Monday, July, 23, 2018

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Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

8:00 am
 

Situation Room (Set up)

Chino A

8:00 am
 

VVA /Media Office (Set up)

Chino B

8:00 am
 

AVVA Office (Set up)

Snow Creek (Set up)

8:00 am
 

Registration (Set up)

Pueblo

12:00 pm
 

Veterans Mall (Set up)

Foyer

Tuesday, July, 24, 2018

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Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
 

BOD Meeting

Sierra

5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
 

On-site registration

Pueblo

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 

Welcome Home Party

  • Dinner and a show with the Beach Boys Tribute Band (Advanced Tickets Required)

Catalina/Madera

Wednesday, July, 25, 2018

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Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

8:45 am - 10:30 am
 

Opening Ceremony

Pasadena/Sierra

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
 

Working Group 1 will present the status of the strategic planning for transitioning the VVA that Working Group I has completed to date.

Presenters:

Bob Seal, Chair, Working Group I

Kerwin Stone, Member of Working Group I

Jake Barsottini, Member of Working Group I

Nick DeLeo, Member of Working Group

John Margowski, Member of Working Group I

Bill Norton, Member of Working Group I

San Jancito

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
 

This workshop shall provide participants with knowledge of basic rules, Principles and fundamentals of parliamentary law and procedures and how to apply them to help expedite business of the assembly, to maintain order, to ensure justice to provide equal treatment for all members and to help an organization accomplish the purpose for which it was formed. 

Presenter: Barbara C. Miller, PRP

Mojave Learning Center

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
 

Chapter attendees will be given a step by step view of how they can submit chapter transmittals for new and renewing chapter members. Each Chapter will have a designee who will be given access to make Dues payments, address changes, etc. on behalf of the member.

Presenters: 

Charlie Hobbs, Chair of Membership Committee

Tracie Houston, VVA Staff

Alphie Williams, VVA Staff

Smoketree

12:30 pm - 1:45 pm
 

VVA/AVVA Officers Luncheon

Open to Presidents, VPs, Secretary, Treasurer, Board Members, of Chapters and State Councils. Including VVA and AAVA (Advanced tickets required)

Catalina

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 

We will not talk debits and credits but we will talk about your State  Council or Chapter’s financial relationship with the National Office. -AND- We will do our best to answer any and all of your questions.

 

Presenter: Joe Sternburg, VVA Chief Financial Officer

San Jancito

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 

VA’s Office of Connected Care brings VA digital technology to Veterans, Caregivers and health care professionals, extending access to care beyond the traditional office visit. Through virtual technologies, VA is able to deliver care to Veterans where and when they need it. 

This presentation will cover how virtual technologies can improve health Care and enhance communication between Veterans and their care teams.

Topics include:

• My HealtheVet, VA’s patient portal, provides a suite of powerful tools to empower and engage Veterans. Veterans can refill prescriptions, message their care teams, schedule appointments, view diagnostic images and lab results, access their personal health record on line, and more.

• VA Telehealth Services improve convenience for Veterans by providing access to care from their homes or local communities when they need it. It also increases VA’s capacity to provide care to rural areas by providers located in urban Telehealth hubs. 

• VA Mobile develops mobile solutions, such as the VA App Store and Mobile health apps, that offer safe and secure access to patient data for both patients and care teams.

The seminar will provide an overview of VBA benefits and the relation to Vietnam Veterans. Following the presentation, there will be a Q&A.  He is the co-chair of VA’s Connected Care Clinical Advisory Board and was a pioneer in the effort to allow veterans electronic access to their medical record.

Presenter: Dr. David Douglas, Chief Health Information Officers at the Portland Health Care Center.

Mojave Learning Center

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 

Veterans and their families will be able to ask VVA Accredited Service Officers general questions about the VA Claim Process. Answers will Help explain the process, documentation, appeals and other issues. Please, no personal cases.

Presenters:

Richard Carman – Chief Service Officer, Louisiana State Council

Marc McCabe – Chief Service Officer, Florida State Council

Felicia Mullaney – Deputy Director, Veterans Benefits Program

Alec Ghezzi – Senior Managing Attorney, Veterans Benefits Program

Smoketree

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
 

After the President, the Secretary is the most important position at the Chapter or State Council. This seminar will give new and current Chapter and State Council secretaries the information and tools to perform their duties. 

Topics will include: Responsibilities as outlined in the VVA Constitution And Robert’s Rules of Order newly Revised, record keeping (essential Documents and how to organize them), the fundamentals of writing meeting minutes, forms and when to file them (State, Federal, and VVA) and much more.

Presenter: Leslie DeLong, Chair of Constitution Committee

San Jancinto

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
 

Provide overview of the position of President of State Councils or Chapters. Give some examples of what to expect, i.e. reports deadlines, etc. Will provide a copy of the following handbooks: Pres/VP, Secretary, Treasurer, Constitution.

Presenters: 

Tom Burke, Former State President – Ohio; Chair of Veterans Benefits

Ned Foote, Finance Committee Chairman, State President – New York

Mojave Learning Center

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
 

The seminar discusses the current federal laws that cover children with Disabilities. The key parts of each law are covered as well as the pitfalls that you may encounter when attempting to access the services that thelaw mandates. You will learn the basic procedures of working with your  local officials including the do’s and don’ts. Individual Education Plans (IEP) will be discussed and you will learn what constitutes a valid IEP and how to best use the IEP to get the supportive services that the child needs. If the child is able to become a working adult the American with Disabilities Act will provide protection and stability.

Presenters: 

Pete Peterson – Chair, Government Affairs Committee Assisted by Government Affairs Committee Staff

Smoketree

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 

Evening Event

  • Supper and Show: A tribute to the Music of The Eagles : Heartbreak Tonight

Catalina/Madera

Thursday, July, 26, 2018

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Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

9:00 am - 10:30 am
 

San Jacinto

 

Arm yourself with the latest updates and explore ways to keep Agent Orange/Military Toxic Exposures issue in the forefront of the American Psyche.

Presenters: 

Maynard Kaderlik – Chair of Agent Orange Committee (VVA)

Marc McCabe – Chief Service Officer, Florida State Council

Dan Stenvold – State Council President North Dakota

Mokie Porter – Staff – Agent Orange Committee

Mojave Learning Center

9:00 am - 10:30 am
 

Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, and social support to each other. Secondary PTSD is commonly referred to as “the stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized or suffering person.” If you live with someone who suffers from PTSD, you may notice yourself beginning to “mirror” some of their behaviors.  This noticeable change is called Secondary Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, emotional, and social support to each other.

Presenters:

Dr. Tom Hall – Chairman PTSD & Substance Abuse Committee (VVA)

Dr. Tom Berger – Director of VVA Veterans Health Care

Nina Schloffel – AVVA Program Co-Chair & Facilitator

Elayne Mackey – AVVA Program Co-Chair & Facilitator

Smoketree

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
 

Attendees will learn the legislative process from an idea, to how the idea becomes a bill and finally how the bill becomes a law. The seminar will walk the attendees through the steps that are necessary to become a knowledgeable and effective advocate from background research to what actions are taken after your office visit. They will learn how to use the various automated tools that are available to assist them in tracking legislation and staying up to date on the process.

Presenters: 

Pete Peterson, Chair and Legislative Coordinator for the Oklahoma Veterans Council

Rick Wiedman, Staff- Government Affairs Committee

Sharon Hodge, Staff – Government Affairs Committee

San Jacinto

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
 

Suicide prevention requires a combination of universal, selective, and indicated strategies. Universal strategies target the entire population. Selective strategies are appropriate for subgroups such as veterans that may be at increased risk for suicidal behaviors. Indicated Strategies are designed for individuals identified as having a high risk for suicidal behaviors, including someone who has made a suicide attempt. Just as suicide has no one single cause, there is no single prevention activity that will prevent suicide. To be successful, prevention efforts must be comprehensive and coordinated across organizations and systems at the national, state/territorial, tribal, and local levels. As with other health promotion efforts, suicide prevention programs should be culturally attuned and locally relevant. Attendees will learn about veteran suicide risks as well Selected and Indicated prevention strategies that can be used at the local level.

Presenters: 

Dr. Tom Hall – Chairman VVA PTSD & Substance Abuse Committee

Dr. Tom Berger – Director VVVA Veterans Health Care

Mojave Learning Center

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
 

This will be a seminar where we will have a panel with a moderator to explain the history of minorities in the Military since the revolutionary war to date wars. The roll that they have played on all wars. We will be demonstrating the valor of these heroes by showing their valor through awards received through the wars. Also we will be discussing the approach that we should use when asking minorities to join the organization and how to interact with them. The subject will be a guide to the education of relationships/Diversity with others.

Presenters: Members of the Minority Affairs Committee

Smoke Tree

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
 

Break Session (Free Afternoon)

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
 

AVVA Luncheon

(Advanced Tickets Required)

Catalina

2:00 pm
 

AVVA Annual Meeting

San Jancinto

2:30 pm
 

VVA Arts and Editor and Senior Writer Marc Leepson will give a lively talk on the life of Barry Sadler, the Green Beret sergeant who had the Number One hit song of the year of 1966, “The Ballad of the Green Berets.” The talk is based on his new biography of Sadler, who had an eventful life, before, during and after the song hit it big in early 1966. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk, which will include a slide show containing images of Barry Sadler never made public before the book was published last year.

Mojave Learning Ctr

Friday, July, 27, 2018

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Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

7:00 am - 7:30 am
 

POW/MIA Ceremony

Outside (TBD)

9:00 am - 10:30 am
 

The seminar will address bylaw basics; how to write, amend or revise them; how they integrate with the VVA Constitution and other governing documents; what should be in the bylaws and what should not. Emphasis will placed on making sure bylaws do not conflict with the VVA Constitution and other governing documents. While emphasis will be placed on chapter bylaws, the information will also be applicable to state council bylaws. 

Presenter: Leslie DeLong, Chair VVA Constitution Committee

San Jancinto

9:00 am - 10:30 am
 

This will be a seminar about identifying discrimination and types of harassment for both men and women. Following up with identifying methods of communication and use of tools to gain awareness and styles that will positively change our workplace, meetings, and social interactions.

Presenters: 

Kate O’Hare-Palmer, Chair – Women Veterans Committee

Dottie Barickman, VVA Board Member

Mojave Learning Center

9:00 am - 10:30 am
 

VVA Service Officer advanced training (1 of 4)
(Available to accredited service officers only)

Smoketree

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
 

We will create fictitious chapter and/or State Council bylaws and work through the process of presenting them to the members for approval. Attendees who bring copies of their Chapter or State Council bylaws will have the opportunity to review them with a committee member or to discuss them with the group.

Presenter:  Leslie DeLong, Chair of the VVA Constitution Committee

San Jacinto

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
 

This seminar will provide updates on recent Homeless Veteran program through The Department of Veterans Affairs and Department of Housing and Urban Development. We will renew our commitment to the goal of ending Veteran Homeless in this country by providing resources to Chapter and State Councils representatives on how they an assist local service providers in their fight to end this most disheartening life situation. We will provide information on the VA Homeless Veteran programs, such as the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (Dom) program with it’s over 2000 operational beds at 46 sites; Grant and Per Diem Program update explaining the success of the new models of care and the difficulties involved with affordable permanent housing; the Health Care for Homeless Veterans which provides outreach, case management and contract residential service for chronically homeless Veterans; and of course, the Supportive Services for Veterans Families which provides supportive services to low-income Veteran families who are in or transitioning to permanent housing. And from HUD, we will look at the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program providing much needed training for homeless Veterans, as well as  HUD-VASH, the joint program between HUD and the VA in finding and placing Homeless Veterans into permanent housing (HUD) with supportive services (VA) We will also look at the 2017-2019 VA goals regarding homelessness among Veterans, including establishing and maintaining a method by which the VA and Community-based data collect and share data in order to improve resources management.  

Presenter:  Sandy Miller, Chair – Homeless Veterans Committee (VVA)

Mojave Learning Center

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
 

VVA Service Officer advanced training (2 of 4)
(Available to accredited service officers only)

Smoketree

12:15 pm - 2:00 pm
 

Break/Lunch Time (On your own)

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 

Randy Reeves, the Under Secretary of Memorial Affairs will lead a seminar outlining the complete  package of memorial benefits available Veterans and their eligible dependents.  This seminar will also go over the National Cemetery Administration’s (NCA) strategic goal of providing 100% of the country’s Veterans with a burial option within 75 miles of their home.  Mr. Reeves will share his strategic vision of how NCA memorializes Veterans.  This includes NCA’s Legacy Program that partners with universities across the country to ensure that “No Veteran Ever Dies.”  Lastly, Mr. Reeves will go over new technology that will be incorporated at VA  National Cemeteries that will allow users to utilize their smartphones at gravesites to tell each Veterans story.  There will be plenty of time for questions and answers and further discussion.

Presenters: Randy Reeves, Under Secretary for Memorial Affairs, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Chino A

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 

This seminar is designed to increase awareness of Veterans and their families About risk factors, exposures and associated health conditions that their care Providers need to consider when taking care of any veteran and their families This is based on the “Have you ever served?” initiative which highlights Important health exposures and hazardous substance that veterans and their Families may have encountered. A major part of the presentation is a review of Health exposures and conditions that can contribute to complications in everyday Care if the health care provider does not know about your veteran status and the increase risk factors. Additionally, how you can present this information to your Providers to assure it is part of your health history, health assessments and physical exams or in emergency conditions.

Presenter:  Dr. Linda Schwartz RN, MSN, DrPH, FAAN

Chino B

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 

VVA Service Officer advanced training (3 of 4)
(Available to accredited service officers only)

Snow Creek

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
 

This seminar will cover the following issues:

  1. Veterans Incarcerated including PTSD and TBI issues
  2. Veteran Treatment Courts the mentoring process
  3. The connection between Veterans Incarcerated and Veteran treatment courts.
    • Including using incarcerated veterans as a resource for veterans who face prosecution.
  1. Getting ahead while getting out. Including preparations prior to release and information on how to serve released veterans in their return to the community.

Presenters:

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

Raymond Pawlicki

San Jacinto

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
 

This seminar will provide guidance on long-term planning considerations for the final chapter of your life. How you can help prepare yourself and your family for whatever the future brings. Health care options, psychological and emotional aspects, and practical planning considerations. 

Presenters: 

Carol Baker, Chair of Health Care Committee (VVA)

Also Members of Health Care Committee (VVA)

Mojave Learning Center

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
 

VVA Service Officer advanced training (4 of 4)

Smoketree

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
 

Evening Event

  • Supper & Show: Dave Karl in A Touch of Kenny

Catalina/Madera

Saturday, July, 28, 2018

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Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel

8:30 am - 10:00 am
 

The seminar will be changed in information. Also the presenter will chage. 

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San Jacinto

8:30 am - 10:00 am
 

How to go about preparing a will. Do you have a DNR? What is a DNR What is an Executor? The answers to these questions and many more.

Presenters:  Kerwin Stone, Attorney, Member of Board of Directors (VVA)

Mojave Learning Ctr.

8:30 am - 10:00 am
 

Both Working Groups will be present to handle Questions and Answers you might have.

Presenters:  Members of Working Group 1 & 2

Smoketree

10:30 am - 12:00 pm
 

Closing Ceremony

Pasadena/Sierra

12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
 

Author book signing & Celebrity meet and greet

TBD

12:00 pm
 

Lunch (On your own)

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
 

Reception

Foyer

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
 

VVA Awards Banquet

Catalina/Madera