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.
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.