Doing the job of our legislators?

John Bury
Media, Pa.

Published: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 3:26 p.m.

Last Modified: Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 3:26 p.m.

When it involves Vietnam veterans, some (not all) of our legislators turn a deaf ear. Those who do understand our health problems try to help.

They are the minority. I speak for Navy sailors as well as some Air Force and fleet Marines. These veterans of the forsaken Vietnam War did not have boots on the ground. For the most part, these veterans are not eligible for Veterans Affairs healthcare or compensation for Agent Orange presumptive exposure.

Who is doing the job of some legislators? John Bury, U.S. Navy retired, John Rossie, U.S. Navy veteran, Susie Belanger, wife of a U.S. Navy veteran, Heather Bowser, daughter of a U.S. Army veteran, and Kelly Derricks, daughter of a U.S. Air Force veteran. We are advocates for the passage of the Agent Orange bills. We are just a few of many who are involved, yet we advocates take on the job that some legislators fail to do. Is it fair for us to seek meetings with members of Congress and plead the needs for Vietnam veterans? Is it fair to continue to ask the American people to write to their legislators to do their jobs and pass House Bill 3612 and Senate Bill1629? We ask for these bills to restore VA health care and disability.

We Vietnam veterans who are sick with diseases caused by Agent Orange poisoning are doomed unless those bills are passed. Is this our death sentence for serving our country? Is this the legacy we are to leave our children and grandchildren?

We advocates understand veterans issues are not the only items our legislators must deal with. Is it fair to say, we who served deserve to receive fair and equitable priority? I ask the American people once again to support us. Write Congress. Urge them to pass the bills.