Vietnam Veterans of America
The VVA Veteran® Online
July/August 2016

In this issue:

JUST OUTSIDE: A Natural History of Tucson:
Loana Hoylman provides an overview of the VVA Leadership Conference site that spans millions of years. She writes about the geology, the wildlife, and the surprising biodiversity surrounding Tucson. [read more] [on the cover]

Tastes of TucsonVVA Chapter 106 member and longtime Tucson resident Dennis St. Germaine recommends “foodie” destinations for adventurous Leadership and Education Conference attendees interested in venturing out. [more]

THREE PROFILES: Learn more about three remarkable Vietnam veterans who made their marks in three very different fields: Environmental activist Doug Peacock, 2016 Pulitzer Prize-winning clarinetist Henry Threadgill, and pioneering PTSD researcher Charles Figley.

VA Photo by Bruce BowensA NEW SHERIFF IN TOWN: Newly transferred from the White River Junction VAMC in Vermont to clean up the mess at the Phoenix VA, Director Deborah Amdur discusses with writer Richard Currey the obstacles and challenges she faces. [more]

photo: JANE PHILLIPSANDREW RODRIGUEZ & UNCLE HENRY: Mapping VVA: Ten-year-old Andrew “Kung Fu” Rodriguez has been collecting VVA state council pins from his great-uncle, New Mexico State Council President Henry Urioste. Now his hobby has become a new project. [more]

Photo courtesy Jerry KleinTRANSPLANTING VETERANS COURTS: When Scott DeArman sought to establish a Veterans Court in Arizona, he sought advice from Jerry Klein, who had been involved in creating one in Florida. Bill Triplett describes the complications in transplanting those ideas. [more]

Alumni and guests gathered on Brown University’s Commencement Weekend to listen to the stories of the university’s own Vietnam veterans and honor Capt. John Brooks Sherman, shot down in 1966. [more]

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