As you recall I announced that the Blue Water Navy Bill had passed the house with a 382 to ZERO vote, and I had asked you all to please keep up the calls but this time to your Senators asking they vote yes and use the same bill number!
So again this week I am reminding you to please keep up those calls every week, and to back that up visit their websites and send the same message there too. And if you would please copy the information and paste into an E-Mail and send to your entire e-mail address book and ask all your friends and family to do the same thing then forward on to their address books.
And again I know I’ve been preaching how to make things happen for all Veterans for a very long time now, and with the passage of HR 299 just goes to show what you can accomplish by getting involved in a particular issue and sticking with it till it happens.
So please, when I post issues that need action being taken, and there are more below, please, do go send off the pre-written e-mails, follow it up with calls to your reps in DC, we can make change happen, provided you can help too!
None of us, meaning any organization can do it alone, none and I’ve seen a lot of smoke being blown about how one organization or another is doing this or that, but honestly what have we really seen?
Bottom line if Veterans don’t become involved in their own benefits and healthcare, simply speaking nothing will ever change.
Over the past week I’ve been speaking with LT Bobby Ross regarding the AFOA (Autistic Farmers of America) and looks like they will be expanding soon. He is currently looking for additional farm land to purchase and hopefully by this time next year will be able to start selling seeds that are GMO free which is a big deal!
So if you or someone you know might be interested, please have them contact me and I will make sure the information is passed on to Bobby.
More information is coming in on Autism and those who have served both here in the US and in the UK. So hopefully soon we will begin a add more information on the website for all to access.
One thing I have noticed becoming a prominent issue in speaking with several Veterans is being “cut off” from communications with their doctors through MyHealthNet, and being cut off from receiving assistance from their Congressman’s office.
And the one consistent factor is losing your temper, using abrasive or foul language, or making threats.
I know from being a military brat that temper, foul language, etc. comes with the territory and had always been acceptable, but when speaking to people regarding healthcare, benefits, or seeking assistance from your Congressman, you just can’t let it happen.
I promise you if you can’t maintain, be calm, level headed, direct and to the point, you WILL have doors slammed closed in your face and once that happens, it’s almost impossible to get them re-opened.
I really hate to say it this way, but you need to kiss ass to get what you want. Be kind, respectful, brief, direct and to the point, and LET IT GO.
I’m sure you’ve heard the saying you can catch more flies with honey than vinegar, same applies here!
This week we celebrated the 4th of July and I do hope every one was safe and sane. And now I’d like to ask everyone if you know of a Veteran who is single, living alone, to please make it a serious effort to pick up the phone and just do a buddy check on them!
On behalf of our Volunteers nationwide and myself, we wish you and your family good health!