110 VVN – South Mississippi Tea Party Views

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Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Mack Payne spoke at a meeting of The South Mississippi Tea Party in D’Iberville, Mississippi where he urged the audience to continue the fight to keep America great.

Recently I spoke to the South Mississippi Tea Party in D’Iberville, Mississippi about keeping America great. In this episode I recount a few of my comments and why I feel so strongly about them. I also tell about meeting a Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran who was suffering from an Agent Orange related disease and could not get medical treatment from the VA.

At the end of the talk I encouraged all in attendance to make sure they all voted and then a lady with a heavy German accent stood of and said the reason Hitler was able to take control of Germany was because too many Christians did not vote. He statement was very compelling.

If you need a patriot speaker for your event visit my website: http://patriotspeaker.com.

109 VVN – Mack Payne Speaking About Vietnam

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Mack Payne speaking at a meeting of The Villages Tea Party in Florida urging the audience to continue the fight to keep America great.

Recently I spoke to the Villages Tea Party in Florida about keeping America great. The message was so compelling I decided to replay the audio portion in this Episode. My main speaking topics revolve around keeping America Great. I hope you enjoy the message and if you need a speaker for an event see my website for more information. http://patriotspeaker.com.

108 VVN – The Real Reason Why We Fought And Died In Vietnam

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The Chung Family, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

After leaving Vietnam, the author (in blue shorts) and his family spent 100 days at a camp in Singapore.(Courtesy of Chung Family)

This episode will reveal the real reason we fought in Vietnam.

That’s right you are finally going to discover the real reason we went to Vietnam and gave up so much in life, limb and national treasure.

Now I’m sure you have probably heard all the time worn arguments about why we went to Vietnam and stayed so long in what some misguided souls call an unwinnable war.

There was a story in the Parade magazine recently that made it absolutely clear why we were there in Vietnam and its justification.

The proof was contributed be Vinh Chung, who told his story of how his family escaped from the tyranny in South Vietnam after the Communist North took over.

It was a harrowing story with a happy ending but it made absolutely clear what we were fighting for in that distant land.

I asked my good buddy Mitchell Dye of Melbourne to narrate it for your edification.

This story illustrates the strong desire that all people have to be free and to be allowed to pursue their own happiness.

Vinh Chung’s story will grab your heart.

107 VVN – Fighting For Agent Orange Equity

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Rep Chris Gibson, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Congressman Christopher Gibson (R-NY)

Paul Kirby, writer for the Daily Freeman in Kingston, New York recently submitted an article about the work an Ellenville woman, Carol Olszanecki. She is very active in helping promote HR-543 which is intended to provide equity in VA medical services for Agent Orange illnesses suffered by Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and others who have been dropped from VA medical benefits because of a legal ruling brought by the VA to save money.

Olszanecki helped establish The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association after her husband, John, died in 2002 at age 57 due to exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Blue Water Navy and the father of two children, Chris and Michele.

She is working closely with Representative Chris Gibson of New York, the original sponsor of the Bill and is hopeful it will pass the House of Representatives in September of 2014.

Her story to promote the Bill is presented in this episode.

106 VVN – A Donut Dolly’s Story

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Red Cross Girls on their way to Vietnam.

The Red Cross played a vital role in the Vietnam War. One of the most visible Red Cross functions were the Red Cross Girls known as Donut Dollies. They did their best to improve the troop morale in Vietnam. In this episode a story by Steve Frederick for the Star-Herald in Scottsbluff, Nebraska tells what Mary Peshek Nance thought of her thirteen months in Vietnam serving as a Red Cross Girl – Donut Dolly.

105 VVN – Part II – Vietnam War Deceptions

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Carl Von Clauswitz, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

Carl Von Clausewitz, political and military theorist.

This episode is the second of a two part look at an article by retired JAG Major Todd E. Pierce titled: The Long Reach of Vietnam War Deceptions. Pierce leans heavily on the ideas of Carl Von Clausewitz as he makes the case here that the mistakes of judgment by political and military leaders of the Vietnam Era are still being committed by our national leaders today even to a higher degree than their amateur predecessors. Pierce concludes the people of America are being short changed on their constitutional guarantee of “the right to know” by leaders who are obsessed with the need for secrecy and the desire to use the media to promote policy rather than inform. This is robbing the citizens of their ability and awareness to have their say so when it comes to national policy decisions that could cause the citizens loss of life, limb and liberty.

104 VVN – Vietnam War Deceptions

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General William C. Westmoreland, Mack Payne, Vietnam Veteran News

General William C. Westmoreland, Commander of US Forces in Vietnam.

This episode is the first of a two part look at an article by retired JAG Major Todd E. Pierce titled: The Long Reach of Vietnam War Deceptions. It deals with the fine line that must be walked by the nation in allowing the news media to perform its constitutional duty of “watch dogging” our national political and military leaders. The writer describes how this concept got all balled up in the Vietnam War with special attention to General William C. Westmoreland’s role in the conflict. You will have to decide what you think of this issue. As for me, I believe both sides of the argument have valid points to consider.

103 VVA – John Bury on WOCA About Agent Orange

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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

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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

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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.