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Week Ending Sunday, January 06, 2019
Volume 10, Issue 01

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We hope everyone had a great New Years eve and day, made all your New Years goals and hope they all come true.
The VA has been ousted once again this time for not having used millions of dollars that were ear marked for Veteran Suicide Prevention!
With this being one of the most critical situations Veterans face, begs the questions why not? Why was this money not being used? Was it diverted to some other program of lesser value?
Doesn’t much matter why, what matters most is will this situation be rectified and when? How many more lives must be lost due to negligence on the part of the VA, it’s director Robert Wilkie, and his administrative staff.
I do want to say thank you! Thank you to everyone who stepped up to the plate for Blue Water Navy Veterans to help get the earned, long over due, and in some cases past due benefits and medical care.
You’ve proven what I’ve been saying all along since 2006, the more voices being heard, the more the offices of members of either the House or Senate the better the chances you have of a success! And together you made history in the House with HR 299.
Sadly one person, Senator Enzi managed to single handedly tank it all and for that I am deeply sorry. But, please don’t lose hope and faith.
I know Commander Wells and his team are working very hard to continue to fight for what is right. So as we know what the next steps are, I will come back to you and again be asking for your help and support.
This month is blood donor month, so if you’re able to give blood, please, check with your local VA Hospital and see what their dates of donation are and give blood. You never know whose life you will be saving. Maybe even your own!
On behalf of our Volunteers nationwide and myself, we wish you and your family good health and a safe and Happy New Year!
Respectfully, 
Jim Davis 
Founder 
Jim.Davis@Veterans-For-Change.org


STATEMENT FROM MILITARY VETERANS ADVOCACY ON THE FAILURE OF THE UNITED STATES SENATE TO PASS THE BLUE WATER NAVY VIETNAM VETERANS ACT, HR 299
Although we are disappointed in the failure of the Senate to pass the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act, we are determined to continue seeking relief for these sick and dying veterans and their families. It is disheartening that the Senate would refuse to restore the benefits to the tens of thousands of suffering veterans exposed to herbicide during the Vietnam War. This bill was passed unanimously by the House of Representatives on June 25, 2018. These veterans, stationed in the bays, harbors and territorial seas of the Republic of Vietnam, are suffering from multiple medical conditions. The costs of survival have devastated them financially, resulting in many losing their homes as they try to survive the effects of herbicide exposure.
Last year we enjoyed the support of then Secretary of Veterans Affairs David Shulkin who testified on several occasions that this bill should be passed. The inexplicable reversal after Secretary Shulkin’s departure was a significant blow to the Blue Water Navy veterans. Of increasing concern is the fanatic opposition which has led the VA to intentionally provide false information to Congress. Inaccurate VA claims that the science does not support extending benefits coupled with intentional inflation of actual costs have successfully confused the issues and led to the defeat of the bill in the Senate. This betrayal by the very agency that was designed to assist veterans is troubling.
It is unfortunate that Congress has become obsessed with the cost of benefits and, in the case of the Blue Water Navy, strict enforcement of the offset inaccurate of the Pay As You Go Act. For the second consecutive Congress a small minority of Senators have used budgetary rules to justify the defeat of the bill. 
We enjoyed the support of the Fleet Reserve Association, the Association of the U, S, Navy, AMVETS, Vietnam Veterans of America, Miliary Officers Association of America, Jewish War Veterans and many other members of the Military Coalition. We thank them for thir support and look forward to working with them in the future.
As well as returning to Congress, Military-Veterans Advocacy and the Blue Water Navy veterans anxiously await a decision by the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in the case of Procopio v. Wilkie. A favorable decision in this case will extend the coverage to the same area as the Blue Water Navy bill.
Military-Veterans Advocacy wishes to thank out many supporters in the Congress and in public for their support, We have come closer this year than we ever have before. We are not giving up, We are not going away. We will be back to challenge the unconscionable VA action in Congress and the courts.
Commander J. B. Wells U. S. Navy (Retired) 
Attorney at Law 
Executive Director 
Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.
For more information on Military-Veterans Advocacy go to www.militaryveteransadvocacy.org or like us on Facebook.
Please support Military-Veterans Advocacy through the Combined Federal Campaign. Our CFC number is 59905
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Almost a hundred people have been involved; collecting web links to documents now houses on the VFC website, collecting thousands of web links for various issues, illnesses and benefits. Creating forums for all eras of service and two forums one just for men and one just for woman where you can go question, comment, share medical and personal concerns, what ever you’d like it to be.
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Military-Veterans Advocacy’s Statement on the Introduction of a Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Bill
Military-Veterans Advocacy, the primary stakeholder along with the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association just discovered that Dr Phil Roe of TN the Ranking Member on House Committee on Veterans Affairs has introduced another Blue Water Navy bill using the same verbiage as the bill that failed the Senate last year. The Blue Water Navy bill passed the House unanimously but died in the Senate due to multiple holds.
Military-Veterans Advocacy Executive Director, Commander John B Wells, USN (ret) stated that the re-introduction was “premature.” Wells, the author of the original bill, worked closely with the Committee on the language defining the scope of coverage. MVA is currently working on revised language to clarify the area of coverage, in response to a statement by the Congressional Budget Office that the scope of the bill had been expanded.
“While we appreciate Dr. Roe’s, current and present support,” Wells said, “we need to address lessons learned from the 115th Congress to ensure the bill will pass in this Congress. We have asked Dr. Roe to work with Military-Veterans Advocacy to perfect the bill before it moves forward.”
A court case brought by Military-Veterans Advocacy, Procopio v. Wilkie, is pending a decision before the full Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. A favorable decision will expand the presumption of exposure to the territorial sea, the same area covered by the bill. A decision is expected sometime next Spring.
Commander J. B. Wells U. S. Navy (Retired) 
Attorney at Law 
Executive Director 
Military-Veterans Advocacy, Inc.

Ranking Member Roe Introduces the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019
Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Phil Roe, M.D. (R-Tenn.) Ranking Member of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs introduced the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019.
“The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 would ensure that our Vietnam Veterans receive the benefits they deserve. This bill mirrors the language of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018, which passed the House 382 – 0 during the 115th Congress. One of my final acts as Chairman in 2018 was holding a bipartisan press conferenceto urge the Senate to pass H.R 299. Needless to say, despite the endless efforts of Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee Chairman Isakson and Ranking Member Tester, the Senate never passed the legislation. This is why I have introduced this bill that mirrors the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2018 and I encourage my colleagues in the House to once again swiftly pass this bipartisan piece of legislation.
“Currently, Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans are unable to receive the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange because VA’s presumption policy extends only to those who served on land in Vietnam or in Vietnam’s inland waterways. This legislation would extend the presumption of exposure of Agent Orange to our Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans. I hope that my colleagues in the House and Senate waste no time in passing this bill and sending it to President Trump so we can ensure that Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans receive the benefits they deserve.”
Background:
Agent Orange is a herbicide used during the Vietnam era that has been known to be associated with certain health issues in people who have been exposed to the chemical. The Agent Orange Act of 1991 said that if a veteran served in Vietnam between 1962 and 1975 and has a disease that has been associated with exposure to Agent Orange, they are automatically presumed to have a been exposed to it and therefore qualify for disability compensation. The Blue Water Navy Veterans Act of 2019 would extend the presumption of exposure to Agent Orange to veterans who served in the Blue Water Navy.

Veterans-For-Change Makes Social Media Change
Effective immediately, all social media pages that have been on Face Book for many years have all been moved to MEWE.com for a number of reasons.
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New to TRICARE? The Basics You Need to Know
If you’re new to TRICARE in 2019, welcome! You’ve joined 9.4 million beneficiaries who receive comprehensive health and dental coverage. You can now connect to a network of military and civilian providers worldwide. Learning about your benefit will help you make the most of your coverage and take command of your health this year.
Read the full article here.


January’s Featured Song
Voice of America
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LT Bobby Ross
LT Bobby Ross – Voice Of America
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KBR Files Motion with Supreme Court in Attempt to Nix Burn Pit Review
Military contractor Kellogg, Brown, and Root (KBR) has filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court, asking it to throw out multiple lawsuits filed by veterans who say they were made sick by burn pits the company used for waste disposal on bases in Iraq and Afghanistan. In a brief filed last week, officials for KBR and its former subsidiary Halliburton urged the court not to restore dozens of the lawsuits filed against the companies, who handled daily operations for many of the bases starting in 2001. Read more in this article.


































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