Friday, August 07, 2009

Target: The Senate of the United States

To date, no US Senator has had the intestinal fortitude to step up and do the right thing for Vietnam Veteran Sailors, and Airmen. It is time to change that abysmal record.

Congress is now going home for a month, returning to session in September, after Labor Day. [Don't you wish your work had a schedule like theirs? All that money for a part time job!]

Here is the strategy for targeting the Senate on behalf of HR 2254.

Come Monday morning hit the phones. Contact both your Senators' local offices and make appointments to meet with them and/or their Chief of Staff and/or Veterans Aide. Not the military affairs officer, but the Veterans Affairs person.

Take with you the "Pertinent Citations from the IOM Veterans and Agent Orange Update 2008" [click on title to get a copy to download and save and print out]. It explains the science and the Australian precedent behind being "right" on this bill. Leave several copies and promise them a link to the entire report of over 600 pages if they so wish to see it.
  • Inform them that the IOM Veterans and Agent Orange Update 2008 contains the ONLY science that pertains to Agent Orange and Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans ever put before the DVA.
  • Refer them to HR 2254.
  • Remind them this transcends partisan politics.
  • Inform them this bill will be an excellent economic stimulus.
  • Inform them there are more than a dozen state legislatures with resolutions in the works calling on them to fully support and fund the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009.
  • Remind them this bill restores benefits illegally taken from Veterans by the DVA without adherence to the Administrative Procedures Act.
  • Inform them they will not only be restoring benefits to the Veterans, but their legacy, too, as the DVA's actions stripped us of official recognition of our role in the Vietnam War.
  • Remind them that passing this bill is the politically, ethically and morally right thing to do.
What exactly do you want from your Senators?

You want them to introduce and fully support the passage and funding of the Senate Version of HR 2254. If they agree, please have them contact Congressman Bob Filner's staff to coordinate.

If they will not introduce [sponsor] the bill, ask them to co-sponsor and fully support the passage and funding of the Senate version of HR 2254.

Please, use reason, not emotion, calm, not anger, and persuasion, not threats.

Please make notes during your meeting, if possible, or immediately afterwards, and please email us ASAP with the results and specifics [use the "Email Me" link near the top of the left sidebar here].

Thank you, and good luck!

You did wonders with the House of Representatives, now re-work your magic with the Senate.

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

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