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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Letter to the editor: Americans must use their voices on behalf of veterans

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  • To the editor:
    Congress is on recess as of Aug. 4, returning to their seats in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 8. While on recess, they are campaigning for the November election.
    In their campaign speeches, they make promises they probably cannot keep. They visit Veterans Affairs medical centers, nursing homes for the aged, union halls, host roundtable sessions, and meet with constituents.
    In my opinion, items of this nature should always be on their agenda, not just three months before elections while looking for votes.
    Now that the VA has a new administrator, the problems are not yet solved.
    Hopefully the new administrator will make needed improvements as the
    investigation continues to turn up inappropriate discrepancies.
    The main item that needs to be addressed by Congress when back in session is House Resolution 543, The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Agent Orange Act.
    We vets need help from the American people to call their members of Congress and urge them to support this House bill. Navy Vietnam veterans are the most denied, which makes no sense for VA benefits because they
    served at sea, not on land, yet are still infected and sick with Agent
    Orange.
    The deadly herbicide was in the air and in our drinking water at sea, a proven fact by the Institute of Medicine, which the VA ignores.
    With Congress on recess in their home states campaigning, let them know
    that American people do have a voice.
    John J. Bury
    Media, Pa.

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