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.
John Rossie tells more the critical need for Congress to take action immediately to help the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans who suffer from the terrible effects of Agent Orange. Congress is like Nero fiddling around while Rome burned. Our brave veterans are dying terrible deaths every day from diseases and cancers caused by Agent Orange while Congress debates the issue. There is really no issue to debate – American veterans are dying as a result of their service to their country and we need to help them today.
You are urged to contact your Representatives and urge them to support HR-543.
Ruediger Richter has an amazing story to tell. It not only covers his time and experiences in Vietnam where gained fame from the iconic photo “The Agony of War” but a life time of adventure starting with the bombing of Berlin in World War II then on to a stint in the German Merchant Marine followed by a tour with the French Foreign Legion. All this led up to his joining the US Army and serving with the 173rd Airborne Brigade in Vietnam.
Lt William Calley fought in the Vietnam War with the Americal Division. He is singly remembered for his part in the infamous “My Lai Massacre.” He was charged with killing up to 500 unarmed civilians. The case at the time caused much deep thinking about the war and exactly what we were doing there in the first place. His defenders supported the view he was a scapegoat and others demanded he be shot.
The case got to the presidential level when then President Richard M. Nixon reduced the accused Lt. Calley’s murder charges and he was sentenced to three years house arrest at Columbus, Georgia.
The former Lt. Calley admitted to his actions publicly at a Kiwanis meeting in Columbus, Georgia.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This 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