Press Releases

June 30, 2015

Vietnam Veterans of America and Campaign Endorsements

(Washington, D.C.)––Vietnam Veterans of America National President John Rowan noted today that VVA cannot make any endorsements of political candidates for any elected office. “VVA's Constitution and our not-for-profit tax status strictly prohibit the national…

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June 24, 2015

Painkiller Safety Act to Help Control Over-prescription of Opioids to Veterans

Marine Corps veteran Jason Simcakoski died as a result of mixed drug toxicity at the Tomah (Wisconsin)Veterans Affairs Medical Center, a place known as ‘Candyland’ to many of the veterans who are patients there, due…

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June 18, 2015

VVA Applauds VA Secretary McDonald’s Decision to Allow for Benefits for Air Force Personnel Exposed to Agent Orange-contaminated C-123 Aircraft

Vietnam Veterans of America applauds VA Secretary Bob McDonald for doing the right thing for C-123 crew members who were exposed to Agent Orange, ” said John Rowan, VVA National President. The VA’s regulation governing…

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June 1, 2015

Duery Felton to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award At Vietnam Veterans of America’s 17th National Convention in Springfield, Illinois

Duery Felton, who recently retired from the National Park Service, will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Lifetime Achievement Award for Public Service at VVA’s 17th biennial National Convention, on Saturday night, July 25, at…

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May 7, 2015

Vietnam Veterans of America to Hold 17th National Convention in Springfield, Illinois

Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its 17th biennial National Convention July 21-25, 2015, at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel in Springfield, Illinois. Some eight-hundred delegates from VVA chapters across the country are expected to…

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May 4, 2015

Veterans Groups Sue Pentagon for Records About Discharge of Veterans with PTSD

Today, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) and the National Veterans Council for Legal Redress (NVCLR) filed suit against the Department of Defense and the Departments of the Army, Navy, and Air Force to compel the…

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April 16, 2015

VA Turns Back on C-123 Crews Poisoned by Toxic Herbicides

Today, the US Department of Veterans Affairs turned their back on reservists who suffer from disabilities as a result of their exposure on contaminated C-123 aircraft following the Vietnam War. Despite their legal authority to…

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April 14, 2015

Senators Moran and Blumenthal, Representatives Benishek and Honda Introduce New Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

It’s bad enough that veterans have had to bear the cross of exposure to toxic agents during our military service, ” said Vietnam Veterans of America National President John Rowan. “It is worse to see…

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March 30, 2015

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

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…

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March 23, 2015

VA Continues to Deny Justice To C-123 Crews Exposed to Dioxin

It is an outrage that the VA, in effect, is continuing to deny these veterans justice, ” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. “These VA bureaucrats attempting to delay justice ought…

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