Programs

Women Veterans Committee Update November/December 2021

December 8, 2021

BY KATE O’HARE-PALMER, CHAIR Our Zoom committee meeting in September was attended by a small group. We discussed plans for the National Convention. Committee member Frank Arminio forwarded Senate Resolution 267, which designated June 12,…

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PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update November/December 2021

December 8, 2021

BY THOMAS C. HALL, PH.D., CHAIR The PTSD/SA Committee continues to grapple with how to help new veterans manage the symptoms of PTSD. Americans, and especially veterans, may be feeling anguish over recent events in…

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POW/MIA Affairs Committee Update November/December 2021

December 8, 2021

BY GRANT COATES, CHAIR On October 1 Retired U.S. Navy Adm. Jon Kreitz, the former DPAA Deputy Director for Operations, joined the National League of POW/MIA Families as Chief Executive Officer, replacing Ann Mills-Griffiths. She…

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Agent Orange & Dioxin Committee Update November/December 2021

December 8, 2021

BY MAYNARD KADERLIK, CHAIR The committee conducted meetings to discuss issues that affect veterans and P.L.114-315, The Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016, which contains provisions for…

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Women Veterans Committee Update September/October 2021

October 4, 2021

BY KATE O’HARE-PALMER, CHAIR The committee had a Zoom meeting in September. We have been doing individual communications by email for this last quarter. Our Women Veterans Honor Coins have sold out, and we thank…

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POW/MIA Affairs Committee Update September/October 2021

October 4, 2021

BY GRANT COATES, CHAIR According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency, as of August 10 there are 1,584 still missing from the Vietnam War. There have been no U.S. personnel accounted…

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Agent Orange & Dioxin Committee Update September/October 2021

October 4, 2021

BY MAYNARD KADERLIK, CHAIR If you haven’t filed for the recent three added Agent Orange presumptives, do that soon. They are bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinson-like symptoms. The committee has been having regular meetings to…

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Government Affairs Committee Update September/October 2021

October 4, 2021

BY PETE PETERSON, CHAIR The upcoming National Convention is happening at the most critical point of VVA’s existence. The Convention will either develop the method and means for us to pass on our knowledge to…

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Government Affairs Committee Update July/August 2021

July 15, 2021

BY PETE PETERSON, CHAIR VVA congratulates VA Secretary Denis McDonough for his decision to immediately implement provisions of the William M. Thornberry National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021 (P.L. 116-283) by adding bladder…

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Women Veterans Committee Update July/August 2021

July 15, 2021

BY KATE O’HARE-PALMER, CHAIR Women Veterans Day was observed on June 12. The date was chosen to mark the anniversary of the Women’s Armed Services Integration Act. Signed into law by President Harry S. Truman…

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