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In This Issue April 3, 2012

Teaching the Vietnam War

VVA Chapters Forming in Colorado

Danielle Reyes Perry on the Legacy of War

VVA’s Veterans Health Council Calls for “Welcome to Medicaid”
Physical For New Enrollees

Georgia Legislature Passes Resolution on Prostate Cancer Screening

Alabama Lawmakers Want Tax Breaks for Companies That Hire Veterans

VVA Participates in ReACT (Respect a Caregiver's Time) Presentation

Vietnam Veterans Day

Fort Hood Holding Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony

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Teaching the War

Teaching the Vietnam War

John Rowan

Kevin Wang (pictured above with VVA National Treasurer Wayne Reynolds) visited the VVA National Office on April 2 to conduct interviews for his 8th grade U.S. history project on medicine and the Vietnam War. Dr. Tom Berger and Rick Weidman also shared their experiences. Special thanks to Education Subcommittee chair Tom Hall (vvaedu@aol.com) for his continuing efforts to ensure that students interested in the Vietnam War are able to connect with those who served.

New VVA Chapters

VVA Chapters Forming in Colorado

VVA Region 9 Director Dick Southern and VVA National Treasurer Wayne Reynolds traveled to Colorado to hold two meetings on March 24.

The morning meeting in Colorado Springs at the Clarion Inn and Conference Center was attended by 12 VVA At-large members, who transferred into the Colorado Springs Chapter Forming. The next meeting is scheduled for April 28. There are an additional 40 VVA At-large members in the area

The afternoon meeting in Denver at Beau Jo’s was attended by 16 VVA At-large members, who transferred into the Denver Chapter Forming. The next meeting is scheduled for April 21. There are another 35 VVA At-large members in the Denver area.

VVA Chapter - Colorado Springs

A chapter forming in Colorado Springs

VVA Chapter - Denver

Chapter forming in Denver

Danielle Perry's Story

Danielle Reyes Perry on the Legacy of War

To learn more about A/O Legacy and to read Danielle Reyes Perry's story, go to http://www.vva.org/Committees/AgentOrange/Perry031610.pdf

VVA's Veterans Health Council

VVA’s Veterans Health Council Calls for “Welcome to Medicaid” Physical For New Enrollees

In partnership with the Men’s Health Network and Health HIV, the Veterans Health Council of VVA sent letters to each U.S. State governor and their State Medicaid Directors, calling for the initiation of physical exams for all new Medicaid enrollees in their respective states. The letter also includes a list of recommended components for the “Welcome to Medicaid” physical, such as a military history.

[ To view the list, click here ]

 

Prostate Screening Legislation

Georgia Legislature Passes Resolution on Prostate Cancer Screening

Using information taken directly from Congressional testimony by VVA’s Veterans Health Council,  last fall the Georgia State House adopted a resolution encouraging  “all public officials and citizens to increase their awareness of the importance of early detection and treatment of prostate cancer”, especially Vietnam veterans. 

[ To read the complete Georgia State House resolution, click here ]

 

Tax Credits To Businesses

Alabama Lawmakers Want Tax Breaks for Companies That Hire Veterans

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama Legislature is ready to offer new tax credits to businesses that hire unemployed veterans.

The Alabama Senate gave final approval to a bill Tuesday that provides a tax credit of $1,000 for a business that hires an unemployed veteran who was deployed overseas and is now within two years of discharge. There's also a tax credit of up to $2,000 to help an unemployed veteran cover the costs of starting a small business.

The bill backed by Gov. Robert Bentley passed the House last month and now goes to the governor to be signed into law.

The bill piggybacks on laws the Legislature enacted in 2010 and 2011 to give tax credits to businesses that create jobs for the unemployed.

ReACT

VVA Participates in ReACT (Respect a Caregiver's Time) Presentation

In its commitment to expanding the Caregivers and Veterans Omnibus Health Services Bill of 2010 to include services and benefits for the family caregivers of severely wounded veterans from all wars, including Vietnam, VVA’s Dr. Tom Berger participated in a luncheon presentation on The Cost of Caregiving:  Understanding and Responding to the Challenge at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  The event featured presentations from Jane Goss, author, The New York Times blogger and former family caregiver and Dr. Michael Hodin, Executive Director, Global Coalition on Aging and Adjunct Senior Fellow, Council on Foreign Relations.  In addition, Gail Hunt, President and CEO, National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), premiered new research from the Best Practices in Workplace Eldercare Report.  To read the Best Practices report, click here:  http://www.caregiving.org/pdf/research/BestPracticesEld 

Vietnam Veterans Day

Ohio Establishes March 30 as
Vietnam Veterans Day

March 30, 2012, was a very satisfying day for Ohio Vietnam veterans, as the Ohio House cleared the last obstacle in establishing March 30 as Vietnam Veterans Day.  VVA Director at Large Joseph Jennings and VVA Buckeye State Council President Thomas Burke, along with Ohio Department of Veterans Services Director, Col. Thomas Moe (Ret.), and other Vietnam veterans attended the signing of Emergency Senate Bill 134 into Law by Ohio Governor John Kasich in a ceremony at the Ohio State House. 


West Virginia Declares March 30 Vietnam Veterans Recognition Day

CHARLESTON,W.Va. - Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin signed House Bill 4493 establishing special memorial observances for military veterans and, by proclamation, declared March 30 as Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day.

"It is our responsibility to honor these men and women," said West Virginia Department of Veterans Assistance (WVDVA) Cabinet Secretary Keith Gwinn, "and I encourage everyone to take a moment on Vietnam Veteran Recognition Day to reflect on the courage and valor of all who served."

David Simmons, President, Vietnam Veterans of America West Virginia State Council recieves proclamation from Governor Tomblin

[ read entire press release ]

Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony

Fort Hood Holding Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony

(Fort Hood, Texas) In conjunction with Phantom Warrior Week, III Corps will hold a Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home Ceremony on May 21, 2012.

Lieutenant Gen. Don Campbell Jr., the III Corps and Fort Hood commanding general, said this ceremony at the Great Place is about the Army embracing Vietnam veterans and caring for them, because they never received the welcome home they deserved.

During the ceremony, Vietnam veterans from around the nation will receive the same fanfare present-day soldiers receive when they return from Iraq and Afghanistan.

The veterans will parade onto Sadowski Field in front of hundreds, perhaps thousands of supporters who appreciate the sacrifices they made 50 years ago. Vietnam veterans who are interested in participating in the welcome home ceremony need to register online by April 24, 2012.

[ for more information and registration forms ]

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