Press Releases

October 20, 2021

VVA Applauds Legislation to Expand Vet Center Access to Underserved Veterans; Vet Centers Save Lives

(Washington, D.C.) – “Vietnam Veterans of America applauds Rep. Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) and the bipartisan coalition of House Members for introducing the Vet CENTERS for Mental Health Act, H.R.5543, which calls for the expansion of…

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August 27, 2021

Message from John Rowan on VA Healthcare After Receiving Pacemaker at Manhattan VAMC

(Washington, D.C.) – I am grateful to the staff of the Manhattan VA Medical Center as well as the medical team from New York University Medical School for the excellent care I received last week.…

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July 1, 2021

VVA’s Rick Weidman Honored as VVA Executive Director Emeritus

(Washington, D.C.) – “Richard F. “Rick” Weidman has led VVA’s advocacy since his return to the National headquarters in 1998, fighting for change and ensuring our veterans receive the care and respect of a grateful…

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May 28, 2021

VVA Applauds Swift Action of VA Secretary in Adding Bladder Cancer, Hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism to list Agent Orange-recognized Diseases

(Washington, D.C.) --“VVA applauds VA Secretary Denis McDonough for his decision to immediately implement provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (Public Law 116-283) by adding bladder cancer,…

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May 4, 2021

VVA Applauds Major Policy Reversal by Joint Chiefs on Military Sexual Trauma

(Washington, D.C.) --“Vietnam Veterans of America applauds the recent decision of Joint Chiefs Chair Gen. Mark Milley to drop his opposition to policy changes on how the military handles sexual assault and his current openness…

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April 9, 2021

POW/MIA Flag to Fly Over White House Again

“As of today, April 9, the POW/MIA flag will, once again, fly over the White House,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “We are grateful to President Joe Biden for restoring the POW/MIA flag to…

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March 12, 2021

VVA Applauds House Passage of VA VACCINE Act

(Washington, D.C.) -- “We applaud Chairman Mark Takano (D-Calif.) and Ranking Member Mike Boss (R-Ill) for the swift passage of H.R. 1276, The Department of Veterans Affairs Veterans’ and Caregivers’ COVID-19 Immunizations Now Expanded Act…

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March 4, 2021

VVA President Rowan Presents VVA’s Legislative Priorities before Congress; Calls for Recognition of Toxic Wounds

(Washington, D.C.) – “From Vietnam to the present-day, members of the U.S. military have been exposed to toxic elements, at home and abroad, that have killed more people than our enemies,” said John Rowan, National…

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February 25, 2021

VAOIG Faults VA Delivery of Services to Children of Vietnam Vets

(Washington, D.C.)--“The recent findings of the VA Office of Inspector General echo what we have long known. Most Vietnam veterans are unaware of the benefits available for children with certain birth defects due to their…

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February 12, 2021

VVA Applauds Confirmation of Denis McDonough as VA Secretary

(Washington, D.C.) – “Vietnam Veterans of America applauds the overwhelming 87-7 vote to confirm Denis McDonough as Secretary of Veterans Affairs,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “We have full confidence that Denis McDonough will…

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