Thursday, September 30, 2010

New on VNVets: The Vet Killers List

Today we introduce the list of Vet Killers from a Congress that feels it is too important to run for reelection than to stay in Washington to pass needed legislation.

In addition to top-of-the-list Vet Killers Jim Webb [D-VA], Daniel Akaka [D-HI], and Richard Burr [R-NC], we add today, Bob Filner [D-CA], who introduced an incorrectly worded bill in May of 2009 and then proceeded to play one Veterans group against another. With almost 260 co-sponsors, Filner did not have the courage to run the bill out of committee, and that with his party in the majority.  Three years of broken promises by Filner are enough. 

Also joining the list today are Representatives John Boehner [R-OH], John Hall, [D-NY], Steve Buyer [R-IN]the ranking member of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs] and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi [D-CA]; Senator Mitch McConnell [R-KY], the pseudo-Veteran and Senate Minority Leader, and President of the Senate Joe Biden [D-DE]. These folks lacked the courage to stand up to the DVA when it lied through its teeth and misrepresented numbers to the Congressional Budget Office. We also add DVA Secretary Eric Shinseki who had the courage to add, and defend that addition, of three new diseases but refused to add the Blue Water Navy Veterans as recommended in the same report of the Institute of Medicine.

We have our heroes, too. Among them, the Institute of Medicine, particularly the Board on the Health of Select Populations, Chaired by Dr. Roberta Ness with the able asistance of Staff Officer Ms. Roberta Wedge, who are tasked with studying "Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure".

We have seen this Board in action and are more than satisfied with the thoroughness, and depth of their studies. We admire this group greatly as they have earnestly shown us a deep desire to learn and to get it right. They have our trust.

Unlike Congress, that cares more for getting re-elected than they do for getting Vets their benefits. They are Vet Killers. These Vets are dying in poverty, and without establishing care for their widows and survivors for after they are gone.

Malicious, incompetent cowards.

Root them out in November!

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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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Webb, Burr, Akaka & Simpson Discredited

Akaka has an excuse -- his age.

Burr? This is the first we have heard from him, indeed the first we have heard from any Republican in two years, and the first thing he does is blindly, and foolishly agree with a Democratic Senator, Jim Webb.

Webb has no excuse. Webb is just guileless and almost criminally incompetent, a surprise for someone who survived the Vietnam War, AND the Naval Academy. Perhaps it is the arrogance that all too often accompanies graduation from that august institution, but Webb has made these kinds of errors before [like opposing women in the fleet], but never a series as deadly as the ones over Agent Orange.

This unlikely "Gang of Three" has banded together to make themselves look incredibly bad, and in the process are singularly responsible for the early deaths in poverty of hundreds of Vietnam Veterans.

They have raised a number of issues. First, when the 2008 Institute of Medicine report on Veterans and Agent Orange was released in July, 2009, among the things they recommended were the addition of ischemic heart disease, hairy cell leukemia, and Parkinson's disease to the list of Agent Orange related diseases. They also studied, peer reviewed and validated the "Australian Study' that led to the Australian and New Zealand governments granting presumptive exposure to herbicides to their Blue Water Sailors, finally agreeing it was good science, and recommending the restoration of US Blue Water Navy Veterans to presumptive exposure eligibility for benefits.

Webb and Akaka fought these, and instituted a little known Congressional rule allowing them to study the appropriations for 90 days after passage of legislation that added the three new diseases. They knew they could not stop the addition. Yet they maliciously went ahead with this obscure gambit. Hundreds of Veterans died an early death in poverty because of what they did. Webb and Akaka are "Vet Killers" of the first order.

The DVA chose not to add the Blue Water Navy Veterans, largely because Webb and Akaka insisted that the Institute of Medicine review their own work and indeed, compare Blue Water Navy methods of exposure to that of land based exposure. Thus the Blue Water Navy, which should have been restored by the Secretary at the same time the three new diseases were added, now continues to die at a rate of hundreds per day, in poverty, and without the knowledge that their widows and survivors will be cared for. "Vet killers!"

Webb and Akaka called a hearing of the Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs, in which Burr joined them in grilling Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki about his decision to add the three new diseases.

Take some time to read the Agent Orange Act of 1991, the original one.
Here is a link:

http://www.gwu.edu/~nsarchiv/radiation/dir/mstreet/commeet/meet3/brief3.gfr/tab_g/br3g1f.txt

Then you will understand what a travesty the hearing was. Shinseki stood up to them and cited this law, and correctly so.

This Bozo "Gang of Three" apparently does not know the law.

Bravo to Secretary Shinseki for standing up to these "Vet Killers!"

Webb insists that Agent Orange exposure only occurred if you were in combat, as that is where the spraying went, he reasons. "Vet Killer!"

Now comes feckless retired Republican Senator Alan Simpson, from Wyoming. He is currently co-chairing President Obama's National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform. From that base, he made the charge that the American Public is paying too much money for Veterans who got diabetes as a result of Agent Orange exposure.

Alright, we've told you what the Bozos and the "Gang of Three" [who are also Bozos] have done, now let us finish showing you just how out of whack these guys are.

Last week we attended an open meeting at the Institute of Medicine. The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure held a public meeting on Monday, September 20, 2010, at the Keck Center of the National Academies, Washington, DC. The invited speaker at this session was Dr. Jeanne Stellman, Columbia University. She discussed her "Exposure Opportunity Model." Dr. Stellman's presentation was extremely impressive in its scope, the depth of research and body of data gathered. Dr. Stellman exhibited an impressive knowledge of the history of the Vietnam War as it pertained to US involvement, on the ground inside Vietnam. [See previous post.]

Dr. Stellman's study clearly and completely refutes Webb's baseless claim that only combat troops were exposed.

Another study, this one by the University of Buffalo, in New York, was reported in an online edition of Endocrine Today titled "Graves’ disease, Agent Orange exposure linked in veterans".

"To assess the prevalence of major thyroid diagnoses, the researchers reviewed the Veterans Administration electronic medical database for upstate New York veterans born between 1925 and 1950, which is the age group that would have been eligible for military service during the Vietnam War era. Their search revealed 19,709 veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange exposure and 50,913 veterans who were not exposed. They compared the groups for possible differences in race, smoking history and type 2 diabetes."

Overall, Agent Orange exposure was the most important predictor of Graves’ disease (OR=2.76; 95% CI, 2.22-3.81), independent of race/ethnicity, smoking status and diabetes....

...In addition, diabetes was two times as common in Agent Orange-exposed veterans..."

For more information:
Varanasi A. OC-036. Presented at: the 14th International Thyroid Congress; Sept. 11-16, 2010; Paris.

http://www.endocrinetoday.com/view.aspx?rid=68470
Access Date 09/19/2010

We will repeat that because obliviously, Simpson and the "Gang of Three" are a bit slow on the uptake:

In addition, diabetes was two times as common in Agent Orange-exposed veterans."

70,000+ Veterans is a very large cohort to study. The Mathematics of statistics says that the greater the sample [cohort size], the more accurate the results.

The report was presented at the 14th International Thyroid Congress in Paris, France, on Septermber 11-16, 2010.

We now call on these Bozo politicians to stop their preening and posturing and stop interfering with laws already enacted.

Let Shinseki run the DVA. But let him also approve benefits for the Blue Water Navy Veterans and those from Thailand, Laos and Cambodia, or TLC Veterans, [which includes the Blue Sky Air Force]. The two scientific studies noted above are certainly light-years beyond the alchemy done by the DVA. In fact, we have yet to see one single piece of clear scientific evidence that those groups were NOT exposed.

Delay is criminal. The evidence is clear and unequivocal. Those Blue Water Navy Veterans and those of TLC were exposed, every bit as much as those with "boots on the ground" in Vietnam.

Go ahead and do studies, waste the taxpayers' money on studies trying to disprove it. The facts are in. The science is in. Exposure was a reality among those Veterans.

"Vet Killers!" Akaka, Webb, Burr, Simpson! "Vet Killers!"

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 © 2005-2010: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Sixth 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.

Report on IOM Open Meeting of September 20, 2010

The Institute of Medicine’s Committee on Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure will hold a public meeting on Monday, September 20, 2010, at the Keck Center of the National Academies, Washington, DC.

Three members from VASVW attended. Senior Legislative Advocates Mike Teaney, Janet Davis and Jeff Davis.

The following is a précis of this event.

The invited speaker at this session was Dr. Jeanne Stellman, Columbia University. She discussed her Exposure Opportunity Model.

Dr. Stellman's presentation was extremely impressive in its scope, the depth of research and body of data gathered. Dr. Stellman exhibited an impressive knowledge of the history of the Vietnam War as it pertained to US involvement, on the ground inside Vietnam. Dr. Stellman said she never did any work relative to the blue water Navy and Agent Orange.

Some of the more salient points in her presentation were:

1. The southernmost area of South Vietnam was the most heavily sprayed area in the country. The coastal areas of this province were where the US Coast Guard operated.

2. The barrels of herbicide that were delivered to the Republic of South Vietnam were delivered by ships of the merchant marine. NO HERBICIDES WERE CARRIED ABOARD US NAVY OR COAST GUARD VESSELS.

3. When delivered to Vietnam, all herbicides were signed over the to Republic of Vietnam's government. They stored it until it was to be used. RVN control of the herbicides while in their possession was haphazard at best. Spills occurred as did thefts, and loss of herbicides through faulty inventory control procedures.

4. All US spray missions were planned weeks to months in advance, sometimes more than a year elapsed between a request to spray an area, and permission from the US and RVN governments was given.

5. Approved spray missions then had to be cleared by local commanders to ensure friendly troops would be away from the danger zones, and that a need existed.

6. Air Force Ranch Hand personnel would then requisition the required herbicide [Blue, White, Orange, etc.] and retrieve it from the RVN storage depots.

7. Spray missions were tracked and recorded with coordinates and incidents that may have occurred. Date and time were also recorded.

8. Empty barrels of herbicides were sometimes used for makeshift bbq grills and for disposal of human waste by burning.

9. Exposure to herbicides was referred to by degrees, heavy, to light, and the statement made that the study could not say that there was anyone in the Republic of Vietnam during the years when spraying occurred who was NOT exposed. While there undoubtedly were some, the vast majority were located close enough to the spray areas to be affected, even in the cities and rear areas.

10. The study did not include Blue Water Navy exposures, nor did it consider runoff contaminated by dioxin, or the Australian study. However, fresh water purification in the Republic of Vietnam was not done using an evaporative process but nonetheless, the water was more than likely tainted with dioxin.

11. A suggestion was made by several members of the committee that the committee request data from Dr. Stellman regarding spray missions along the entire coast of the Republic of Vietnam.

12. Rivers and streams were primary targets of spraying, as were roads and trails.

13. 4.7 million gallons of AO were sprayed "in a relatively small area" of the RVN - approximately 18% of the RVN. But Dr. Stellman said that the vast majority of troops were located in close enough proximity to the spray areas to be affected. She also said that support troops were exposed because spraying was done outside of heavy combat zones and because troops moved in after the spraying took place.

Finally, Dr. Stellman's presentation is not yet released to the public, and she indicated no release date. Yet based on her presentation we can now put to bed some myths about Blue Water Navy and direct contamination.

A. Sailors on Navy ships were not involved with spraying, nor were herbicides carried on US Navy ships.

B. Helicopters were rarely used for spraying.

C. The vast majority of spray missions were carried out by USAF C-123 aircraft. No spraying out at sea was recorded. While Dr. Stellman's research plotted every spray mission in Ranch Hand Operations, there were a few, about a half dozen or so, that showed coordinates out at sea. Those were corrected as a common error was found in all the coordinates showing spray missions at sea.

D. Navy aircraft flying over the Republic of Vietnam were seldom low enough to be contaminated by Ranch Hand mission spraying and rarely would they even be in the vicinity of a spray mission. The odds are astronomically against the exposure to Naval personnel from returning aircraft.

E. There were only some 60 dump missions where aircraft were forced to terminate the mission and dump their load of herbicide. The missions seldom defoliated any areas as the concentrations were too high to allow the vegetation to absorb the chemicals. This is out of nearly 10,000 spray missions in Operation Ranch Hand.

W. G. Jeff Davis
Senior Legislative Advocate, Founder and CEO

For: Michael Teaney, Senior Legislative Advocate
      Janet B. Davis, Senior Legislative Advocate

The Veterans Association of Sailors of the Vietnam War, Inc.
Service to the Nation decades ago, now back in action!
"Fortitudine vincimus!" - By endurance we conquer!

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 © 2005-2010: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Sixth 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, September 25, 2010

Response to Steve Malone

This is a response to Steve, who commented on the previous post. We suggest you read Steve's comment at the bottom of the previous post, then read this.

Steve,

This is not something new, nor is it something that leaves out Guam [and other places] totally. Your gripe is not with me, but with other Blue Water Navy groups that have been trying to crowd the current bill for two years, and managed to sink the first one in 2008 by doing so. Two years ago, I wrote a proposed bill for people like you and gave it to other BWN groups, and to both the House and Senate Veterans Committees, and to the VVA. No one has done anything about it.

Your gripe is with them.

I advocate now, and have advocated since the introduction of the first bill, that it be limited to what the first bill originally sought to do, RESTORE benefits the VA had taken away. We have never advocated for anything different here, but we have ALSO advocated for the passage of that separate bill that would cover you, and others who served anywhere else in the world and were exposed to herbicides.

Essentially for many reasons, including appropriations, cost, and the need to create a whole new section in Title 38 to properly authorize benefits for the outside groups, it must be written into a new bill.

We do not now, nor have we ever said otherwise, that those outside groups should not be covered. What we say is grounded in common sense, however.

Adding those outside groups will definitely sink the current bill and no one will get benefits.

So are you saying you want us to step back and wait?

Where, in the past two years, has there been any effort from those outside groups to write their own bill outside of the one I wrote? Why did no one advocating for the outside groups take it upon themselves to write a proposed bill? Instead, after killing HR 6562 by jumping on it when it was not intended to be that expansive and therefore making it too bloated to move out of committee, everyone waited for the next bill.

Well, if you did not learn the first time you will surely learn now. HR 2254 will be dead shortly of the same cause of death as HR 6562 in 2008, unless Congress steps in and alters the bill.

Do not point fingers at me. I had my hands full getting this bill introduced to begin with, and then fighting to keep it within reasonable cost limits so it had a chance to pass.

You folks were exposed. But you were never authorized benefits for exposure. We were, and this bill was intended to restore those benefits. It takes a different bill to add new benefits and the process is long, and difficult.

You can do a number of things.

1. You can continue to whine and point fingers without studying the situation fully enough to understand the legislative and appropriations process, and spin your wheels so nothing gets done. Let someone else do it for you.

Or,

2. You can get yourself and others in gear and prepare for the 112th Congress NOW by getting a bill for all the outside groups. It will take at least two years to pass it. The DVA will fight it all the way. You must gather your own statistics, and compute your own costs because the DVA will tell Congress it will cost 50 times what it actually will. You can organize a group like VASVW to advocate for you and give you a single voice in Congress, and push for your own bill. If you write to me I will send you a copy of the Proposed bill that will do what you need done; use it as is, or modified any way that suits. And you will understand that VASVW, as soon as it gets its benefits RESTORED will advocate for your Proposed bill.

We are at a disadvantage. We are not like other groups in that we have no income, no assets and no money. We operate strictly out of pocket. We have learned how to be efficient in our advocacy. A few people can cover a lot of ground in Congress, especially if they have a head start.

Letters simply do not work. The only thing that works effectively is face-to-face contact with the legislator and later with his or her staff. That must happen in the home district and in their Washington, DC offices.  That takes time and effort. So you need people in the DC area that can get there and be effective advocates for you. You will quickly learn how to be the most effective. You need a broad membership, so your group must be a coalition of smaller groups, each advocating for his own group: Guam, Johnston Island, Okinawa, The Philippines, Korea, Panama, etc. You all need to unite behind one leader or a small group of three leaders to work together and devise a plan.

It will take quite a while to start such a group and there are pitfalls to it I do not have time to go through now.

But if you would like, please contact me via the "email me" link and I will gladly help you as much as I can. I would also recommend that you join VASVW [its free, and certainly open to all], and study how we work. As mentioned before, it is all common sense stuff but there is no handbook.

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 © 2005-2010: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Sixth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the permission of the author is unlawful.

Friday, September 24, 2010

A Message to Congress and to Veterans Groups

This is a message to all those who read this from Congressional computers, and a notice to those who would overload the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009 the same way they did in 2008. We know you are reading this in Congress, as we see the domains "senate.gov" and "house.gov" among the list of domains from which those who have stopped to read this blog are doing so.

If you cannot afford to provide for your Veterans, then do not send our forces into harms way.

The Veterans Association of Sailors of the Vietnam War was formed because other folks could not keep from jumping their groups into the first version that was introduced in 2008. HR 6562, The Agent Orange Equity Act of 2008, was a bill introduced by Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans Affairs. As written, it was a restoration of benefits authorized under the original Agent Orange Act of 1991, and then taken away illegally by the DVA. Any recipient of the Vietnam Service Medal or the Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Service in Vietnam would have been eligible for presumptive exposure to herbicides. That included the three groups listed in the following paragraph.

It started immediately with the blockage of benefits for those who served in Thailand, Laos, and Cambodia. Two years later, in 1993 the Air Force [with the exception of those in Operation Ranch Hand that did the spraying of herbicides] was removed from eligibility for benefits. In 2002, the Blue Water Navy was removed from eligibility, finalizing the DVA's policy changes that resulted in the "boots on the ground only" eligibility for presumptive exposure to Agent Orange [herbicides containing dioxin].

Now we have a new bill, introduced in 2009. It is worded incorrectly to be a restoration bill, because already outside groups have piled on. Consequently as it was in 2008 and has been from its introduction in May of 2009, the Agent Orange Equity Act is far too expensive, even for a spendthrift Congress. And thus it sits in committee, bloated and unable to move.

We have asked the Chairman repeatedly to alter the language and restore it to the 2008 version and limit it to that. At the same time we have asked the Chairman repeatedly to introduce a companion bill, a proposed Agent Orange Supplemental Act, that will authorize benefits for any Vietnam Era Veteran who served outside of the Vietnam, Thailand, Laos and Cambodia theater of Combat Operations, but served in a location where herbicides were used, stored, or transshipped. Such exposure would be proven by military service records of duty stations and dates, and by comparison to Department of Defense documentation of the presence of herbicides at that location and during the date the Veteran served there. It is based on an already released DoD document, though that document needs to be updated.

We wrote that proposed Supplemental bill two years ago and made it available to the public, as well as providing Chairman Filner, Chairman Akaka, and all members of the Senate VA Committee with copies of it. Non-Vietnam Veterans have had two years to push that bill, or write their own. Instead, they foolishly pile onto a bill designed to restore benefits that once existed and were taken away. In doing so, they inflate the cost of the bill.

There is no excuse for what has been done to the current bill by other Veterans groups. It is selfish, and will result in everyone being left behind. We therefore call on all the other groups to support modifying the language immediately back to its restorative language and push for its immediate passage in both houses. It is the honorable and right thing to do.

To not do it would be despicable, selfish, and dishonorable.

Congress: Hear us! Our restoration bill will cost much less when confined to that. New figures from the DoD confirm there were only 229,000 Blue Water Navy sailors in the Vietnam War. Not over 500,000, and certainly not 800,000 as the DVA claimed in Federal Court. Do the right thing. Fix the bill to confine its coverage to only restore the benefits to those three groups of Vietnam Veterans. The science is there, the history is there, and the truth and honor is there. The Blue Water Navy was recommended for inclusion into presumptive exposure by the Institute of Medicine in their 2008 report released in July of 2009. The Blue Sky Air Force should be covered because all of their squadrons, Support, service, Combat and Logistics rotated into and out of bases in South Vietnam and Thailand during the war. The Veterans of TLC [Thailand, Laos and Cambodia] received the Vietnam Service Medal or its interchangeable Armed Forces Expeditionary Medal for Service in Vietnam. Indeed, TLC was sprayed very heavily along their borders, and on and around US bases, firebases and outposts.

There is NO EXCUSE to let this bill die again, for thousands of Veterans will die in poverty as a result, as they do every day it remains unenacted.

So far, it is a dishonorable, murderous shame for those who have taken actions resulting in the stoppage of this bill, or by their inactions failed to support it enough.

PASS THE CORRECTED VERSION OF HR 2254/S.1939 IMMEDIATELY.

And shame on you all for not caring enough to get it right. The early deaths in poverty and pain are on all your heads!


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 © 2005-2010: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Sixth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the permission of the author is unlawful.