103 VVA – John Bury on WOCA About Agent Orange

Play

WOCA, Larry Whitler, Mack Payne, vietnam veteran news

John Bury went on the radio for an interview about the work he is doing for Agent Orange. He was on the AM Show with Larry Whitler and Robin McBlane of WOCA Radio in Ocala. His interview will be replayed in this episode so all can hear John’s important message.

You are encouraged to listen to Larry’s show because he is a strong supporter of all veterans and many times he will feature programs of interest to veterans on his show. His show can be accessed from anywhere in the world on the internet. just go to: http://thesource1370.com and start listening and by the way you can also watch his show because he streams the audio portion.

102 – America’s Shameful Legacy – Agent Orange

Play
Agent Agent Orange Shameful Legacy, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

Soldiers detect defoliant Agent Orange during the launch of the “environmental remediation of dioxin contamination” project, in Vietnam’s central Da Nang City in 2011.

In recent episodes I have interviewed several Agent Orange activists like John Bury, Paul E. Travis, John Wells and John Rossie who have opened my eyes to what is going on with the AO hangover. Many thousands of Vietnam Veterans have been stricken with AO related illnesses. Many have died from those illnesses and many others are having to fight for medical treatment from the VA. It is a terrible thing that they had to contract these diseases but what is even worse is that it could have been easily prevented had not our government flat out lied about the dangers associated with AO.

Our veterans are innocent victims of a lying government but at least their plight is being considered for assistance.

On top of the terrible Agent Orange legacy our veterans are having to deal with is something we never hear about in this country and that is the effects of AO on the poor country of Vietnam.

When we departed Vietnam we left behind a hideous stepchild on their doorstep.

We applied 20.000,000 gallons of Agent Orange type herbicides on that country and to this day they are still suffering the effects with horribly deformed children, hundreds of thousands of deaths and millions of acres of contaminated land that can never be detoxified.

The same way we turned our back on Ho Chi Minh, our ally against the Japanese in World War II, we again are turning our back on the Vietnamese people. This time it is because of an environmental catastrophe caused by our own lying government.

Harrison Jacobs wrote an article about the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam and its people for the Business Insider India.

A link to the article which include some gruesome images in on the podcast website vietnamveterannews.com. I warn you to these images are very upsetting so make sure you steel yourself before you look at them.

http://www.businessinsider.in/defense/These-11-Gut-Wrenching-Photos-Show-Americas-Devastating-Legacy-In-Vietnam/articleshow/39695367.cms

 

101 – New VA Health Care Law

Play
Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte , Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Senators Jeanne Shaheen and Kelly Ayotte

The Veterans Access, Choice, and Accountability Act has been passed by the Congress. It is designed to remedy some of the egregious practices some VA Medical facilities were using to the detriment of many veterans. In this episode a story is shared about the two senators from New Hampshire who shepherded the bill through the Senate and were instrumental in getting it passed. Senators Shaheen and Ayotte talk about the benefits to primarily New Hampshire veterans but the improvements will help all veterans get better access to health care.

 

100 – Tonkin Gulf Incident Post Mortem

Play
President Lyndon B. Johnson, Mack Payne, vietnam veteran news

President Lyndon Johnson announces that the U.S. will retaliate against North Vietnam for Gulf of Tonkin Attacks, August 4. 1964

This episode closes out my look at the article by John Prados titled Gulf of Tonkin Ambiguous Push to War. This episode is titled the Post Mortem and its conclusion is that the National Leadership at the time was a little loose with the facts surrounding the Tonkin Gulf incident involving the USS Maddox. If makes you wonder if the government always lies to the American people. It looks like it is still going on today when you look at current events like Ben Ghazi, the IRS Scandal and the most bald faced of all – “you can keep your doctor.”

Lying government officials must be stopped or else we may end up rolling down hill like a snowball headed for hell.

099 – USS Maddox – Tonkin Gulf Incident

Play
USS Maddox in Gulf of Tonkin, Mack Payne, vietnam veteran news

USS Maddox in Gulf of Tonkin

This episode is the third edition of the article by John Prados titled Gulf of Tonkin Ambiguous Push to War. It seems there was a little confusion in the messages from the NSA and other sources that were getting to the decision makers in Washington. It makes one wonder what exactly was going on and why. Was it simple human error or some other nefariously evil intention on some one’s part. You decide.

098 – John Wells Conversation About Agent Orange

Play
John Wells, Veterans Advocate, vietnam veteran news, Mack Payne

John Wells, Veterans Advocate

In the previous episode John Wells, the executive director of Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc. talked about what he was doing in Washington to promote HR-543, the bill designed to help Vietnam Era Veterans suffering from Agent Orange.

It gets even better in this episode. After the formal interview we continued to chat about related issues and John brought up some very interesting observations he has gained over the years in his work of securing veterans rights.

So, sit back and listen and I think you will be enlightened by John’s comments.

Also John provided this website where anyone can track any bill before Congress. Go to https://beta.congress.gov and insert the bill number – in this case HR 543.

John Would also appreciate any support you could provide his organization the Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc. which is a non-profit that helps many veterans.

For more about his organization or to make a donation please go to www.militaryveteransadvocacy.org

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.
PO Box 5235
Slidell, LA 70469-5235
985-641-1855
985-649-1536 (fax)

097 – John Wells Report From DC

Play
John Wells, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran news

John Wells in Washington

In this episode John Wells gives us a current report on the status of HR-543, the bill that is intended to provide assistance to victims of Agent Orange and their families. John retired as a commander from the US Navy and he went on to become an attorney and today is the Executive Director of the Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc. He resides in Slidell, LA but he spends a lot of time in Washington, DC advocating for veterans issues.

John says the best thing supporters of veterans and HR-543 can do now is contact their congressperson and ask them to support the bill. He states that phone calls are good but a written letter in support of the bill carries more weight with the law maker.

He also provided this website where anyone can track any bill before Congress. Go to https://beta.congress.gov and insert the bill number – in this case HR 543.

John Would also appreciate any support you could provide his organization the Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc. which is a non-profit that helps many veterans.

For more about his organization or to make a donation please go to www.militaryveteransadvocacy.org

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.
PO Box 5235
Slidell, LA 70469-5235
985-641-1855
985-649-1536 (fax)

096 – The Gulf of Tonkin Story – Part 2

Play
John Prados, Mack Payne, vietnam veteran news

John Prados of the author of five books on Vietnam. He is a contributing writer to the VVA Veteran.

In this episode we will continue looking at John Prados’ article “Gulf of Tonkin – Ambiguous Push To War” that was in the VVA Veteran Magazine. John Prados is an analyst of national security based in Washington, DC. He holds a Ph.D. from Columbia University in Political Science (International Relations) and focuses on presidential power, international relations, intelligence and military affairs. He is a senior fellow and project director with the National Security Archive at George Washington University. Prados heads the Archive’s documentation projects for Vietnam and for the CIA, is co-director of the Iraq project, and assists with the Archive’s Afghanistan project.

He has written many books including Vietnam: The History of an Unwinnable War, 1945-1975. That may shed a little light on the tone of this article I am featuring in several episodes. His article gives a fascinating look at the “back office” events that led up to President Johnson making the decision to greatly increase America’s commitment to the Vietnam situation.

095 – The Gulf of Tonkin Story

Play
US Leaders, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

House Speaker John McCormack, Defense Secretary Robert McNamara, Gen Earl Wheeler, and Secretary of State Dean Rusk study a top secret map of the Gulf of Tonkin, August 3, 1964.

Hundreds of thousands of American’s lives were affected by the decisions made after the Gulf of Tonkin incident. Over 50,000 made the ultimate sacrifice in the war that followed. This episode will begin a series of episodes where an article by John Prados in the VVA Veteran Magazine will be serialized.
The article tells the back office story of how the decisions were made to get the US and its allies into a war in Vietnam that would change the lives of millions.

094 – How The AC-130 Destroyed At Least 20 Vehicles Per Night During Vietnam War

Play
AC-130 Spectre Gunship, Vietnam Veteran News, Mack Payne

AC-130 Spectre Gunship firing on the enemy.

As it is in any war the participates are always on the lookout for a new weapon that will help them defeat the enemy. The Vietnam War was no different as both sides were constantly trying new things that would give them the edge over the adversary. The North Vietnamese and their Viet Cong clients resorted to more primitive measures to fill in the gaps not covered with the modern weapons provided by their primary weapons donor – Communist China and the USSR. The US and its allies did the same with many new weapons of war.

One of the more interesting was the US Air Force’s gunships. They were cargo aircraft such as the C-47, C-119 and C-130 that were converted to gunships. These aircraft had lethal weapons like mini-guns, chain-guns, 20mm guns, Bofors and even 105mm cannons mounted so as to fire out of the side of the aircraft as it slowly circled the target. They were very impressive firing platforms with the AC-130 Spectre being the most fearsome. They were highly effective in disrupting the flow of supplies down the Ho Chi Minh Trail.

This episode tells the gunship story.