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Water Contamination

Lawmakers to DoD: You Knew about Water Contamination. Why haven’t you Done More?

Tara Copp, in a March 6 article for Military Times, reports on a March 5 hearing on Capitol Hill in which the Pentagon was taken to task for its decision not to take action to protect military families from decades of exposure to cancer-causing chemicals until a 2016 Environmental Protection Agency warning. “To put it charitably, it is unclear why DoD feels justified in passing the buck to the EPA,” said House Oversight and Reform Subcommittee on the Environment chairman Rep. Harley Rouda (D-Calif.), “particularly in light of evidence suggesting DoD’s awareness of the toxicity of the chemicals since the early 1980s.”
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Convention Elections

Message to Prospective Candidates from the VVA Elections Committee: March 31 Deadline Fast Approaching

Fellow veterans and prospective candidates, time is running out for those who wish to throw their hats in the ring to be early candidates at the National Convention. The Elections Committee is encouraging you to send your Letter of Intent and other required documents by the March 31, 2019, deadline. This will give the body of the organization the chance to know who you are before they come to the convention.

It is important to remember there are serious restrictions that apply to those who choose to run from the floor, and it is important to know and understand them. All pertinent and relevant information is posted on and The VVA Veteran, Nov./Dec, and Jan./Feb. issues.

More information here.


Never Forget the Heroes Act HR 1327 S.546

VVA Calls for Swift Passage of the  Never Forget the Heroes Act,

Long-term Funding of 911 Victim Compensation Fund


(Washington, D.C.)— “Vietnam Veterans of America calls for the swift passage of the Never Forget the Heroes Act, which would fully fund the September 11 Victim Compensation Fund through 2090,” said John Rowan, VVA National President.

 “As Vietnam veterans, we know firsthand the toll of toxic exposure on our health and the high costs associated with our toxic wounds,” said Rowan. “We will not remain silent as those injured in the terrorist attack and those who assisted with debris removal in its aftermath are told the cost of their care will overtake the $7.375 billion 911 Victim Compensation fund. We must start keeping our promises to those who answer the call.”

 On February 15, 2019, the Special Master of the fund determined that what remains in the 911 Victim’s Compensation Fund is insufficient to pay all pending and projected claims under current policies. Consequently, she announced modifications to the policies consistent with her statutory obligations, noting that severe cuts to claims would be made across the board.

 The Never Forget the Heroes Act (H.R.1327, S546), when passed, will ensure that those injured and ill and their families will be assured funding for their claims well into the future.

Expressive Art Work Shop

This group will use mixed media paper and watercolors, acrylic paints and pencils to provide a creative and fun format to express yourself or just do something fun and different.  There is no cost to participants; supplies will be provided.

This is a six week group starting Saturday, March 16, 2019 from 9:00-11:00. Space is limited to 15 veterans.

Equine Therapy Group

This is a 10 week group and sessions consist of working with the horses on the ground, building confidence and learning fundamental skills such as general horse care, grooming, saddling, and leading. Riding is an option if desired. We are seeking combat veterans to come out and join us in this wonderful opportuntity to be outdoors and be around other combat veterans.

Group starting March 26, 2019, we will meet weekly on Tuesdays from 12:30-2:00 followed by a 30 min feedback session.

Staff providing lessons are certified therapeutic riding instructors. There is no cost to the veteran. You do have to arrange for transportation to the Intermountain Equestrian Center located at 7256 HWY 3, Billings, MT 59106. We also have limited space in our government vehicle for transportation to and from the Vet Center.

There are copies of the application in the lobby so you can drop by and get one between 8:00 am and 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday.