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Elections Committee Report: Attention Prospective Candidates

VVA will conduct its election of all National Officer and Board positions during the 17th National Convention to be held July 21-25, 2015, in Springfield, Illinois.

Fellow veterans: The Elections Committee invites you to think about your future role in the leadership of VVA. The committee encourages all those considering running for office in 2015 to think about and evaluate whether you are willing to take on the responsibilities of an officer or a Board member. Take time now to consult with your family, friends, and those whose opinions you value to determine if this is the next step you are willing to take in your involvement with VVA.

Remember: The election process begins January 1, 2015, when the committee starts accepting Letters of Intent, so be ready, be committed, and be sure. The future of VVA could be in your hands as a representative of this organization. The Elections Committee welcomes all those who wish to be a part of the elections process and who aspire to be the leaders of VVA.

Read The Elections Committee Report Here

Proposed VVA Constitutional Amendments and Proposed VVA Convention Resolutions

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.

Submit Constitutional Amendments Online Here

Submit Resolution Proposals Online Here

VVA National Awards are submitted by mail and must be postmarked by May 22, 2015.

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VVA National Awards Nomination Form - Download Here

We urge you to go to our Legislative Action Center site at http://capwiz.com/vva/home/  and Take Action NOW by entering your zip code and sending the prepared letter to your U.S. Representative, asking them to join their colleagues--Brownley (CA-26): Conyers, (MI-13); Honda (CA-17); Higgings (NY-26); Rahall (WV-3); LoBiondo (NJ-2); Wallberg (MI-7); Jones, (NC-3); Latta, (OH-5); and Ruppersberger (MD-2)--and sign on as a co-sponsor  to H.R. 5484, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of  2014.


Read More About the Legislation Here

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.

DOWNLOAD THE TALKING POINTS IN SUPPORT OF THE TOXIC EXPOSURE RESEARCH ACT OF 2014 HERE


New VVA PSA: Learn More About Toxic Exposure

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!

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VA Implements Second Phase of Choice Card Program

On November 18, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announced that it began mailing Veterans Choice Cards on November 17 to veterans currently waiting more than 30 days from their preferred date or the date that is medically determined by their physician for an appointment at a VA facility.

“VA continues to focus on implementation of this new temporary benefit so that veterans receive the timely, quality care they need in a way that reduces confusion and inefficiencies,” said Secretary Robert A. McDonald, who penned an open letter to veterans announcing the implementation of the Choice Card program. The Choice Program is a new, temporary benefit that allows some veterans to receive health care in their communities rather than waiting for a VA appointment or traveling to a VA facility. The first round of cards, along with a letter explaining the program, was issued on November 5 to veterans who are eligible based on their place of residence. VA is now engaging in the next phase of its rollout. Eligibility explanation letters are being sent to veterans waiting more than 30 days from their preferred date to be seen or considered medically necessary by their physician.

For more information about the Choice Program, call 1-866-606-8198 or visit http://www.va.gov/opa/choiceact/

CMS Announces Changes to the Medicaid.gov Website

On November 14, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced several changes to the Medicaid.gov website in time for the next Marketplace open-enrollment period and expanding Medicaid coverage across the country: Medicaid.gov home page

For those interested in learning how to apply for Medicaid coverage, go here

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Books In Review II

"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

Arts of War on the Web

"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.

Press Releases

VVA National President States Strong Support For H.R. 5484, the Toxic Exposure Research Act

Washington, D.C.--Representatives Dan Benishek (R-MI) and Mike Honda (D-CA) have introduced the Toxic Exposure Research Act (H.R. 5484) that will, when enacted into law, establish a national center at a VA medical facility for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service in the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

On November 19, at 2:00 p.m., in testimony before the Subcommittee on Health of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, VVA National President John Rowan expressed VVA’s strong support for this legislation. “This bipartisan legislation is multigenerational in scope and will provide a process for evaluating exposures that may result in toxic wounds to veterans and their offspring,” said Rowan. “The invisible wounds of war may not manifest for decades. Most tragically, these wounds may be passed on to subsequent generations, and our children and grandchildren should not have such burdens visited upon them.”

 

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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."