080 VVA – Bill Ayers, Jane Fonda, Tokyo Rose – All the Same


Bill Ayers, Jane Fonda, Tokyo Rose, mack payne, vietnam veteran news

In this episode we take a look at an article by Bill O’Reilly that appeared on the website – bernardgoldberg.com. O’Reilly takes a look at three Americans who went the other way from most. Bill Ayers and Jane Fonda are unrepentant anti-Vietnam War proponents and Tokyo Rose did her thing in World War II riling up US servicemen and women in the Pacific Theater of that war. I share O’Reilly’s condemnation of the trio and realize it takes all kinds to make up a world. Hope you enjoy my post script comments about the lovely and gracious Jane Fonda.

079 VVA – Vietnam Vet Bennie Bell Gets Diploma

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Bennie Bell with his high school diploma

This episode features a story from WSFA-TV of Montgomery, Alabama written by Bryan Henry. It is about Vietnam Veteran Bennie Bell receiving his high school diploma after a 50 year delay. Bell was encouraged by James Washington who is the head of the National Association for Black Veterans. He was taking advantage of a program passed by the Alabama legislature known as the ‘High School Diplomas for World War Two, Korean War and Vietnam War Veterans,’ House Bill 74.

We salute Bennie Bell for his service to his country and his determination to finally achieve his dream of a high school diploma.

078 VVA – Were Vietnam Veterans Really Spat Upon?

Vietnam Vets Spat Upon

Vietnam War Protesters

In this episode I hope to end the urban myth that Vietnam Vets were spat upon as they returned from fighting in the Vietnam War. Jerry Davich who writes for the Post-Tribune a Chicago Sun Times Publication adds support to my theory that Vietnam Vets were not spit on when they returned. All these years since the war I would hear and see comments about that happening and I was skeptical. Davich too wondered after he wrote interviewed several Vietnam Vets and now he believes as I do it was all made up to discredit the protesters.

076 VVA – The Dark Legacy of Agent Orange

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Alongside his brother , Toan La, 22, is given a drink by his mother. Both brothers suffer from a severe neuromuscular disorder that is believed to be caused by Agent Orange.

In this country the primary concerns about Agent Orange is its effects on Vietnam Veterans. It is a terrible thing that has touched the lives of hundreds of thousands of veterans and their families. The darker legacy of Agent Orange is its effects on the country of Vietnam and its people which is often ignored. But ignorance cannot hide the fact that Vietnam is suffering greatly because of something the USA did to that little country. The tragedy is compounded by the fact that the guilty party in this case for the most part disavows any responsibility for the damage it caused.

In this episode we will take a look at some of the victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam.

073 VVA – Vietnam War Impact on New Zealand


Vietnam War Impact on New Zealand, mack payne, vietnam veteran newsNew Zealand fought in the Vietnam War along with its allies The United States and Australia. Like most of the countries who participated in that War there was much reaction to it back home. Most of it was negative and made lasting impressions on relations with different countries and its citizens.

In this episode we will take a look at how New Zealand dealt with the challenges presented by the Vietnam War.

Here is the reference for this episode:

‘Impact of the Vietnam War in New Zealand – NZ and the Vietnam War’, URL: http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/war/vietnam-war/impact-of-the-vietnam-war, (Ministry for Culture and Heritage), updated 20-Dec-2012

072 VVA – C-123 Pilots Cut Out of Agent Orange Benefits

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In this May 1966 file photo, a U.S. Air Force C-123 flies low along a South Vietnamese highway spraying defoliants on dense jungle growth beside the road to eliminate ambush sites for the Viet Cong during the Vietnam War. Crews that flew and serviced these aircraft after the war say the VA has unfairly denied their claims of Agent Orange-related illnesses. (Department of Defense photo)

C-123 Airmen join a long list of Vietnam Era Veterans who are denied VA assistance for Agent Orange caused illnesses. This case involves personnel who were crewman on Air Force C-123 aircraft from 1972 to 1982 that previously were used to spray Agent Orange on Southeast Asian forests during the Vietnam War. The Air Force claims the exposure of air crews to Agent Orange dioxins was negligible and therefore they are not eligible for VA benefits. Veterans groups counter with the argument that the proof is overwhelming in the number of C-123 crewmen who have died of or are suffering from diseases that are recognized by the VA as having been caused by exposure to Agent Orange.

This is further reason for all citizens to contact their congressional representatives and urge them to support HR-543.

071 VVN – Vietnam Vet Charles Cooley’s Sad Story

Charles Cooley, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Charles Cooley, a blue water veteran served on the U.S.S Lynde McCormick during the Vietnam War. He is currently suffering from a diabetes, arterial disease, neuropathy in his legs and asbestosis. Cooley believes many of his ailments are related to Agent Orange exposure during his service, but because he didn’t set foot on land, he is not eligible for veteran benefits.

The story in this episode tells about a sad and shameful situation a Vietnam Veteran finds himself mired in after contracting diseases caused by Agent Orange. Charles Cooley now knows what the Indians meant when they said the white man speaks with a forked tongue. He not only has to fight for his physical life but he also has to battle an obviously uncaring bureaucracy.

Charles Cooley’s story should have every citizen demanding their congressional representative support HR-543 and help our veterans suffering from the ravaging effects of Agent Orange.