Sunday, August 02, 2009

News and Strategy

As of today, Thomas is showing 116 co-sponsors for HR 2254, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009, while GovTrack is showing 117!

Bravo Zulu to all VASVW members and our readers for all the hard work and a job well done.

Congress goes home this coming weekend for a whole month.

Let's go get those Senators!

We need 1 to introduce, and 50 to co-sponsor.

Get them while they are home. Come Monday morning contact both of your Senators and request a meeting with each of them at their regional office closest to you during the recess, and ask them to introduce the bill in the Senate, or co-sponsor.

Remember, a face to face is the best thing. If you can find their chief of staff, and their Veterans staffer, get them on your side, too.

We suggest to you that the recent surge of co-sponsors in the House was in no small part due to your efforts, and the IOM report that was released a week ago. So take advantage of that and go get those Senators! Make sure when you meet with someone you take along several copies of the Pertinent Citations from the IOM report. There is a file in the files section by that name you can download and print, if you are a VASVW member. If not, you can visit the regular VASVW website and dowload the form and document by clicking on the links below.

You will be armed, then, with the ONLY scientific evidence before the DVA regarding Blue Water Navy Veterans and Agent Orange exposure.

Those of you with pending claims, and those of you with recent denials, and those of you with pending appeals, download this VA Form [Statement in Support of Claim], a .pdf form that you can fill out with your keyboard and then print out [but you cannot save it filled out, so print extra copies after you have filled it out]. Then, download the "Pertinent Citations from the IOM Veterans and Agent Orange Update 2008" and attach that to the Statement in Support of Claim. In the body of the Statement in Support of Claim write something like this:

The attached citations from the "Veterans and Agent Orange Update 2008" provide scientific evidence to support the likelihood that the claimant was exposed to dioxins from the administration of herbicide spraying in the Republic of Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and Cambodia, and said dioxin was exposed to U.S. Naval, Coast Guard, and Fleet Marine Force personnel serving at sea off the coast of Vietnam.
Submit that to the appropriate VA Agency [Regional Office for claims, Board of Veterans Appeals or the US Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims, wherever your claim or appeal resides.]

Good luck.

Now, let's go get those Senators!


”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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