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May-09-2012 13:09printcomments

A Veteran's Address to the Congress and Senate

“I ask you to pass legislation to help those who are sick and may become sick, due to horror of war.”

Agent Orange in Vietnam
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(MEDIA, PA) - If I were somehow able to address our Congress and Senate in assembly, I would have a few words to say:

“One of your jobs is to support the men and women who serve and those who have served.” “If not for our Armed Forces, would America be a free sovereign Nation today?” “If you honorable members of the Congress and Senate want to help those who served America at the risk of life and hardship, will you support and care for those who survived?” “Those who now need help who are sick and those who will need future help and care who may become sick?” “Is America obligated or is she not obligated to her fighting men and women?” “I ask, who is accountable?”

“I ask you to pass legislation to help those who are sick and may become sick, due to horror of war.” “I ask you to stand up if you believe America is obligated to care for its own in the service of their Country.” “Those of you who feel there is little to no obligation, then remain seated.”

“I, along with millions of Vietnam veterans were willing to give their life for their Country in time of war. “I, and all those others who served with Honor and dignity were not willing to give their life to a government who knowingly poisoned us”.

My advocacy and mission is to help Vietnam veterans who are sick due to agent orange exposure. Veterans who did not have boots-on-ground, in most cases, can not qualify for VA disability. I write, why we need House Bill HR-3612 and Senate Bill S.1629 passed. These Bills will restore VA benefits for Vietnam veterans who need help. I ask the American people to write to Congress and Senate to support these Bills.

In the words of our Forefathers: We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty, to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.

Hence, upon these words as stated, as written, our Nation was formed.

By: John J. Bury, US Navy/retired/Vietnam war veteran

This information is published as an immediate press release and it can be republished.

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John Bury represents both his interests and those of military veterans, with an emphasis on the U.S. Navy, and specific interest in health-related issues stemming from Agent Orange contamination; a rampant problem affecting so many who didn't necessarily have the deadly chemical dropped on their heads while fighting in Vietnam's jungles. John was onboard the USS Sacramento (AOE-1) a fast combat support ship from Oct. 1967 to Feb. 1972, making four deployments to Vietnam waters.

Now an activist and writer, John lives in the aptly named Pennsylvania city, Media, where he continues to seek justice while becoming a larger and larger voice of the movement. John has a college degree (AS) Management from Delaware County Community College, and he taught disciplines of engineering at Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades. When he isn't writing articles, performing research or rallying support for his fellow military veterans, John enjoys fishing; he is an amateur artist, and also spends time gardening and traveling. You can write to John Bury at Email: johnb1936@verizon.net




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Richard L. Matteoli May 9, 2012 7:31 pm (Pacific time)

Would like a follow-up article explaining these two bills before Congress. Also, the Veterans Administration is in the business of denying claims. Very subtle misdirection written in the Clinic Notes taken during the appointment as well as post appointment write-ups. Certain times a veteran will have to ask for a write-up of the appointment and the doc has to go write one and give the patient. Veterans have to ask for EACH of these when they question what is happening with their treatment. Then go home, study, research on the Internet. I personally have been to civilian specialists and ask for a second opinion letting them know what the VA says and be prepared before that civilian appointment. Once I had to go back and have the specialist 'clarify.' his original letter diagnosis back to me. These people cover each other's asses when they write the post reports. I can see Salem-News just may become a veterans Advocacy-Activist-Forum paper.

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