No. 16-31

Kristofer Goldsmith


Mokie Porter 



VVA Applauds Launch of Charlie Foxtrot, Docu-Series,
Asks Supporters to Sign Fairness for Veterans Petition  

(Washington, D.C.)–“An estimated 80,000-plus Vietnam veterans who put their lives on the line in defense of our Constitution were discharged from the military with bad paper after engaging in conduct attributable to symptoms of Post-traumatic Stress Disorder, a medical disorder not recognized until 1980,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America.


“Today, despite the military’s acknowledgment of PTSD, and the screening policies that have been adopted, tens of thousands of OIF and OEF veterans have bad-paper discharges and PTSD. Tragically, these veterans with PTSD who have been administratively separated from the military with less-than-honorable discharges often lose access to the healthcare they need to recover from war. This is wrong, and we can’t keep letting this happen to this new generation of veterans.”


Charlie Foxtrot is a compelling five-part docu-series that explores what our young veterans face after they have been kicked out of the military and stripped of their benefits while suffering from PTSD, TBI, or following a suicide attempt. Today, November 11, the docu-series will be aired on Tegna's television affiliates in 38 cities, including NBC, ABC and CBS affiliates in Atlanta Washington D.C., Dallas, Houston, Sacramento, Denver, New Orleans, Phoenix and more. However it also streams indefinitely on its own website at


“I urge you to take the time to honor these young, forgotten veterans by watching Charlie Foxtrot and by signing the Fairness for Veterans Act Petition at” We want to get these service members the help they need, with full access to medical care and other benefits,” said Rowan. We are asking viewers who feel compelled to act, to sign our petition to Congress in support of the Fairness for Veterans Act.

From: "VVA Government Affairs" 
Sent: 14-Nov-2016 12:00:40 +0000
Subject: Act NOW contact your Senator in support of S.2921, the Veterans First Act

Act NOW contact your Senator in support of S.2921, the Veterans First Act

Vietnam Veterans of America

An Important Message from VVA National President John RowanYour Senators and Members of
Congress have returned for the final session of the 114th Congress.  It is critical that your Senators are given the opportunity by leadership for an up-or-down vote on S. 2921, the Veterans First Act.

This bill, sponsored by Senator Johnny Isakson (R-Georgia), and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), passed unanimously in the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, which he is the Chairman and Blumenthal, Ranking Member.  It embraces several provisions -- several very important provisions -- for veterans and our families, including extending caregiver benefits to catastrophically injured veterans who served prior to 9/11; it improves mental-health access for all veterans; it addresses the culture at the VA by improving accountability to make it easier for the VA Secretary to remove bad actors at all levels of the department; and it provides program and services for homeless veterans. 

Most important, however, is that S. 2921 contains the Toxic Exposure Research Act (S. 901). Passage of this bill is VVA's highest legislative priority, not for us but for our children and their children. We need research to connect, to indicate a positive association, between a father or mother's exposure to toxic substances while in uniform and health conditions -- birth defects, cancers, learning disabilities -- in our offspring.

It's critically important we get this bill enacted NOW. 

The bi-partisian bill has 44 cosponsors



VVA urges you to Take Action NOW at on the alert, enter your zip code and send the prepared letter requesting your U.S. Senators contact Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky and Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada asking that S.2921, the Veterans First Act, be moved to the floor of the Senate for vote and passage.

Follow-up your email and call (202) 224-3121 and ask to be connected to your Senators office for a reply.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the only national Vietnam veterans' organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.

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