Friday, June 20, 2008

Operation Medal Return II

[Note: We have extended the time for you to respond to the poll on trouble with Public Comments. If you have not responded yet, please do so. Thank you!]

Apparently the DVA is scrambling now. The DVA has posted an additional 7 comments today and 9 attachments!

An interesting phenomenon occurs when doing a sort command on the pages listing all the comments. You find comment number 90 and comment number 84 mixed in with the comments in the 50s and 60s when you sort by date, yet the date on them shows June 18 or 19.

This seems to indicate that the DVA was holding those comments for a very long time. Posting them now would indicate a possible response to pressure and complaints about their system.

We still suspect the DVA of intentionally interfering with the Public Comment process to the point that it was disruptive to the point that many people were unable to post their comments. This violates your civil right of due process under the law, a legal precept that dates back to the Magna Carta, signed under the Charter Oak in Runnymede England in 1215 by King John of England, and is the foundation of our civil laws.

The fact that the DVA apparently stripped the names off the headers after mid-May makes the search extremely time consuming and tedious, AND PROHIBITIVE: YOU MUST OPEN EACH ONE AND KEEP DOING SO UNTIL YOU FIND YOUR COMMENT, IF IT IS THERE AT ALL.

Now, with the comments still being posted for public view, two questions are evident:
  1. Is the public permitted to comment on the comments?
  2. Will the DVA consider these comments since it has changed their posting date to after the comment period ended?
Inquiring minds want to know. We will be sure to apprise the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights and the U.S. Attorney General's Office of the Inspector General of these additional issues.

Top management of the Department of Veterans Affairs, that is, just about everyone from mid-level management all the way up to the Secretary, are a bunch of quisquilian political sycophants, and ex-military REMFs who are committed to making Vietnam Veterans continue to pay the price for serving in that war. Ladies and Gentlemen, these folks are still spitting on us!

Are you mad enought to send your medals back now?
Mail the following letter, accompanied by your VSM, VCoG, or VCM to Senator Akaka, Congressman Filner, and President Bush today!

Senator Daniel Akaka
United States Senate
141 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Dear Senator Akaka,

As the Department of Veterans Affairs has interpreted the Agent Orange Act of 1991 to preclude presumptive exposure to dioxins in Blue Water Navy Veterans, and as the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has opined that such a definition is a "permissible" one, and as Congress, by its silence, has failed in its responsibility to make clear what the definition of "Service in Vietnam" is, I am returning the Vietnam Service Medal I received for Blue Water Naval Service in the Vietnam War. Apparently I did not serve in Vietnam, according to the DVA, the USCAFC, and apparently the US Congress.

Respectfully,

[sign your name]

Congressman Robert Filner
2428 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Filner,

As the Department of Veterans Affairs has interpreted the Agent Orange Act of 1991 to preclude presumptive exposure to dioxins in Blue Water Navy Veterans, and as the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has opined that such a definition is a "permissible" one, and as Congress, by its silence, has failed in its responsibility to make clear what the definition of "Service in Vietnam" is, I am returning the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and/or the Vietnam Campaign Medal I received for Blue Water Naval Service in the Vietnam War. Apparently I did not serve in Vietnam, according to the DVA, the USCAFC, and apparently the US Congress.

Respectfully,

[sign your name]


President George W. Bush
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Dear Mr. President,

As the Department of Veterans Affairs has interpreted the Agent Orange Act of 1991 to preclude presumptive exposure to dioxins in Blue Water Navy Veterans, and as the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit has opined that such a definition is a "permissible" one, and as Congress, by its silence, has failed in its responsibility to make clear what the definition of "Service in Vietnam" is, I am returning the Republic of Vietnam Cross of Gallantry and/or the Vietnam Campaign Medal I received for Blue Water Naval Service in the Vietnam War. Apparently I did not serve in Vietnam, according to the DVA, the USCAFC, the U.S. Congress, and apparently you.

Respectfully,

[sign your name]
Send those medals folks, and copy your letters to the local paper, and as many national media outlets as possible. Mine are in. I, for one, am tired of being spit on.

VNVets

”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets

"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--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

"Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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