VVA CHAPTER #717 welcomes all our brothers and sisters who served in Vietnam between February 28, 1961 & May 7, 1975, or in any duty location between August 5, 1964 & May 7, 1975.
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VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA CHAPTER 717
We are located in Northeast Ohio, in Summit County.
We meet on the first Tuesday of every month at 2:00 pm at the American Legion Post #281
1601 Front St., Cuyahoga Falls. Oh 44221 Phone: 330-920-9379
Chapter 717 Facebook link below
Veterans Crisis Line - 800-273-8255
Service Officer Locator - for help with your VA disability claim
ARE BURN PITS THE NEXT AGENT ORANGE FOR VETERANS TO
Parallels from Vietnam and Iraq / Afghanistan wars is a sense of deja-vu for veterans coming
home and seeking help for illness potential related to burn pits. How many years will these
Veterans have to fight scientific research before illnesses from burn pits are recognize and
treatment approved by the VA and Congress?
It took 20 years before agent orange was acknowledged by the VA, leading to treatment and
compensation for some 14 health conditions among Vietnam veterans including Hodgkin’s and
Parkinson’s disease, leukemia, isch-emic heart disease, prostate and respiratory cancers qualify
for VA disability compensation.
At times 400 tons of waste daily was being deposed of in burn pits. Open-air burn pits,
typically using jet fuel as an accelerant, dis posed of medical and human waste, chemicals,
munitions, petroleum, plastics, electronics and more. The resulting smoke carried a mixture of
toxic dioxins and pollutants. Some estimates say that up wards of 3.5 million service members
could have been exposed to burn pits.
Reports of respiratory problems allegedly caused by burn pits surfaced among active duty
troops in 2009, and later among veterans making VA disability claims for health conditions they
blamed on burn pit exposure. It is believed that 16 health conditions are blamed on burn pit
exposure include prostate, lung and respiratory cancers, hypertension, COPD, asthma and
Let us hope the Veterans exposed to Burn Pits will not have to wait 20 years for VA to approve
scientific evidence granting health and compensation to the Afghanistan / Iraq veterans.
On the bright side, some members in Congress are supporting several bills pending in Congress
regarding efforts to establish varying degrees of a “presumptive” connection between certain
diseases and burn pit exposure for Iraq and Afghanistan veterans.
Our VVA Family gathering on Saturday January 22nd at 9am at the Akron Family Restaurant.
For those who can join us next THURSDAY for lunch, January 27th we will be meeting at the Hartville Kitchen in Hartville at 11am. The restaurant is located at 1015 Edison Street, Hartville, Ohio 44632. The Hartville Kitchen is closed on Wednesday, which is why we always do lunch on Thursday at this particular place.
Chapter 717 Christmas Party