Vietrossie star newsnam vet's memories haven't faded 50 years after war's start

CASTLE HAYNE | Every day, Rossie Nance shakes the hand of a stranger.

It can be anyone. The person serving him coffee; a man he bumps into the street; a fellow veteran looking for someone to talk to. And on most days, he doesn't stop at just one.

No matter who it is, Nance wants to meet them. He needs to meet them.

"I've got to see that stranger, talk to them, shake their hand, just to make me feel at home," he said.

For Nance, it's a simple practice, one he has committed to every day for the past 40 years – save for a few when he was sick. It is a continued healing practice for veterans to connect with others, with society. A way to ground him and his mind from wandering back to the memories of his time in the jungles of Vietnam.

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Vietnam veterans asked to attend Agent Orange Town Hall

For a decade, it was standard operating procedure in Vietnam: wherever the notoriously dense foliage and canopy hid enemy soldiers, American servicemen would chemically annihilate it.

The defoliant of choice was Agent Orange, so named because of the orange stripes on the 55-gallon drums it was shipped in. From 1962-71, U.S. servicemen sprayed almost 11 million gallons of Agent Orange from planes, helicopters, trucks and backpack sprayers to kill vegetation around bases, landing zones and river banks, according to Vietnam Veterans of America.

"When you were over there, it was, 'Don't worry about it. It's going to kill the foliage, but it's not going to hurt you,'" said Herb Worthington, the VVA's national committee chair for Agent Orange and one of the guest speakers at an upcoming Agent Orange Town Hall meeting in Asheville. "Some guys were covered in it."

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TRICARE Website: Easier to Use

On July 24, unveiled a new website design to give TRICARE’s 9.6 million beneficiaries clear and easy access to benefit information.  Users now have more ways to browse our site. We’ve added easier navigation, a login button for quicker access to our partner’s secure services, and a section on the homepage dedicated to life-changing events. We’ve also streamlined and reorganized our content so users can find what they’re looking for in the way they’re expecting.

We’re listening to our beneficiaries.  Our new design is the result of an ongoing review about what beneficiaries are looking for when they visit We are using satisfaction surveys, analytics, and user feedback to highlight key information. We are also closely monitoring our most visited pages and our most frequent search terms on Some of the most popular things that beneficiaries look for include:

What plan can I use?
What’s covered?
How do I find a doctor?
How much will I pay?

We paired these findings with an extensive review of 34 government and private sector health insurance plan websites. This allowed us to apply common industry practices of website navigation, organization, content, naming convention, and readability. is a powerful educational tool for beneficiaries to learn about their health benefits and stay updated on the latest changes. Visit TRICARE Website to see the new design and explore the TRICARE benefit.



VVA supports S.2738, Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014 introduced by Senatora Jerry Moran-KS and Richard Blumenthal-CT

August 1, 2014
No. 14-17
Contact: Mokie Porter

Sen. Jerry Moran Joins With Senator Blumenthal To Introduce Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014

(Washington, DC) – “We applaud Senator Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) for joining forces to introduce The Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014, said VVA National President John Rowan. “Among the so-called invisible wounds of war are those brought home by troops that may not manifest for decades. And most tragically, the damage done by the toxins may pass on genetically to the children and grandchildren of our nation’s warriors. Our children are the innocent victims of our military service.”

This bill, (S.2738), instructs the Department of Veterans Affairs to establish a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxins during service in the Armed Forces. Further, S.2738 calls for the establishment of an advisory board to oversee and assess the work of the center to determine health conditions that result from toxic exposure and to study and evaluate cases of exposure. The advisory board will advise the Secretary of VA on issues related to research conducted at the National Center and the particular benefits and services required by the descendants of individuals exposed while serving as members of the Armed Forces.

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Commission to Hold Hearing in Fayetteville, NC

The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) will conduct a town hall meeting on the evening of Wednesday, June 25 2014 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Commission requests participation from anyone who resides in the general vicinity of Fayetteville. The Commissioners will hear testimony from witnesses on matters surrounding the programs that compensate the members of our Unformed Services and that therefore support the long-term health of the All-Volunteer Force.
Go to this website <> for additional information about the Commission.
The Chairman and Commissioners will hear from Service members, veterans, retirees, family members, and the public. Attendees will be given an opportunity to address the Chairman and Commissioners and relay to them their experience and comments.

Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Location: Embassy Suites, 4760 Lake Valley Drive, Fayetteville, North Carolina 28303
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm

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