Aug 7, 2017 — John Rossie, CEO of Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association, has declared a "State of Emergency" with regards to HR 299 and S 422. These bills are the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017 presently in the House and Senate. Mr. Rossie stated "Its to the point where there will no longer be Blue Water Vietnam Veterans to represent. This is the must do year. We are asking everyone we can reach to please place our poster anywhere that it is legal to do so. At work, on community billboards, at your markets, every place that people congregate." More information is available at the Blue Water Navy website, www.bluewaternavy.org. You can make as many copies as you need and the POST THEM. Posters are available at http://bluewaternavy.org/bwnposter.pdf
In 1977, the first claims of Agent Orange exposure came flooding into the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). But it took 14 years for Congress to actually listen, take action and give our Vietnam veterans the benefits they deserved.
The Agent Orange Act of 1991 was implemented to provide much-needed care to veterans who were exposed to the harmful chemical cocktail Agent Orange. Many of us thought the fight to get the medical attention we deserved was over, but that wasn’t the case. In 2002, the VA amended its initial plan and excluded thousands of “Blue Water” Navy vets -- vets who served right off the coast -- from receiving our rightful benefits. Because we hadn’t served on land, the VA tried to say we were unlikely to suffer the effects of Agent Orange poisoning.