No. 16-19 Mokie Porter 301-996-0901 Vietnam Veterans of America to Hold National Leadership & Education Conference in Tucson

July 19-23

(Washington, DC)–Vietnam Veterans of America will hold its biennial National Leadership & Education Conference in Tucson, July 19-23. Hundreds of Vietnam veteran leaders will come together at the El Conquistador Hotel to take part in seminars, meetings, and other activities, including the Saturday night Awards Banquet. VVA’s affiliate organization, the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA), is cosponsoring the conference.

The first formal event of the conference will take place on Tuesday afternoon, July 19, at 2:00 p.m., when the VVA and AVVA national officers will lay a wreath at the entrance of the El Conquistador Hotel. The ceremony is open to the public.

The Opening Ceremonies will be held Wednesday morning, July 20. Lindsey Bier, a Ph.D. student in international and intercultural communications at the University of Tennessee, will give the Keynote Speech on her work on Vietnam veterans’ experiences before, during and after the war.

Following the Opening Ceremonies, VVA and AVVA leaders from across the country will take part in four-and-a-half days of activities, including more than two dozen seminars and workshops. The subjects range from the elements of leadership–parliamentary procedures, the duties of the officers and boards of directors–to updates on veterans healthcare, flag protocol, and many aspects of veterans’ advocacy issues.

Among the special guests at the Conference will be this year’s recipients of the VVA Excellence in the Arts and Excellence in the Sciences Awards, which will be presented at the Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, July 23: Vietnam veterans Henry Threadgill, the Pulitzer-Prize-winning jazz musician, and Charles Figley, the psychologist who has done pioneering work in recognizing and treating Post-traumatic Stress Disorder since the mid- 1970s. For more information, including the complete agenda, go to

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.”

VA:  Each Day, 20 Veterans Take Their Life,
Most are 50-Plus Years of Age

(Washington, D.C.)­Today, the Veterans Health Administration released new data about veterans’ suicides, based upon examination of over 55 million veteran records from 1979 to 2014, from every state in the nation and U.S. territories. Since 2001, U.S. adult civilian suicides increased 23 percent while veteran suicides increased 32 percent during the same period. From these more current data, the VA has also determined that veterans take their lives at the rate of 20 per day. Of these 20 veterans, 6 were in the care of the VA for at least one year prior to their death; the other 14 were not.

However, 65 percent of all veterans who died from suicide in 2014 were 50 years of age or older. In fact, 45 percent of veteran suicides in 2014 were aged 60 and older. Also disturbing is that suicide in the 18- to 29-year-old veteran cohort is steadily increasing, as is the number of women veterans who do not utilize VA services, but who take their own lives. In another not-unexpected note, 66 percent of all veteran suicides involve the use of a firearm. The VA’s final report will be publicly released later this month.

“These statistics are tragic,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America.   “They shock and disturb us. These numbers also suggest a variety of questions that ought to be asked if we are to find some of the answers: How many of those who take their life is homeless? Did they have meaningful employment, fair housing, health problems, relationship or financial issues? What seems to be the ‘common’ trigger, if any?”

“Hundreds of millions of dollars have been expended by the VA, by the Department of Defense, by private foundations, and by public research institutions, all trying to gain insights into suicide by veterans. Still, suicides persist,” Rowan said. “It is incumbent upon all of us in our communities–veterans, our families, our friends–along with the agencies of government to overcome the barriers and to coordinate financial resources and outreach efforts to find the key, if indeed there is one, to preventing suicide in as many instances as possible. One veteran suicide is too many.”

Lake Havasu City
Disabled American Veterans

Chapter #27

Lake Havasu City DAV Chapter #27 is a 501 (c) 4 organization that offers free services to aid and assist Veterans who wish to submit or update a claim for injuries or ailments incurred as a result of military service. Those wounds can be physically or psychologically related to their service.

Chapter #27 has a full time DAV trained service officer who is available to assist those Veterans in need.

The Chapter also maintains three DAV Vans to transport Veterans to both Prescott and Phoenix VA Hospitals for treatment of their medical care free of charge. To schedule a ride to either VA Hospital they can call the DAV transportation office at 928-855-0356, Monday thru Friday, between the hours of 9:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Chapter #27 meets on the third Monday of each month at 1:00 p.m. at the VFW located at 266 London Bridge Road in Lake Havasu City.

If you are an eligible Disabled Veteran and would like to join our DAV Chapter, call Commander Bud Watts at 928-680-3679 for further information.


Below are web-sites that provide information on Veterans benefits and how to file/ask for them. Accordingly, there are many sites that explain how to obtain books, military/medical records, information and how to appeal a denied claim with the VA.  Please pass this information on to every Veteran you know.  Nearly 100% of this information is free and available for all veterans, the only catch is: you have to ask for it, because they won’t tell you about a specific benefit unless you ask for it.  You need to know what questions to ask so the right doors open for you and then be ready to have an advocate who is willing to work with and for you, stay in the process, and press for your rights and your best interests.
Board of Veteran’s Appeals
CARES Commission
CARES Draft National Plan
Center for Minority Veterans
Center for Veterans Enterprise
Center for Women Veterans
Clarification on the changes in VA healthcare for Gulf War Veterans
Classified Records – American Gulf War Veterans Assoc
Compensation for Disabilities Associated with the Gulf War Service
Compensation Rate Tables, 12-1-03
Department of Veterans Affairs Home Page
Directory of Veterans Service Organizations
Disability Examination Worksheets Index, Comp
Due Process
Duty to Assist
Electronic Code of Federal Regulations
Emergency, Non-emergency, and Fee Basis Care
Environmental Agents
Environmental Agents M10
Establishing Combat Veteran Eligibility
See also, Depleted Uranium Fact Sheet
Forms and Records Request
General Compensation Provisions
Geriatrics and Extended Care
Guideline for Chronic Pain and Fatigue MUS-CPG
Guide to Gulf War Veteran’s Health
Gulf War Subject Index
Gulf War Veteran’s Illnesses Q&As
Homeless Veterans
HSR&D Home
Index to Disability Examination Worksheets C&P exams
Ionizing Radiation
Iraqi Freedom/Enduring Freedom Veterans VBA
M 10 for spouses and children <
M10 Part III Change 1
M21-1 Table of Contents
Mental Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
Mental Health Program Guidelin es
Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers
MS (Multiple Sclerosis) Centers of Excellence
My Health e Vet
National Association of State Directors
National Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
Neurological Conditions and Convulsive Disorders, Schedule of Ratings
OMI (Office of Medical Inspector)
Online VA Form 10-10EZ
Parkinson’s Disease and Related Neurodegenerative Disorders
Peacetime Disability Compensation
Pension for Non-Service-Connected Disability or Death          and,
Persian Gulf Registry
This program is now referred to as Gulf War Registry Program (to include Operation Iraqi Freedom) as of March 7, 2005:
Persian Gulf Registry Referral Centers
Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 1999, Annual Report To Congress’_Illnesses_Appendices.doc          Persian Gulf Veterans’ Illnesses Research 2002, Annual Report To Congress
Phase I PGR
Phase II PGR
Policy Manual Index
Power of Attorney          Project 112 (Including Project SHAD)
Prosthetics Eligibility
Public Health and Environmental Hazards Home Page
Public Health/SARS
Publications Manuals
Publications and Reports
Records Center and Vault Homepage
Records Center and Vault Site Map
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses April 11, 2002
Research Advisory Committee on Gulf War Veterans Illnesses
Research and Development
Survivor’s and Dependents’ Educational Assistance
Title 38 Index Parts 0-17
Part 18
Title 38 Part 3 Adjudication Subpart”Pension, Compensation, and Dependency and Indemnity Compensation
Title 38 Pensions, Bonuses & Veterans Relief Compensation for certain disabilities due to undiagnosed illnesses found here)         Title 38 PART 4–SCHEDULE FOR RATING DISABILITIES Subpart B–DISABILITY RATINGS
“General Policy in Rating
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
VA Best Practice Manual for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
VA Fact Sheet
VA Health Care Eligibility
VA Loan Lending Limits and Jumbo Loans
VA MS Research
VA National Hepatitis C Program
VA Office of Research and Development
VA Trainee Pocket Card on Gulf War
VAOIG Hotline Telephone Number and Address .htm
Vet Center Eligibility – Readjustment Counseling Service
Veterans Benefits Administration Main Web Page
Veterans Legal and Benefits Information
VHA Forms, Publications, Manuals
VHA Programs – Clinical Programs & Initiatives>
VHA Public Health Strategic Health Care Group Home Page http: //
Vocational Rehabilitation
Vocational Rehabilitation Subsistence
VONAPP online
WARMS – 38 CFR Book C
Wartime Di sability Compensation
War-Related Illness and Injury Study Center – New Jersey
Welcome to the GI Bill Web Site 
What VA Social Workers Do
WRIISC Patient Eligibility

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