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Examining the Progress of suicide prevention Outreach to Efforts at the Va

july 14, 2010

The subject of suicide is extremely difficult to talk about and is a topic that most of us would prefer to avoid.  Although statistics on suicide deaths are not as accurate as we would like because so many are not reported, as veterans of the Vietnam War and those who care for them, many of us have known someone who has committed suicide and others who have attempted it.  But as uncomfortable as this subject may be to discuss, VVA believes it to be a very real public health concern that needs solutions now.

Suicide is most often the result of unrecognized and untreated mental health injuries. Depression, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) are three of the most common mental health injuries and conditions that can lead to suicide. The three conditions in particular are medical conditions that can be life-threatening. 

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In 1978, Mr. Feldman and Robert Muller, a veteran who had been paralyzed in Vietnam, co-founded the organization that became Vietnam Veterans of America, the largest nonprofit organization dedicated to Vietnam veterans and their families.

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National Leadership Conference
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New Raffle - win a trip to Vietnam

Get more information - Drawing to be held in Orlando
( Trip courtesy of Vietnam Battlefield Tours)

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veterans sought for ptsd research

A psychology graduate student at Purdue University is looking for Vietnam, Persian Gulf and OIF/OEF veterans to participate in a doctoral study, which will examine veterans’ help-seeking attitudes related to PTSD and suicide that will be used to develop model interventions for decreasing stigma.  If you are interested in participating, please contact Azi Ghaffari at aghaffar@purdue.edu

NOTE: this study’s I.R.B. documentation has been filed and reviewed by VVA’s I.R.B. research officer and judged to be in compliance with all applicable human subjects research guidelines.

Seeking American Male Vietnam Veterans for Thesis Project

A history graduate student at Brock University in Ontario, Canada is looking for male Vietnam veterans to interview for a thesis project.  The purpose of the thesis is to examine how notions of masculinity and manhood developed among U.S. veterans of the Vietnam War and how these notions changed, if at all, as a result of the war. The central research question is: What impact did the Vietnam War have on male soldiers’ conceptions of masculinity and manhood?  The grad student would like to interview American male Vietnam War veterans who hold a variety of perspectives regarding the war. If you are interested in participating, please contact Michael Snow at ms05jb@brocku.ca   
NOTE: this study’s I.R.B. documentation has been filed and reviewed by VVA’s I.R.B. research officer and judged to be in compliance with all applicable human subjects research guidelines.


Wall BookIf you were at the 25th Anniversary Parade of the “Wall” then chances are you are in this Video.

If you weren’t, then here is your chance to see History.

Yes, it’s been two years in the making, we have video from several video crews and many still photos, almost every group that marched, every band that participated and many of the people that made the 25th Anniversary parade possible are in this Video.

The Video is over 2 hours long, featuring the Pre-Parade Breakfast, the Parade Opening speeches and ceremonies, The Parade, The Concert, and the After Parade “Thank You for Serving” Dinner. Bonus section of 100’s of still photos is included.

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Our United States Veterans were there when we needed them the most. Now they need your support. Please donate your car to the Vietnam Veterans of America. You get a tax deduction and your car donation will be helping those who have given us so much, our veterans. Vietnam Veterans of America is chartered by Congress and has been supporting our dedicated Veterans and their families for over 30 years.

The donation process is simple, fast and secure, and your car donation will help us to provide critical support services for our defenders of freedom in their time of need. Call toll free today at 1-800-Help-Vets or use our easy online donation form to schedule your free towing and join the thousands of other satisfied car donors who have already helped our veterans.

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Click here to read the guideClick on the cover image to read the VVA Self-Help Guide to Service-Connected Disability Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange

 

 

 

 


VVA Victim of Email Hoaxes

An email hoax, “States From One State,” has been circulating the Internet for more than a year. Unfortunately, someone has taken his/her personal initiative to attach the Vietnam Veterans of America logo to this flyer after it had been in circulation. The content of this email has nothing to do with Vietnam Veterans of America. We regret this egregious misuse of our logo and appreciate your efforts in setting the record straight.
 
For information on the LA Times response to this email hoax, please
see the linked article.

An email hoax concerning Target stores and VVA has been circulating for a number of years. Please click here for more information.

Thanks so much for your assistance in dispelling these email hoaxes.

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