Friday, December 09, 2011

HR 3612 Introduced in House!

We are pleased to announce that HR 3612, a companion to S.1629, the Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011, Introduced by Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, has been introduced in the US House of Representatives by Congressman Chris Gibson of New York. Like Senator Gillibrand's bill, HR 3612 was introduced with bipartisan cosponsors.

Folks, these two bills, along with the fact that the DVA has requested the National Archives and Records Administration to post on the internet the Deck Logs of US ships that were deployed to Vietnam during the war, lead us to the hope that the time has finally arrived for the restoration of presumptive exposure to the Blue Water Navy Veterans of the Vietnam War.

The bipartisan support for both bills is icing on the cake.

We have added a tracker for HR 3612 at the top right of the page.

We at VASVW have just concluded our grass roots campaign where every member got two personalized letters to each of their Senators, to sign and fax and then mail. We will be conducting our campaign in the House on behalf of HR 3612 in early January!

Join us at VASVW [ Register ]. Numbers do help. Congress knows us from last year and that helps.

Folks, this is the best shot yet at getting the benefits restored. Pray, cross your fingers and toes, and keep pushing your Congressional delegation to sign on, support and fund, and pass these bills!

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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