Programs

Agent Orange & Dioxin Committee Update March/April 2018

April 17, 2018

BY MAYNARD KADERLIK, CHAIR At the 2017 Convention the committee went over the fourteen resolutions on the books and made basic word changes. I will report on the most pertinent. AO-1 Research on Agent Orange…

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Angola Vets Against Drugs

April 16, 2018

'Angola Vets Against drugs' is a brief look at the heartbreaking cost of drug and alcohol abuse as seen through the eyes of incarcerated American veterans. Many of the veterans in Louisiana State Penitentiary (also…

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Veterans Health Council Statement before FDA Committee

March 27, 2018

Maureen Elias, Assistant Director, Veterans Health Council: My Personal Story to the FDA on Accidental Addiction.  Good afternoon. Thank you for allowing me time to share my personal story about opioids with you.

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Vets Against Drugs Free Skate 2018

March 13, 2018

Veterans Against Drugs hosted their 6th Annual All Skate Free Event near VVA’s National Office in Silver Spring, Maryland. It was a fun event for the entire community, as well as a great opportunity for…

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Kate O'Hare-Palmer, Women Veterans Committee Chair

Women Veterans Committee Update January/February 2018

February 28, 2018

BY KATE O’HARE-PALMER, CHAIR Last year, in the aftermath of hurricanes, floods, and wildfires, we saw many chapter members stand up to help VVA members and their communities. The recovery will be long. Last Veterans…

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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 2018

February 28, 2018

BY DOMINICK YEZZO, CHAIR Hope is the simplicity we live by. It is an expectation that something will happen. When I asked New York City to create a separate Veterans Ward on Rikers Island, the…

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

PTSD/Substance Abuse Committee Update January/February 2018

February 28, 2018

BY THOMAS C. HALL, Ph.D., CHAIR There is an old film on family therapy, The Family Trap, by family counselor and therapist Sharon Wegscheider-Cruse. In it, she is approached by a young boy. She asks…

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POW/MIA Flag

POW/MIA Affairs Committee Update January/February 2018

February 28, 2018

BY GRANT COATES, CHAIR According to the Defense Prisoner of War/Missing in Action Accounting Agency (DPAA), as of December 26, there were 1,602 still missing from the Vietnam War. There has been no public announcement…

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Gumersindo Gomez, Minority Affairs Committee Chair

Minority Affairs Committee Update January/February 2018

February 28, 2018

BY GUMERSINDO GOMEZ, CHAIR The new year promises to be a great one for the Minority Affairs Committee. When we asked State Council Presidents to provide a rough count of minority members, the question caused…

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Maynard Kaderlik, Agent Orange & Dioxin Committee Chair

Agent Orange & Dioxin Committee Update January/February 2018

February 28, 2018

BY MAYNARD KADERLIK, CHAIR Legislation moves very slowly unless legislators want something passed quickly. I find it very sad seeing the pace legislation moves for Vietnam veterans and their families. Decisions on presumptives based on…

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