No. 048-00  
      IMMEDIATE RELEASE                      September 13, 2000                           (301) 585-4000


"Vietnam Veterans of America enthusiastically supports H.R. 5132, the “Veterans Comprehensive Hepatitis C Health Care Act, and expresses our thanks to Congressman Rodney Frelinghuysen for his vital leadership in introducing this vitally needed legislation,” said George C. Duggins, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA).

“While the Veterans Health Administration has made some progress in addressing the very significant problem of Hepatitis C among veterans, especially Vietnam veterans, not nearly enough has been done to provide effective outreach, consistent universal testing, effective treatment, or properly funded and assertive efforts toward research, education, technical assistance, as well as the crucially needed meaningful oversight and quality assurance,” continued Duggins.

 It is estimated that approximately 10% of all veterans who utilize the VA health care system are infected with Hepatitis C.  Two thirds of those veterans are Vietnam era veterans.  While the VA has taken some important steps toward meeting this crisis, VVA believes that much more needs to be done.  Prompt passage of the  “Veterans Comprehensive Hepatitis C Health Care Act” would move toward the level of response to this major problem among veterans.

 VVA’s point of contact for additional information is Scott D. Campbell at (301) 585-4000, Ext. 158.  Visit VVA’s website at: http//

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Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated solely to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is  "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."   



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