057 VVN – John Bury Press Release about the VA Scandal

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John Bury, Veterans Activist of Media, Pennsylvania

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.

http://beta.congress.gov/bill/113th-congress/house-bill/543

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056 VVN – Part II of John Rossie Interview about HR-543 and Agent Orange

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Blue Water Navy, vietnam veteran news, mack payne, john rossieThis 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

055 VVN – Interview with John Rossie – Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association

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Blue Water Navy, vietnam veteran news, mack payne, john rossieThis episode will feature part 1 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 his experiences in Vietnam where he served on a destroyer that provided close in fire support for ground forces.

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

054 VVN – Michael Cohen of WILS Interviews Vietnam Vet Mack Payne

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Michael Cohen, WILS Radio, mack payne, vietnam veteran newsRecently yours truly was interviewed by Michael Cohen of WILS Radio in Lansing, Michigan. We talked primarily about the way veterans are being treated by the VA. It is a sad state of affairs when our government reneges on it sacred responsibility of caring for the brave Americans who answered the call to fight for our country. It is understood by all that the government must take care of those how are injured while fighting for the country. It appears all understands this solemn responsibility except for the pencil pushers at the VA.

You are encouraged to contact your hired hands in Washington and insist they do what is right by our veterans. You are also encouraged to listen to Michael Cohen at WILS. You can listen in from anywhere in the world. Just go to their website 1320wils.com and click on the listen now button.

053 VVN – Paul E. Travis’ Agent Orange Horror Story

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Agent Orange Herbicide storage lot on Johnston Island 1972 – 77

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One of Paul E. Travis’ Tumors

Strap yourself in for this episode. Paul E. Travis a retired USAF Master Sergeant is going to tell his story about his encounter with the terrible legacy from the Vietnam War known as Agent Orange. Although he never set foot on the land of Vietnam he is suffering terribly from its effects. As the Vietnam was winding down the decision was made to remove all the stocks of Agent Orange from the country. It was decided to store 25,000 fifty five gallon drums of the Monsanto supplied herbicide to Johnston Island, a small spit of land in the Pacific Ocean about 750 miles southwest of Hawaii.

Paul had the misfortune of being assigned to the airbase on the island and while there became infected with the lethal dioxins found in Agent Orange. Ever since he has had to not only battle his health challenges but he has had to fight the VA just as hard to secure assistance for his service related illnesses.

He story is compelling and illustrates why we should all hang our heads in shame because of the poor treatment these brave Americans have received for health problems they contracted while serving their country.

Every concerned citizen should immediately contact their congressional representatives and demand they take action and pass an Agent Orange Equity Bill.

 

052 VVN – Michael Glenn – Smyrna, GA Vietnam Vet Monument

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Vietnam veterans and friends of Michael Glenn gathered Friday on the side of Smyrna City Hall to see a memorial bench placed there in honor of Glenn, who died Feb. 11, 1970. Pictured are veterans, from left, Paul Watkins of Hamburg, New York; Bob Suttle of Youngstown, Ohio; Ben Boisseau of Petersburg, Va.; Wade Lnenicka, Ward 6 councilman for the city of Smyrna; and Tammi Saddler Jones, assistant city administrator for the city of Smyrna, who coordinated the design and placement of the bench.
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One thing the Vietnam War did was to establish strong bonds between the soldiers who served together there. In this episode we will take a look at an article in the Marietta Daily Journal by Sarah Westwood titled “Set in stone: ‘Power’ and ‘passion’ of friendship still strong for Vietnam Veterans.” The subject of the article is the monument being dedicated to Michael Glenn, a Smyrna native who was killed in Vietnam. The strong bonds forged over 40 years ago in that war are still strong and that was demonstrated when soldiers from his unit came from all over the country to attend the dedication of a monument in remembrance of their fallen comrade Michael Glenn.

051 VVN – Jane Bilello on Common Core

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Jane Bilello

This episode features the second part of the interview I did with Jane Bilello, Chairperson of the Asheville Tea Party. She will recount what her group is doing in the Common Core arena. If you are not fully aware of all the features of this government program being pushed on the states you will be amazed at what Jane will tell about exactly what the program aims to do and its dangerous aspects. She lays out a plan of action anyone can follow to stop the program in their state. More on the subject can be found on the website: ashevilleteaparty.org.

050 VVN – Ground Broken On Veterans Cemetery

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In this episode we are going to take a look at another outstanding Vietnam Veteran, John Harrigan, and the wonderful things he is doing for veterans in his area. Recently a project he has been working on for six years has come to fruition. It is a veteran’s cemetery in Northern New Jersey. He had to get the help of state legislators to approve this non-profit burial ground on 66 donated acres. In the past the nearest veteran’s cemetery was two hours away in the southern part of the state. The article by Chris Wyman was published in The Advertiser Newsof Sparta, New Jersey. We salute Vietnam Vet John Harrigan.

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Second from left, Vernon Township Vietnam War veteran John Harrigan is shown breaking ground at the new veteran’s cemetery on Route 94 in Sparta. At the far left is Vernon resident Vernoy Paolini, the President of the Northern New Jersey Veterans Memorial Cemetery (: Photo by Chris Wyman).

049 VVN – Jane Bilello of The Asheville Tea Party Battles For Honest Voting and the IRS

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Jane Bilello at the North Carolina State Capital.

Normally we only talk about Vietnam War related topics on this podcast but in this episode we will hear from someone fighting another war that is just as important to our country as the Vietnam deal in my view.

Jane Bilello, Chairperson of the Asheville Tea Party, tells an inspiring story in this episode. She describes what her group is doing to ferret out voter fraud and incompetence of election officials with the goal of insuring proper voting. The Asheville Tea Party under her leadership is proving to be the one of the most active grass-roots organizations in the country when it comes to insuring proper voting in elections at all levels.

Jane and her group is literally the point of the spear in the fight to insure proper voting which is the bulwark of our free society. The Asheville Tea Party and its efforts in the proper voting arena have been featured on CNN and NPR.

Anyone can learn more about what The Asheville Tea Party is doing and the “nuts and bolts” of insuring proper voting at the website voterintegrityproject.com

048 VVN – Larry Whitler Interview – WOCA

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Larry Whitler of WOCA Radio in Ocala, Florida was nice enough to interview me on his show. The main topic of the interview was this very podcast – Vietnam Veteran News. Larry has a regular feature on his program every Thursday when he talks about veteran issues. He was very interested in this podcast because it talks about issues of interest to Vietnam Veterans. He said he believes a podcast is an excellent way for Vietnam Veterans to keep up on relevant news.

It was a great interview but I must offer my apology for a short rough patch in the recording. Please be aware it is coming so ignore it and listen to the entire interview.

You are encouraged to listen to Larry’s program, especially on Thursdays. It is on every week day from 7 am to noon and you can easily stream it from any where in the world on their website www.woca.com.