Wednesday, April 14, 2010

House Hearing on Health Effects of the Vietnam War

Just a short announcement that The House Committee on Veterans Affairs will conduct a hearing on “Health Effects of the Vietnam War – the Aftermath” in room 334, Cannon House Office Building, at 10:00 AM, Wednesday, May 5, 2010.

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16 comments:

  1. Anonymous14:23

    I fear that after all the hard work that has gone into this bill, it will run afoul of 'PAYGO' which, as we all know, is the tool they use inside the beltway to turn down anything they think will make them look good....all those on both sides of the aisle who were co-sponsors will now be able to get out of voting 'no' on a bill they pretended to support. I know this is a negative statement which means it won't see light of day on this forum but there it is; it will go the way of full concurrent reciept of retired pay and VA disability, etc.

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  2. Pray that these issues of AGENT ORANGE and VIETNAM VETERANS health are going to finally be resolved in congress and the AMERICAN PEOPLE once and for all. BLUE WATER, BROWN WATER, RANCH HAND we were all exposed.

    budda.bob1@gmail.com

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  3. Anonymous01:18

    Is there any word about anything that has come out of this hearing?

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  4. I'll be posting about the hearing soon, but will say this: This was NOT the Legislative Hearing. This was a hearing on the long time "longitudinal study" being done by the DVA at the behest of Congress, to track Vietnam Veterans health effects.

    The Legislative Hearing is the big one.

    Soon!

    VNVets

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  5. Anonymous17:07

    You're right re the legislative hearing, I should have read it more carefully. I'll be looking for that one. Meanwhile, I read a statement from Mr Filner in the DAV magazine in which he states that 'boots on the ground' is a BS requirement and it shouldn't matter where or how you served in VN because: "If you were there; we should care!" Can't see anything to argue about there! Like others though, I fear 'Pay as you go' and the way Congress uses it.

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  6. Terry O'Toole St. Louis10:46

    I am a lawyer representing (pro bono) a sailor who was aboard the Newman K. Perry (DD-883) during the time that it was attached to the 7th Fleet, 1966-67. My client is invoking the presumption of exposure under the Agent Orange Act. The Perry saw action at the southern end of the Mekong Delta. We have developed expert testimony that the discharge of water from the Mekong River would create a plume of dioxin contaminated water that would hug the coast of Vietnam extending far out into the South China Sea. This shows that the distinction between blue and brown water sailors is illogical. We're willing to share this if someone thinks that it would help.

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  7. Anonymous09:31

    Mr O'Toole; Best of luck to you on your case but what you've 'proven' has been shown repeatedly by many studies here and abroad. Don't expect common sense and scientific fact to sway the VA...or, it would appear, any court in the USA. I sure hope you will keep us up to speed on how it's going.

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  8. Anonymous09:13

    Any results on those hearings yet??

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  9. Was that informal hearing scheduled with Mr. filner for early May done? What is the results of that discussion? We must still press on!!!

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  10. This is the only hearing done.

    VNVets

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  11. Anonymous09:57

    interesting how comments that don't please you never get on the site.....you'd do well working for the Obama admin. I must have posted something too close to the truth for your comfort

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  12. Well, here are two interesting observations for you:

    1. You would have more credibility here if you did not post anonymously.

    2. Your comments add nothing and are meaningless at this point.

    VNVets

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  13. Anonymous19:20

    I just read that the senate vets committee just held hearings on various propose veterans bills including S1939....anything said about this?

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  14. Nothing in the Senate Hearing worthy of comment as far as I can tell.

    VNVets

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  15. Anonymous11:41

    I have a sinking feeling that both HR2254 and S1939 will be dying in committee this year despite the high number of co-sponsors. I don't like to say thing but I don't see either bill making it to the floor for debate, let alone a vote. I sure hope I'm wrong.

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