Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Emergency Action Required: Oppose HR 2055 Amendment 564!!!

FRA has issued the following alert [and VFW has also]:

Oppose Amendment to MilCon/VA Spending Bill (HR 2055)

Senator Coburn (Ok.) has filed an amendment (#564) to the Military Construction/ Veterans Affairs Appropriations bill (HR 2055) that will require a "causal relationship" for presumption for service connection for diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure that will significantly restrict benefits to Vietnam veterans. Vietnam veterans are presumed to be exposed to Agent Orange if they have certain conditions or diseases after the VA determines that a positive association exists between the exposure and the occurrence of the disease. Congress chose this mechanism because it is nearly impossible for Vietnam veterans to prove that exposure to Agent Orange caused their disease. Requiring a "causal relationship" would essentially mean that VA benefits for Agent Orange exposure would be out of reach for many Vietnam veterans that were exposed to the Agent Orange herbicide. Please use the FRA Action Center to ask your Senators to vote NO on this floor amendment # 564 for HR 2055.

Here is the link to the FRA's Action Center

Please lodge your opposition immediately!

This is hideous.


”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. I can neither click on that link nor cut and paste it. Can you fix this so everybody can protest more easily?

  2. Fixed, Click on "FRA Action Center".

    Thanks for alerting me.


  3. Denise Ross14:37

    I have contacted my favorite Senate office and I am waiting for a response from them. I will keep you posted.
    Temporarly out of retirement,
    Denise Ross

  4. Leon Heying11:04

    I have already notified my opposition to Colburns Amendment to Senators Graham and Demint of South Carolina. Wish congress would "overhaul" their "Golden Egg" benefit packages. That would do more for the country than screwing with the Veterans.