Sunday, March 28, 2010

Big News from Chairman Bob Filner!

A recent effort by members of VASVW and BWNVVA has resulted in agreement with Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs to hold hearings on the Agent Orange Equity Act [HR 2254] in early May. A visit by John Wells and Michael Teany on Friday was successful in obtaining this movement.

Here is John Wells' thank you letter to Chairman Filner:

Hon. Bob Filner
Member of Congress
2428 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515

Dear Congressman Filner:

I wanted to thank you again for seeing Mike Teaney and I last Friday concerning HR 2254. As you know, I have been active with both groups supporting this legislation, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and the Veterans Association of Sailors of the Vietnam War. I have advised both groups of your decision to hold hearings on the bill in early May and as you can imagine they are overjoyed. I will work on behalf of both organizations with Talib Karim to make these hearings a reality.

Words are inadequate to describe our appreciation for your efforts on behalf of the Navy veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. You have been untiring in your support. Too often our veterans, many of them ill or disabled, are allowed to become lost in the bureaucracy. With your support, however, we stand at the cusp of being able to rescue a substantial portion of these veterans and provide them with necessary health care and benefits.

Navy veterans everywhere salute your efforts and will keep you in our prayers as we move forward with this life saving legislation. We certainly could not ask for a better friend in Congress. I look forward to seeing you again at the hearings in May.


John B. Wells

Great work, John!

All Blue Water Navy, Blue Sky Air Force, and TLC Veterans owe a debt of gratitude to Chairman Filner for his work on our behalf, and to John Wells and Michael Teaney, for their efforts and to Denise Ross who made the appointment happen on very short notice.


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  1. Anonymous21:00

    Thanks John and Mike

  2. A big "Thank You" goes out to Jeff, John and Mike for all the hard work and effort in moving this bill forward!

  3. Anonymous13:20

    Thank you John and Mike for not forgetting us Vietnam Vets. I was over there with the blue water Navy doing search and rescue at the Tonkin Gulf, where we picked up wounded and deceased. We were certainly exposed to this nasty Agent Orange. I served over there from 1964 thru 1967 off and on, aboard the USS Agerholm DD826, and I'm hear to tell ya that we were definately exposed to this agent from the fly-overs from the carriers carrying this stuff, to the waters we drank to the bodies we took on board sending them to the hospital ship, We were exposed!! I appreciate all that you are doing to get this into effect, as I am now suffering from the effects of this as well. I am currently going to the VA hospital here in Tucson AZ. It's real...and it revalent...thanks again!! Sincerely, Gary W. Halsey Sr.

  4. Anonymous15:08

    God Bless, and thank you very much for your tireless work in assisting the Blue Water Navy. Seriously awesome!


  5. Anonymous18:45

    Thanks friends

    A great big thank you for all you guys do for all of us .

    Your untiring efforts are what is going to win this struggle!

  6. Anonymous20:40

    you mean im prt of the armed forces now?

  7. Thank you for what you are doing. My name is Gary Halsey, relative to Admiral "Bull" Halsey, I was in Nam between 1964 - 1964 aboard the U.S.S. Agerholm which did S/R (search and rescue) efforts out of the Tonkin Gulf, and I am here to tell you, Agent Orange was everywhere, on shore, in our drinking water, flown over us, and exposure just by airborne particles that surrounded us so called blue water Navy. It should have been changed to "Blue, Contaminated Water Navy"!! Keep up the good work fellas, hopefully one day we will be realized as having been exposed to this deadly substance/contaminant. Sincere Gary W. Halsey Sr.

  8. Mr. Halsey,

    It is an honor to have you visit.

    We will have more news soon, so please come back regularly to check.



  9. Anonymous06:40

    I thank and salute all who have been onboard this issue and all the hard work and time you have given for all of us Blue Water Sailors. In as much as I understood it. That the Australian Navy and Government admitted to their Naval personnel being exposed to these toxins long ago. Once again Thanks to all, and lets pray that they don't forget us on this issue again.

  10. I just wondered where this goes from here. I watched the hearing and I see that the VA has til the year 2014 to finish the study. So what is the next step to get this legisltion HR 2254 passed. My husband was on the USS Canberra CAG 2. He had a heart attack at 46 years old, he has skin cancer, bladder cancer, major prostate issues and many more issues. We have been watching and waiting for this agent orange legislation to get passed. God Bless you for all your doing for all the military that are not being compensated for their heroism & love & service to their country.

  11. What you can do is join VASVW and become part of the grass root effort to move the bill and gain support in the Senate.