Friday, April 06, 2012

On the Passing of Fred Gersh

It is with great sorrow that we mourn the passing yesterday of Fred Gersh, of Alexandria, Virginia. Fred was a great friend, and fellow warrior in the fight to secure benefits for all who were exposed to Agent Orange. We shared many moments in Congressional committee meetings with Fred, and planned strategies together.

Fred was a Vietnam Veteran of the US Air Force, and died yesterday morning after a long battle with Prostate Cancer. Fred was diagnosed 23 years ago. That’s how much of a fighter he was. He and his dear wife Micki visited with us a few years back, and we can attest to the fact that even at rest, Fred was always planning and plotting a strategy for his fight against prostate cancer.

A number of years ago he gave us the blue prostate cancer lapel pin. We wear it often, and will wear it today during our meeting with a US Senator.

Fred was a good man, and the world is a much lesser place for his passing. We will miss his sage advice and lessons in patience. And now we will miss his lessons in courage and persistence.

We wish you blue skies, Fred. Our prayers are with you, and with Micki.


”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. CAPT G.T. Ryan, USN (Ret.)10:34

    It is a loss to us all when a true warrior and patriot passes. The only thing that makes it easier is knowing that he is with God. And, to Micki we send warmest thoughts and our prayers!

  2. Anonymous11:33

    Almost three weeks without a new comment....this HAS to be a new record....are you OK?

  3. We thank you for your concern. We are fine. This is the busy season when we interact with Congress advocating for the AO bill.

    There should be something new in the next few days.

    Again, thank you for your concern.