Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Hard Words from a Shipmate

These are some hard words from a shipmate in the Blue Water Navy Veterans of the Vietnam War. We think it is time they were said.

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One of the extremely dangerous affects of the VA winning the Haas case is that, once they have successfully treated the Blue Water Navy as a "sub-class" or "new category" of veteran, essentially legally dividing the whole into parts, they will be able to use that as precedent to pick and choose which veterans get which types of benefits.

Up until this point, all veterans (e.g., combat veterans, POWs, support troops, etc.) fall into the same class and are eligible for all benefits. If the Haas case is ruled in favor of the DVA, they will be able to exclude any veteran from receiving full medical and compensation benefits simply by creating another sub-class of veteran, as they are attempting to do here.

Let me give an example: In the XX War, veterans serving on active duty in combat or combat support would all assume they would receive medical treatment and compensation for injuries sustained in the XX War. But after the XX War is over, the Department of Veteran Affairs could proclaim that any veteran of the XX War who served further than 12 miles from some arbitrary geographical point is not eligible for full veteran benefits, even though the enemy could and did detonate weapons up to 20 miles from the arbitrary point. Those veterans who were injured by those "out of bounds" detonations are, by their own jargon, S.O.L. They will be denied medical care and monetary compensation for any injuries sustained while on active duty during the XX War.

That is exactly what is happening to the Blue Water Navy veterans of the Vietnam War. They are not being given the same medical care and compensation as the troops they supported, fought along side of, and died with. The winning of the Haas case, or the enactment of S-2026, will guarantee that the DVA can create categories of future veterans at whim, and deny them full benefits such as those received by veterans who served within the 12 mile zone from our hypothetical example.

"Impossible!" you might say? It is happening now. It is what the heart of the Haas case and what the S-2026 bill are all about. It is what the Blue Water Navy of the Vietnam War is currently experiencing and has experienced since early 2002. It is not a mere probability - it is current fact.

This situation says to the future United States military member of any branch of service: "Take your chances. Come fight our war. You might or might not receive your medical treatment and combat injury disability payments from the DVA. You won't know until after you've been injured and the War is over. But go ahead, sign on the dotted line." As a veteran of the Vietnam War, my best advice to the youth of America is "Don't play their silly game of Russian Roulette. If these problems are not fixed NOW, stay as far away from service to this Government as you can get. They lie and have no intention of taking care of you if you are injured in battle."

Of course, that's not a hard message to swallow given the current non-treatment and ill-treatment of returning veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Even when they claim to be keeping their promise of "We'll take care of you!" the care is so poor and takes so long that it is a national disgrace. This is no longer a Government worth defending. Nonetheless, it is a hard message to give, and I do so only with a very heavy heart and many tears. But this is no longer the Government that I made and kept my pledge of allegiance to. All things change over time, but the principles of Honesty and Integrity must remain constant - and the current leadership of our country has lost touch with those Ideals.
JPR

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Our tears join yours, and our heart is also heavy at the perversion of the American Ideal by vain and greedy politicians who talk from both sides of their mouths at once. There are no friends to the American Veteran in the United States Government.

VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --
President Abraham Lincoln

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1 comment:

  1. Anonymous20:22

    I AGREE COMPLETELY. IT ALL STARTED WHEN I FIRST JOINED THE NAVY. THE SELLING POINT THEN - YOU WILL HAVE FREE MEDICAL CARE FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE. THIS TURNED OUT TO BE A COMPLETE LIE. HAD TO PAY FOR TRICARE PRIME, HAVE TO PAY FOR MEDICARE PER MONTH. SO NOW THE GOVERNMENT IS BACKWATERING ON BLUE WATER NAVY AGENT ORANGE BENEFITS. HAVING SERVED 25 YEARS IN THE NAVY AND RETIRING WITH 30% DISABILITY (SERVICE CONECTED)I HAVE BEEN CHEATED OUT OF MY DISABILITY FOR THE PAST 20 YEARS. THE REASON IS I HAVE TO PAY MY OWN DISABILITY FROM MY ALREADY EARNED RETIREMENT CHECK. CONCURENT PAYMENT IS A JOKE. ALL IT MEANS IS THAT IF YOU ARE 50 PERCENT DISABLE THEY WILL PAY YOU. THIS IS SELF ADMISSION ON THE GOVERNMENTS PART THAT THEY ARE CHEATING US. IF THE UP AND COMING GENERATIONS WERE ACUTELY AWARE OF THESE FACTS, RECRUITMENT FOR VOLUNTEERS WOULD BE AN IMPOSSIBLE TASK. ALREADY THE ARMY IS OFFERING HUGE BONUSES FOR REENLISTMENTS. I GOT TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS THE MAX ALLOWED. YET I SERVED LONGER THAN PEOPLE GETTING FIFTY AND SIXTY THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE PRICE OF BEING A PATRIOT HAS GONE UP TREMENDOUSLY. IN TEN MORE YEARS OUR ARMED FORCES WILL BE MANNED BY PURCHASED PEOPLE. JUST LIKE THE BLACKWATER ORGANIZATION. REALLY SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT. RIGHT NOW WE ARE FIGHTING A WAR ON TERROR. WELL THE REAL ENEMY IS BIG BUSINESS. WAR GENERATES HUGE PRIVATE SECTOR PROFITS. I AM SURE SOME OF THESE PROFITS FIND THEIR WAY BACK INTO THE POLITICAL WORLD. WHY ELSE WOULD 12 TO 15 PEOPLE BE WILLING TO SPEND 3 BILLION DOLLARS TO GRAB THE TOP SPOT (PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES). IT IS JUST ANOTHER MONEY LAUNDERING OPERATION.
    WE NEED A CLEAN SLATE, VOTING FOR ENCUMBENTS WILL GUARANTEE THE CONTINUATION OF THE EXISTING NON-CARING WASTEFUL, SYSTEM NOW IN EXISTANCE. THE TRUE ELECTORIAL VOTERS ARE THE LOBBIST IN WASHINGTON NOT THE GENERAL POPULATION.

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