061 VVN – John Bury Reports on HR-543

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John Bury, Veterans Activist of Media, Pennsylvania

On a previous episode (#57) Blue Water Navy activist John Bury talked about his efforts to get a bill passed in the Congress to get help for all Vietnam Veterans excluded from coverage for illnesses caused by Agent Orange.

In this episode he tells about an important milestone reached in getting Representative Chris Gibson’s bill HR-543 passed into law. The magic number of 218 co-sponsors has been achieved and now the bill can be moved on to the House of Representatives for consideration. It is not a done deal yet but it is moving along to passage where it can provide help for the hundreds of thousands of Vietnam Veterans suffering from this dreaded condition.

You are encouraged to let your Representative know you are in favor of passage of this important piece of legislation.

060 VVN – A Vietnam Vet’s Overdue Honor

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Vietnam veteran Robert Crosthwaite, Monroe, eyes the lines of a 1970 Ford Mustang owned by fellow Vietnam vet George Mynar, Elsinore, during the Vietnam Veterans Welcome Home car show, hosted Saturday at the Richfield City Park. Some 50 veterans were honored, and more than 120 cars turned out for the show.

There is a Vietnam Veteran in central Utah who finally got his welcome home after more than 30 years. Robert Crosthwaite received that welcome at a special event in Richfield City orchestrated by another Vietnam Vet Tom Rose. Listen to this episode and you will be glad you die.

 

059 VVN – The Reason Why VA Medical Imploded

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Paul Giblin wrote an article for The Arizona Republic newspaper that did an excellent job of explaining the shortcomings of the VA Medical System that have recently come to light in the news. His article describes what caused the problems and how VA management has mishandled the situation. In the article he quotes such authorities as U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Arizona, a member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, U.S. Representative Jeff Miller, R-Florida, chairman of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee, Randy Pennington, president of Pennington Performance Group of Addison, Texas, Rick Weidman, executive director for policy and government affairs for the Washington-based Vietnam Veteran of America and Daniel Dellinger, national commander of the American Legion.

This article points out some alarming things about the VA Medical System that forebodes ominously on the movement to socialize health care for all in this country. Think about it.

058 VVN – Veteran’s Stories about VA Health Care

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Eugene “Doc” Harper is greeted by his son Eugene Harper, Jr. during a visit on Thursday, June 12, 2014 in his Creve Coeur apartment. Harper, 66, an Army medic in Vietnam, was diagnosed with larynx cancer that robbed him of his voice seven years ago. He awaits a September appointment, requested in April, to see a doctor in the Veterans Administration pain management clinic after being switched earlier this year from morphine to methadone for his pain. Photo by Robert Cohen, rcohen@post-dispatch.com.

Blythe Bernhard wrote an article for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch about treatment veterans are receiving. The article is titled -Veterans share stories of delays and frustrations with VA health care and in this episode I will recount the stories of several veterans and one veteran’s wife. Please be warned it is not a pretty story. It is a national shame the way this country is treating those who answered the call to come to the aid of their country and now the country is not fulfilling its responsibilities to those who served.

You are urged to contact your representative of that ungrateful nation and insist they do what is right for its brave veterans.

057 VVN – John Bury Press Release about the VA Scandal

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John Bury, Veterans Activist of Media, Pennsylvania

John Bury has issued a press release titled: Congress: Act Now. In it he is urging American to take action to insure Congress take action to insure veterans receive the medical they are entitled to for their service to their country. He points out that the problems recently exposed in recent days have been present and known about for many years. Veterans have been complaining about poor treatment and no one seemed to care. Now is the time to act and make up for the shabby treatment veterans have been subject to far too long.

Bury asks every American to support HR – 543 a bill in the house that will help Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans receive help for illnesses caused by Agent Orange. This bill was sponsored by Congressman Chris Gibson of New York.

http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/543

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056 VVN – Part II of John Rossie Interview about HR-543 and Agent Orange

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Blue Water Navy, vietnam veteran news, mack payne, john rossieThis episode will feature part 2 of an interview I conducted with John Rossie who is the Executive Director of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association. In this episode he will tell us about the importance of HR-543 and how it is so important the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans who suffer from the devastating effects of Agent Orange. Everyone is encouraged to help by contacting their congressional representatives and urging them to approve this bill.

Today he is heavily engaged in helping blue water navy veterans who are suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. He will describe the difficulties these brave veterans are experiencing in receiving fair treatment from the VA for their illnesses.

You are encouraged to learn more about this wonderful association at BlueWaterNavy.org

055 VVN – Interview with John Rossie – Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association

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Blue Water Navy, vietnam veteran news, mack payne, john rossieThis episode will feature part 1 of an interview I conducted with John Rossie who is the Executive Director of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association. In this episode he will tell us about his experiences in Vietnam where he served on a destroyer that provided close in fire support for ground forces.

Today he is heavily engaged in helping blue water navy veterans who are suffering from the effects of Agent Orange. He will describe the difficulties these brave veterans are experiencing in receiving fair treatment from the VA for their illnesses.

You are encouraged to learn more about this wonderful association at BlueWaterNavy.org

054 VVN – Michael Cohen of WILS Interviews Vietnam Vet Mack Payne

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Michael Cohen, WILS Radio, mack payne, vietnam veteran newsRecently yours truly was interviewed by Michael Cohen of WILS Radio in Lansing, Michigan. We talked primarily about the way veterans are being treated by the VA. It is a sad state of affairs when our government reneges on it sacred responsibility of caring for the brave Americans who answered the call to fight for our country. It is understood by all that the government must take care of those how are injured while fighting for the country. It appears all understands this solemn responsibility except for the pencil pushers at the VA.

You are encouraged to contact your hired hands in Washington and insist they do what is right by our veterans. You are also encouraged to listen to Michael Cohen at WILS. You can listen in from anywhere in the world. Just go to their website 1320wils.com and click on the listen now button.

053 VVN – Paul E. Travis’ Agent Orange Horror Story

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Agent Orange Herbicide storage lot on Johnston Island 1972 – 77

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Strap yourself in for this episode. Paul E. Travis a retired USAF Master Sergeant is going to tell his story about his encounter with the terrible legacy from the Vietnam War known as Agent Orange. Although he never set foot on the land of Vietnam he is suffering terribly from its effects. As the Vietnam was winding down the decision was made to remove all the stocks of Agent Orange from the country. It was decided to store 25,000 fifty five gallon drums of the Monsanto supplied herbicide to Johnston Island, a small spit of land in the Pacific Ocean about 750 miles southwest of Hawaii.

Paul had the misfortune of being assigned to the airbase on the island and while there became infected with the lethal dioxins found in Agent Orange. Ever since he has had to not only battle his health challenges but he has had to fight the VA just as hard to secure assistance for his service related illnesses.

He story is compelling and illustrates why we should all hang our heads in shame because of the poor treatment these brave Americans have received for health problems they contracted while serving their country.

Every concerned citizen should immediately contact their congressional representatives and demand they take action and pass an Agent Orange Equity Bill.

 

052 VVN – Michael Glenn – Smyrna, GA Vietnam Vet Monument

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Vietnam veterans and friends of Michael Glenn gathered Friday on the side of Smyrna City Hall to see a memorial bench placed there in honor of Glenn, who died Feb. 11, 1970. Pictured are veterans, from left, Paul Watkins of Hamburg, New York; Bob Suttle of Youngstown, Ohio; Ben Boisseau of Petersburg, Va.; Wade Lnenicka, Ward 6 councilman for the city of Smyrna; and Tammi Saddler Jones, assistant city administrator for the city of Smyrna, who coordinated the design and placement of the bench.
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One thing the Vietnam War did was to establish strong bonds between the soldiers who served together there. In this episode we will take a look at an article in the Marietta Daily Journal by Sarah Westwood titled “Set in stone: ‘Power’ and ‘passion’ of friendship still strong for Vietnam Veterans.” The subject of the article is the monument being dedicated to Michael Glenn, a Smyrna native who was killed in Vietnam. The strong bonds forged over 40 years ago in that war are still strong and that was demonstrated when soldiers from his unit came from all over the country to attend the dedication of a monument in remembrance of their fallen comrade Michael Glenn.