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POW/MIA Affairs Committee Update July/August 2019

September 19, 2019

BY GRANT COATES, CHAIR According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA), as of June 10 there remain 1,589 missing from the Vietnam War. On February 25 DPAA announced that Navy…

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Chapter 203 Honors Woodruff, Holds Chair Ceremony

September 10, 2019

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 203 honored its chaplain, George Woodruff, on Aug. 19. Air Force Airman First Class Woodruff served in Vietnam during 1970-1971, and was presented with an Achievement Medal. The chapter also performed…

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H.R. 299 Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act signed into law

June 27, 2019

On June 25, 2019, the President of the United States signed into law H.R. 299, Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, this new law (Public Law 116-23 ) will provide Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans…

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VVA National President presents 2019 legislative priorities before joint session of Congress

May 9, 2019

Good afternoon, Chairmen Isakson and Takano, Ranking Members Tester and Dr. Roe, and members of your distinguished, and critically important, committees. I first want to thank you, on behalf of our members and their families,…

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VVA testimony before House Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Disability and Memorial Affairs

May 9, 2019

Chairwoman Luria, Ranking Member Bost, and other distinguished members of this subcommittee, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) thanks you for the opportunity to present our views on the seven pieces of legislation you are considering…

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VVA Statement for the Record for the House Veterans Affairs Committee Suicides Prevention Among Veterans

May 9, 2019

Chairman Takano, Ranking Member Dr. Roe, and other distinguished members of this very important committee, Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) thanks you for the opportunity to present our views for the record on “Suicide Prevention…

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Minority Affairs Committee Update November/December 2018

February 21, 2019

BY GUMERSINDO GOMEZ, CHAIR The Minority Affairs Committee seminar at the Leadership & Education Conference in Palm Springs was a great success. We hope to present information from it in future issues of The Veteran…

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Kate O'Hare-Palmer, Women Veterans Committee Chair

Women Veterans Committee Update January/February 2019

February 21, 2019

BY KATE O’HARE-PALMER, CHAIR This issue of The VVA Veteran profiles some of the many women veterans in VVA and other public arenas who have helped over the past forty-plus years furthering legislation at national,…

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Dominick Yezzo, Veterans Incarcerated and in the Justice System Committee Chair

Veterans Incarcerated and in the Justice System Committee Update January/February 2019

February 21, 2019

BY DOMINICK YEZZO, CHAIR In 2019 there will be transition and change. We will vote on proposals to dismantle VVA or transition VVA into a new national Veterans Service Organization. I encourage you to vote…

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Thomas C. Hall, Ph. D., PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Chair

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update January/February 2019

February 21, 2019

BY THOMAS C. HALL, Ph.D., CHAIR On a recent beautiful Midwest afternoon, I attended my PTSD support group at our local VA outpatient facility. Approximately seventy people attended. The gathering started in the usual way,…

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