Sunday, November 16, 2008

Same old Politics of Agent Orange.. forever.

Sent in by one of my Battalion members

Article By Judge Joseph E. Fahey

Judge in New York State and an adjunct professor of law at Syracuse University.

“If our representatives in Congress and the White House are not willing to act, then perhaps they ought to skip the meaningless platitude — the one about thanks and a grateful nation — that is uttered when the widow is presented the flag that draped her husband's coffin.”

Judge Fahey

I agree with this Judge and will not say it so nicely.

Every President, every member of our Congress, the folks that work at the management level at the Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs since this issue began should be ashamed; their shame is the shame of this entire nation. Certainly no Veteran, Widow, Veterans Orphan should ever call the Secretary of the VA Honorable. That is reserved for those that earn it. Not serve as the taskmaster of some White House Philosophy to mess over the only segment of society that has no rights, thanks to our Congress.

The Marine Private on 861 fighting for his life while at the very same time our government plotted on how they were going to cover up and minimize the mistakes made by the Department of Defense and that DA Johnson and his side kick moron McNamara has more honor and integrity in his little finger than the entire Department of Veterans Affairs in total.

Concurrently with that shame is the broadcast media and the print media who turned their backs on the men and women that through their sacrifices allow them to print their crap and political half-truths. Only not the facts on as the Judge stated, Veterans lay dying, AO destruction continues (still being denied in many 10’s of thousands of cases) will be told. Or how Veterans Affairs is treating these warriors in their so call Veterans’ Legal system will not be told.

If civilians had a legal system like Veterans they would burn the White House to the damn ground and the constitution would be null and void just as it is now for Veterans/Widows/Orphans.

I will add AO issues are still being covered up by a less than forthcoming Institute of Medicine, Congressionally known memo by the White House to all federal agencies not to associate the AO issues with death and disability and support your local chemical company instead, and known and charged by me and others citing several violations of federal integrity laws when it comes to government studies. Government AO studies that remain untruthful and will not publish the real findings of fact even though the participating scientists insisted the data be published.

So much government integrity.

Just let them die or become disabled they are nothing but used up government assets anyway. That is the White House and Congressional philosophy flow down to Veterans Affairs and they should stop, as the Judge said, the “meaningless platitudes" as well as other rhetoric politician's utter everyday as if they really cared about Veterans and not just some politically party power struggle or themselves.

And the whole issue was never about just AO; that is our governments spin to minimize the impacts.


More About Combat Veterans and PTSD.

Here is another fine message from 'Honolulu Dick' - [Richard Roller], my close brother-in-arms, Vietnam Combat Veteran, from Hawaii.

Aloha DoorGunner,

About women and your plea for a suggestion.

Read the following on another VN Combat Vet's blog and thought you may enjoy it
as much as I did. Here goes:

Whatever you give a woman, she's going to multiply.
If you give her a house, she'll give you a home.
If you give her groceries, she'll give you a meal.
If you give her a loving smile, she'll give you her heart.
She multiplies and enlarges whatever is given her.
So --- If you give her any Crap, you will receive more SHIT than any one man can

Somehow, just somehow, it always worked out that way for me. Seems as though I
never learned the easy way. Always had to undergo a beating of some sort to
learn that I wasn't always the one in the right.

Tonight, C-SPAN reran a taped panel held on Veterans Day. The 4-panel members
were Iwo Jima survivors. Two told stories of the flag raising, while the other
two told stories of being foxhole grunts and holding off bayonet charges. Each
of them summed-up their stories by saying that not a single day ever went by
without them reliving their combat experiences. Even though two of them can no
longer stand at a podium and delivered their stories from their wheel chairs,
the vividness and detail of their recall was like a well rehearsed movie
production. The brutality of close combat is burned into your memory forever.
The point here is that your thought about your Vietnam experiences are very much
the same as those of Combat Vets of other wars as well. You are not alone my
brother. Keep the Faith, stay locked and loaded, and press onward.

Its about time for your Christian Soldier challenge coin to arrive at your LP.

Take good care ----------------------


Narrow Seadog Two Two


"For those who fought for it, freedom has a flavor that the protected will never
Man, is my back hurting today, Sunday morning! My wife tried hard
massage and work out the knots and little 'bundles of flesh'
from injuries
and tension, and I will also have her rub some special
salve to make me smell
like a high school locker room [or Ben-Gay]
Like the old John Denver Song, "Sometimes a diamond --
sometimes a stone."

Video on a new automatic shotgun... Wow !

Terrible Tom