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!


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  1. Anonymous17:41

    I have to ask; what is it about these two bills that gives us more hope than in the past? Why do we think they will somehow ever emerge from 'committee'? I know the DVA has requested the ships logs as you stated but I'm told this is for all the commotion caused by the ships list they put out in May. I'm not being negative, I just wonder.

  2. The differences in this bill from those introduced by Filner are several. This bill will be less expensive. It is less expansive, not opening up to the non-Vietnam Veterans [Vietnam Era Veterans], but mostly, this bill and the Senate Bill [S.1629] were introduced with bi-partisan support, something Filner never managed.


  3. Anonymous11:49

    As I recall, Filner's bill had a lot of bipartisan co-sponsors, due in great measure to our efforts, and still died. I'm afraid I agree with him; "Referred to Committee" is Congressional for "Rest in Peace"

  4. It is extremely rare for a bill to go from introduction directly to the fllor for a vote. Yes, Filner's bill had bipartisan support, but not when it was inbtroduced, as these bills have.

    Curb your negativism.


  5. Anonymous14:05

    Rarer still for most of them to ever get OUT of committee. Realistm and negativism aren't the same thing. We need to work to add co-sponsers from both sides of the aisle. Jeff Miller is now chair of the committee and he was a co-sponser of Filner's interesting to see what HE does, comes to that, can't wait to see if FILNER co-sponsers.....

  6. We must keep things positive.


  7. Anonymous11:56

    I just noticed that Filner's bill is 1. still open and 2. has 55+ cosponsors.....wonder how many will now sign up to the new bill? Guess we'd better get back in gear with the same action that got all the co-sponsors in the past. I've learned that very few of those who propose bills then go around trying to get co-sponsors...sad but true. I've heard Gillibrand is an exception, we'll see.


  8. Anonymous19:37

    I see S1629 was introduced on 9/23/11 and is already up to three (3) whole sponsors. Looks like we'd better get busy.

  9. good news uss steiker dd863 will be added to the presumtive ships list in 2 weeks for the va as told to me in an email from them for the dates from july 25 1968 to august 1968 so spread the word to all your ship mates to check the revised ships at the va in twoweeks so if you have any of the agent orange claims pending this should get your claims moving if you have not filed a claim and was on the dd863 tour of 1968 you should see about fileing one. great news and happy new years guys of the destroyer dd 863.
    my brother was on that ship i am a combat vietnam veteran only i am a marine stationed at the dmz you guys shot perimeter fire for us and it was very great you guys had our backs and we will never forgrt what you guys dud for me and my marine brothers thank you god bless you and have a great 2012.
    semper fi

  10. Anonymous23:42

    That is good news but I think you mean USS STEINAKER (DD 863); East Coast Destroyer.