Sunday, April 15, 2018

Have you lost your medals and awards?

Here is a web link to the National Archives site that is where you need to file to get replacements for your awards and medals. 

https://www.archives.gov/veterans/replace-medals.html


VNVets

”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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Friday, April 06, 2018

FRA Needs Your Help to Storm Congress for BWN Bill

Our friends at the Fleet Reserve Association have requested that we help mobilize folks to contact their Congress-critters.

They are planning to storm Capitol Hill on April 12.  Here is their message with directions, and a link to their Action Center, which makes your contact with your Congress-critter in the House and the Senate. 
Help FRA Storm the Hill
The FRA National Board of Directors and other Association leaders are scheduled to "storm" Capitol Hill next Thursday, April 12. Storm the hill is designed to bring the enlisted perspective to Capitol Hill as they visit their respective elected officials in Washington, D.C. These Shipmates will share the Association's position on priority legislative issues with their senators and representatives. They will ask their legislators to extend veterans disability benefits to "Blue Water" Vietnam veterans exposed to the Agent Orange herbicide while serving off the coast of Vietnam. Additionally, requests will be made to pass concurrent receipt reform, and to exclude Defense from sequestration. Unfortunately not all FRA Shipmates are able to visit their elected officials on Capitol Hill, but you can visit our website and use the FRA Action Center to weigh in on these, and other issues listed. Your messages to Capitol Hill complement and are imperative to FRA's advocacy efforts.

If you aren't a member of FRA, you should be.  No other organization has pushed the BWN fight as far as FRA!  Click here to reach the FRA Membership Page.

VNVets

”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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Friday, March 09, 2018

Finally!

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.
We've said this many times, and will continue to say it:  if you aren't a member of this fine organization you should be!  Click here to join today
VNVets

”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

Copyright © 2005-2018: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Fourteenth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the express permission of the author is unlawful.

Monday, November 27, 2017

Action Alert: Help Oppose New VA Privatization Attempt

From our friends at the VFW:


Background: Congressman Doug Lamborn (R-Colo.) recently introduced a bill that would break our promise to veterans. H.R. 4457, the Veterans Empowerment Act, would dismantle the VA health care system, charge veterans for service-connected health care, and reduce VA to an insurance program for veterans. Congressman Lamborn and bill cosponsors, Congressmen Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) must not be allowed to advance this dangerous proposal.

Take Action: Urge your member of Congress to oppose H.R. 4457 and let Congress know if they cannot take care of America’s veterans, then Congress should quit creating them.

                  CLICK HERE TO TAKE ACTION!

After taking action, please consider posting about this Alert on social media:

On Twitter, please click here .

On Facebook, please paste: I stand with @VFWHQ and oppose H.R. 4457, the Veterans Empowerment Act. If Congress cannot afford to take care of America’s veterans then we should stop creating them. #VFWActionAlert http://bit.ly/2hVDFmw
 
VNVets

”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

Copyright © 2005-2017: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Thirteenth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the express permission of the author is unlawful.

Sunday, November 05, 2017

VFW Goes to bat for BWN!

Our friends at the VFW have taken up our cause:

VFW Calls on President to Help Blue Water Navy Veterans: During a markup on Thursday, the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs discussed H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017, and ways to offset the more than $1 billion cost. Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minn.) talked about a recommendation to round down annual cost-of-living increases to the next whole percentage point, which was rightfully dismissed because it would take from one veteran to give to another, which the VFW has strongly opposed in the past. Due to Congress’ inability to pass the Blue Water Navy Veterans Act, the VFW sees an order by the president to change regulations to include Blue Water Navy veterans under the presumptive conditions list as the best course of action to right this injustice. These are not new benefits, but a restoration of benefits taken away in 2002 after a change in regulations. VFW National Commander Keith Harman wrote to President Trump asking him to intervene.  


Dear Mr. President:

On behalf of the nearly 1.7 million members of the Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States (VFW) and its Auxiliary, I write to ask you to correct a 15-year injustice that currently impacts some 110,000 so-called "Blue Water Navy" veterans.

The Agent Orange Act of 1991 created the presumptive conditions list that provides disabled Vietnam veterans both compensation benefits and VA-provided health care. Blue Water Navy veterans were initially included under this law, but a regulation change in 2002 exempted them. Since the two previous administrations from both parties have failed to correct this inequity, members of Congress have repeatedly tried and failed to pass the Blue  Water Navy  Vietnam Veterans Act, which would correct this wrong.

In today's markup, House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Phil Roe (R-Tenn.) and Ranking Member Tim Walz (D-Minn.) discussed how to offset the cost of passing H.R. 299, which the Congressional Budget Office has estimated to cost more than $1 billion over 10 years. A recommendation to round down annual
cost-of-living increases to the next whole percentage point was rightfully dismissed because it would force one group of disabled veterans to pay for expanded care for another group of disabled veterans. Due to Congress' failed attempts to restore benefits for Blue Water veterans, we ask for your intervention.

In reviewing the Agent Orange Act of 1991, one can clearly see that the intent was to use science, not cost, as the driving factor to address the needs of all Vietnam veterans. Ensuing regulation changes made it harder for Blue Water Navy veterans to prove a service-connection to whatever presumptive condition they were claiming. Those changes were also slammed as being "arbitrary and capricious" by the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Affairs in Gray v. McDonald.

As President, you have the authority to end this injustice. You have stated time and time again that you would take care of our nation's veterans. We believed you when you spoke those words before the VFW's  117th National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., last year, and that is why I write today. You ordering the reinstatement of Blue Water Navy veterans with other Vietnam veterans under the presumptive  conditions associated with Agent Orange is the right thing to do.

Respectfully,


KEITH E. HARMAN
Commander-in-Chief


VNVets

”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

Copyright © 2005-2017: VNVets Blog -- Now in our Thirteenth Year of Service to Veterans; All Rights Reserved. Reprinting or copying of the contents of this blog without the express permission of the author is unlawful.