Veterans who are in need of Veterans Affairs (VA) for healthcare and due process of disability claims, it is our government's obligation to take responsibility and be sympathetic to those in need. The American people need to query their members of Congress and Senate. Why won't they help our veterans in need? We Vietnam veterans who are sick need the help of our Congress and Senate. Please do what is right.
WWII and Korean War veterans' life expectancy is longer then veterans of the Vietnam War. Why? Because of agent orange dioxin exposure. We are not dying of old age--we are dying of diseases most men would not realize until a much older age. We could realize better quality of life, and maybe longer life, if our legislators would make provision for us by simply passing House Bill HR-3612 and Senate Bill S.1629.
Is life worth so little by continued delayed action on those bills?
It is not only about the Vietnam War, the Iraq War and Afghanistan War. It is about the brave souls who died for America. Also, those who came home, and those yet to come home, some with loss of limb, diseases and post traumatic stress disorder. In some cases, facing the loss of a family, due to long-term deployments of not just one, but as many as three or more.
It is not easy to start life over again after the toil of war. Family values need to be re-strengthened. Friendships need to be renewed. Jobs need to be recovered or sought for. Health issues will crop up and will need to be addressed for possible VA assistance.
Will the VA and our government be there for them?
Veterans of today's wars need to learn from the Vietnam War era. Many of these veterans, in all likelihood, will need help from the VA. You very well may need to do battle with the VA and our legislators as we Vietnam veterans are presently doing.
Veterans are easily forgotten by our legislators, until we remind them of who we are, why we fought for America's freedom and why you may one day need help. You, someday, will likewise be asking the American people to step in and appeal to our Congress and Senate to help veterans. What legislative bills will be introduced for the Iraq and Afghanistan veterans?
John J. Bury
U.S. Navy Vietnam war veteran, retired Via email