Friday, July 31, 2015

Update on FRA BWN Efforts

Our good friends at the Fleet Reserve Association have taken on the role of the tenacious bulldog regarding Blue Water Navy HErbicide Exposure benefits.  Here is the latest from their weekly newsletter:
FRA NED Meets with White House Staff on Agent Orange/Blue Water Navy Issue
FRA National Executive Director (NED) Thomas Snee met with White House staff Ryan Robinson this week to discuss FRA’s legislative agenda. The discussion focused on the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (S. 681/ H.R. 969), which would clarify a presumption for filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for ailments associated with exposure to Agent Orange herbicide during the Vietnam War. FRA has long sought Congressional action recognizing that the so-called “Blue Water” veterans, who served off the coast of Vietnam, were exposed to Agent Orange herbicide. The bill authorizes presumptive status for VA disability claims associated with this exposure for this group of veterans.

Snee thanked the Administration for its support of these two bills, but warned there is much to be done to save faith with veterans of past conflicts. Passage of the bills would demonstrate our nation’s commitment to our service members from beginning to end, not just on the battlefield.
On another note, the house bill, HR 969, now has 264 cosponsors.

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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 Obama 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

"It follows then as certain as that night succeeds the day, that without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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