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In This Issue January 6, 2012 Latest News

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VVA Press Release

Vietnam Veterans of America and
Campaign Endorsements

(WASHINGTON, D.C.)–Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) President John Rowan said today that VVA cannot make any endorsements of political candidates for any elected office.

"VVA's Constitution and our not-for-profit tax status strictly prohibit the national organization, as well as local VVA chapters and state councils, from making any such endorsements," Rowan said.

[ read complete press release ]

Harris Connect Membership Project

VVA Membership Publication to celebrate members' years of service to their country

Vietnam Veterans of America has commissioned a Membership Publication to celebrate our members' years of service to their country and our unwavering commitment to protect and enhance the benefits you and others earned through that service.

Harris Connect, one of the nation's leading providers in multi channel solutions for nonprofit organizations, has been chosen to produce our publication. You will have the unique opportunity to share your experiences and hopes for the future with fellow veterans. Plus, you will be able to submit a photo of yourself or your family
and let others know what is happening in your life today. When you receive your postcard or email about the project, please take a few moments and call to verify your information. There is no cost to be included in the
publication.

[ download the flyer ]

Faces of Agent Orange - John Miner

Habitat For Humanity

John Miner's Story

In 1975, when John Miner's son, Tad, was born, there was no reason for Agent Orange to enter into any discussion about his son's health problems. John was healthy himself, concerned only with raising a family. He went into the Army right out of high school in the summer of 1966, served two tours in Vietnam, one in Saigon and a second with an advisory team in the Delta. Then he came home for good.

It wouldn't be until the 1990s that he would become involved in veterans affairs and begin a long campaign to secure benefits for veterans and their families. In that same time frame, his health began to deteriorate — his heart, diabetes, and other ailments that would render him 100 percent disabled. By then, Agent Orange had very much become a part of the discussion for not only John, but for Tad as well.

Today, as John tracks the health and well-being of his fellow Vermont Vietnam veterans and those across the country, he sees a troubling trend. Vietnam veterans are dying at an alarming rate. Many are in their 50s and 60s; they are too young to be succumbing to any number of diseases, all of them with a common denominator — Agent Orange.

[ read the complete story ]

> visit the Faces of Agent Orange section on vva.org
to read other stories

 

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