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VVA on DoD Announcement of Guidance for Upgrading Discharge Requests

posted Sep 8, 2014, 6:13 PM by Ray Breault

VVA on DoD Announcement of Guidance for Upgrading Discharge Requests


“Vietnam Veterans of America is very pleased with the recent announcement by Secretary of Defense Hagel regarding the September 3, 2014, Department of Defense (DoD) guidance to Military Department Boards for Correction of Military/Naval Records (BCM/NR) when considering petitions regarding discharge upgrade requests by veterans claiming Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, who received Other Than Honorable (OTH) Discharges,” said VVA National President John Rowan.  

 “It is the right thing to do, especially for our Vietnam veterans. Many of our brothers and sisters were inappropriately discharged under other than honorable conditions after serving their country, because PTSD was not recognized at that time.  In many cases, a PTSD diagnosis was not made until decades after their service was completed. And, because of their OTH discharge, they were unable to receive VA benefits. VVA has been advocating for these veterans for a long time, and we are very grateful that Secretary Hagel has taken this action,” said Rowan.  

As stated in the September 3 guidelines, “…in cases where service records or any document from the period of service substantiate the existence of one or more symptoms of what is now recognized as PTSD or a PTSD-related condition during the time of service, liberal consideration will be given to finding that PTSD existed at the time of service. Liberal consideration will also be given in cases where civilian providers confer diagnoses of PTSD or PTSD-related conditions when case records contain narratives that support symptomatology at the time of service, or when any other evidence which may reasonably indicate that PTSD or a PTSD-related disorder existed at the time of discharge which may have mitigated the misconduct that caused the under than honorable conditions characterization of service.” 

“We thank Secretary Hagel for this effort,” said Rowan, “However, now begins the challenge of reaching out to all those Vietnam veterans affected by such OTH discharges and helping them get their discharges upgraded, so they can access the health care and other benefits due them. We urge the DoD and the VA to initiate such efforts to identify and reach out to the affected veterans.”

 

Vietnam Veterans of America (www.vva.org) 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.”


John Rowan Announces National Committee Chairs

posted Aug 29, 2013, 3:57 PM by Ray Breault

Affidavit of John Rowan, National President, Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc.

 

John Rowan, being duly sworn, deposes and says: 

 

1. I am the National President of Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc. (VVA). The purpose of this affidavit is to comply with the requirements of Article I, Section 4.G. of the VVA Constitution which authorizes VVA's President to submit a question to the VVA Board of Directors for a vote in between Board meetings when he determines that the matter requires the Board's immediate attention.

 

2. On August 26, 2013, the following motions relative to the committee chairs and committee appointments were submitted to the Board by e-mail for a vote by e-mail or fax with instructions that votes are returned to LaVonia Cogdell by close of business August 28, 2013:

 

Motion 1:         To approve Herb Worthington as Chair of the Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 2:         To approve Leslie DeLong as Chair of the Constitution Committee.

Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 3:         To approve Jim Blount as Chair of the Credentials Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 4:         To approve Frank Barry as Chair of the Economic Opportunities Committee.           

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 5:         To approve Scott DeArman as Chair of the Elections Committee..

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 6:         To approve Ned Foote as Chair of the Finance Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 7:         To approve Felix “Pete” Peterson as Chair of the Government Affairs Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 8:         To approve Sandy Miller as Chair of the Homeless Veterans Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 9:         To approve Tom Corey as Chair of the Household Goods Donation Program.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 10:       To approve Pat Toro as Chair of the National Leadership Conference/Convention Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 11:       To approve Charlie Hobbs as Chair of the Membership Affairs Committee

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 12:       To approve Jerry Yamamoto as Chair of the Minority Affairs Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 13:       To approve Al “Butch” Huber as Chair of the National Disciplinary Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 14:       To approve Richard DeLong as Chair of the POW/MIA Committee

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 15:       To approve Dr. Tom Hall as Chair of the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder/Substance Abuse Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 16:       To approve Tom Burke as Chair of the Public Affairs Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 17:       To approve Dick Southern as Chair of the Resolutions Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 18:       To approve Dan Stenvold as Chair of the Rules Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 19:       To approve David Simmons as Chair of the Veterans Against Drugs Task Force.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 20:       To approve John Margowski as Chair of the Veterans Benefits Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 21:       To approve Pat Bessigano as Chair of the Veterans Health Care Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 22:       To approve Dr. Tom Berger as Executive Director, Veterans Health Council.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 23:       To approve Terry Hubert as Chair of the Veterans Incarcerated Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).

 

Motion 24:       To approve Kate O’ Hare-Palmer as Chair of the Women Veterans Committee.

                        Motion made by J. Rowan; seconded by B. Meeks; (passed).            

 

3. On August 28, 2013, the National Secretary notified me that the vote of each Board member who voted on the motions was as follows:

                                               

                                                           

__________________________________

John Rowan


 

 

                                   

Board Member

 

Agent Orange

H. Worthington

Constitution

L. DeLong

Credentials

J. Blount

John Rowan

 

 

 

Marsh Four

Y

Y

Y

Bill Meeks

Y

Y

Y

Wayne Reynolds

Y

Y

Y

Bob Barry

Y

Y

Y

Linda Blankenship

Y

Y

Y

Dennis Cohoon

NR

NR

NR

Richard DeLong

Y

Y

Y

Charlie Hobbs

Y

Y

Y

Joe Jennings

Y

Y

Y

Joe Kristek

Y

Y

Y

Allen Manuel

Y

Y

Y

John Margowski

Y

Y

Y

Sara McVicker

Y

Y

Y

John Miner

Y

Y

Y

Charles Montgomery

Y

Y

Y

Tom Owens

Y

Y

Y

Jim Pace

Y

Y

Y

Felix Peterson

Y

Y

Y

Dick Southern

Y

Y

Y

Dan Stenvold

Y

Y

Y

Pat Toro

Y

Y

Y

Herb Worthington

Y

Y

Y

Jerry Yamamoto

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

Results

Yes

22

22

22

No

0

0

0

Abstain

0

0

0

No Response

1

1

1

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Board Member

 

Economic Oppt. F. Barry

Elections

S. DeArman

Finance

N. Foote

John Rowan

 

 

 

Marsh Four

Y

Y

Y

Bill Meeks

Y

Y

Y

Wayne Reynolds

Y

Y

Y

Bob Barry

Y

Y

Y

Linda Blankenship

Y

Y

Y

Dennis Cohoon

NR

NR

NR

Richard DeLong

Y

Y

Y

Charlie Hobbs

Y

Y

Y

Joe Jennings

Y

Y

Y

Joe Kristek

Y

Y

Y

Allen Manuel

Y

Y

Y

John Margowski

Y

Y

Y

Sara McVicker

Y

Y

Y

John Miner

Y

Y

Y

Charles Montgomery

Y

Y

Y

Tom Owens

Y

Y

Y

Jim Pace

Y

Y

Y

Felix Peterson

Y

Y

Y

Dick Southern

Y

Y

Y

Dan Stenvold

Y

Y

Y

Pat Toro

Y

Y

Y

Herb Worthington

Y

Y

Y

Jerry Yamamoto

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

Results

Yes

22

22

22

No

0

0

0

Abstain

0

0

0

No Response

1

1

1

 


 

 

Board Member

 

Gov’t Affairs

F. Peterson

Homeless Veterans

S. Miller

HGDP

T. Corey

John Rowan

 

 

 

Marsh Four

Y

Y

Y

Bill Meeks

Y

Y

Y

Wayne Reynolds

Y

Y

Y

Bob Barry

Y

Y

Y

Linda Blankenship

Y

Y

Y

Dennis Cohoon

NR

NR

NR

Richard DeLong

Y

Y

Y

Charlie Hobbs

Y

Y

Y

Joe Jennings

Y

Y

Y

Joe Kristek

Y

Y

Y

Allen Manuel

Y

Y

Y

John Margowski

Y

Y

Y

Sara McVicker

Y

Y

Y

John Miner

Y

Y

Y

Charles Montgomery

Y

Y

Y

Tom Owens

Y

Y

Y

Jim Pace

Y

Y

Y

Felix Peterson

Y

Y

Y

Dick Southern

Y

Y

Y

Dan Stenvold

Y

Y

Y

Pat Toro

Y

Y

Y

Herb Worthington

Y

Y

Y

Jerry Yamamoto

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Results

Yes

22

22

22

No

0

0

0

Abstain

0

0

0

No Response

1

1

1

 


 

 

 

Board Member

 

Leadership/Conv.

P. Toro

Membership

C. Hobbs

Minority

J. Yamamoto

John Rowan

 

 

 

Marsh Four

Y

Y

Y

Bill Meeks

Y

Y

Y

Wayne Reynolds

Y

Y

Y

Bob Barry

Y

Y

Y

Linda Blankenship

Y

Y

Y

Dennis Cohoon

NR

NR

NR

Richard DeLong

Y

Y

Y

Charlie Hobbs

Y

Y

Y

Joe Jennings

Y

Y

Y

Joe Kristek

Y

Y

Y

Allen Manuel

Y

Y

Y

John Margowski

Y

Y

Y

Sara McVicker

Y

Y

Y

John Miner

Y

Y

Y

Charles Montgomery

Y

Y

Y

Tom Owens

Y

Y

Y

Jim Pace

Y

Y

Y

Felix Peterson

Y

Y

Y

Dick Southern

Y

Y

Y

Dan Stenvold

Y

Y

Y

Pat Toro

Y

Y

Y

Herb Worthington

Y

Y

Y

Jerry Yamamoto

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

Results

Yes

22

22

22

No

0

0

0

Abstain

0

0

0

No Response

1

1

1

 

 


 


 

Board Member

 

Disciplinary

A. Huber

POW/MIA

R. DeLong

PTSD &SA

Dr. T. Hall

John Rowan

 

 

 

Marsh Four

Y

Y

Y

Bill Meeks

Y

Y

Y

Wayne Reynolds

Y

Y

Y

Bob Barry

Y

Y

Y

Linda Blankenship

Y

Y

Y

Dennis Cohoon

NR

NR

NR

Richard DeLong

Y

Y

Y

Charlie Hobbs

Y

Y

Y

Joe Jennings

Y

Y

Y

Joe Kristek

Y

Y

Y

Allen Manuel

Y

Y

Y

John Margowski

Y

Y

Y

Sara McVicker

Y

Y

Y

John Miner

Y

Y

              Y

Charles Montgomery

Y

Y

Y

Tom Owens

Y

Y

Y

Jim Pace

Y

Y

Y

Felix Peterson

Y

Y

Y

Dick Southern

Y

Y

Y

Dan Stenvold

Y

Y

Y

Pat Toro

Y

Y

Y

Herb Worthington

Y

Y

Y

Jerry Yamamoto

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

Results

Yes

22

22

22

No

0

0

0

Abstain

0

0

0

No Response

1

1

1

 


 


 

Board Member

 

Public Affairs

T. Burke

Resolutions

D. Southern

Rules

D. Stenvold

John Rowan

 

 

 

Marsh Four

Y

Y

Y

Bill Meeks

Y

Y

Y

Wayne Reynolds

Y

Y

Y

Bob Barry

Y

Y

Y

Linda Blankenship

A

Y

Y

Dennis Cohoon

NR

NR

NR

Richard DeLong

Y

Y

Y

Charlie Hobbs

Y

Y

Y

Joe Jennings

Y

Y

Y

Joe Kristek

Y

Y

Y

Allen Manuel

Y

Y

Y

John Margowski

Y

Y

Y

Sara McVicker

Y

Y

Y

John Miner

Y

Y

Y

Charles Montgomery

Y

Y

Y

Tom Owens

Y

Y

Y

Jim Pace

Y

Y

Y

Felix Peterson

Y

Y

Y

Dick Southern

Y

Y

Y

Dan Stenvold

Y

Y

Y

Pat Toro

Y

Y

Y

Herb Worthington

Y

Y

Y

Jerry Yamamoto

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

Results

Yes

21

22

22

No

0

0

0

Abstain

1

0

0

No Response

1

1

1

 


 


 

Board Member

 

Vets Against Drugs

D. Simmons

Vets Benefits

J.  Margowski

Vets Healthcare

P. Bessigano

John Rowan

 

 

 

Marsh Four

Y

Y

Y

Bill Meeks

Y

Y

Y

Wayne Reynolds

Y

Y

Y

Bob Barry

Y

Y

Y

Linda Blankenship

Y

Y

Y

Dennis Cohoon

NR

NR

NR

Richard DeLong

Y

Y

Y

Charlie Hobbs

Y

Y

Y

Joe Jennings

Y

Y

Y

Joe Kristek

Y

Y

Y

Allen Manuel

Y

Y

Y

John Margowski

Y

Y

Y

Sara McVicker

Y

Y

Y

John Miner

Y

Y

Y

Charles Montgomery

Y

Y

Y

Tom Owens

Y

Y

Y

Jim Pace

Y

Y

Y

Felix Peterson

Y

Y

Y

Dick Southern

Y

Y

Y

Dan Stenvold

Y

Y

Y

Pat Toro

Y

Y

Y

Herb Worthington

Y

Y

Y

Jerry Yamamoto

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

Results

Yes

22

22

22

No

0

0

0

Abstain

0

0

0

No Response

1

1

1

 


 


 

Board Member

 

Vets Health Council

Dr. Berger

Vets Incarcerated

T. Hubert

Women Vets

K. O’Hare-Palmer

John Rowan

 

 

 

Marsh Four

Y

Y

Y

Bill Meeks

Y

Y

Y

Wayne Reynolds

Y

Y

Y

Bob Barry

Y

Y

Y

Linda Blankenship

Y

Y

Y

Dennis Cohoon

NR

NR

NR

Richard DeLong

Y

Y

Y

Charlie Hobbs

Y

Y

Y

Joe Jennings

Y

Y

Y

Joe Kristek

Y

Y

Y

Allen Manuel

Y

Y

Y

John Margowski

Y

Y

Y

Sara McVicker

Y

Y

Y

John Miner

N

Y

Y

Charles Montgomery

Y

Y

Y

Tom Owens

Y

Y

Y

Jim Pace

Y

Y

Y

Felix Peterson

Y

Y

Y

Dick Southern

Y

Y

Y

Dan Stenvold

Y

Y

Y

Pat Toro

Y

Y

Y

Herb Worthington

Y

Y

Y

Jerry Yamamoto

Y

Y

Y

 

 

 

Results

Yes

21

22

22

No

1

0

0

Abstain

0

0

0

No Response

1

1

1

 

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