Saturday, March 18, 2017

Take Action on BWN Benefits

Once again our friends at the Fleet Reserve Association have issued a call for help to get the benefits going.  This time it is for the Bill H.R.299, and also for a petition on the White House website:  Let's get moving to get the petition signed ASAP.  It is more inclusive than the bill in Congress.  The petition asks to rescind the action made effective in 2002 that took us out of the Agent Orange Act of 1991, and that would reverse the action and automatically open the gates for ALL BWN Vets who received the Vietnam Service Medal, not just the ones who served inside the ten mile limit as H.R.299 stipulates.

You Carrier vets need to get your association shipmates to the White House petition site to sign on.  Details provided below from the FRA! 
White House Petition on Agent Orange/Blue Water Navy Issue
A petition has been put on the White House website asking President Trump to direct the VA to rescind the exclusion of Blue Water Navy Veterans, who served in the bays, harbors and territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam, from the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange.  The petition is available here
FRA is seeking a legislative remedy by supporting the "Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act" (H.R. 299/S. 422) that will bring a degree of justice to several thousand Navy personnel who have been denied service connection by the VA since 2002. They will no longer have to prove direct exposure to Agent Orange, and they will receive expedited consideration for VA benefits if they are afflicted with any of the health conditions associated with exposure to this defoliant. The herbicide was used to destroy foliage on river shore used by the Viet Cong to hide and shoot at passing ships.  The chemical got into rivers that ran out to sea. Ships used water for bathing and drinking.  It has been proven the desalinization process for water intensified toxicity of the small amounts of herbicide in water.  Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to contact their legislators and voice their support.
  While you are at the action center, please explore the FRA website.  If you aren't a member, you should be! 


”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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