Arizona State Council VVA Blog

Serving Vietnam Veterans in Arizona

August 14, 2017                    No. 17-41
Mokie Porter  

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.

VVA Applauds Roe, Walz, Veterans Community for Support of Forever GI Bill


Vietnam Veterans of America

IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2017  No. 17-26Contact: Mokie Porter301-996-0901; 301-585-4000, Ext. 146VVA 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.”


50th Vietnam War Anniversary Commemorative Dinner – Yuma, Arizona


Vietnam Veterans of America

All Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans are invited to join the
Vietnam Veterans of America, Yuma Chapter 835 and the
Arizona State Council for a
Vietnam Veterans Dinner
in honor of the
50th Commemoration of the Vietnam War
Friday, November 3, 2017
5:30pm to 9:00pm
Faith Baptist Church
(Commemorative Partner)
1535 S. 8th Avenue
Yuma, AZ 85364

If no computer, RSVP NLT October 26th to
Andy Noriega at 928-580-5190

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Vietnam Veterans give therapy rides to fellow Vets in 1968 Huey Helicopter

On the tarmac at the Bud Field Aviation Hanger, there’s a sound familiar to all Vietnam Combat  Veterans. The deep, loud ‘thud, thud, thud’ of a Huey helicopter. This distinct sound meant supplies, medic rescue, and most importantly, that they were going home.

Source: Vietnam Veterans give therapy rides to fellow Vets in 1968 Huey Helicopter

Lawmakers seek to fix Veterans Affairs $1 billion budget gap | Editors Pick |

Lawmakers seek to fix Veterans Affairs $1 billion budget gap

By HOPE YEN of the Associated Press Jun 22, 2017 0 WASHINGTON – The Department of Veterans Affairs was scolded by both parties over its budget Wednesday as lawmakers scurried to find a fix to an unexpected shortfall of more than $1 billion that would threaten medical care for thousands of veterans in the coming months. Under repeated questioning, VA Secretary David Shulkin acknowledged the department may need emergency funds.

Source: Lawmakers seek to fix Veterans Affairs $1 billion budget gap | Editors Pick |