Tuesday, September 02, 2008

Time for the big push!

Folks, this is the time to put the pressure on. We need to focus on Chairman Flner and Congressman Hall.

Here, from an earlier post, is what we need to do and how to do it.

You can help by going to Congressman Filner's House Veterans Affairs Committee website and getting contact info and faxing or emailing him urging him to back HR 6562 as originally intended.

http://veterans.house.gov/contact.shtml

House Committee on Veterans' Affairs
335 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20515

or fax your letter to: (202) 225-2034

or call: (202) 225-9756

You can also contact Mr. Filner at the following locations:

333 F Street, Suite A 1101 Airport Road, Suite D
Chula Vista, CA 91910
Imperial, CA 92251

Phone: (619) 422-5963 Phone: (760) 355-8800
Fax: (619) 422-7290
Fax: (760) 355-8802

Washington, DC Office:

2428 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Phone: (202) 225-8045
Fax: (202) 225-9073

Recommendation: If you live near DC, visit their offices. They are right off the metro at the capitol complex. If not, don't bother to send US Postal mail, as it takes at least a month to go through all the Homeland Security stuff. Fax or call. Urge the Chairman to get HR 6562 passed this term and then float a new bill to cover everyone else. That way the original people covered will not be forced to wait while all the new stuff gets filtered through committees in both houses, as the new bill will.

Also, contact Congressman John Hall of NY. He chairs the Sub Committee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs. That is where HR 6562 currently sits. We need to enlist his help in convincing Filner to change his mind about HR 6562, and get it through this year.

http://veterans.house.gov/disability/

You can email him using this site:

http://johnhall.house.gov/emailjohn.asp

We have 18 Senators ready to sponsor a concurrent bill in the Senate to save time. Let both these gentlemen know this.

The bill can still go through. Congress doesn't start working until after the Republican Convention, so look for them in Mid September to return, but their staffs ARE working and if they get enough traffic they will get their bosses to go to bat for this!

Now, also there is this link to a page in the great Fleet Reserve Association website. This will enable you to send a letter to your own Representative urging support for HR 6562. The letter is already written. You plug in your name and address and it will address it for you and send it. Make sure you select email, not postal mail, as postal mail will not reach them before they October recess.

Here is the link:

http://www.capwiz.com/fra/home/

Give it a try. And please keep the pressure on Chairman Filner and Congressman Hall, as well.

Finally, we ask once again, all those people who indicated on the poll at the top right of the page that they have gotten support from a Representative and/or Congressman, please contact me ASAP using the "email me" link on the left sidebar. Let me know the name of the Rep or Senator you have gotten the pledge of support from so we know who not to beat over the head when they've already agreed.

Thanks for all the great work. We are possibly nearing the end of this effort, so you absolutely must be assertive. This is perhaps our greatest chance to obtain our benefits, and restore our legacy. If we are successful we will still have more to do in supporting others who have been exposed outside of Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. But for now, this is our effort, as it must be, and as Filner intended it.

I know you have it in you.

VNVets

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