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Agent Orange Aboard the USS White PlainsJohn J. Bury Salem-News.com
What legacy do we leave behind for our children and grandchildren?
(MEDIA, PA) - Agent Orange herbicide being lifted off the deck of the USS White Plains (AFS-4) for delivery by an HC-3 helicopter during a 1970 deployment to Vietnam. This is evidence that Blue Water Navy indeed carried and transported barrels of agent orange onboard US Navy commissioned ships to ports in Vietnam. Note the Orange band on the barrels a color code denoting contents.
The Department of the Navy and Department of Defense denies that any tactical herbicides were ever transported onboard any US Naval commissioned ship. The photograph pictured above proves differently.
Accidents do happen onboard ship. Some times barrels such as shown get damaged causing a spill. Sailors then clean up the spill without protective clothing. Hence, they come in contact with the herbicide. They are drenched with the chemical and breath in the fumes. Years later, many come down with agent orange poisoning causing a variety of diseases that are life threatening leading to death and crippling health conditions. Yet, many of these sailors can not get VA benefits, ie, medical and compensation. Why, because they are termed as Blue Water Navy never having boots on ground, Vietnam. Yet, they were there serving their Country in that war. To date, our Congress has refused to give recognition to the Blue Water Navy for presumptive exposure to agent orange dioxin. Over past years, Legislative Bills have been introduced to award VA health and compensation benefits, to no avail as these Bills continue to fail in Congress. It seems our Congress does not care about Navy Vietnam Veterans, we are forgotten. Since the failure of our Congress to pass legislation a new House Bill has been introduced to the 113th Congress HR-543 The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act. I ask our Congress, what is a veterans life worth? What legacy do we leave behind for our children and grandchildren? Contact your members of Congress to pass this Bill.
By: John J. Bury, US Navy, retired, Vietnam war veteran Media, Pa.
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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: email@example.com
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