As of Thursday, May 23, 2013, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013, HR 543 has 105 cosponsors. 69 Democratic and 36 Republican US Representatives have now signed on to the bill. The website www.govtrack.us now gives the bill a 16% chance of getting out of committee and a 6% chance of being enacted. It now resides in the Disability and Memorial Affairs Sub-committee of the US House Committee on Veterans Affairs.
Those percentages reflect a weak effort by the BWN veterans as a group to reach their Representatives and get them to sign on. We need 200 more Representatives to sign on to get the Committee’s attention enough to move the bill to the floor for a vote. And that should be enough to pass the bill and send it to the Senate, where it would likely get rolled into a Defense Appropriations bill later this year.
But nothing will happen if YOU don’t get your Representative on board. Call their local office today and ask for an appointment at that office to meet with the Representative, then go see him or her and tell them to get behind the bill and why!
”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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