Friday, March 09, 2018


This just in from our friends at the Fleet Reserve Association [FRA]:
HVAC Chairman Vows to Pass AOBWN Bill This Year
During a joint House and Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing, the Chairman of the House Committee, Phil Roe (Tenn.) said. "I have colleagues who are impacted by this issue. So let's get this issue off the table this year." FRA wants to thank HVAC Chairman Roe for stating in the hearing that we need to fix the "Blue Water" problem this year. 
FRA supports the "Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act" introduced in both the House and Senate (H.R.299 & S.422 respectively) last year. The act clarifies service members who served off the coast of Vietnam during the conflict have a presumption for filing disability claims with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) for ailments associated with exposure to Agent Orange. FRA believes congress should recognize the so-called "blue water" veterans were exposed to the herbicide and authorize presumptive status for disability claims. 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 tens of thousands of Navy personnel who have been denied VA services since 2002. 
Members are urged to use the FRA Action Center to ask their legislators to support the "Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act" (H.R.299/S.422). 
In related news, FRA National President William Starkey is scheduled to testify before the joint SVAC and HVAC hearing, Wednesday, March 14. NP Starkey will be on a panel of nine organizations. The FRA testimony addresses Agent Orange Blue Water Navy (AOBWN) reform, VA Choice reform, VA Caregiver expansion, Veterans mental health/suicide, Women's Veterans Issues and much more. The hearing begins at 10 am and can be watched on the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee's website.
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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

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