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

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