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A veteran's plea to Congress

April 12, 2012
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Veterans who are in need of Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care 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, likewise 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, 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

and 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, US Navy/retired/Vietnam war veteran



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