Thursday, January 19, 2017


January 7, 2017
(Postponed due to weather-will reschedule)
Lebanon, Oregon
Contact: Tom Owen 541-619-8140

January 21, 2017
Hollister, North Carolina
contact: Chief W.R. Richardson (252) 382- 9743

February 18, 2017
Balboa Park, California
Contact: Sunny Richard  Farrand 

March 9, 2017
Newport, Oregon
Contact: Tony Molina 270-270-0569
Tom Owen  541-619-8187

March 10, 2017
Lebanon, Oregon
Contact: Tom Owen 541-619-8187

March 11, 2017
Portland, Oregon
Contact: Gary McAdams 503-577-6639
Tom Owen 541-619-8187

March 11, 2017
Sedro Woolley, Washington
Contact: Chapter President Bob Garrison (360) 770-0545
Pete Sill (360) 420-3891

April 22, 2017
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Contact: MA State Council
Gumersindo Gomez

April 22, 2017
Faribault, Minnesota
Contact: Maynard Kaderlik 507-581-6402
James Mayr 608-556-0617

April 29, 2017
Arvada, Colorado
Contact: Lee White                 

1 comment:

    My name is Mike Yates and I am a Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veteran who has both Prostate and Thyroid Cancer. You may know that Prostate Cancer is related to Agent Orange Exposure and there is now evidence that Thyroid Cancer may be related.
    There are two Bills in Congress, HR299 and S422 both referred to as the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act that will provide benefits to those Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans are suffering from diseases that are related to being exposed to Agent Orange Exposure. These same Veterans where cover from 1991 when the Agent Orange Act of 1991(Public Law No: 102-4) were granted benefits but in 2002 the General Consul of the Veterans Administration decided to remove these Veterans from being cover despite the sprit of the Public Law No: 102-4.
    I know the leaders in both House of CONGRESS do support SOME Veterans bills BUT when it comes to Bills related to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans they stay away from them. You can see this in the past two Session of Congress. We have had HR543 in the 113th Session and HR969 in the 114th Session of Congress. In both you had a large number of Co-Sponsors but the Leadership would not bring the Bills to the Floor for a vote.There were always a number of reason why they wouldn’t bring it to the floor but mostly it was due to the cost. As Cmdr John Wells said during the Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Hearing on April 4, 2017:. "Frankly, We don't care how you pay for it!"- John Wells
    It is now time for this to happen. We understand that Congress has to have a way to pay for the Bill, They don’t seem to have a problem finding ways to pay for Bills related helping other countries(including Vietnam for the cleanup of Agent Orange (Public Law No: 114-113). so they shouldn’t have a problem finding a way to pay for a Bill that is going to help our Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans, Vietnam was a Country we were at war with and we can find the money to clean up up the Toxins in Vietnam but not the funds to help the Veterans that served off the coast of that Country, this is very sad. (
    It surprises me that people actually believe that the US Navy Ships that served off the Coast of Vietnam could not of been affected by Agent Orange. Agent Orange did not stop at the water's edge. By ways of the Rivers and Streams Agent Orange flowed into the Gulf of Tonkin where the ships were providing support to the ground troops. The US Navy ships would bring on water from the Sea that was then distilled and filter so that the sailors could have water to drink, cook, bathe, and all the other normal things that water is used for. During this process distillation of the water the dioxins in the water was actually enhance by a factor up to ten times the amount instead of being removed. So actually the Sailors off the coast of Vietnam received a larger dose of Dioxins than their brothers who serve “Boots on the Ground” in Vietnam.
    So please support help us get the word out about HR299 & S422 The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act and let the Veterans Administration know that the Congress supports Veterans and they would like to fix the error that a General Consul of the VA started in 2002 when they charged the rules and no longer allowed Blue Water Navy Veterans file for Agent Orange claims.

    Thank you for your time.

    Mike Yates
    Blue Water Navy Awareness on Facebook
    WE WERE THERE TOO on Facebook