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Many of you are familiar with th4 Blue Water Navy web site and their consistent efforts to seek compensation for Blue Water Veterans exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

Commander John Wells , who has been on Fox News many times regarding many VA issues (he is also an attorney )is making this request:

"From Military-Veterans Advocacy: HELP! We have a serious problem and need the help of all concerned veterans. Please share! WE NEED YOU TO CALL YOUR TWO SENATORS ON MONDAY TO SUPPORT NAVY VETERANS DYING OF AGENT ORANGE RELATED DISEASES. Here is the story. Section 1062 of Senate Bill 2410, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015 contains a requirement that the Navy pinpoint the closest approach to land for all ships deployed to Vietnam. This will allow the crew of any ship that entered the rivers or tied up to a pier to receive the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange and increase the chances of these who entered bays such as Da Nang Harbor to receive that presumption. This measure has passed the House of Representatives twice in two different bills. The Navy is fighting back saying that they do not want to do the study because it would cost $5 million. Our experts disagree and notes that the Navy has inflated the number of log pages that would have to be reviewed. In fact, 305 of the 713 ships that deployed have already been confirmed to have entered rivers or tied up to a pier. So almost half of the job has already been done for them. In addition to getting benefits to thousands of folks who are sick with Agent Orange related diseases, this study will allow the Congressional Budget Office to determine the cost of another bill, which will formally extend the presumption of exposure to the territorial seas. That bill has been held up for four years in Committee, because we cannot determine the actual cost. So please call both of your Senators. You can google their names to get their phone numbers or google "U. S. Senate delegation" and the name of your State. They do listen to these messages and it will help. Dont worry about your Member of Congress, the bill has passed the House. Please call your Senators. Then if you have time, call the offices of the Senators on the Senate Armed Services Committee. Their names are attached. Make sure you say this is Section 1062 of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act Senate Bill 2410. Thank you so much and God bless.http://www.armed-services.senate.gov/

Commander J. B. Wells U. S. Navy (Retired)

Attorney at Law

Executive Director

Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

PO Box 5235

Slidell, LA 70469-5235

985-641-1855"

(we have had Danang Harbor vets here as well as other Navy veterans who would be affected by this bill.

I dont have the attachment list but will get that from John or BWN)

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As a Blue and Brown Water Navy veteran, I can say that an individual can request copies of the deck logs for specific days.

The crew of one of the ships I was on became rather incised when the VA used an incorrect Jane's ships history to deny

a claim for a crewman that was quite ill and had financial difficulties as a result. Collectively,, we obtained copies proving

days/dates when the ship was not only "brown water" but was tied to a pier in Vietnam. Until this, the VA was ignoring sworn statements

from the ship's captain. (Retired and made the statements as an admiral!)

More recently, the VA has added quite a few ships to the presumptive list, including the entire class of ship that I previously mentioned.

The Blue Water VA problem is interesting. At one point in the debacle, A helicopter pilot that flew recovery missions was considered

to have met the presumptive requirements - - but, the enlisted man that was on the helicopter crew and went down in a sling to assist

an injured airman before hoisting him into the helicopter was not! ????

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UPDATE from, Blue Water Navy VVA:

http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c113:H.R.543.IH:

In Part:

:To amend title 38, United States Code, to clarify presumptions relating to the exposure of certain veterans who served in the vicinity of the Republic of Vietnam, and for other purposes."

The bill has 256 co sponsors so far... that is fabulous.

Also a Thank you from Blue Water Navy VVA for those who responded to the BWN SOS re:.

Section 1062 of the 2015 National Defense Authorization Act Senate Bill 2410.

Grapevine said that they (our Senators) were overwhelmed with emails and phone calls.

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