047 VVN – Vietnam Vet John Bury and Agent Orange

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John Bury, Veterans Activist of Media, Pennsylvania

This episode will feature the continuation of my interview with John Bury. In the previous episode (# 046) John talked about his experiences on the USS Sacramento, AOE-1. Brace yourself, in this episode he will talk about what he has done since he retired from the Navy and his battle against his illnesses caused by Agent Orange.

His story is a compelling story of how the government can do things wrong. He has become one of the leading activists in the Nation in the fight to provide veterans with the assistance they deserve to deal with the terrible illnesses caused by a widely used chemical even though the government knew it was harmful to soldiers and anyone else who comes in contact with it.

You will be shocked by his revelations about the chemical and how our government is dealing or failing to deal with the problem. Citizens are asked by John to write to their congressional representatives and demand they do the right thing for the suffering veterans. Agent Orange is not limited to Vietnam Veterans. Its effects are being passed on to succeeding generation. Please go to the website covvha.com to learn more about the children of the next generation who are suffering from Agent Orange effects.

 

046 VVN – John Bury and the USS Sacramento (AOE-1)

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In this episode we have the pleasure of hearing from John Bury who served aboard the USS Sacramento as it braved the dangerous waters off Vietnam during the conflict in that country. John gives us a very fascinating description of the vital role his ship played in the Vietnam War and illustrates how many Americans performed unsung but critical jobs over there. This episode is part one of John’s interview. In the next episode he will tell us about what he has done since the Vietnam War and about Agent Orange. Don’t miss it you will be amazed at what he has to say.

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USS Sacramento (AOE-1)

045 VVN – Mack Payne Speaks at Okeechobee Memorial Day Event 2014

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On Memorial Day 2014, I spoke to the American Legion Ceremony held in Flagler Park to honor the fallen heroes of the nation. I spoke about my experiences in Vietnam and planned on recording my speech to include on the podcast. But sometimes things do not work out as planned and the recorder did not work. Not being one to let little things like that get in my way, I decided to record my speech in my recording studio. It works fine but there is no applause or cheers from the crowd. The primary purpose here is to convey the importance of honoring the memory of all those brave Americans who died in war to protect our freedoms by voting in every election.

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Mack Payne speaks at the American Legion Memorial Day Ceremony at Okeechobee, Florida – 2014.

044 VVN – David Hine Remembers

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This episode looks at what one Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War is doing to help remember Vietnam Veterans from Indiana who died in that war. David Hine of Greenfield, Indiana has started this project to honor the memory of his fellow Hoosiers. He would appreciate any assistance from friends and relatives. He can be reached at his email address – hoosierfaces@attnet.

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David Hine talks about his project to collect photos of Hoosiers who lost their lives in the Vietnam War.

043 VVN – Transportation Corps Remembers

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U.S. Army Soldiers render a final salute to fallen Transportation Corps Soldiers during a Memorial Wall Rededication Ceremony at Fort Eustis, Va., May 21, 2014. The Memorial Wall is located in the Transportation Corps Memorial Chapel at Fort Eustis, and is inscribed with 1,972 names of Army transporters who gave their lives in the defense of freedom in conflicts ranging from the Vietnam War to Operations Iraqi and Enduring Freedom. (Photo by Staff Sgt. Katie Gar Ward)

This episode is devoted to honoring members of the US Army Transportation Corps who have died in combat. Too often the contributions of support services like the Transportation Corps are overlooked. In this episode an article from the Defense Video & Imagery Distribution System by Staff Sergeant Katie Ward is highlighted. It is titled: Transportation Corps pays tribute to fallen Soldiers and describes a ceremony at Fort Eustis, Virginia where fallen soldiers of the Transportation Corps are honored.

042 VVN – Atrocities at VA Medical Centers

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: John Bury, Veterans Activist of Media, Pennsylvania

In this episode an article by John Bury in salem-news.com is discussed about the current VA Medical care situation will be discussed. It has recently been discloses that dozens of veterans have been apparently allowed to die by denying them needed medical treatment. Veteran groups are understandably upset with this development and are demanding action be taken to correct this unbelievable situation. It is discouraging to see the country make a big deal about the veterans on Memorial Day while at the same time the VA is failing in their mission to care for ailing veterans. Let’s hope that the right things will be done for our brave veterans.

041 VVN – The Times They are A-Changing

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A mother takes a picture of her daughter in front of the Golden Arches during the opening ceremony of Vietnam’s first McDonald’s restaurant in Ho Chi Minh City on Feb. 8, 2014(Photo Courtesy Time.com)

The times are a changing when it comes to US and Vietnam relations. As the sands of time run through the hour glass relations between former enemies evolve as world events change. In the past few years the US has been gradually rebuilding relations with Vietnam to help counter the growing influence of China in East Asia. As an observer of world affairs, I find this interesting and have to admit you could do a lot worse in choosing national allies like Vietnam. They are tough fighters. So let’s wait and see what happens on the world scene.

040 VVN – Vietnam Vet Rodger Howell Beats the Odds

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Rodger Howell with his dog, Banjo, and two horses, Sonny and Dancer in his buggy on U.S. Hwy. 280 near Opelika. (Photos Courtesy of Opelika-Auburn News)

This episode is about a Vietnam Vet who refused to accept the death sentence his doctors prescribed for him. The story  comes from an article in the Opelika-Auburn News by Drew Taylor. In it we learn that over a year ago Vietnam Vet Rodger Howell was told by his doctors he would die in five weeks so what does he do? He took off on a cross country trip in a wagon pulled by two horses and accompanied by he faithful Border Collie dog. So far he has traveled over 2500 miles and is still going strong. His story is an amazing example of how the right attitude can make life worth living.

039 VVN – New Jersey Comes Through For The Vietnam Vets Again

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In earlier episodes it was pointed out that New Jersey is doing great things in recognition of Vietnam Veterans. This episode features another action occurring in the great state of New Jersey that will benefit the veterans. As it was reported in the Cape May Herald the State Legislature passed a bill that adds the Vietnam Veterans of America organization to the list of approved organizations where state employees can attend state and national level conventions of approved groups with up to a five day paid leave of absence. This is another example of the people of New Jersey showing their appreciation to the Vietnam Veterans of their state.

038 VVN – Kelley Ray Interview on KBLU, Yuma, AZ

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Kelley Ray, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran NewsThis episode features an interview I did with Kelley Ray, Show Host at KBLU in Yuma , Arizona. The Show Host, Kelley did a great job of guiding the conversation so I would talk about both a controversial topic involving Walter Cronkite and one with a lighter tone about how Richard Petty made an appearance in my book Vietnam Veteran Memoirs. This interview will give the listener a different viewpoint on the Vietnam War.