Welcome to the Health Affairs website for Vietnam
Veterans of America, Chapter 20. The goal of this committee
is to empower noble veterans with service-connected
diseases/injuries to gain the information necessary
to attain benefits, services and health care essential
to a positive, productive life. The first order in America
must be to meet the needs of those who answer their
country's call when they fall ill with service-connected
If you are experiencing health issues
which either prevent you from being able to work or
which may be service-connected, contact the Monroe County
Veterans Service Agency,
for an appointment (phone 753-6040). The team of service
officers at the Monroe County Veterans Agency will help
you through the process. Don't hesitate to contact them
with any issues that you need addressed. You do not
need to be unable to work to be eligible for VA benefits
for service-connected health issues (i.e., diabetes,
peripheral neuropathy, cancers, spina bifida in children
of Vietnam veterans, etc.). Remember that this agency
is in place for ALL veterans.
The Social Security
Administration provides disability payments for those
who have worked and paid into SSA for 40 quarters or
10 years and who cannot work because of disability.
Social Security Administration also provides Supplemental
Security Income to those who do not have enough money
to make ends meet, if eligible. This is tied to income.
The Veterans Administration provides benefits
to those eligible with service-connected diseases/injuries.
Compensation is defined as "caused by" your
service to your country. Start with the veterans� service
officers above. Phone numbers for VA related issues:
Committee Chairman Jerry McDermott
|VA Clinic - 465 Westfall Road
Welfare and Medicaid are also available to those
who cannot work and are in need.
The most important
document to read can be accessed at
Documents, Agent Orange. This report by Admiral Elmo
Zumwalt to the government describes in detail the truth
about this chapter of America's history. It explains
why many Vietnam veterans have had difficulty in obtaining
health care and benefits. It is a must read for all
who want the best for our veterans. Admiral Zumwalt
ordered the spraying of Agent Orange in Vietnam and
lost his son, a Vietnam veteran, to cancer.
The National Vietnam Veterans of America is working
tirelessly to advocate for Vietnam veterans. They also
sponsor and support all Gulf War veterans and their
issues. For more information, please call 800-VVA-1316.
Please keep in mind that you do NOT have to
be a member of VVA Chapter 20 to access help with any
issues. We welcome Vietnam and Vietnam era veterans
into Chapter 20, and all those who support Vietnam Veterans
and their issues into Associates of Vietnam Veterans
of America, National and Chapter 20. All of these groups
can be accessed within this web page at the links below.
An empowerment packet is being put together
which will shed light on the many facets of health care
and issues facing Vietnam veterans and their families.
More information will follow on that very soon, and
it will be made available to you then.
Web site is created not to place blame, but to make
sure that all is done to honor and assist each noble
Vietnam veteran who answered their country's call either
by draft or enlistment and who placed his/her life in
harm's way to defend and protect our freedom. We thank
you for your service to your country, welcome you home
to a grateful nation, and honor your service and noble
strength. Together, we will stand strong for a strong,
United States of America. May God bless our troops,
veterans and America.
care sites at VVA National are: