Saturday, December 23, 2017

Bilirakis Seeks Help for ‘Blue Water’ Navy Veterans

“Blue Water Veterans” are those who served on open sea ships off the shore of Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
WASHINGTON, DC – As a follow-up to his recent request of Secretary David Shulkin to act in accordance with judicial directives and use his administrative authority to extend Agent Orange presumption to Blue Water Navy Veterans, U.S. Rep. Gus Bilirakis has reached out to Office of Management and Budget Director Mick Mulvaney.
In a letter Wednesday (Dec. 20), Bilirakis, R-Tarpon Springs, asked that Mulvaneygrant the budgetary flexibility to speed up Shulkin’s ability to extend Agent Orange presumption to those vets.
Blue Water Navy Veterans served in the hostile territorial waters of Vietnam, providing mission critical direct combat support operations. The Veterans Administration has already included presumptive status to those who served on land and waterways close to land, but it has failed to include this small group of Blue Water Navy Veterans, despite the fact that they are suffering from the same diseases as those who served closer to the origin of the toxins.
“This issue boils down to a matter of fairness and equitable treatment of those who have bravely defended our country during war time. They are suffering and deserve the care and benefits they have earned. I will not stop fighting on their behalf until this injustice is rectified,” Bilirakis said.
Bilirakis represents Florida’s 12th Congressional District, which includes all of Pasco and northern parts of Hillsborough and Pinellas counties.

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  1. I have tried for 20 yrs to show my dad did 2 tours with attack squadron 152 on uss oriskany from 1964-1965. J.J.Buterbaugh adr2 u.s.navy retired
    All the va would say is his 1 and only tour was sept 24 1971 with det charlie, saigion.
    Dad left saigion feb 11 1971 r&r to home, got mom pregnant in may 1971, went on 17 week training in g.lakes then on to sept 1971 saigion. The navy did not record tdy, when dad would go ashore to danang vietnam or other bases to work on a 1 sky raiders or other planes. Help me show dad was blue navy. Dad died aug 20 1997
    Due to colin/rectal cancer & prostate cancer
    Joetta buterbaugh
    151 webster ln
    denison tx 75020
    903 624 0806
    Joetta41@yahoo.com .

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