Monday, August 25, 2008

Announcing a new organization: VASVW

We have begun a new organization, The Veterans Association of Sailors of the Vietnam War [VASVW]. We would like to introduce you to it now.

Our premise is this:

The Veterans Association of Sailors of the Vietnam War is founded on the principle of furthering the benefits for Veteran Sailors of the Vietnam War, their families, and survivors, and other Veterans of the Vietnam War, and the Vietnam Era, who have been affected by exposure to Dioxins from herbicides used in, or transported to Southeast Asia during that war. We also welcome those who agree with and support our causes and efforts.

We espouse the concept that no one shall be left behind. We equally espouse the concept of a broad based, grass roots, common-sense effort to support any legislation that will further that cause. And we espouse the concept of mutual support, and comradeship among our member shipmates.

We believe in fairness, openness, and the inclusion of all in decision-making. Each member shall have full say, and each member shall have available full knowledge of the issues at hand.

We believe in open membership, and only those who have no demonstrated interest [spammers, etc.], or who work at cross purposes to our stated goals and objectives will be blocked.

We do not believe in requiring a membership fee for VASVW. As a non-profit organization we anticipate no collection of monies whatsoever.

The temporary board should hold an election of officers and board members when we reach 50 members.

Anyone interested in serving on the temporary board should contact me directly.

With the above information in mind, we would like to invite you to join the VASVW. To start the process, please find the Yahoo Group logo just above the Ship List on the left sidebar, or the VASVW logo in the same area and click on it. Or, you can go to the group itself at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/vasvw/ and click on "Join this group."

The members of this group will be here for each other, and for all others covered under our objectives as stated above.

[Personal Note: I have no desire to serve as an officer or a board member. I'll help organize, but I truly want the members to govern the organization. I will vote and voice my opinion like everyone else, and give advice when asked. I am not in this for the credit. I'm in this for the benefits, and the legacy like everyone else.]

Please be clear on this: We are not in competition with anyone. We operate on the concept of a clear set of goals and ideals to which we expect to adhere.

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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5 comments:

  1. Anonymous11:27

    "I'm in this for the benefits"

    Aren't you all?

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  2. Apparently not. Some are in for self-serving reasons, to feel important, or to claim an important role in things. In the process they have forgotten who they represent, and what their best interests are.

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  3. Anonymous12:54

    It is interesting that the self-appointd leaders and spokespersons representing the bluewaternavy are the ones now absent from view. I wonder what they are doing?

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  4. Probably plotting how to screw us over even more.

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  5. Anonymous12:33

    As the wife of a dying Vietnam Veteran who served in the US Navy in-country 66-68, and who has only 20% service connection (DM2 due to Agent Orange) with 2 reconsiderations in, despite his documented other terminal illnesses and PTSD, and who wasabandoned by the VA as he was by the countrry he served, I am for any organization that will speak up on behalf of those who served in the Vietnam war. Three times they were betrayed: despised while they served, spit on when they returned to the world, and cast aside by the VA.Fair winds ans following seas. God bless all.

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