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Published by cwomaine, 2018-09-28 04:06:54

Newsletter October 2018_Neat

The Veteran’s Voice
Newsletter

October 2018
Edition

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VOLUME 7 ISSUE 2 FEBRUARY 2018 P.O. Box 844 Sanford, ME 04073
Email: president@vva1044maine.org

http://www.vva1044maine.org

Officers PTSD and Protesting the Vietnam

Joseph Armstrong
President

Richard Doyle Last week we started discussing the In the Ken Burns Vietnam series, his
Vice-President
Conrad Letellier impact of the Vietnam war protesters and research showed that perhaps as many as

Secretary the PTSD symptoms of the Vietnam 200,000 Vietnam Veterans may have

Richard Litwin Veteran. Are they related? committed suicide. They never tracked the
Treasure
statistics of the Vietnam Veteran suicides
Quartermaster
Jim Davis The intentional cruelty of a society that or the damage inflected on the Vietnam

Chaplain sends its youth off to war and then Veteran over decades of continual
Jim Currier
dishonors the sacrifices that war demands vilification and the impact of the stigma it
AVVA Chapter
Representative of all warriors is deplorable. It was all produced.

Jim Davis betrayal and abandonment at a primal

Historian level. So, you tell me, did all of the above, have
Candice Lurvey
any bearing on PTSD? Do the tens of
Newsletter Staff
Joe Armstrong Did it impact or increase the PTSD of the thousands of suicides qualify under the

Editor Vietnam Veterans? There is no other guidelines of title 38 law in qualifying this

Membership model in human history where a society PTSD related question? How can one
Chairman
sent its youth off to war and rejected them separate the Vietnam war and the
Conrad Letellier
after the battle. That alone challenges the protesters who killed so many veterans not

complexity and depth of this question. only by encouraging the enemy but by

their unforgivable acts of intentional

The returning Vietnam Veterans were cruelty when the veteran returned home?

greeted with distain, hatred and the The only reason to say it didn’t, would

intentional cruelty of shunning. Even the have more to do with the complexities of

so called “Greatest Generation of WWII Veteran compensation then the diagnosis

veterans (the Vietnam Veterans heroes as and treatment of PTSD! (Compensation

it were) rejected them. The Vietnam itself, pollutes this PTSD related question).

veterans were bewildered by the venomous ******************
Doves who attacked, ridiculed and hated Veterans and Parkinson’s
them. A society and government that disease - RESOURCES FOR
turned its backs on the Vietnam Veterans

added to their misery by granting amnesty VETERANS
to treasonous traitors allowing them to
return to the country they left, once again Veterans may be at an increased risk of
demeaning the honor and sacrifices of Parkinson’s disease (PD) because of their
those who served in battle for their service. Evidence suggests that one cause
country. of Parkinson’s disease may be exposure to
pesticides or herbicides. During the

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Vietnam War, many veterans were exposed to Agent WASHINGTON — The fight over extending benefits

Orange, a mix of herbicides that was used by the US to “blue water” veterans who served on ships off the

military to defoliate trees and remove concealment coast of Vietnam is now pitting former Veterans

for the enemy. There are other causes of Parkinson’s Affairs secretaries against each other, adding to the

disease as well, and most people who develop confusion over Congress’ next steps.

Parkinson’s disease were never exposed to high Last week, four former VA secretaries — Anthony

levels of pesticides or herbicides. Principi, Jim Nicholson, James Peake and Bob

McDonald — wrote to the Senate Veterans’ Affairs

For more information, call the Committee urging lawmakers not to grant

PADRECC/Consortium Hotline at 800-949-1001, presumptive illness status to roughly 90,000 blue

x5769 or visit their website www.parkinsons.va.gov water veterans who claim exposure to the chemical

defoliant Agent Orange, saying there is insufficient

The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) proof for their cases.

established six Parkinson’s Disease Research, “(This legislation) is based on what we believe to be

Education, and Clinical Centers or “PADRECCs”. inconclusive evidence to verify that these crews

Each PADRECC delivers state-of-the-art clinical experience exposure to Agent Orange while their

care, conducts innovative research, and offers vessels were underway,” the group wrote. “We urge

outreach and educational programs to all veterans the committee to defer action … until such a study is

currently enrolled in the VA Healthcare System. completed and scientific evidence is established to

Eligible veterans include those who have been expand presumptions to those at sea.”

diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease and those who The recommendation is in line with arguments laid

have just started to notice PD-like symptoms. out by current VA Secretary Robert Wilkie earlier

PADRECCs also treat veterans diagnosed with other this month. Department officials have argued that

movement disorders, like essential tremor. granting the presumptive status to veterans could

PADRECCs are located in Houston, TX; Los upend the system by establishing new, non-scientific

Angeles, CA; Portland, OR; Seattle, WA; criteria for awarding benefits.

Philadelphia, PA; Richmond, VA; and San

Francisco, CA. But advocates for the Vietnam veterans have argued

For veterans who cannot travel to a PADRECC, the that scientific proof of exposure is impossible given

VA more than 51 Consortium Centers—VA clinics that proper sampling was not done decades ago, as

that offer specialized Parkinson’s disease and the ships patrolled the waters around the South

movement-disorder specialty care. These Centers are China Sea.

staffed by movement disorder specialists or clinicians They say rare cancers and other unusual illnesses

with vast experience and interest in the field of clustering among the blue water veterans should be

movement disorders. These VA Consortium Centers enough to spur action from Congress.

work collaboratively with the six PADRECCs to Earlier this year, members of the House agreed.

ensure the highest level of care for all veterans. They overwhelmingly passed legislation that would

Agent Orange require VA officials to automatically assume those

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange during military veterans were exposed to Agent Orange for benefits

service may be eligible for a free Agent Orange purposes, the same status granted to troops who

Health Registry Exam. Registry health examination, served on the ground in Vietnam or on ships

healthcare benefits, and disability compensation. traveling upon inland rivers.

Vietnam veterans with Parkinson’s disease or other Under current department rules, the blue water

diseases possibly associated with Agent Orange may veterans can receive medical care for their illnesses

claim benefits without having to prove that their through VA but must prove toxic exposure while on

conditions are due to Agent Orange exposure. duty to receive compensation for the ailments.

************ Advocates have argued that VA officials are

Former VA secretaries spar over ‘blue systematically denying those claims.
In a letters to Wilkie and the committee this week,
water’ Navy benefits
John Wells — counsel to the Blue Water Navy

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Vietnam Veterans Association — blasted the For years, the VA opposed extending benefits to
department’s stance as unfair and inhumane. veterans who served on ships in the harbors, bays
“Whether (the opposition) is due to bureaucratic and territorial waters of Vietnam.
intransigence or incompetence I do not know,” he
wrote. “The bottom line, however, is that they have In June, the house unanimously passed the bill
misrepresented and ‘cherry picked’ evidence to granting them benefits long denied.
support their flawed position. That is a stain on the
national honor.” Blue Water Navy veterans contend Agent Orange
seeped from rivers and streams into harbors, bays
********** and territorial waters.

New VA secretary 'sucker punches'

Vietnam Navy veterans Ships unknowingly pulled in contaminated water,
desalinating it for drinking, bathing and cooking.

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) - Sucker-punched, blind- As a result, Navy veterans contend, Agent Orange-
sided and betrayed. related illnesses are crippling and killing them, yet
because they did not set foot on Vietnam soil, the
Vietnam War Navy veterans claim the new head of VA will not presume those diseases are connected to
the Department of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, herbicide exposure.
stabbed them in the back by promising to meet with
them and instead, fired off a letter trying to kill a "They're not worried about taking care of the
bill that grants them Agent Orange benefits. veteran or spouse," Wells explained.

Wilkie sent a letter to Sen. Johnny Isakson (R)- Wells charges, Secretary Wilkie is cutting out
Georgia claiming, "science does not support veterans exposed to the deadly weed killer and
extending Agent Orange benefits to Blue Water cutting off support for their children born with
Navy veterans." impairments.

"When I met with Secretary Wilkie at his "Look, if Secretary Wilkie wanted to meet with me
confirmation hearing, he promised me a meeting on and say, 'I'm sorry, I don't buy this,' that's fair,"
this subject," said John Wells, Executive Director of said Wells.
Military Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Instead of a face-to-face, John Wells accuses Robert "But the man promised to meet with me and he
refused to meet with us. He broke his promise. That
Wilke of betrayal.
to me is a betrayal."

Wilkie sent the letter to Isakson, the chairman of the
Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, which is According to Wells, despite widespread support in
the senate, this bill is being stalled by one person,
now considering the legislation.
Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia, who calls

The letter claims the bill will cost more than himself the "Veterans' Senator."

anticipated and create a bigger claims backlog. Isakson's Georgia office telephone number is 770-

According to John Wells, Wilkie is distorting the 661-0999.
facts.
**********

"He's come out with inaccurate and inflammatory Many farmers ignorant of herbicide
material designed to convince Senate Chairman dangers as calls for banning glyphosate
Johnny Isakson to not move this bill forward,"
Wells said. intensify

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Monsanto, a global agro-giant acquired by German Over those four decades, researchers have conducted
company Bayer for about $63 billion in June this more than 800 scientific studies and reviews that
year, is soiled in a renew call globally for the ban of prove glyphosate does not cause cancer. The Nation-
the glyphosate, a major ingredient in its Roundup- al Institutes of Health and the Joint FAO/WHO
weed-killer. Meeting on Pesticides Residues (JMPR) both recent-
ly reaffirmed glyphosate does not cause cancer. The
This started few weeks ago when a landmark US US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and
court ruling in San Francisco awarded $289 million other regulatory authorities in Europe, Canada, Ja-
to a man they declared got cancer from Monsanto’s pan, Australia, Korea and elsewhere routinely re-
Roundup herbicide view all approved pesticide products and have
consistently reaffirmed that glyphosate does not
The victim, Dewayne Johnson, 46, who is currently cause cancer.”
dying of cancer, was reported to appling Roundup
weedkiller 20 to 30 times annually while working as In Nigeria, millions of farmers use agrochemicals
a groundskeeper for a school in San Francisco, USA. without using protective measures- something ex-
perts said will create health complications due to
The ruling has heightened the already global skepti- long time exposures.
cisms and concerns over the safety of the product.
In Alwaza, Doma LGA of Nasarawa State, Nasle
According to Reuters, “Monsanto faces 8,000 law- George Ali is still recovery after an agrochemical he
suits’ over its product glyphosate (Roundup weed- was spreading on his farm using 15-litre Knapsack
killer) adding that the company could face difficult seeped down to his body causing stern injuries to his
years ahead. private part area.

Radio France International (rfi) has quoted the For days the farmer was in a critical situation receiv-

French Environment Minister Nicolas Hulot saying ing treatment in the village.

that the verdict marked “the beginning of a war”

noting that banning glyphosate within the next three “When that herbicide poured on my body, I started

years is one of its “clear engagements.” feeling some discomfort after few minutes and I went

down to the river to wash my body. But later that

The government of Vietnam is renewing call for night I couldn’t sleep because of persistent pains and

Monsanto to pay damages to over one million victims my private part areas started peeling. At that mo-

ofMonsanto and Dow Chemical, which produced the ment I knew I was in serious trouble,” he told the

deadly herbicide Agent Orange for the U.S. military reporter.

during the Vietnam War.

Many Farmers who use agrochemicals for long

Also, Brazil, one of the largest consumers of Monsan- hours admit to having difficulties sleeping in the

to herbicides is also having a running legal battle night unless they take milk.

over the acceptability of glyphosate.

Like Mr Nasle, many of these smallholder farmers

But Scott Partridge, Mosanto Vice President in a across the country do not use protective apparatus

press statement at the company’s website after the when using herbicides.

judgment argued that “Glyphosate is not the answer.

Glyphosate does not cause cancer. The verdict was Ndidi Okonkwo Nwuneli is the co-founder of AACE

wrong. We will appeal the jury’s opinion and contin- food Processing and Distribution Ltd, Managing

ue to vigorously defend glyphosate, which is an es- Partner of Sahel Consulting Agriculture &Nutrition

sential tool for farmers and others. We are confident and Founder of LEAP Africa. In a piece titled “im-

science will prevail upon appeal. plication of Monsanto ruling on Africa farmers”

published on Business Day August 16 noted that

“The jury’s opinion does not change the science. Gly- there was minimal farmers awareness of the agro-

phosate has a more than 40-year history of safe use.

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chemicals application method and the risks involve to know you because we need to know what you’re

with unsafe use. selling, your source and who you are selling to,” the

input expert said.

“I have personally seen many of these products sold

in bottles, with minimal warnings. I have observed For sometimes now civil societies organizations have

that most stallholder farmers lack the income to been kicking (including instituting legal action over

purchase basic gloves, masks, protective clothing or NBMA granting licence) against Monsanto GMO

sprayers to protect themselves during the applica- crops and herbicides raising concern over it safety.

tion. Many even store these chemicals in their homes

or with their harvest, because they lack separate They asked the Nigerian government through its

storage space,” she said. agencies such as NAFDAC places and immediate

ban on all carcinogenic pesticides and herbicides

In a telephone interview with Daily Trust, the Na- sold by Bio-tech companies in Nigeria like Roundup

tional Chairman of Agrodealers Association of Nige- by Monsanto

ria, Alhaji Kabiru Umar Fara stressed that

agrochemical industry is not properly regulated in However, the Director General of National Biosafety

Nigeria. Management Agency (NBMA), Dr Rufus E. Ebegba

in response to correlations between Monsanto’s case

“Ordinarily no chemicals should be sold in Nigeria & NBMA’s commercialization case on the agency’s

without going through departments established to twitter handle said: “GMOs are not herbicides or

take care of that. They have to even test the Nigeri- chemicals, the permit granted by NBMA was for the

an soil and they have to give you certificate to say commercialization of Bt Cotton not the importation

this is okay. Unfortunately things happen in this or use of glyphosate herbicides. These two cases

country without anybody taking care of anything. have no correlation.”

“All these chemicals, before you are given authori- **********
zation to sale in Nigeria you must have a brand

name, a leaflet describing how to use it, how to pro-

tect people using it. Most of these chemicals I’m sure Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund

the Federal Ministry of Agriculture is not even pulls plug on building a museum on the
aware they are in circulation in market,” Alhaji Mall
Fara said.
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund announced

He stated that the association and the federal minis- Friday that it is ending its troubled project to build
try of agriculture are working on modalities that a $130 million underground Vietnam education cen-
will ensure that before one sells any chemicals in Ni- ter on the Mall.

geria, one must be licenced. The proposed center, which would have been adja-

“If you licenced, there is requirement for licencing- cent to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial and near
you must have a shop, certificate from the ministry, the Lincoln Memorial, had been plagued by funding
you must go through training. You will be educated problems almost since the project was launched in
on which one is good and bad; you must also serve 2001.

as an extension agent to the farmers on behalf of The fund’s president, Jim Knotts, said Friday that
federal government and the manufacturer. the fund had raised only $45 million and that pros-

“Right now if you take the statistics of agrodealers pects for raising the rest were dim.

association of Nigeria, we are just few. We are not The center would have been a kind of Vietnam War
more than 1,200 but there are over 500,000 selling museum featuring exhibits and a projection of thou-
agro inputs in Nigeria. So we have to start from sands of pictures of the 58,000 people who died in
somewhere by looking at the enabling laws that say

before you can participate in this market, we need

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the war and whose names are on the memorial’s hal- “It’s not just another interesting little museum,”

lowed black wall.. Scruggs said at the time. It will be “an amazing place

where you can connect with the nation’s past.”

Critics of the project, which was begun by the memo-

rial’s creator, Jan C. Scruggs, argued that there was Last year, the project got a $10 million grant from

no need for an education center when the Wall was the Lilly Endowment — the largest single cash dona-

such a profound statement about the war. tion in the fund’s history.

Knotts said the unanimous decision was made by the But the price of the center kept going up, and fund-
seven voting members of its board at a regularly raising couldn’t keep pace.
scheduled quarterly meeting at the fund’s office in
Crystal City. Scruggs and the fund gradually realized the effort
was futile.
He said that the fund plans to create an online edu-
cation center in place of the building. “The time has come for the VVMF to return the
money” to all its donors, he said Friday. Asked if he
Knotts said Friday that he and his staff are “sad and was sad about the project’s demise, he said, “No. I
disappointed that we were not able to make the proj- think it’s great.”
ect a success, resulting in a physical building on the
National Mall.” ***********

John Dibble, chairman of the board, said in a state-
ment: “This project has faced many difficult chal-
lenges since Jan Scruggs conceived the idea in 2001.
It has been a long road and we have had many suc-
cesses  along  the  way.  . . .  Unfortunately,  we’ve
reached that point regarding a physical building . . .
[that] the funding has simply not materialized.”

Chuck Hagel, a prominent Vietnam veteran and for-
mer defense secretary, said in a statement provided
by the fund: “An Education Center building would
have become a treasured national asset. However . . .
I believe the Board made the right decision to focus
in technology to educate visitors about the memori-
al.”

Scruggs, the former head of the fund who once
championed the project, had soured on it since he
left the fund three years ago.

He had once traveled the country trying to raise
money for the project.

He hosted a gala groundbreaking ceremony in 2012
featuring then-Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, Jill
Biden — the wife of the vice president — and singer
Jimmy Buffett, who sang “God Bless America.”

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A LESSON TO REMEMBER

Back in September, on the first day of school, Martha Cothren, a social
studies school teacher at Robinson High School, did something not to
be forgotten. On the first day of school, with the permission of the
school superintendent, the principal and the building supervisor, she
removed all of the desks out of her classroom.

When the first period kids entered the room they discovered that there
were no desks.

'Ms.. Cothren, where're our desks?'

She replied, 'You can't have a desk until you tell me how you earn the
right to sit at a desk.'

They thought, Well, maybe it's our grades.'

'No,' she said.

'Maybe it's our behavior.'

She told them, 'No, it's not even your behavior.'

And so, they came and went, the first period, second period, third peri-
od. Still no desks in the classroom.

By early afternoon television news crews had started gathering in
Ms.Cothren's classroom to report about this crazy teacher who had tak-
en all the desks out of her room.

The final period of the day came and as the puzzled students found
seats on the floor of the desk less classroom, Martha Cothren said,
Throughout the day no one has been able to tell me just what he/she
has done to earn the right to sit at the desks that are ordinarily found
in this classroom. Now I am going to tell you.'

At this point, Martha Cothren went over to the door of her classroom
and opened it.

Twenty-seven (27) War Veterans, all in uniforms, walked into that

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classroom, each one carrying a school desk. The Vets began placing the
school desks in rows, and then they would walk over and stand along-
side the wall... By the time the last soldier had set the final desk in
place those kids started to understand, perhaps for the first time in
their lives, just how the right to sit at those desks had been earned..
Martha said, 'You didn't earn the right to sit at these desks. These he-
roes did it for you. They placed the desks here for you. Now, it's up to
you to sit in them. It is your responsibility to learn, to be good stu-
dents, to be good citizens. They paid the price so that you could have
the freedom to get an education. Don't ever forget it.'
By the way, this is a true story.
Please consider passing this along so others won't forget that the free-
doms we have in this great country were earned by War Veterans.

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Chapter President’s
Comments

Hello Everyone
WOW! Here it is October where did the summer go? Unfortunately also comes the cold
weather. The cold never bothered me much in the past but these last couple of years I just
don’t like it always being cold. Guess that's what happens when we get old!!
Our chapter is doing very well thanks to the great effort of our membership chairman Conrad
Letelier. Our membership has increased at a great rate this past coup[le of months. Hopefully I
can get Conrad to say something in future newsletters.
Recently on Saturday September 22 our chapter opened our doors at the R&R center on Satur-
days from 11:00 am - 2:00 pm. We are offering a SOUP & Sandwich special for a $5.00 dona-
tion. ALL SOUPS ARE HOME MADE, NO CAN SOUP !
Each Saturday we will have a different soup and sandwich special. We will try to have a mini-
mum of two different soups and two different sandwiches available.
Attached is a copy of the monthly calendar for October. Stop by an d enjoy a cup of soup and
sandwich and at the same time support your chapter. Better still bring a friend with you and let
them enjoy as well.
Respectfully
Joe Armstrong

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By Conrad Letellier Vietnam 68-69

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ADVENTURE WITH BOB
By Carl Rabida

My son bob who was around 15 years old wanted to go fishing for salmon up around moose head lake
on the upcoming weekend. It was the 4th of July weekend so I talked the wife into letting us go. That
meant she had to stay home with the 5 other children we have. She reluctantly gave me 5 bucks for gas
money and food & drinks .Back in the 80s this was still a tough budget.

I still had the old chevy S 10 2 wheel drive and a 4 cylinder eng. I knew I could still get up there and
back with 5 bucks but no riding around looking for moose . I searched the food pantry and found sever-
al cans of ravioli which I took. I also took half doz eggs. and a can of corn beef hash. bought 2 cans of
pepsi and we were ready to go.

We left Biddeford around sunrise and arrived at moose head lake just in time for the parade, we
stopped on Indian hill and watched the parade. We saw only a few people on the side of the road so we
figured most of the towns people must all be in the parade lol.. After the parade we drove through
moose head heading for kokajo. approx. 18 miles further up the road. We wanted to fish at first roach
pond.

We heard a lot of stories about the salmon on this lake and couldn't,t wait to fish it. We would have to
fish from shore as we had no boat or canoe. So we checked the Maine atlas,we observed a unimproved
boat launch on the north shore and this was our destination. we arrived and found the launch was pret-
ty small but could park maybe 4 vehicles.I parked the truck as far out of the way as possible so people
could launch their boats, (no one came all weekend).

Unlike my old ford pick up truck where we would throw a tarp over the back to sleep under, we had an
aluminum cap!!!. we were improving all the time. We laid out our sleeping bags and started fishing
right at the launch. Well, all we had was a can of worms and a couple of zebco fishing poles. we were
told you cant catch salmon with worms but we didn't t care, the weather was perfect and we were in the
Maine woods away from it all.

We didn't have cell phones in those days so we were alone . How nice it was. so peaceful,relaxing. best
medicine in the world. We never want to leave when we head anywhere's north of Bangor. We fished
until dark from shore and caught quite a few chubs. but no salmon . We released all fish. I woke up
with the sun the next morning. another beautiful day. I pulled out the old Coleman propane 2 burner
stove. I cooked up all the eggs and ravioli. food sure does taste good outdoors. I woke bob and we stood
by the hood of the truck using it as a table and chowed down. Bob started yelling I got a fish on my line
and threw his breakfast on the hood and ran for his pole that was down by the lake .I could see a fish
jumping all around his pole which was laying down half in the water, Bob later told me he had a small
piece of worm left on his hook from last night and just left it on and threw his pole down on the ground.
The worm and hook must have landed in the water. Bob pulled in a salmon 24 inches long and fat. so
much for you cant catch salmon on worms. Well to be honest, the fish caught himself lol. I fried him up
and we had salmon and ravioli for breakfast. What a meal. its what we call living off the fat of the land
lol. We do have a video of this but no pictures. We fished here for 2 more days without catching any
more salmon but what an enjoyable weekend, sleeping in the back of the truck, fishing, We did see
many moose during these 3 days. all on videos. I think we may have even eaten a few chubs. fFood was
sparse lol. Reluctantly we headed home with more memories that will never go away. Back to the old
grind until I can squeeze another 5 bucks from the wife.

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IMPORTANT INFORMATION

All veterans should make sure that all documents associated with their military service are in a secure loca-
tion and accessible to family members when the need arises. It is unfortunate that, all too often, veterans put
their military papers in boxes or files and family members have no clue as to where to look to find them.

The veteran’s discharge papers — Form 100 Discharge, DD214 or NGD22 — are critical for any benefits
for which a veteran or their family may be eligible. Do not keep the family in the dark on where they are
located; make a list of all these documents and include a copy of the most recent “Federal Benefits for Vet-
erans and their Dependents” pamphlet.

Too often, a situation arises in which the VA could provide valuable assistance and a delay is caused by a
lack of essential documents to speed the process for medical coverage or dependent assistance. Make it is
easy for your loved ones to assist you if the need arises.

I know that there will come a time when I will be in need of my family’s assistance, and I want them to be
able to find and use the documents to ease their stress and have access to all eligible VA benefits. There are
many websites and information sources that are vital to veterans and their families; I recommend that they
become familiar with these and make a list of these resources, so that the veteran and their family can have
access to them immediately when needed.

Here is a list of information and details that veterans should have available to their loved ones:

■ Name, Address, State, Zip Code;

■ DD214, DD215 or NGD 22, Form 100 Discharge;

■ Date of Enlistment ­ Location;

■ Date of Discharge — Location;

■ Branch of Service — Service Number;

■ Date of Birth & Birth Certificate;

■ Date of Marriage & Marriage Certificate;

■ VA Medical Card & Medicare Cards;
■ Government or Life Insurance Policies;

■ VA Claim Number — Social Security Number;

■ Certificate of Eligibility (COE) — Home Loan;

■ Bank Accounts —Safe Deposit Box & Location;

■ Records Location and any VA or Social Security Compensation;

■ Other Documents — Deeds, Mortgages, Will, Living Will instructions, and more; and

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■ VA Office where records are located.
All of the above information is very important to have and can be included in one simple to use booklet
called “THE PAPER SAFE”. It has been designed by our sister organization The Associates of Vietnam
Veterans of America.
If you would like to obtain a copy of this booklet you can stop by our R & R center located in the basement
of the American Legion Post 26 508 Elm Street, Biddeford, Maine or call us at 207-494-9287. If by chance
there is no answer please leave a message with you name address and we will make sure you get a copy.

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VETERAN LICENSE PLATE DECALS

For FREE replacement of faded Campaign or Service decals:

Write to:
Secretary of State Bureau of Motor Vehicles 29 State House Station Augusta, ME 04333-0029

*Include a copy of your registration and a note requesting replacements

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Monthly Special

Exterior window decal 3 x 2. Purple Heart
Larger decals available price depending on size Baseball Cap

$5.00 $10.00

If Interested in ordering one or more please make check or money order out to
Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044 and send it to

Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1044 P.O. Box 844 Sanford, Maine 04073
Or

Stop down to our meeting location 508 Elm Street Biddeford and see the many other
items that we have available.

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SUPPORTERS PAGE

Support Those That Support US!!

(Cost to have your company business card placed here in our newsletter as well as on our website is only $25.00
per year)

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Membership in VVA is the Right Choice

First I want to say "WELCOME HOME "

The goals of Vietnam Veterans of America are 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.

VVA is a "home of our own" - a community of fellowship with people who share
our experiences, needs, and hopes for the future.

Be as active as your time, talents, and interests allow. Or, simply be a proud
member of VVA, knowing that your membership helps VVA work for you and
your fellow Vietnam veterans.

Membership includes a subscription to our award-winning newspaper, The VVA
Veteran, bringing you updates on issues and legislation affecting veterans, as
well as unique articles on the people, places, and history of the Vietnam experi-
ence.

Membership is open to U.S. armed force veterans who served on active duty (for
other than training purposes) in the Republic of Vietnam between February 28,
1961 and May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between August 5, 1964 and May
7, 1975.

Our chapter is very active working hard to help our brothers and sisters, their
families and veterans of today.

We meet once a month at the American Legion Post 26 located at 508 Elm Street
Biddeford. Meetings start at 1:30 (13:30)

If you would like further information on joining our chapter please email me
your mailing address at president@vva1044maine.org I will send the informa-
tion to you.

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20 October 2018 Roast Beef Dinner Dinner

Information on these and other events may be found on our web site at

http://www.vva1044maine.org

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