The July/August VVA Veteran

All VVA members should receive their copies of The VVA Veteran this week. The issue is Arizona-centric. In “Just Outside, ” Loana Hoylman provides an overview of the VVA Leadership Conference site that spans millions of years. She writes about the geology, the wildlife, and the surprising biodiversity of Tucson. Longtime resident Dennis St. Germaine suggests places to eat in Tucson. Also: Newly transferred from the White River Junction VAMC in Vermont to clean up the mess at the Phoenix VA, Director Deborah Amdur discusses with writer Richard Currey the obstacles and challenges she faces. Three remarkable Vietnam veterans made their marks in three very different fields: Environmental activist Doug Peacock, 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning clarinetist Henry Threadgill, and pioneering PTSD researcher Charles Figley. All three were nominated for VVA Excellence in the Arts awards and are profiled in this issue.

When Scott DeArman sought to establish a Veterans Court in Arizona, he sought advice from Jerry Klein, who had been involved in creating one in Florida after he had studied the Buffalo, N.Y., Veterans Court. Bill Triplett describes the complications in transplanting those ideas.

Mokie Porter describes the gathering of alumni and guests at Brown University’s Commencement Weekend to listen to the stories of the university’s own Vietnam veterans and to honor Capt. John Brooks Sherman, shot down in 1966.

The cover of the July/August issue is by Jane Phillips. In her article, “Andrew Rodriguez & Uncle Henry: Mapping VVA, ” she introduces ten-year-old Andrew “Kung Fu” Rodriguez, who has been collecting VVA state council pins from his great-uncle, New Mexico State Council President Henry Urioste. Now his hobby has become a new project. Membership Notes includes features on Arizona VVA activist Billee Culin and on Arizona’s Field Cross Monument. Finally, in “Parting Shot, ” Frank Giroux writes about the dollar bill he took to Vietnam—the same bill his father took to war in North Africa and Italy. It is inscribed with the names of men they served with. If you do not receive your copy by week’s end, please contact Associate Editor Jake Schuessler at

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