I am asking that you contact your local members of Congress (Both Sides) and ask them support the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. A similar bill was in the House of Representatives last year and was stuck in with over 250 co-sponsors and was not brought to the floor for a house vote. This bill will soon be induced in the House and hopefully in the Senate.
This is not a Democrat or Republican issue. The bill has had bi-partisan support and will continue to enjoy this support.
Between 1991 and February 2002 Vietnam veteran who served on land, inland waterways, or off the coast of Vietnam were not required to present any sort of documentation as evidence for actually dioxin exposure. In February 2002 the Department of Veterans Affairs changed their rules set forth in 1991 so that you needed to have “Boots on the Ground” in Vietnam or any of it’s offshore islands.
In 2002 an Australian Study (EXAMINATION OF THE POTENTIAL EXPOSURE OF ROYAL AUSTRALIAN NAVY (RAN) PERSONNEL TO POLYCHLORINATED DIBENZODIOXINS AND POLYCHLORINATED DIBENZOFURANS VIA DRINKING WATER) found that the water distillation process would actually enhance the toxicity of any dioxin present in the original saltwater.
If you or someone you know was in the Navy during the Vietnam War and they suffer from Prostate Cancer, Respiratory Cancer (including Lung Cancer), Parkinson’s disease, Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 or various other disease (see list at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/conditions/) then this may help them. Please share this with your friends, neighbors and anyone else you think that it may help.
For more information you can go to Facebook and search for Military-Veterans Advocacy or Blue Water Navy Awareness. To help make it easier for people to contact their Congress Person, I have created a blog and on it I have contact lists of all the Congress people. With it you can click on their name and go to their Web Page for Congress. The blog is at bluewaternavyawarenss.blogspot.com
# Military-Veterans Advocacy