Press Releases

May 16, 2018

VVA Applauds House Passage of VA Mission Act; Urges Senate to Follow Suit

(Washington, D.C)--“VVA applauds today’s overwhelming passage of the VA Mission Act by the House of Representatives and commends Rep. Phil Roe (R-TN) for his outstanding leadership in his role as chair of the House Committee…

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May 11, 2018

VVA Condemns Disrespect of Vietnam Veteran John McCain

(Washington, D.C)--“The recent comments about Senator McCain from Kelly Sadler and Thomas McInerney are profoundly disrespectful and offensive, and they both ought to be ashamed,” said John Rowan, President of Vietnam Veterans of America. “After serving his…

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May 3, 2018

VVA Calls for More Action on Military Base Toxic Exposures

(Washington, D.C)--“While we are deeply disturbed to learn that the water at over 100 military installations might have potentially harmful levels of perfluorinated compounds, which have been linked to cancers and development delays for fetuses…

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April 26, 2018

VVA President to USA President: Please Don’t Rush to Judgment for Next Nominee

(Washington, D.C.) –“Now would be an excellent time for the President to seek input from the congressionally chartered veterans’ service organizations before naming his next nominee to lead the VA, a department that is critical…

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April 26, 2018

VVA President to the President: Grant Iraqi, Afghani Interpreters Entry to the U.S.

(Washington, D.C.) – “We are disturbed to learn that Iraqi and Afghani interpreters who worked alongside our troops through our nation’s longest wars are being prevented from entering the United States,” John Rowan, National President…

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March 28, 2018

VVA On VA Secretary Shulkin’s Departure

(Washington, DC) –Statement by John Rowan, VVA National President, on the firing of VA Secretary Shulkin: “VA Secretary David Shulkin has shown grace under fire amid the long-circulated rumors of his imminent departure, confirmed today by…

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March 22, 2018

Veterans with Bad Paper Discharges to Get Mental Health Screening and Care from the VA

[Washington, DC] -- Following the announcement last night of the final text of the omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2018, John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America, said: "We at VVA owe a…

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March 16, 2018

Our Veterans Need VA Secretary Shulkin

(Washington, DC) –“Amid the flurry of contradictory media reports citing various unnamed sources, it’s a challenge deciphering the truth from the ‘Fake’ news. What remains constant, however, is VA Secretary David Shulkin’s firm stance to protect the…

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March 15, 2018

Secretary Zinke: Don’t Blame Veterans and the Disabled for Raising Park Entrance Fees

(Washington, DC) – In reaction to Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan to raise the entrance fees for national parks, saying the National Park Service must charge more because too many people, including veterans and the…

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March 6, 2018

VVA:  Strengthen VA Healthcare System, Don’t Let ‘Privatization’ Decimate It

(Washington, DC) – “There are those who insist the VA healthcare system is irredeemably broken and that privatization is the only answer to improving health care for veterans,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam…

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