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Medical Advances from the Vietnam War

April 18, 2017

Injured veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars can give credit to the medical personnel of earlier wars, including the Vietnam War, for their care and recovery. Surgeons, anesthesiologists, nurses, and other staff advanced medical…

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Doctor and Military

Chapter 890 Fundraises for Dental Health

February 13, 2017

Recently, Chapter 890 and several other veteran service organizations raised money through a golf scramble in Sandpoint, ID. A fourth of the gold scramble’s proceeds were donated to Kaniksu Dental Health, which serves veterans who…

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The liver

Chapter 607 Spreads Education and Awareness on Hepatitis C

July 26, 2016

In early July, Chapter 607 held a meeting on educating Vietnam veterans about hepatitis C in Montgomery, AL . It is estimated that over 80, 000 Vietnam veterans have the disease and are unaware of…

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Chapter 392 Helps Veterans Get Health Care

July 12, 2016

Portland, Oregon, Chapter 392 is part of a new local veterans group coalition, the American Military Veterans Outreach Organization. Led by Iraq War veteran Tina Kennedy, the group provides outreach to veterans who are not…

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Dan Gannon stands near the Iowa Vietnam War Monument where he helped place a plaque honoring soldiers who returned from war but died as a result of their service. Michael Zamora/The Register

Agent Orange Symposium and Veterans Memorial Honors the Forgotten

April 28, 2016

Dan Gannon, a Vietnam veteran who has triumphed in the battlefields of PTSD, is now fighting to bring honor to Iowa soldiers who have died from injuries and illnesses related to their service.  Veterans who…

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Veterans Health Care Committee Update March/April 2016

March 21, 2016

The Veterans Health Care Committee is a coordinating committee that includes the chairs of other VVA standing committees, the Veterans Health Council, and members interested in veterans’ health issues. Whenever legislative action is needed to…

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Veteran Suicide Prevention Act Signed into Law

October 12, 2015

As a way to reduce the number of veteran and military suicides and improve mental healthcare, the Clay Hunt Suicide Prevention for American Veterans (SAV) Act was signed into law earlier this year. Named after…

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Pennsylvania Nonprofits Help Enroll Veterans in Health Care

October 12, 2015

Thousands of veterans lack comprehensive federal health care—or health benefits altogether. Nonprofits in Pennsylvania are attempting to fill the gaps in coverage and enroll uninsured veterans by using the state Medicaid expansion under the Affordable…

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VA’s Million Veteran Program Hits Milestone

October 12, 2015

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Million Veteran Program (MVP) is well on its way to becoming one of the world’s largest medical databases, after enrolling its 400, 000th veteran volunteer this month. MVP collects…

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