Forward Observer: Blue Water Navy Bill Is About Sunk for This Year

December 14, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005To add to the sorry saga of inaction by our senators, here is the latest as reported in the Stars and Stripes:

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As of 14 December 2018

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Forward Observer: Having the Courage to Do the “Write” Thing for the Blue Water Navy Act

December 1, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005As has been reported, the Blue Water Navy’s Agent Orange bill continues to be stalled in the Senate despite years of effort to correct a poor decision made by the the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 2002 (a reversal of policy) and its obfuscating subsequently.  This year, the House finally got the the gumption to act and unanimously passed H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018, in July to end the injustice of denying Vietnam, Korean DMZ, and Thailand veterans who suffer from life-threatening health conditions related to exposure to Agent Orange the care and benefits they deserve.

Our senators have yet to prove themselves equally concerned and courageous. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: Senate Continues to Stall on Blue Water Navy Act Passage

October 9, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005As an update, the Senate continues to stall since we have last written on the bill.  From the VFW, which emphasizes the importance of acting now in whatever way you can:

“During the Vietnam War, veterans who served in the offshore waters of Vietnam drank, bathed in, and cooked with water contaminated by Agent Orange. They are now arbitrarily and unjustly denied benefits for illnesses associated Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer:  Blue Water Navy Bill (HR 299) About to Sink?

September 22, 2018

Photo, Army Times, 1969


LVMAC Poster Art 2005As part of the continuing saga, we update you once again …

Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) met last Tuesday (18 September) with the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Robert Wilkie, to persuade him to cease his and his department’s re-doubled efforts to scuttle H.R. 299, the Blue Water Navy Act, now in the Senate for consideration. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer:  Will the Senate Have the Courage to Rise Above the Intransigence of the VA on the Blue Water Navy Issue?

August 9, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005The behavior of the Senate on the issue of the Blue Water Navy’s exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam Conflict has been less than noble — nor has it done its job.  Over the decades, it has conveniently allowed the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to lead it by the nose and to provide an excuse for inaction. Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: Blue Water Navy Act Edges One Step Closer

June 29, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005H.R. 299, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 [2018], introduced by Rep. David Valadao (R-CA) edged one step closer to passage on 25 June with a 382-0 House vote.  If enacted, the Act would restore eligibility for VA healthcare and disability compensation for Read the rest of this entry »


Forward Observer: Hope Resurfaces for the Blue Water Navy Bill

May 10, 2018

LVMAC Poster Art 2005Is there some good news on the horizon now that our legislators have found a way to pay for it? We are talking about H.R. 299 (Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017), which passed out of House Veterans Affairs Committee on 8 May. There is a long way to go, but in the past this bill has been killed in this committee. Read the rest of this entry »


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