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CONSTITUTION OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
32nd Annual Vietnam Veterans Reunion September 18th,19th,20th and 21st 2014
The Destroyer Frank E. Evans (DD 574) served in the Vietnam War giving gun support to the ground troups in land. They pulled away from the gun line to take part in an exercise called Sea Spirit. This exercise took place in the South China Seas with several other Countries. During this exercise on June 3rd, 1969 there was a tragic accident in which the Frank E. Evans ship was cut in half. The front end of the ship sank in 3 minutes time taking with them 74 four of its shipmates. These 74 names does not appear on the wall because they were 112 miles from the combat zone, which did not give them the honor of being placed on the wall. We as an organization of the Frank E. Evans have been working for the last 29 years to get legislation passed to make this right for the families and friends of the 74. This year it finally passed the House of Representatives unanimously and is now in the Senate waiting to be voted on. We are asking that everyone please call their Senators and ask them to vote YES to the Senate bill S2294
IN ORDER TO CONSOLIDATED
REUNION INFORMATION INTO ONE LOCATION, WE HAVE SET UP A PAGE JUST FOR REUNION INFO.
Vietnam Veterans Fight for VA Aid
If Greg Fuller had ever, even for just a few minutes, set foot on Vietnamese soil during the time he spent serving in the Vietnam War, he'd be eligible to collect thousands of dollars each year in disability payments.
Diagnosed in 2005 with prostate cancer, Fuller is among the untold number of Vietnam veterans who have illnesses that have been linked to Agent Orange, an herbicide that the U.S. military sprayed over the Vietnamese jungle to expose enemy forces and destroy food crops.
But as a member of the so-called Blue Water Navy -- sailors who served aboard ships that operated off the shore of Vietnam -- Fuller has received only denial letters from the Department of Veterans Affairs, which maintains that the cancer is not connected to his service in the war because his boots never touched land.
The VA says Blue Water Navy veterans aren't eligible because the herbicide was sprayed over land. Veterans and their advocates say the herbicide ran off into the South China Sea, contaminating the water that the Navy distilled for drinking and powering the ships' boilers.
All but convinced that he'll never see a penny from the disability fund, Fuller filed the letters away at his Lake in the Hills home and gave up the fight years ago. What bothers him still is the feeling that wounded veterans have been cast aside on a technicality.
"I'm not greedy," Fuller said. "It wouldn't bother me if I never got it ... but I might deserve it. If it's true that we drank water that was processed that had Agent Orange in it, it's only fair that (we) get it."
Here is Animal and Mary Anne on the Illinois Freedom Ride to raise money for wounded warriers. Several
thousand bikers attended!