Wednesday, October 03, 2018

FRA Steps up the fight

From our friends and supporters at the Fleet Reserve Association:

October 3, 2018

M A K I N G  W A V E S
Urge Senate to Approve Agent Orange Reform

The House has amended and approved  (382-0) the House version of the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R. 299). The bill now is in the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee awaiting a vote.
The original proposal would clarify that service members serving off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam during the Vietnam conflict have a presumption for filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for ailments associated with exposure to the Agent Orange herbicide.
The bill has been amended to extend the presumption of herbicide exposure for veterans who served on or near the Korean DMZ between September 1, 1967 and August 31, 1971. As amended, the legislation will now also extend health care, vocational training & rehabilitation and monetary allowance to a child who was born with spina bifida if at least one of the child’s parents served in Thailand between January 9, 1962 and May 7, 1975 and the VA determines that at least one of the parents had been exposed to a herbicide agent during that period. The bill also now includes improvements to VA’s home loan program.
FRA believes Congress should recognize these veterans were exposed to Agent Orange herbicide and authorize presumptive status for VA disability claims associated with this exposure. Now is the time to contact your Senators to ask them to support this bill, and push for a Senate committee vote.
ACT NOW!


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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Friday, June 08, 2018

Making Waves!

Our friends at the Fleet Reserve Association are asking for your help.  We think you should follow the directions in their note:
M A K I N G  W A V E S
URGENT! Support Senate Floor Amendments for NDAA 
Full Senate consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA-S.2987) is expected to begin next week. This will include a vote on a Senator Dean Heller’s (NV) FRA-supported amendment that would expand concurrent receipt payments for many disabled retirees.

In addition, Senator Bill Nelson will introduce an FRA-supported floor amendment to the Senate NDAA that will repeal the SBP/DIC offset for survivors, sometimes referred to as the “Military Widows Tax.” Members are strongly urged to use the FRA Action Center on the website (www.fra.org) to contact their Senators to urge them to support the Heller concurrent receipt amendment and the Nelson SBP/DIC offset repeal amendment.

Go online to the FRA Action Center. Click here to have your voice heard!

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 © 2005-2018: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Fourteenth 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.

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Morally Bankrupt: VSOs, Congress, BWNVVA


Now we know why Congress posted the bill on a Friday…it is bad news day.  Congress KNOWS they have a bad bill.  That’s why they hid the details for so long.  The real shocker is that they have stooped so low as to try this, at the behest of the ethically clueless folks running BWNVVA.  

We encourage EVERYONE to contact their Congressional Representative and let them know:

HELL NO!  THIS WON’T GO!

Perhaps, since the committee and subcommittee are looking for a budget offset, how about they dip into their own retirement funds to fund this bill.  CONGRESS owes the Vets to fund this bill, not other Veterans!

Call your Congressman and tell them HELL NO THIS WON’T GO!  FUND THE MONEY THROUGH APPROPRIATION.  TAKE FROM THE VA UPPER MANAGEMENT SALARIES, ELIMINATE THEIR BONUSES [there’s an offset for you!].

Unethical, morally bankrupt cowards in that Veterans Affairs committee and the Subcommittee that colluded with the apparently morally bankrupt BWNVVA!

Get busy fellow Veterans and burn up those phone lines! 

Your Veterans Service Organizations have backed away from this, but their silence is a dark mark in their column.  They know better than this.  They should be out front of this to stop this version of the bill.  Shame on them: VFW, FRA, American Legion, especially the VVA!  Where are they on this?!?!?!?

It is utterly disgraceful how so many organizations can let down Veterans they represent, Veterans that fund their efforts, only to be shunned when they are needed to step in big-time.  There’s a lot of shame to go around on this one.
 
We don’t know about you, but we think this is a Congressional/BWNVVA thumbing of their collective noses at the rest of us Veterans considering May is Veteran Appreciation Month.  Somehow the feeling of appreciation has left us.

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 © 2005-2018: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Fourteenth 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.

Saturday, May 19, 2018

Disgraceful House Version of BWN Bill

What a disgrace to charge other Veterans in order to pay for BWN Veterans.  Shame on the House of Representatives. 

Here is the text:

A BILL
To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes.

1.
Clarification of presumptions of exposure for veterans who served in vicinity of Republic of Vietnam
(a)
In general
Chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1116 the following new section:
1116A.
Presumptions of service connection for veterans who served in the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam
(a)
Service connection
For the purposes of section 1110 of this title, and subject to section 1113 of this title, a disease covered by section 1116 of this title becoming manifest as specified in that section in a veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975, shall be considered to have been incurred in or aggravated by such service, notwithstanding that there is no record of evidence of such disease during the period of such service.
(b)
Exposure
A veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975, shall be presumed to have been exposed during such service to an herbicide agent containing dioxin or 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, and may be presumed to have been exposed during such service to any other chemical compound in an herbicide agent, unless there is affirmative evidence to establish that the veteran was not exposed to any such agent during that service.
(c)
Effective date of award
(1)
Except as provided by paragraph (2), the effective date of an award under this section shall be determined in accordance with section 5110 of this title.
(2)
(A)
Notwithstanding subsection (g) of section 5110 of this title, the Secretary shall determine the effective date of an award based on a claim under this section for a veteran described in subparagraph (B) by treating the date on which the veteran filed the prior claim specified in clause (i) of such subparagraph as the date on which the veteran filed the claim so awarded under this section.
(B)
A veteran described in this subparagraph is a veteran who meets the following criteria:
(i)
The veteran submitted a claim for disability compensation on or after September 25, 1985, and before January 1, 2019, for a disease covered by this section, and the claim was denied by reason of the claim not establishing that the disease was incurred or aggravated by the service of the veteran.
(ii)
The veteran submits a claim for disability compensation on or after January 1, 2019, for the same condition covered by the prior claim under clause (i), and the claim is approved pursuant to this section.
(d)
Herbicide agent
In this section, the term herbicide agent has the meaning given that term in section 1116 (a)(3) of this title.
.
(b)
Clerical amendment
The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1116 the following new item:
1116A. Presumptions of service connection for veterans who served in the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam.
.
(c)
Health care
Section 1710(e)(4) of such title is amended by inserting (including the territorial seas of such Republic) after served on active duty in the Republic of Vietnam.
(d)
Outreach
(1)
Requirement
The Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall conduct outreach to inform veterans described in paragraph (2) of the ability to submit a claim for disability compensation under section 1116A of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a).
(2)
Veteran described
A veteran described in this paragraph is a veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in the territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975.
(e)
Reports
Not later than January 1, 2020, and not later than January 1, 2022, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on claims for disability compensation under section 1116A of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a). Each report shall include the following with respect to the period covered by the report, disaggregated by the regional offices of the Department of Veterans Affairs:
(1)
The number of claims filed under such section.
(2)
The number of such claims granted.
(3)
The number of such claims denied.
(f)
Effective date
The amendments made by this section shall take effect on January 1, 2019.
2.
Presumption of herbicide exposure for certain veterans who served in Korea
(a)
In general
Chapter 11 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by inserting after section 1116A, as added by section 1, the following new section:
1116B.
Presumption of herbicide exposure for certain veterans who served in Korea
(a)
Presumption of service-Connection
(1)
For the purposes of section 1110 of this title, and subject to section 1113 of this title, a disease specified in subsection (b) that becomes manifest as specified in that subsection in a veteran described in paragraph (2) shall be considered to have been incurred or aggravated in the line of duty in the active military, naval, or air service, notwithstanding that there is no record of evidence of such disease during the period of such service.
(2)
A veteran described in this paragraph is a veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ), during the period beginning on September 1, 1967, and ending on August 31, 1971.
(b)
Diseases
A disease specified in this subsection is—
(1)
a disease specified in paragraph (2) of subsection (a) of section 1116 of this title that becomes manifest as specified in that paragraph; or
(2)
any additional disease that—
(A)
the Secretary determines in regulations warrants a presumption of service-connection by reason of having positive association with exposure to an herbicide agent; and
(B)
becomes manifest within any period prescribed in such regulations.
(c)
Herbicide agent
For purposes of this section, the term herbicide agent has the meaning given such term in section 1821(d) of this title.
.
(b)
Clerical amendment
The table of sections at the beginning of such chapter is amended by inserting after the item relating to section 1116A, as added by section 1, the following new item:
1116B. Presumption of herbicide exposure for certain veterans who served in Korea.
.
(c)
Effective date
The amendments made by this section shall take effect on January 1, 2019.
3.
Benefits for children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida
(a)
In general
Subchapter III of chapter 18 of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new section:
1822.
Benefits for children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida
(a)
Benefits authorized
The Secretary may provide to any child of a veteran of covered service in Thailand who is suffering from spina bifida the health care, vocational training and rehabilitation, and monetary allowance required to be paid to a child of a Vietnam veteran who is suffering from spina bifida under subchapter I of this chapter as if such child of a veteran of covered service in Thailand were a child of a Vietnam veteran who is suffering from spina bifida under such subchapter.
(b)
Spina bifida conditions covered
This section applies with respect to all forms and manifestations of spina bifida, except spina bifida occulta.
(c)
Veteran of covered service in Thailand
For purposes of this section, a veteran of covered service in Thailand is any individual, without regard to the characterization of that individual's service, who—
(1)
served in the active military, naval, or air service in Thailand, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975; and
(2)
is determined by the Secretary, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, to have been exposed to a herbicide agent during such service in Thailand.
(d)
Herbicide agent
For purposes of this section, the term herbicide agent means a chemical in a herbicide used in support of United States and allied military operations in Thailand, as determined by the Secretary in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975.
.
(b)
Clerical amendments
(1)
Subchapter heading
The heading for subchapter III of chapter 18 of such title is amended by inserting and Thailand after Korea.
(2)
Table of sections
The table of sections at the beginning of chapter 18 of such title is amended—
(A)
by striking the item relating to subchapter III and inserting the following new item:
Subchapter III—Children of certain Korea and Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida
;
and
(B)
by inserting after the item relating to section 1821 the following new item:
1822. Benefits for children of certain Thailand service veterans born with spina bifida.
.
(c)
Report
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, in consultation with the Secretary of Defense, shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report identifying—
(1)
the military installations of the United States located in Thailand during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975, at which an herbicide agent (as defined in section 1822 of title 38, United States Code, as added by subsection (a)) was actively used; and
(2)
the period of such use.
4.
Report on certain Gulf War Illness study
Not later than 180 days after the date of the enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs shall submit to the Committees on Veterans’ Affairs of the House of Representatives and the Senate a report on the findings, as of the date of the report, of the Follow-up Study of a National Cohort of Gulf War and Gulf Era Veterans under the epidemiology program of the Department of Veterans Affairs.
5.
Loans guaranteed under home loan program of Department of Veterans Affairs
(a)
Adjustment of loan limit
Section 3703(a)(1) of title 38, United States Code, is amended—
(1)
in subparagraph (A)(i)(IV)—
(A)
by striking the lesser of; and
(B)
by striking or 25 percent of the loan; and
(2)
in subparagraph (C), by striking Freddie Mac and all that follows through the period at the end and inserting amount of the loan..
(b)
Loan fees
Section 3729(b)(2) of such title is amended by striking the loan fee table and inserting the following:
Type of loanActive duty veteranReservistOther obligor
(A)(i) Initial loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down, or any other initial loan described in section 3710(a) other than with 5-down or 10-down (closed on or after October 1, 2004, and before January 1, 2019) 2.152.40NA
(A)(ii) Initial loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down, or any other initial loan described in section 3710(a) other than with 5-down or 10-down (closed on or after January 1, 2019, and before October 1, 2026)2.402.40NA
(A)(iii) Initial loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down, or any other initial loan described in section 3710(a) other than with 5-down or 10-down (closed on or after October 1, 2026, and before October 1, 2027) 2.152.15NA
(A)(iv) Initial loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down, or any other initial loan described in section 3710(a) other than with 5-down or 10-down (closed on or after October 1, 2027)1.401.40NA
(B)(i) Subsequent loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down, or any other subsequent loan described in section 3710(a) (closed on or after October 1, 2004, and before January 1, 2019) 3.303.30NA
(B)(ii) Subsequent loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down, or any other subsequent loan described in section 3710(a) (closed on or after January 1, 2019, and before October 1, 2026) 3.803.80NA
(B)(iii) Subsequent loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down, or any other subsequent loan described in section 3710(a) (closed on or after October 1, 2026, and before October 1, 2027) 3.303.30NA
(B)(iv) Subsequent loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 0-down, or any other subsequent loan described in section 3710(a) (closed on or after October 1, 2027)1.251.25NA
(C)(i) Loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 5-down (closed before January 1, 2019) 1.501.75NA
(C)(ii) Loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 5-down (closed on or after January 1, 2019, and before October 1, 2026) 1.751.75NA
(C)(iii) Loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 5-down (closed on or after October 1, 2026, and before October 1, 2027) 1.501.50NA
(C)(iv) Loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 5-down (closed on or after October 1, 2027)0.750.75NA
(D)(i) Loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 10-down (closed before January 1, 2019) 1.251.50NA
(D)(ii) Loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 10-down (closed on or after January 1, 2019, and before October 1, 2026) 1.451.45NA
(D)(iii) Loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 10-down (closed on or after October 1, 2026, and before October 1, 2027) 1.251.25NA
(D)(iv) Loan described in section 3710(a) to purchase or construct a dwelling with 10-down (closed on or after October 1, 2027)0.500.50NA
(E) Interest rate reduction refinancing loan0.500.50NA
(F) Direct loan under section 37111.001.00NA
(G) Manufactured home loan under section 3712 (other than an interest rate reduction refinancing loan)1.001.00NA
(H) Loan to Native American veteran under section 3762 (other than an interest rate reduction refinancing loan)1.251.25NA
(I) Loan assumption under section 37140.500.500.50
(J) Loan under section 3733(a)2.252.252.25
.
(c)
Collection of loan fees
Section 3729(c) of such title is amended—
(1)
in paragraph (1), by striking A fee and inserting Subject to paragraph (3), a fee; and
(2)
by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
(3)
A fee shall be collected under this section from any veteran with a service-connected disability rated as less than total, or any surviving spouse of such a veteran, who, on or after January 1, 2019, receives a loan in an amount that exceeds the Freddie Mac conforming loan limit limitation determined under section 305(a)(2) of the Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation Act (12 U.S.C. 1454(a)(2)) for a single-family residence, as adjusted for the year involved.
.
(d)
Effective date
The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to a loan guaranteed under section 3710 of title 38, United States Code, on or after January 1, 2019.
(e)
Guidance
Notwithstanding section 501 of such title, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may issue guidance to implement this section before prescribing new regulations under sections 3703 and 3729 of such title, as amended by subsections (a), (b), and (c).
6.
Information gathering for Department of Veterans Affairs home loan appraisals
(a)
In general
Section 3731(b) of title 38, United States Code, is amended by adding at the end the following new paragraph:
(3)
The Secretary shall permit an appraiser on a list developed and maintained under subsection (a)(3) to make an appraisal for the purposes of this chapter based solely on information gathered by a person with whom the appraiser has entered into an agreement for such services.
.
(b)
Effective date
The amendments made by this section shall apply with respect to an appraisal under section 3731 of such title, on or after January 1, 2019.
(c)
Guidance
Notwithstanding section 501 of such title, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may issue guidance to implement this section before prescribing new regulations under sections 3731 of such title, as amended by subsection (a).
May 18, 2018
Reported with an amendment, committed to the Committee of the Whole House on the State of the Union, and ordered to be printed

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 © 2005-2018: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Fourteenth 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, May 11, 2018

From our Friends at the VFW: BWN Moves forward!

From our friends at the VFW:
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017, as amended, passed the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs on Tuesday. The VFW-supported bill, which must still be approved by the full House and Senate before going to the president, would restore benefits to thousands of Vietnam veterans, expand inclusive dates to those who served along the Korean DMZ, require VA to report on research related to a broad range of conditions possibly connected to service in Southwest Asia, and benefit children born with spina bifida due to a parent’s exposure to Agent Orange-related herbicides in Thailand. Further, VA will be required to conduct an outreach campaign to those Blue Water Navy sailors who were denied benefits in the past and make retroactive payment of benefits for those previously denied. The vote on this legislation comes 16 years after benefits were lost due to a regulatory change in the Agent Orange Act, and the VFW is proud to have worked with this committee to ensure passage without any cuts to other benefits.

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 © 2005-2018: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Fourteenth 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, May 04, 2018

Just for the record...

We think the deal made to have Veteran applicants for VA Real Estate loans bankroll the benefits for Blue Water Navy VA Benefits to be a heinous act of irresponsibility.

It is the sole responsibility of the VA to pay these benefits.  It is therefore incumbent upon the VA to do so without robbing Peter to pay Paul.  The leadership of the BWNVVA have apparently lost their ethical way on this.  The article quotes Committee Chairman Representative Phil Roe [R-TN] as saying, "we owe it to the brave veterans who served in the Vietnam War to provide benefits for conditions they may have developed because of exposure to Agent Orange."

We have a message for Chairman Roe.  You are exactly correct that you, meaning Congress, owe it to the Blue Water Navy Veterans to fund the benefits in full, without robbing other Veterans to do so.   

Shame on the BWNVVA and shame on Representative Roe for even thinking about such an heinously unethical solution to the simple problem of funding the benefits.  We don't owe each other! THE GOVERNMENT OWES THE BLUE WATER NAVY! 

Chairman Roe, you might want to start by asking the VA what they have been doing with the BWN portion of the appropriations funding of the AO Act of 1991 since 2002!

This deal has been tried before and we thought the overwhelming rejection it got last time was sufficient to prevent further unethical means  of funding.  

DO YOUR JOB, SIR, AND GET THAT BILL FUNDED AND PASSED!  And keep in mind the BWNVVA does not speak for the bulk of Blue Water Navy Veterans.

What a shameless and shameful proposal!

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 © 2005-2018: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Fourteenth 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.