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 strategic planning for transitioning the VVA that it has completed to date.

Presenters:

Working Group 1 Chair Bob Seal and members Kerwin Stone, Jake Barsottini, Nick DeLeo, John Margowski and Bill Norton

San Jancito

11:00 am - 12:30 pm
 

This workshop will provide participants with knowledge of basic rules, principles and fundamentals of parliamentary law, and procedures for applying them to help expedite business of the assembly, maintain order and ensure justice to provide equal treatment for all members, as well as help the 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 overview of the process of submitting chapter transmittals for new and renewing chapter members. Each chapter will designate a person to make dues payments, address changes, etc. on behalf of members.

Presenters:

Membership Committee Chair Charlie Hobbs and VVA staffers Tracie Houston and Alphie Williams

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 won’t talk debits and credits, but instead talk about your state council or chapter’s financial relationship with the national office—and do our best to answer any and all of your questions.

Presenters:

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 will 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 records online, and more.
  • VA Telehealth Services, which 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, which develops mobile solutions such as the VA App Store and mobile health apps to offer safe and secure access to patient data for patients and care teams alike.

Presenter:

Theresa Hancock, Director, MyhealtheVet National Program Office

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 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;

and 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 level. This seminar will give new and current chapter and state council secretaries the information and tools needed to perform their duties.

Topics will include the secretary’s responsibilities as outlined in the VVA Constitution and Robert’s Rules of Order; recordkeeping (essential documents and how to organize them); the fundamentals of writing meeting minutes; state, federal and VVA forms and when to file them; and much more.

Presenter: Leslie DeLong, Chair of the Constitution Committee

San Jancinto

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
 

This seminar will provide an overview of the position of president of a state council or chapter, including what to expect about reports, deadlines, etc. Handbooks designed for the president, vice president, secretary, treasurer, and constitution will be provided.

Presenters:

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

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

Mojave Learning Center

3:45 pm - 5:15 pm
 

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

Presenters:
Pete Peterson, Chair of the Government Affairs Committee, and 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
 

Working Group 2 members will present information developed to design a new veterans organization and perpetuate our legacy, as well as solicit input from attendees.

Presenters: Strategic Planning Working Group 2

San Jacinto

 

Arm yourself with the latest updates and explore ways to keep the issue of Agent Orange and other military toxic exposures at the forefront of the American psyche.

Presenters:
Maynard Kaderlik, Chair of VVA’s Agent Orange Committee;
Marc McCabe, Chief Service Officer, Florida State Council;
Dan Stenvold, State Council President, North Dakota;
and Mokie Porter, Staff, Agent Orange Committee

Mojave Learning Center

9:00 am - 10:30 am
 

Secondary PTSD is commonly referred to as “the stress resulting from helping or wanting to help a traumatized or suffering person,” and can result in the “mirroring” of the behaviors of someone who suffers from PTSD. Peer support occurs when people provide knowledge, experience, and emotional and social support to each other.

Presenters:

Dr. Tom Hall, Chairman, VVA’s PTSD & Substance Abuse Committee;

Dr. Tom Berger, Director, VVA Veterans Health Care; Nina Schloffel, AVVA Program Co-Chair and Facilitator;

and Elayne Mackey, AVVA Program Co-Chair & Facilitator

Smoketree

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
 

Attendees will learn about the legislative process, from idea to bill to law. The seminar will walk attendees through the steps necessary to become a knowledgeable and effective advocate, including background research and office visits. Participants will learn how to use the various automated tools available to assist in tracking legislation and staying up-to-date on proposals.

Presenters:

Pete Peterson, Chair and Legislative Coordinator of the Oklahoma Veterans Council;

Government Affairs Committee staffers Rick Wiedman and Sharon Hodge

San Jacinto

10:45 am - 12:15 pm
 

Just as suicide has no single cause, there is no single prevention activity that will prevent suicide. Suicide prevention requires a combination of “universal,” “selective” and “indicated” strategies. Universal strategies target the entire population; selective strategies are appropriate for subgroups that may be at increased risk for suicidal behaviors such as veterans; and indicated strategies are designed for individuals identified as having a high risk for suicidal behaviors, including those who have attempted suicide previously. To be successful, prevention efforts must be comprehensive and coordinated across organizations and systems at the national, state/territorial, tribal, and local levels, and be culturally attuned and locally relevant.

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 moderated panel discussion will explain the role minorities have played in the military from the Revolutionary War to date. We will demonstrate the valor of these heroes by showing the awards they have received through the wars, and discuss approaches we can use when asking minorities to join VVA. The discussion will offer an educational guide to building interpersonal relationships and diversity.

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 author Marc Leepson will give a lively talk on the life of Sgt. Barry Sadler, the Green Beret who had the No. 1 hit song of the year in 1966, “The Ballad of the Green Berets.” Based on his new biography, Leepson will offer details of Sadler’s eventful life, before, during and after he hit the Top 40. A Q&A and book signing will follow the talk, which will include a slide show of images of Sadler made public before the book’s publication 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; and what should be in the bylaws and what should not. An emphasis will placed on making sure that chapter bylaws don’t conflict with the VVA Constitution and other governing documents, with information that’s also applicable to state council bylaws.

Presenter: Leslie DeLong, Chair, VVA Constitution Committee

San Jancinto

9:00 am - 10:30 am
 

This seminar will identify types of discriminatory behavior and harassment for men and women alike; identify communication tools that can build awareness; and suggest methods that can positively change workplaces, meetings and social interactions.

Presenters: Kate O’Hare-Palmer, Chair, Women Veterans C

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
 

In this seminar, participants will create mockups of chapter and/or state council bylaws and work through the process of presenting them to 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 and discuss them with the group.

Presenter: Leslie DeLong, Chair, 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 (VA) and Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). VVA has a commitment to ending veteran homelessness in the United States by providing resources to chapter and state council representatives wishing to assist local service providers in their fight to end this most disheartening life situation. Presenter Sandy Miller will provide information on the following:

  • VA homeless veteran programs such as the Domiciliary Care for Homeless Veterans (Dom) program, and its more than 2,000 operational beds at 46 sites;
  • Grant and per diem programs that have introduced new models of care, and the difficulties involved with affordable permanent housing;
  • The Health Care for Homeless Veterans program, which provides outreach, case management and contract residential service for chronically homeless Veterans; and
  • The Supportive Services for Veteran Families, which provides supportive services to low-income veteran families who are already in, or transitioning to, permanent housing.

Miller will look at HUD’s Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program, which provides much-needed training for homeless veterans, as well as HUD-VASH, the joint program between HUD and the VA that places Homeless Veterans in permanent HUD housing with supportive services from VA. She will also examine VA goals for 2017–2019 regarding homelessness among veterans, such as the establishment of community-based data collection methods that 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, undersecretary of Memorial Affairs for the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), will lead a seminar outlining the complete package of memorial benefits for veterans and their families. The seminar will cover:

  • Memorial benefits: plot allowance, headstone, etc.;
  • Access to burial: VA’s National Cemetery Administration (NCA) has set a goal to give 100 percent of the country’s veterans burial options within 75 miles of their home;
  • Memorialization: NCA seeks to ensure that veterans’ legacies never die; and
  • The future of NCA.

The presentation will include plenty of time for Q&A and discussion.

Presenters: Randy Reeves, VA Undersecretary of Memorial Affairs

Chino A

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
 

This seminar is designed to increase awareness among veterans and their families about the hazards associated with military service and the associated health conditions care providers need to consider when taking care of any veteran or family member. This is based on the “Have you ever served?” initiative, which highlights exposures to hazardous substance that veterans and their families may have encountered. A major part of the presentation will review the conditions that can contribute to complications in everyday care if the provider isn’t aware of veteran status and the associated risk factors, and how veterans can present such information to providers to ensure it is part of your health history, health assessments and physical exams, as well as in emergency situations.

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 with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and traumatic brain injury (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 facing prosecution; and
  4. Getting ahead while getting out: 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 a veteran’s life, offering advice on how a person can help prepare themselves and their family members for whatever the future brings. Health care options, psychological and emotional aspects, and practical planning considerations will be discussed.

Presenters: Carol Baker, Chair, 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
 

This seminar will provide an overview of VBA benefits and their relationship to Vietnam veterans, with a Q&A following the presentation.

Presenter: Tom Murphy, Acting Undersecretary of Benefits, VA

San Jacinto

8:30 am - 10:00 am
 

How to go about preparing a will: What is a do not resuscitate order (DNR)? Do you have a DNR? What’s an executor? The seminar will provide answers to these questions and more.

Presenters:

Kerwin Stone, Attorney and Member of the Board of Directors (VVA);

Robert Steen, United Services Automobile Association (USAA)

Mojave Learning Ctr.

8:30 am - 10:00 am
 

Both Working Groups will be present to handle any questions and answers participants might have.

Presenters: Members of Working Groups 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