Wednesday, July 30, 2008

What it will take to pass HR 6562

We asked for help in identifying some good folks who attended the introduction last week of HR 6562. Thankfully, they contacted us with details, and have consented to the posting of some of their information.

We want you all to get an idea of what is in store for you in terms of effort to get HR 6562 enacted, in whatever form Congress turns out.

Meet Randy and Karen Johnson. Randy is a Veteran off the USS Porterfield DD 682. The Johnsons live in the upper part of the lower peninsula of Michigan. They got themselves down to DC in plenty of time to make all the events of last Wednesday morning. It could not have been easy, as you can see. That is Randy on the left in a wheel chair, and his lovely wife Karen in red behind him. It was important to them to be there.

This is the kind of effort it will take from as many of you as possible to get this bill passed.

It will require face to face discussions with your Representative [find your Representative and send him an email demanding support for HR 6562 by going to the "Write to Congress" box down on the right sidebar here.], and your Senators. You need to do this in August - as early as possible, when they are home on recess, and before they go to the conventions.

The Democratic Convention is August 25-28 in Denver. If your Reps and Senators are Democrats, concentrate on them for the first three weeks in August. Arrange a meeting. Have coffee with them. Invite them to a picnic your Legion post is having. You've got the idea.

The Republican Convention is in Minneapolis from September 1-4. Same deal, get to these people during August and wring promises of support for 6562 out of them. Make the Senators promise to introduce and sponsor a concurrent version of HR 6562 into the Senate so it can be enacted before the election.

There is no time to lose. They must fast track this through Congress.

Make the kind of effort the Johnsons made. It's your bill, it's your benefits, it's your future. Don't leave it in somebody else's hands. Go see your Congress Critters yourself.

And after you do, when the Bill is enacted, you will feel a great sense of accomplishment at helping to make that happen. It is, after all, the very essence of American Democracy.

What a great thing to celebrate at Thanksgiving!


”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

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