New Zealand was a brave partner in the fight to stem the tide of communism sweeping across Southeast Asia in the last century. In this episode we take a look at New Zealand’s road to Vietnam and the extent of that country’s involvement in the sticky situation that confronted all participants in South Vietnam.
New 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
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.
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.
In this episode the plight of Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans is described in a press release issued by John Rossie, Chairman of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association. Rossie tells how the VA is like Nero who played his fiddle while Rome burned. Vietnam Veterans are dying of Agent Orange related diseases while the VA stalls. This message will shock you as it tells about the callous government response to the brave veterans who fought for their country.
The City of Bryan, Texas is helping a group fund a Vietnam Veteran Memorial dedicated to the citizens of the Brazos Valley who died in the Vietnam War. This story comes from the Eagle.com and it was written by Andrea Salazar. John Hince, a spokesman for the project, stated its purpose is to honor those how died in the conflict and who are from the area. You are encouraged to help the local chapter of The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 937 reach its goal of raising the $80,000 needed to complete the project. You can visit their website at: vva937.org or call them at 979-778-1835 for more information.
Robert Buchan was a brave Scotsman who died in The Vietnam War while fighting with the Australian Military Forces. This episode features an article in the Daily Mail by Damian Gayle. In it Mr. Gayle tells about a new memorial to be established in Washington, D.C. adjacent to the Vietnam Memorial Wall where the contribution made by Australia to the Vietnam war will be honored. The names of the Australians who died in that war are to be displayed on the new memorial known as The Wall of Faces. But there is a problem in getting Buchan’s name added because the Office of Australian War Graves cannot locate any of Buchan’s surviving relatives to approve the addition.
His family was last known to be living in the Perth area of Scotland. It is requested that anyone who has information about the family contact Damian Gayle at: email@example.com
There are some striking similarities between the Vietnam Conflict and the situation in Iraq. Nicholas Ulferts is a student at The Illinois State University who writes a column for the Vidette, a school publication. It is interesting to get a youthful perspective of the questions our country faces today with the Iraq challenges. He points out how the country was wrestling with the same sort of questions over forty years ago with the Vietnam situation. My conclusion from Nick’s piece is that me must carefully consider the past as we move forward in the future.
Vietnam Vet Edward Ryberg is not happy with the Bowe Bergdahl situation. He expressed his views in the Patriot Ledger of Quincy, MA and they were very clear in describing this prisoner swap that was orchestrated by President Obama with absolutely no consultation with Congress. His opinions were so compelling I decided they should be featured in this podcast episode. This incident combined with many others such as the IRS thing, you can keep your own doctor, fast and furious gun running, foreign policy red lines turning yellow and others make you wonder about the current leadership of this country. Please go to church and pray for this country.
In this episode we will be looking at a story about a former Vietnam POW. He is retired Air Force Colonel Lee Ellis and the story comes from the Savannah Morning News By Corey Dickstein. Col. Ellis was at a speaking engagement in Savannah where he was addressing the Association of Consulting Foresters and he talked about his experiences in the “Hanoi Hilton” and how it galvanized his principles of leadership.