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Press Release 8/14

Posted by on 2017-08-14 11:59:38 EDT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 14, 2017 No. 17-41 Mokie Porter 301-996-0901 -

Vietnam Veterans of America Condemns Neo-Nazis (Washington, DC) –

Vietnam Veterans of America vociferously condemns neo-nazis, white supremacists, and wanna-be KKKers, whose violent, anti-American tendencies resulted in the death of Ms. Heather Heyer, who was exercising her legitimate Constitutional rights to free speech. It also resulted in the death of Trooper Berke M. M. Bates and Lt. H. Jay Cullen, Virginia State Troopers, who were trying to protect everyone's rights.

"Our parents did not sacrifice during World War II to defeat Nazism in Europe, only to have it return on our shores. When so-called protesters show up in helmets and flack jackets, carrying shields and clubs, they clearly are not planning to peacefully exercise their rights. They are trying to intimidate America, and their bigoted ideology must be resisted by all true patriots," said John Rowan, VVA National President.

"If there are any VVA members who harbor any of these bigoted ideologies, they are encouraged to turn in their membership cards. We did not don the uniform and serve our country to enable the acceptance of intolerance," said Rowan.

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.” Copyright © 2016 Vietnam Veterans of America, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: Vietnam Veterans of America, 8719 Colesville Road, Suite 100, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 Want to change how you receive these emails? You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list

Press Release 8/1/2017

Posted by on 2017-08-01 13:32:31 EDT


August 1, 2017 No. 17-33 Contact: Mokie Porter 301-996-0901; 301-585- 4000, Ext. 146

VVA Lawsuit Challenges DoD’s Leaking of Personal Information Belonging to Active Duty and Veterans (Washington, DC) –

Vietnam Veterans of America filed a federal lawsuit today, in order to end the Department of Defense’s systematic violation of veterans’ and service members’ privacy rights. DoD operates a website that reveals details pertaining to the military service of millions of veterans and service members to anybody at all, anonymously, for any purpose.

The website discloses sensitive details, including exact dates of active-duty service, future dates of call-up to active duty, and branch and unit of service. “Veterans and active duty military are disproportionately targeted by scammers and identity thieves,” said John Rowan, President of VVA.

“DoD is fueling the problem by leaving personal and private information easily accessible on the internet, and DoD has refused to properly secure this information,” noted Rowan. “We are asking a court to order them to do so

.” The case was filed in federal court in Buffalo, N.Y., by Vietnam Veterans of America, the VVA New York State Council, VVA Chapter 77, and VVA member Thomas Barden.

Thomas Barden, a retired Air Force Master Sergeant, was defrauded by scammers who gained his trust through the use of private details accessible on the DoD website. “We expect the military to protect our private information,” said Barden. “The government should not be giving con artists and scammers easy access to information they can use to rip-off veterans like me.” The DoD website allows anybody to search for an individual’s record, simply by inputting a last name and birthdate (or social security number).

“Veterans and service members face a multitude of challenges when they return home. Many veterans want control over who learns details about their service in order to avoid stereotypes, prejudice, or worse,” said Mike Walker, President of VVA Chapter 77, in Tonawanda, NY.

“The government is taking that decision out of our hands by operating this unsecured online database.”

“The site, which receives 2.3 billion queries every year, is intended for the exclusive use of banks and other regulated institutions to verify whether an individual is on active duty and, therefore, entitled to certain legal protections, but DoD does not limit access in any way and has no idea how many of those searches are illegitimate,” said Jonathan Manes, supervising attorney at the Civil Liberties and Transparency Clinic of the University at Buffalo School of Law, which represents the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. Plaintiffs are represented by student attorneys Jessica Gill, Arthur Heberle, and Thora Knight of the UB School of Law under the supervision of Assistant Clinical Professor Manes.

Press Release 7/21/2017

Posted by on 2017-07-22 11:38:01 EDT


July 20, 2017 No. 17-29 Contact: Mokie Porter 301-996-0901; 301-585-4000, Ext. 146

VVA Praises Senator McCain; Wishes Him Well in His Battle Against Brain Cancer (Washington, DC) --

"John McCain is a fighter who endured brutal treatment as a prisoner of war in Vietnam, and we know he'll be a fighter now in his battle against brain cancer," said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America.

"On behalf of the members of VVA, and our families, we offer our prayers and sincere wishes to Senator McCain for as complete a recovery as medical science deems possible," Rowan said.

"His fighting spirit will serve him well now, as it did forty-five years ago in the Hanoi Hilton and other hell holes. "We are saddened to learn that yet another Vietnam veteran has been diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer. Vietnam veterans are all too familiar with glioblastoma, which seems to visit our brothers and sisters at a far greater rate than our non-veteran peers. For years, we have suspected that our exposures during our military service have caused this cancer cluster. Unfortunately, brain cancer is not on the presumptive list for exposure to Agent Orange, despite the efforts of our fellow veterans and their family members.

"The Senator's integrity and determination to do the right thing for America, as well as for his constituents, has been the hallmark of his more than thirty years as a legislator," Rowan said.

"And we hope that he'll be able to return to his office and continue his service to America."

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) 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."

Press Release 7/14/2017

Posted by on 2017-07-14 10:01:28 EDT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2017 No. 17-26 Contact: Mokie Porter 301-996-0901; 301-585- 4000, Ext. 146

VVA Applauds Roe, Walz, Veterans Community for Support of Forever GI Bill (Washington, DC) –

“The Forever GI bill will make the GI Bill a lifetime benefit, so that veterans can go to school when it’s right for them -- not when the government tells them to,” said John Rowan, President of Vietnam Veterans of America.

“Vietnam Veterans of America has long advocated for improvements to the GI Bill to allow veterans greater flexibility in accessing their educational and vocational benefits. We are glad that veterans will no longer be forfeiting their educational benefits because their timing didn’t fit the government’s random guidelines.”

The removal of the arbitrary, 15-year time limit will benefit veterans on two ends of the employment continuum: • In many cases, veterans are unable to use the GI Bill because health and family have to be their main priorities when they transition out of the service. • For others, a successful transition may mean beginning a career as soon as they leave the service. However, if unforeseen economic and technological changes end that career, a veteran would under current rules have lost their eligibility to retrain under the GI Bill.

“We are thankful to Chairman Roe, Ranking Member Walz, and the members of the ‘Forever GI Bill Coalition’ for fighting with us to ensure that future veterans have an improved, lifetime GI Bill,” said Rowan.

“We will continue to fight for those left ineligible for the GI Bill benefits due to unfair administrative discharges.

” Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) 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.”

Press Release 6/28/17

Posted by on 2017-06-28 10:33:17 EDT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 20, 2017 No. 17-23 Contact: Mokie Porter 301-996-0901; 301-585- 4000, Ext. 146

VVA Lauds VA Sec. Shulkin for leading on OTH, Urges Support of Congress (Washington, D.C.)--

“VA Secretary Shulkin leads with the heart of a physician, and takes seriously his oath to ‘do no harm,’ ” said John Rowan, national president of Vietnam Veterans of America. “That’s why he’s working to correct the VA’s self-imposed policies, which have denied care to our most vulnerable veterans for decades. We are heartened that as of July 5, every VA emergency room will be prepared to receive veterans with a ‘bad paper,’ OTH administrative discharge, who are experiencing a mental health crisis, and that they are now eligible to be treated for an initial period of up to 90 days, which can include inpatient, residential, or outpatient care.”

Previous VA Secretaries have allowed the problem of denying healthcare to veterans with so-called “bad-paper” discharges fester. By law, the term “veteran” is a person who served in the active military, naval, or air service, and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable. By VA regulation alone, the VA has denied access to healthcare for hundreds of thousands of veterans who meet the definition of “veteran.” A Brown University Study, released June 20, “‘Bad Papers’:

The Invisible and Increasing Costs of War for Excluded Veterans,” by Ali R. Tayyeb and Jennifer Greenburg, finds, “one of the most invisible and devastating costs of the post-9/11 wars for our nation’s veterans is the denial of benefits and services to a growing portion of former service members who are most in need of support … six percent of the entire veteran population of this era…. And that most of these military discharges result from minor disciplinary infractions which are actually symptomatic of trauma sustained during military service.

” VVA, in partnership with Swords to Plowshares and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at Harvard Law, have developed a legislative proposal called the Leave No Veteran Behind Act to ensure that Secretary Shulkin's initiative is as successful as possible. “Secretary Shulkin can’t solve this problem alone,” said Rowan. “That’s why VVA is calling on Congress to introduce and pass the Leave No Veteran Behind Act.

Press Release 6/15/2017

Posted by on 2017-06-15 15:57:59 EDT

IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 15, 2017 No. 17-22 Contact: Mokie Porter 301-996-0901; 301-585-4000, Ext. 146

Proposed Cuts to Individual employability 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 (VVA) 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.”


Posted by on 2015-10-12 16:43:30 EDT

"Finally a Voice" The Birth of VVA DVD is still availble for $15. You can order by going to: or send your order to NVBDC, 325 Cresent Ln., Detroit, MI 48207.

If you wish I have some copies and send that to

All should have a copy. All chapters should have copy and show at a meeting. Maybe there will be renewed interest in VVA. Maybe bring in new members. Who knows but 15 bucks is worth a try and you can help us contributers for this film project and DVD's pay off our debts.