Monday, March 11, 2013

VVA AO Legislative Agenda

Testifying at the same March 6 meeting of the joint Senate/House VA Committees, John Rowan, National President/CEO of the Vietnam Veterans of America [VVA] presented the following testimony on [among other issues]:

"Agent Orange/Dioxin & Other Toxic Substances

VVA calls on Congress and the President to take steps to declassify all documents from the years of the Vietnam War, including memos between agencies, dealing with Agent Orange/dioxin and make them public – now, almost 50 years since our government sprayed some 20 million gallons of extraordinarily toxic compounds over five million acres of the former South Vietnam.

VVA shall continue to support legislative efforts and other initiatives to achieve justice for naval personnel serving aboard ships plying the waters of Yankee and Dixie Stations in the South China Sea and the Gulf of Tonkin by getting the VA to recognize that they are deserving of the same health and other benefits as in-country “boots-on-the ground” veterans. 

VVA shall continue to advocate on behalf of the veterans of the crews who flew C-123 transports contaminated by the remains of the barrels of Agent Orange they once ferried into and out of Vietnam and are now suffering some of the same peculiar health ills as are in-country Vietnam veterans.

VVA shall request that Congress investigate why the VA has ceased providing custodial care and/or non-medical case management service for Agent Orange children afflicted with spina bifida and then join us in pushing the VA to provide these vitally needed services to these now adult children – innocent victims of a parent’s military service.

VVA is deserving of our respect and support in its fight for Veterans Benefits.

Click here to read the entire testimony of President Rowan.

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”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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