Friday, January 29, 2016

FRA Asking for your input

Our good friends at the Fleet Reserve Association have sent out a request for your participation in a survey about benefits for active and veteran military personnel.

Here is what they are asking: 

FRA Needs Your Input—2016 Survey on Military, Veterans Benefits
FRA needs YOU to take our brief online survey to determine which military and veterans’ benefits are most important to you and your family. The survey, available at www.fra.org/survey, asks current and former members of the uniformed services and their spouses to rate the importance of various benefits and quality-of-life programs associated with their service to our nation.


“As Congress explores ways to cut federal spending, many hard-earned benefits are in the budgetary crosshairs,” explains Tom Snee, FRA’s National Executive Director. “FRA is asking all current and former military personnel and their spouses to share their opinions about the programs they value most. Survey responses and comments from participants provide important reference information when we testify before Congress or meet one-on-one with lawmakers and their staff.”

FRA shares the survey results with elected officials on Capitol Hill, key committee staff, and leaders within the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security and Veterans Affairs—ensuring these crucial decision-makers understand the enlisted sea service perspective.

Visit www.fra.org/survey to let FRA know which military and veteran benefits are most important to you!

Please give your time and wisdom to this survey.  And remember, if you aren't already a member of FRA, you should be.  Click here to join today!

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

Copyright © 2005-2016: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Twelfth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the express permission of the author is unlawful.

Friday, January 22, 2016

FRA: Congress Presses VA for BWN Policy Change!

More news from our great friends at FRA:

Senators Urge VA Secretary to Help Agent Orange Blue Water Veterans
Fourteen U.S. Senators dispatched a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking him to use his statutory authority to provide the presumption of service-connected for veterans with Agent Orange-related diseases who served in the territorial waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict, who have heretofore been unjustly denied. The correspondence proposes that barring the presumption to anyone who did not serve with “boots on the ground” is too restrictive. The letter references Gray v. McDonald, the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims decision regarding the VA’s exclusion of Da Nang Harbor from the definition of “inland waterways” as arbitrary and capricious. The letter states that court decision was made seven months ago, and yet no new regulation is forthcoming. Further, the letter claims that the existing policy effectively places the burden of proof on Blue Water veterans despite the fact that many of them suffer from the same cancers and illnesses as their fellow service members. Members are urged to submit their own letter to the VA Secretary by using the FRA Action Center (action.fra.org/action-center).
Please make use of the Action Center today!  
If you aren't a member of the Fleet Reserve Association, you should be.  No one has been more active in pressing both Congress and the VA for the Blue Water Navy Veterans.  Join today!
FRA is celebrating its 90th anniversary and is the oldest and largest association representing the interests of current and former Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard personnel. If you are not a member and are eligible, please join FRA at www.fra.org. The larger the membership base, the louder your voice is heard on Capitol Hill!
Click here for FRA membership information. 

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

Copyright © 2005-2016: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Twelfth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the express permission of the author is unlawful.

Monday, January 18, 2016

FRA: Ask VA Secretary to Help Vietnam Vets on Ships

This just in from our good friends at the Fleet Reserve Association:

Ask VA Secretary to Help Vietnam Vets on Ships
Help Vietnam Vets that served on Ships

A number of U.S. Senators recently dispatched a letter to VA Secretary Bob McDonald asking him to use his statutory authority to extend  the presumption of service connection to veterans with Agent Orange related diseases who served in the territorial waters of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict. Shipmates are urged to use the Action Center to contact the VA Secretary and express their support for a regulatory change so that thousands of "Blue Water" veterans can begin receiving benefits that have heretofore been unjustly denied.   

Click on the Take Action link to the right of the headline.

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

Copyright © 2005-2016: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Twelfth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the express permission of the author is unlawful.