Thursday, July 17, 2008

Urgent: Filner to release Agent Orange Equity Act of 2008!!

This just in: Representative Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee is looking to schedule a release of the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2008 next Wednesday, July 23, at the Capitol.

We need to have a presence there to support this legislation and Representative Filner's efforts. I will be attending, and am looking for as many more Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans as we can get to muster on station at the Capitol next Wednesday.

If you can go, please contact me ASAP via the "email Me" link on the sidebar.

NOTE: This is still in the planning stage, and may not come off until after the summer Congressional recess in August, but we are shooting for next Wednesday!

Please include an email address, your name, and your hometown. Come on folks, this will be worth the trip!

Ladies and Gents, this is our chance...this is our hour. Let's make the most of it.


”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 Bush 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

"Without a decisive naval force we can do nothing definitive, and with it, everything honorable and glorious."--President George Washington

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  1. Anonymous19:27

    Don't you think this is jumping the gun a little bit?? You are asking people to come to Washington and telling them it may not happen in the same column.

    Please don't get me wrong, I'm not wanting to sound pessimistic and I hope it happens but you seem to have a lot of doubt yourself.

  2. The only doubt I have is if enough guys don't sign up to go. We need a big representation there, 12-20 or more.

    Guys, sign up and it will happen!

    I cannot believe the doubters out there!

  3. This bill is good, but what about the stateside exposure to Agent Orange and other chemicals. We where never told that they where buried in the ground where we sleep, walked, did excerises and just sat on. We never knew that the chemicals where there or that we where even exposed. What about US!

  4. Patience, folks. One thing at a time. This bill will not extend to areas away from Vietnam.

    That said, it is a step in the right direction, and an enormous one. It can be a precedent for further expansion of the Agent Orange benefit coverage.

  5. Anonymous04:06

    Does anybody knows the content of this Agent Orange Equity Act of 2008? would it benefit the Blue Water sailors. Sorry to ask this question becuase I keep on hearing that we don't have any politician friends.

  6. Yes, it will fix service connected Agent Orange presumption for Navy and Air Force Veterans.

  7. Anonymous11:34

    How about Army, Marines, and Coast Guard? They were there also. All services must muster to this call or none at all.

  8. Anonymous12:31

    This is United States Veterans with Parkinson's and were planing to have two and maby more to this.
    Let us know soon if it is a go ore not.

  9. Our call is to all Veterans.

    All Veterans are invited!

  10. Anonymous12:03

    I am a USAF Vietnam (Era) Veteran who served one tour of duty in Thailand (Utapao and NKP). I have been turned down for compensation and health benefits by the VA from 2003 through 2006. I am currently trying to find if a brain tumor is cancerous. I applaud Rep. Filners efforts, but I have lost all faith and trust in the country's government and it's military. If I this tumor is cancerous, I will do nothing to correct what was clear a dispicable act on the part of this government. When I was told in 1975 during my discharge physical that I was in perfect health. They knew then that I wasn't. I set off to make a life for myself and my family. A good career in the Federal government, and nice home. A piece of the "American Dream". I am amazed that because of a series of illnesses, one could lose everything, including one's family. At this writing, I am alone with literally nothing. My question, Will this bill give my back my life? Will this bill restore my health? Apparently, the answer to all of the above has been "NO". I really have nothing to live for. It is ironic that the VA set up a "Suicide Hotline" to save the very same vets that this government and military was so ready to murder in the first place because of all the lies that they have told for the past 40 plus year. There is no reason to continue living in such a nation.

  11. wgriff:

    It is urgent that you contact me using the email link at the top left of the page right above the ship list. Please include your phone number. I need to explain some things to you that may help.


  12. Anonymous19:49

    Did you know that if you are already at 100% disabled for disabilities incurred in combat or while on active duty and later in life one of the Agent Orange Cancers come upon you the Veterans Administration will not pay more unless a limb becomes useless. Congress should make a law that states if you are in this situation you should be paid accordingly. Congress should be moving that compensation pay raise through that the Veterans Disability Commission told Congress needs to be done and have become law. Cost of Living is better than nothing, however, the system is long overdo for a raise. The Order of The Silver Rose is a great organization that recognizes Vietnam Vets and their families suffering with Agent Orange Disabilities. I am glad Congressman Filner is making headway on this issue. I just do not understand why Congressmen and Senators are not helping in Agent Orange Disabilities. I believe our current Military are wondering if they might get exposed to some kind of chemical or nerve agent in effort to win the war. Congressman Buyer and the rest of the Veterans Committee are really fighting for us they just need our help in how to fix this problem. Also Dow Chemical and the others involved should have a Trust set up to compensate Agent Orange Disabilities suffered by Veterans or if deseased to their spouse and/or children approved by Veterans Administration. There should also be a medal awarded similar to Purple Heart same level to Veterans serving in Combat Theaters receiving Disabilities due to Chemical, Biological, or Nerve Agents due to Congress approving the use of them to help win War(s). This way our Children that fight in future wars will be protected. It was an Honor to Serve when Called in Time of War.