John B. Wells has been tirelessly working for years seeking Agent Orange treatment equity for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans. He is the executive director of the Military Veterans Advocacy, Inc which is located in Slidell, Louisiana. He is actively involved in a wide range of veterans issues but he has been putting much emphasis on the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans situation. He has spent a great deal of time in Washington DC meetings with politicians and cabinet members advocating for his causes.
Recently he was able to meet with the Secretary of U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Robert A. McDonald. Attending the meeting with Wells was Michael Little, Legislation Director for the Association of the United States Navy and Chris Slawinski, National Service Director from Fleet Reserve Association National Headquarters.
The meeting was a last-minute effort to have the Blue Water Navy Agent Orange exposure rule reversed. In 2004, the VA made its ominous to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans declaration that only Vietnam Veterans with “boots on the ground” could receive benefits for illnesses related to exposure to the dioxins found in Agent Orange. This move effectively prevented that group of Vietnam Veterans from receiving Agent Orange benefits. In an hour and one half meeting, Wells briefed Secretary McDonald on the facts related to Blue Water Navy Agent Orange Exposure.
In this episode John Wells is interviewed about the meeting. In the interview he discussed the Military Veterans Advocacy, Inc. and what it is doing for veterans of all wars and the factors leading up to the meeting with the Secretary. He also described the factors he covered in the meeting and the Secretary’s reaction to the Blue Water Navy situation. And then he reviewed the future actions it intends to pursue in the new Congress to achieve that equity of benefits for the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans.
Wells mentioned he needs funding to carry on this important work. All who care about the responsibilities the nation has assumed to care for the veterans who lay down their lives for their country should consider donating to help Wells carry out the important work he is doing for our veterans.
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