Father’s Day 2015 At The Wall

An Open Invitation to all Gold Star Families and Veterans. Click Image to Learn More and Register

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Abuse of GI Bill Benefits Not Enforced

Helicopter flight training companies were able to collect tens of millions of dollars a year through a loophole in the latest GI Bill. Click Image to Read More

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Philadelphia VA Needs Change

Government investigators say the Philadelphia VA office should implement widespread policy changes, arrange new training, and take action to hold managers and staffers "accountable" for altering records and mishandling claims. Click image to read more.

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VVA News


2015 National Convention Information Is Here!

VVA Convention Logo 2015


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

Official 2015 VVA Candidates Roster, uncertified as of March 20, 2015

VVA National Awards

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

VVA National Awards Criteria

VVA National Awards Nomination Form - Download Here

VVA Medal Nomination Form

The deadline for submitting proposed amendments and resolutions has passed.

More Veteran News

New Required VA Forms

According to a March 23 Stars and Stripes article by Heath Druzin, beginning Tuesday, March 24, veterans filing or appealing claims must use standardized forms, a controversial move that the VA says will streamline the process, but some advocates say it will cost tens of thousands of veterans their benefits.

Read complete article here

Study: Healthcare Reform Has Led to Diabetes Diagnosis Surge in States with Medicaid Expansion

In a March 23 article by Stacy Lawrence posted on the FierceMedical Devices website, the enactment of the Affordable Care Act with its expansion of Medicaid benefits has led to an uptick in diabetes diagnoses by almost one-quarter, according to a study of de-identified test results from Quest Diagnostics. That's in states that opted to expand Medicaid under the new law during the first 6 months of 2014 as compared to the first 6 months of 2013. In states that did not accept the Medicaid expansion, the number of diabetes diagnoses expanded by a scant 0.4%. As of February, 22 states and the District of Columbia had accepted expanded Medicaid coverage under ACA, while another 6 opted for an expansion under an alternative plan. And 17 states decided not to expand Medicaid coverage, while another 5 were considering it, according to an analysis by healthcare industry group The Advisory Board. Almost all the southern U.S. states, many of which have some of the highest rates of diabetes and obesity in the country, rejected the Medicaid expansion under the ACA.

Read the study here


VVA Publications

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The VVA Veteran

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InService Newsletter

In Service Newsletter

Helping Veterans, Communities and Those Serving in Harm's Way.

 

 

 

 

VVA Annual Report

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

Vietnam Veterans of America Joins in Lawsuit Against VA Secretary for New Claims Policy That Violates Rights of Disabled Vets

(Washington, D.C.)-- “Vietnam Veterans of America has joined four other veterans service organizations as a co-plaintiff to The American Legion et. al. v. McDonald in an effort to stop the implementation of a new rule eliminating most informal VA claims and limiting the types of claims the VA will adjudicate,” announced John Rowan, VVA National President. “Informal claims account for approximately half of all claims the VA receives,” said Rowan. “The new rule, which went into effect March 25, eradicates the decades-old right of a veteran to write a letter to the VA, seeking a specific VA benefit and having the VA consider that letter as an informal claim. The new rule also prevents the VA from considering claims that are supported by the evidence in the VA record but have not been specifically claimed by the veteran.”

The new rule changes, which require claims to be submitted on the VA’s standardized forms, will impose barriers for all those without access to those forms, as well as those without the medical and legal knowledge needed to fill them out correctly. “While the VA has promoted this rule change as being more efficient and therefore favorable to the veteran, in fact, this rule change over-formalizes the veterans claims process, making it more adversarial than ever before. We will not stand by silently as our government places further obstacles in front of our injured and disabled veterans and their families, undermining our nation’s pledge to care for those who have borne the battle and their families,” said Rowan.

 

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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."