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     "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

"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.

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What It Means To Be An Ally To Women In The Military
12/29/2017 01:10 AM EST

The onus is on us – the young men of the officer and enlisted corps – to come together and say, “Enough.” [From Task & Purpose]

12/28/2017 #VeteranOfTheDay Army Air Force Veteran Mary Sue Templeton Gates
12/28/2017 06:02 PM EST

Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Air Force Veteran Mary Sue Templeton Gates. Mary served during World War II and the Korean War from February 1943 to 1963. [From Vantage Point]

We honor your service, Mary!

Defense Advisory Committee on Women in the Service (DACOWITS) News [December 21, 2017]
12/26/2017 12:44 PM EST
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS -
Locating other Veterans 

1. How do I locate a buddy whom I served with in the military?

   The Privacy Act obliges the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), as a Federal agency, to protect the privacy 
   of Veterans’ personal information. Therefore, VA cannot release personal information about a Veteran in 
   its records system without that person’s permission. VA can, however, forward a message from you to 
   the Veteran, providing VA has a current address on record. Write your message to your friend and place it 
   in an unsealed, stamped envelope. Include a note to VA explaining who it is that you are trying to reach and 
   add as much identifying information as you have. Put all of this in another envelope and address it to the 
   nearest VA Regional Office. If the Veteran is in VA records, your message to the Veteran will be sealed 
   and the envelope will be sent to the address on file for the Veteran. It is then up to the Veteran to contact 
   you. This process is designed to protect the privacy of Veterans, as required by law. If you have questions, 
   you may call VA at 1-800-827-1000.

   You may also contact the Women In Military Service for America Memorial (WIMSA) located at the 
   ceremonial entrance of Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA, at 1-800-222-2294.



Simply enter your boot camp, units or duty stations, with associated time frames, on your service profile, to view a list of all other members who served with you, ready for you to make contact.

View the service histories of over 1,999,718 U.S. military service-members, from WW2 to present day, including their memories and photos. Participate in our forums and find new friends with similar interests.

Create an organized scrapbook of your own military service including all service history, insignia, badges, medal ribbons, memories and photos you can share with your family as a web page, or a poster you can frame.

POWERED BY TOGETHER WE SERVED (TWS) contains comprehensive military records of Military Veterans 
posted by the Veterans themselves including memories and photographs.

 In addition to its military records search capability, TWS is the largest online community of 
        Veterans existing today and is a powerful Veteran locator. TWS enables Veterans to find 
          those they served with by matching their service information entered on their 
      TWS Military Service Page with the service information of all other Veterans in its membership. TWS members can then review matching members and connect with those they know.

     Many Veterans try to locate people they served with to re-establish former friendships, but in              some cases to also find witnesses to events that occurred during their service for medical          claims purposes.

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Vietnam Vets Test Positive for Deadly Parasite in VA Study

 At least five of 50 Vietnam War combat veterans who participated in a Veterans Affairs study have   tested positive for a waterborne parasite that’s rare beyond Asia, hides unseen in the body for   decades and can cause a deadly form of liver cancer, according to interviews and documentation       provided by participants in the study.
  The survey was conducted last spring at the VA Medical Center at Northport.
  Four of the survey participants — the fifth has since died — said they know of nine others who have   tested positive for the parasite. If confirmed, that would bring to 14, or more than one in four, the   number of study participants shown to have harbored the parasite, known as liver fluke.
 The four men, who each shared with Newsday a VA letter confirming their positive result, say they   want Northport to release the survey immediately and to encourage all who served in Vietnam to be   tested as a precaution.
 The fifth Vietnam veteran known to have tested positive, Jim Delgiorno, died Oct. 3 of   cholangiocarcinoma, a rare cancer associated with the parasite, according to his wife, Elizabeth. And   Gerald “Jerry” Chiano, a Valley Stream Vietnam vet who was not part of the study because he was   already known to have harbored liver fluke, died Sunday of the same disease.
“We thought that by taking the test, we would be raising awareness and saving the lives of others,”   said Port Jefferson Station resident Gerald Wiggins, 69, who served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969, and   who tested positive for one species of the fluke. “We never thought we would be fighting for our own   lives.”
 A spokesman for Northport said the VA has not urged all Vietnam veterans to be tested because “no   definitive link has been made between the parasite and liver cancer.” He said the study’s results will   not be released until they have been peer-reviewed and published by a medical journal.

                                Proposed Cuts to Individual Unemployability a Non-Starter,

                                                Administration Acknowledges

   (Washington, D.C.)--“It was a bad idea to begin with, unworkable and essentially uncaring for almost a quarter 
   of a million veterans over the age of 62,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America,        referring to a provision in the President’s $186.5 billion budget proposal for FY18 that would take thousands of
  dollars in Individual Unemployability (IU) benefits from the most vulnerable of veterans. “Now the administration      has seen the light and retreated from their poorly-reasoned plan.”

  “Here at VVA, we have been deluged by calls from our members,” Rowan said. “They are concerned. They are    
   scared. Some are angry. They fear a personal financial disaster that could cost them their house, their savings,  
   their very life.”

  “The administration’s plan was, in effect, to take from Peter to pay for Paul, to eviscerate the IU program to make      available funds to enhance and expand the so-called Choice program, to the tune of $3.2 billion in FY’18,” noted      Rowan.

  “Just as an avalanche of calls and e-mails struck all through the VSO and MSO community, so too did VVA and        our fellow organizations send letters and offer firm and focused testimony blasting the proposal at a Senate   
   hearing,” Rowan said.

  “Once the politically astute in the administration recognized the folly of cutting benefits, which could cost 
    certain veterans almost $20,000 a year, they reversed field, acknowledging that theirs was a non-starter, and 
    that Congress wasn’t going to go along with the proposal,” Rowan concluded.

   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. VVA’s founding principle is:

                                         “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

    Dear Veteran/Supporter,

    The Center for Women Veterans (CWV) is sharing information about recently published research related to               women Veterans on a monthly basis. You can access additional women Veteran research information on the      
    CWV Research webpage. is a resource that comprises more than 26 million citations for 
    biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to 
    full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites. Please contact your local library to obtain the 
    full-text of any of these references.

    Thank you for your service and support,

    Kayla M. Williams
    Director, Center for Women Veterans

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    06/09/2017 01:40 PM EDT

   Jakob JM, Lamp K, Rauch SA, Smith ER, Buchholz KR. The Impact of Trauma Type or Number of Traumatic    
   Events on PTSD Diagnosis and Symptom Severity in Treatment Seeking Veterans. J Nerv Ment Dis. 2017    
   Feb;205(2):83-86. doi: 10.1097/NMD.0000000000000581. PMID: 28129258

   Engaging multilevel stakeholders in an implementation trial of evidence-based quality ...
   06/07/2017 03:25 PM EDT

   Hamilton AB, Brunner J, Cain C, Chuang E, Luger TM, Canelo I, Rubenstein L, Yano EM. Engaging multilevel   
   stakeholders in an implementation trial of evidence-based quality improvement in VA women's health primary    
   care. Transl Behav Med. 2017 Jun 5. doi: 10.1007/s13142-017-0501-5. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 27187513

   Sexual Assault Victimization and Mental Health Treatment, Suicide Attempts, and Career Outcomes ...
   06/07/2017 08:38 AM EDT

   Rosellini AJ, Street AE, Ursano RJ, Chiu WT, Heeringa SG, Monahan J, Naifeh JA, Petukhova MV, Reis BY,   
   Sampson NA, Bliese PD, Stein MB, Zaslavsky AM, Kessler RC. Sexual Assault Victimization and Mental Health 
   Treatment, Suicide Attempts, and Career Outcomes Among Women in the US Army. Am J Public Health. 2017   
   May;107(5):732-739. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.303693. Epub 2017 Mar 21. PMID: 28323466

   Trends in hysterectomy rates among women Veterans in the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
   06/05/2017 03:18 PM EDT

  Katon JG, Gray K, Callegari L, Gardella C, Gibson C, Ma E, Lynch KE, Zephyrin L. Trends in hysterectomy rates   
  among women Veterans in the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 May 31.   
  pii: S0002-9378(17)30686-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ajog.2017.05.057. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28578175

  Experiences with VHA care: a qualitative study of U.S. women veterans with ...
  06/01/2017 02:54 PM EDT

   Kehle-Forbes SM, Harwood EM, Spoont MR, Sayer NA, Gerould H, Murdoch M. Experiences with VHA care: a   
   qualitative study of U.S. women veterans with self-reported trauma histories. BMC Womens Health. 2017 May   
   30;17(1):38. doi: 10.1186/s12905-017-0395-x. PMID: 28558740

   Leukopenia Associated with Risperidone Treatment
   06/01/2017 02:54 PM EDT

   Morrison M1, Schultz A1, Sanchez DL2, Catalano MC3, Catalano G3. Leukopenia Associated with Risperidone      
   Treatment. Curr Drug Saf. 2017 May 30. doi: 10.2174/1574886312666170531072837. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 


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