deadline for Submissions: May 9, 2014

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Veterans Affairs Scrutinized Over Rehiring of Employee After Fatal Incident

Scott MacFarlane, reporting for NBC News4, reported April 3 that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs is under congressional scrutiny for its handling of a high-level employee in the wake of a NBC News4 I-Team investigation.
Police records and personnel documents obtained by the I-Team under the Freedom of Information Act reveal Veterans Affairs Department financial manager Jed Fillingim was involved in a deadly incident while traveling on business for the agency in 2010.

Police and federal investigators found Fillingim drove a government truck after drinking with two colleagues at a bar near Dallas while attending a June 2010 conference for federal employees. One of the two colleagues, Mississippi-based VA employee Amy Wheat, who had also been drinking that night, fell out of the truck while it was moving and died. She suffered severe head injuries and a severed leg in the fall. Blood covered the truck and one of its wheel wells, according to police reports.

Though he resigned from his position with the agency’s Jackson, Miss., medical center five months later, the News4 I-Team has learned Fillingim was rehired in March 2011 and has since assumed a high-level managerial position in Augusta, Ga., earning more than $100,000 per year.

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VVA Expresses Outrage over the Outcome of Recent MST Cases; Calls for Passage of Military Justice Improvement Act

(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is outraged and disappointed over the outcome of two military sexual abuse cases last week. "Last week MST victims were dealt a setback in their quest for justice when two decisions were announced in which complainants had to accept the ruling of the self-serving chain of command," said John Rowan, National President of VVA.

On March 20, a military judge found a former Navy football player not guilty of sexually assaulting a female classmate at an off-campus party. The judge referred lesser charges of lying to investigators back to the academy to handle internally. Cmdr. John Schofield, an academy spokesman, said Thursday that the remaining charges were being dropped in exchange for Tate's agreement "to accept the most serious form of punishment a midshipman can receive through the conduct system, a dismissal from the Naval Academy."

 

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Personality Disorder Discharges

Learn More About VVA's Lawsuit

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."