Friday, May 13, 2011

IoM Report Due Friday, May 20!!!!

[Note: This should have been posted 24 hours ago but Blogger was down for that period.]

We just received the following heads up from the Institute of Medicine:

Dear Interested Parties:

The Institute of Medicine will be releasing the prepublication version of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure Report to the public on Friday, May 20th, 2011. An electronic version of the report will be available beginning at 2 p.m. that day. To view the report, please visit our website at and type in “blue water” in the search box; it will take you directly to the report.

In addition, a briefing to discuss the findings of the report with veterans and other interested parties will be held the day of the release at 3 p.m. in room 208 at the Keck Center of the National Academies. The Keck Center is located at 500 5th St., NW Washington, DC 20001.

Space is limited; please let us know in advance if you plan to attend the briefing. If you would prefer to participate by phone, we can provide you with a call-in number. Please notify us by Thursday, May 19th if you are going to call in to the briefing.

I have a lot of faith in this committee, they know what they are doing and I believe they will come up with the right results. Nevertheless... is the time to pray.


”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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  1. Anonymous10:32

    Sorry, but I've just gotta ssk: Is anyone expected to heed this report (I'm assuming it will be in favor of Blue Water Vets...I KNOW they'll heed it if it isn't!) So many other 'reports' have been ignored in the past while the VA continues their trip in fantasy land.

  2. Yes, there will be no excuse this time. But don't assume this will be all in BWN's favor, or even slightly so. It may be bad news for us, and it may be a partial victory that will make life difficult for many Veterans.

    I think the latter is the most likely outcome.


  3. Anonymous09:58

    Out of curiousity....please define "partial victory"; also, if the report is NOT in favor of BWN, will you take them off our 'hero's list'??

  4. Why don't we just wait and see what happens tomorrow.