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Blue Water Navy Lawsuit Against Shinseki


Sorry I've been remiss in keep this thread updated with what's going on as far as Blue Water Navy Sailors and Agent Orange. I'll try be more active.

Commander John Wells filed the lawsuit against Secretary Shinseki in the United States District Court For The District Of Columbia today, August 02 2013.

Press Release:


The Complaint:


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Keep us informed.


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John Rossie continually updates his site:


and Commander John Wells has testified with him and been on TV many times on this issue as you know.

The VA has done a good job,in my opinion, by updating the AO ship's list as to exposed vessels and their crews, and much of their updating has come solely due to BWN vets proving to them how close their ships were to Vietnam shores.

The original AO Equity Act is still in progress with a name change:

.Washington, Oct 28, 2013 -

“This evening, the House passed veterans legislation that included a bill written by Congressman Chris Gibson. This bill, H.R. 1494, the Blue Water Navy Ship Accountability Act, was introduced in April, and is part of the Congressman’s effort to ensure Vietnam veterans get the benefits they have earned and deserve. The Blue Water Navy Ship Accountability Act was incorporated into H.R. 2189, which passed the House 404-1 today.”

A link to the Congressman’s floor speech on the bill can be found here: http://youtu.be/qLJlmIDZQsc. The floor speech mentions constituent and advocate Carol Olszanecki from Ellenville, who lost her husband John to Agent Orange related illnesses.”


Carol is always in contact with me on the latest on this bill.She has been a relentless AO BWN advocate along with John Rossie and Commander Wells and sue Belanger in getting this bill as far as it has gotten so far.

I will post here any Ships list updates and news on HR 1494 as it develops.

I am a member of BWNVVA.

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I spoke with JR last night and there are a couple of new documents. I administer the BWN members forum and if he can't get them uploaded soone he'll send them to me and I'll post them to his site. They'll also be on my Blue Water Sailors of the Vietnam War site and forum.

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