VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
North Carolina State Council
"Never Again will one generation of Veterans Abandon another."
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)
is the only National Vietnam Veterans organization congressionally chartered and exclusively
dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.
Founded in 1978, Vietnam Veterans of America is the only national Vietnam veterans organization
congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.
VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax-exempt under Section 501(c)(19) of the
Internal Revenue Service Code
VVA'S FOUNDING PRINCIPLE:
"Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."
GOALS: to promote and support the full range of issues important to Vietnam veterans, to create a
new identity for this generation of veterans, and to change public perception of Vietnam veterans.
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
November 2-6, 2021
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Presidential Commission on Care released final recommendations to transform VA Health Care
Vietnam Veteran of America
July 6, 2016
Commission on Care released final report on transforming VA Health Care
In accordance with In Section 202 of the Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act of 2014, Public Law 113-146 as amended by the Department of Veterans Affairs Expiring Authorities Act of 2014 Public Law 113-175. Congress established the Presidential Commission on Care, an independent commission charging it to examine veterans’ access to Department of Veterans Affairs health care and to examine strategically how best to organize the Veterans Health Administration, locate health resources, and deliver health care to veterans during the next 20 years.
On June 30, the Commission on Care released the final report on recommendations transforming veterans' health care in accordance with the law, President Obama, Secretary of Veterans of Affairs and Congress received copies of the final report.
Chairperson Nancy Schlichting, CEO of the Henry Ford Health System, states in the Commission press release on July 5. The Commission recognized that the reforms we’re proposing cannot be sustained without fundamentally bolstering governance and strengthening leadership,” Schlichting emphasized. “With able leadership and congressional support for these recommendations, VA will be positioned to provide veterans with the quality health care they have earned.” https://commissiononcare.sites.usa.gov/files/2016/07/2016.7.5-Press-Release.pdf
Vietnam Veterans of America will soon be releasing our views on the recommendations as outlined in the Commission on Care final report.
Commission on care website: https://commissiononcare.sites.usa.gov/
To view the final report go to https://commissiononcare.sites.usa.gov/files/2016/07/Commission-on-Care_Final-Report_063016_FOR-WEB.pdf
To view President Obama comments on the final report go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/05/statement-president-commission-care-report
To view Chairman Miller, House Veterans Affairs Committee comments on the final report go to http://veterans.house.gov/press-release/miller-statement-on-commission-on-care-report
To view the Secretary of Veterans Affairs comments on the final report go to https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/07/05/statement-president-commission-care-report
Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans' service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. In keeping with its founding principle, "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another," VVA aggressively advocates for all veterans.
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VA To Eliminate 7 Compensable Disabilities
December 12, 2016
Not all service-connected medical conditions and injuries are incurred or exacerbated in the performance of military duties.
For example, a qualifying injury can occur when a service member was at home or on leave, and a qualifying medical condition, such as multiple sclerosis, can develop independently of a service member’s military duties.
In 2015, VA paid 716,000 veterans a total of $3.7 billion, the Congressional Budget Office estimates, to compensate for seven of the medical conditions that, according to the Government Accountability Office (GAO), military service is unlikely to cause or aggravate. Those conditions are:
Arteriosclerotic Heart Disease,
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease,
Beginning in January 2018, this option would cease veterans’ disability compensation for those seven medical conditions GAO identified.
Under the option, veterans now receiving compensation for those conditions would have their compensation reduced or eliminated, and veterans who applied for compensation for those conditions in the future would not be eligible for it.
An argument in support of this option is that it would make the disability compensation system for military veterans more comparable to civilian systems. Few civilian employers offer long-term disability benefits, and among those that do, benefits do not typically compensate individuals for all medical problems that developed during employment.
An argument against this option is that military service is not like a civilian job; instead, it confers unique benefits to society and imposes extraordinary risks on service members. By that logic, the pay and benefits that service members receive should reflect the hardships of military life, including compensating veterans who become disabled in any way during their military service.
Source: U.S. Congressional Budget Office
Brothers and Sisters ! Look what Chapter 530, Durham, North Carolina received from Vietnam Veterans of America National Office ! 1991 was a very, very good year ! Congratulations to Sam Brubaker, president, Officers, Board Members and the Membership. Keep up the GOOD work !
Letter From Our President - August 2021
GREETINGS TO ONE AND ALL!
The North Carolina State Council has been just as busy as bees!
Your Board of Directors – Allan Perkal, Bill Dixon and Eric Cantu – just completed a Planning Meeting via Zoom Meeting, Friday, August 13, 2021. You will be finding out what it was all about in our September Update from the President.
State Council Officers have successfully completed all the “legal eagle” requirements by the NC Secretary of State.
The Board of Directors and Officers will be in discussion to revamp our One Call System, additional Web Site upgrades and our Facebook page. It is a lot of work but will prove to be of great service to our membership, our family members and our fellow veterans.
COVID-19 is bad. I ask each of you to be cogent of the status of COVID-19 and variants in your county and townships.
The VVA National Convention will be going on November 2 – November 6, 2021, Greensboro, NC. Please send delegates to this convention. This is the place where the VVA’s membership has an opportunity to share their voices. This is the place we elect our National Officers, our Region III Director and At Large Directors.
Last but not least, this is the place and time where we come together to determine the continued existence of Vietnam Veterans of America, Incorporated.
North Carolina has 55 delegate votes. Please send your Delegates to our Convention! Learn more about our Convention by visiting VVA.ORG Click on EVENTS. Your will find the Registration Form, and Hotel Information, Proposed Amendments to our Constitution and Resolutions.
Please come to the VVA National Convention! Let your voices be heard LOUD AND CLEAR! And ENJOY the Fellowship, Friendship and Opportunity to Make New Friends!
The VVA National Leadership Conference is scheduled to take place in Greenville, South Carolina August 9- August 13, 2022. Begin making your plans to attend now. More information will soon become available from Wes Guidry, our VVA Convention Planner.
The Department of Homeland Security recently announced a Terrorist Threat regarding the 9/11 Anniversary. Please report anything you may see that is out of the ordinary or suspicious to local Law Enforcement.
Our next regularly scheduled State Council Meeting will take place October 16th, 9:00 am, in Homewood Suites by Hilton, RDU/RTP, 4603 Central Park Drive, Durham, NC Call 919-474-9900 at least 2 weeks in advance. Please call no later than 24 hours in advance to cancel your reservations to avoid charges for one night stay.
The State Council appreciates your continued support and involvement with the NCSC. We appreciate your confidence and trust and will do all we can do to help you grow your chapters.
We have untold numbers of Vietnam Veterans that I often refer to as “Prisoners of Washington and Missing in America”. Let’s find our Brothers and Sisters! Let’s give them guidance and assistance. Money is not the only thing that equates to assistance. Assistance may very well mean: listening and understanding; talking the person down in the midst of a panic attack; guiding the person through the VA System; a smile or a handshake. Are we GREAT and listening? “Maybe so, maybe not”, said the Wiseman.
Communication, as well as mutual respect and understanding makes the way for tremendous, long lasting relationships. It will make a Tribe Outstanding! It will bring us ALL TOGETHER so we can achieve our endeavors.
Our history is of grave importance to each of us. For a mix of reasons, we don’t always share our experiences before, during and after Vietnam. Think about your history. I think it would be awesome if each of us would take the time to place pen in hand (or our fingers on the keyboard) and tell our individual stories. Your story is a blessing for so many – your spouse, children and grandchildren and to everyone! I may sound silly – but it is the truth! We cannot allow our history go down the tubes and end up being a line of one sentence.
I had the pleasure of being a one day participant of a Writing Project at our Region III Conference, Durham, NC. It was a most rewarding experience. Don’t knock it until your try it. Learn more about it from Board Member Allan Perkal.
Your State Council Officers and Board Members will continue to meet, via Zoom (Thank You, Bill Dixon!) several more times between now and October’s meeting.
Our VVA National Convention is a mere 8 weeks away. Read the Amendments and Resolutions; send your Delegates and let’s continue the good work of Vietnam Veterans of America!
Be Safe!, Liz