Review of our Town Hall, by Rick Jones


Hello, I am Rick Jones, a Life member of the Vietnam Veterans of America, the Chapter #1122 that meets in McKinney, Texas.

On the 19th I arrived at the Craig Ranch Club House. The CCVVA was working like a well oiled machine! Check-in was laid out so it was easy to identify each person attending.

In Vietnam we had some Ladies from the American Red Cross who would travel to different bases to greet us and give us coffee or punch and donuts. We affectionately called them, “Donut Dollies”! The Red Cross was at the entrance for the Townhall meeting providing coffee and one of our members arranged for a donation for donuts!

The program began with a couple of people bringing us up to date on the efforts of VVA, some other Veteran organizations and the VA. There are some promising prospects on the horizon.

There is a small group who has been traveling around the US to help educate us for what we need to do. This was there 281st Townhall type meeting! They talked with us and had many questions to answer!

Our afternoon session was held by an education Team about Hepatitis-C.

But, first they brought us a very nice lunch!

Hepatitis-C has made a come back in large numbers!! When we were in the Reception Center, preparing to begin Basic Training, we were lined up in a gauntlet of shots! As we passed through the lines there were Medical Techs shooting us in both arms with air-gun type devices, then they gave us more shots by needles. The air-guns were not properly disinfected between each arm. This has set the stage for Hep-C’s regeneration.
There are several other sources too. The REAL bad thing about this Hep-C is that most people do not even know they have it! If treated in time, it is easier to get a full recovery. If it is not treated soon enough, the results are permanent.

The last segment of the program was an open session for Agent Orange questions.

It was a very good program! They did not have all the answers, but the ones they did have, they gave to us!! The remaining answers have not been born yet.

Important News 7-7-17

Goooood Afternoon,

This Thursday evening starting 5:30 social hour, 6:30 meeting Spring Creek BBQ Restaurant McKinney July Chapter 1122  monthly meeting. Not much time till :Faces of Agent Orange” Town-Hall Meeting. If you haven’t signed up on-line at please do so. Even as a chapter member and hope you are going to help need head count for seating and free lunch. Will have updated information at chapter meeting.

Our membership is growing, new members show up to meeting hoping to meet other veterans . Is other commitments your reason for not attending, what needs to be done to improve attendance ? The “Faces of Agent Orange” Town-Hall is an event the chapter is host to educate and help veterans, something everyone says what we need to be doing. We missed you at the Red White and Boom Parade the 4th of July, thanks to Roger, Raul and Paul we got it together. Great response thru out the parade route  and the photo of our float went nation wide on the Faces of Agent Orange face-book site.

I attended a luncheon with Senator Cruz Wednesday afternoon. A small group representing Collin County Veterans were able to arrange a luncheon with the Senator before the Town-Hall meeting held Wednesday night. I was able to spent some one-on-one with the Senator and each member in the group were allow two questions, the meeting quickly went to Veterans healthcare. The Senator stated is was in favor of an improved Veterans Choice program and most of the time was spent discussing that.

Sponsorship/ads need for the town-hall program, business size ads $50, 1/2 page ads $250 and full page ads $500. Not only will the ads be in the event program they will also be shown on the two 8 ft. screens during breaks and lunch, plus shown with the on-line connection and you-tube. Need ads as soon as possible no later than the end of July. Business cards, ads sent with check to  VVA Chapter 1122, P.O. Box 6165 McKinney, Texas 75071. Question to address below.

Thank you all, remember “TOGETHER WE ARE STRONG”

Don Roush
President Collin County VVA 1122