Wednesday, July 26, 2017

FRA: Message from Congress: Take Survey to help fund BWN Bill

Once again the Fleet Reserve Association shows their commitment to Blue Water Navy Veterans.  Here is the latest:
 July 26, 2017
FRA supports the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R. 299/S. 422), sponsored by Rep. David Valadao (CA) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) respectively. These bills would allow “Blue Water” veterans who served off the coast of Vietnam to be compensated for service connected disabilities related to their exposure to Agent Orange herbicide. Legislators want to pass the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act” (H.R. 299/S. 422)  but need a cost offset. They have suggested rounding down to the nearest dollar monthly veterans benefits. Please let us know if think we should support this proposal.


The herbicide was use to destroy foliage on river shore used by the Viet Cong to hide in and shoot at ships passing by.  The chemical got into rivers that ran out to sea. Ships used water for bathing and drinking.  It has been proven that desalinization process for water intensified toxicity of the small amounts of herbicide in water.  Presumption of service connection exists for Vietnam veterans who served in country, on land and inland waterways. Enactment of H.R. 299/S. 422 will bring a degree of justice to several thousand Navy personnel who have been denied service connection by the VA since 2002. They no longer will 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.

Studies demonstrate that the desalinization process used on Australian and U.S. Navy ships off the coast of Vietnam magnified the exposure of the Agent Orange in the water. Past VA policy (1991-2001) allowed service members to file claims if they received the Vietnam Service Medal or Campaign Medal.
Let's consider this for a moment.  There are approximately 4.5 million Veterans receiving disability benefits.  If each agrees to accept a round down of the pennies that are included in the monthly check [meaning every vet would get an even dollar amount with no added cents, which would cost each Veteran less than one dollar each month] then the VA would save somewhere between $2-3.5 million each month, which should be sufficient to cover the disability payments for BWN, and the administrative costs, and should cover the medical costs for treating those BWN veterans.  There aren't many of us left. 

In our opinion, this is a small cost to reap a huge benefit for our brothers in the Blue Water Navy.  Please go to the Survey site and vote YES!  This is a no-brainer. 

Once again the FRA has proven itself the best friend the Blue Water Navy has.  If you aren't already a member of this fine organization, you should be. Join today! 


”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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