Vietnam Veterans of America
The VVA Veteran® Online
January/February 2017

In this issue:

WRITING TO HEAL: MEMOIRS BY VETERANS. For some, the act of writing seems to alleviate many of the psychological burdens that can plague veterans. Can the processes a veteran goes through when committing their memories to paper actually serve as a tool for healing these anxieties? Science tends to support the idea. [on the cover]


LIVER FLUKE: UPDATE ON A CANCER-CAUSING PARASITE. A lack of awareness of the threat to Vietnam veterans from in-country exposure to liver flukes can cause an undetected and fatal cancer. In addition, it has hindered VA benefit claims of veterans and their families.

Photo: Hien Xuan NgoPROJECT RENEW: RIDDING VIETNAM OF UNEXPLODED ORDINANCE. When Project RENEW was created in 2001, 60-80 farmers and children in Quang Tri Province fell victim to accidents every year from unexploded ordnance left over from the war. Since then, great strides have been made in reducing the danger from these remants of war.

Image: National Gallery of ArtPTSD & COMPASSION FATIGUE: THE PIONEERING WORK OF CHARLES FIGLEY. Loana Hoylman details the work of VVA Excellence in the Sciences awardee Charles Figley in the field of PTSD research and his more recent research into compassion fatigue.

Illustation: Travis KingNEW YEAR, NEW ADMINISTRATION: HOW TO PREPARE FOR CHANGES IN YOUR PERSONAL FINANCES. Financial Planner Scott Berman offers his advice on navigating the changes coming in health care, taxes, interest rates, and inflation as President Trump takes the helm.

Photo: ©2014 Estate of Horace Poolaw. Reprinted with permission.FOR THE LOVE OF HIS PEOPLE: THE PHOTOGRAPHS OF HORACE POOLAW. A retrospective of the work of the Kiowa photographer and World War II Air Force veteran is currently on display at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.

“Parting Shot”PHoto: MARC LEVY

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