YEAR END REVIEW
WOW, this year has had its ups and downs for Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association. We started this year going in a different direction than the way we were going the year before, in the middle of the year we changed direction again and at years end we finish better than ever.
I want to THANK Everyone for the support you have given the Association and me. You have no idea how hard it has been for some of us. As much as we gripe,we enjoy what we do. We aren’t doing it as much as for ourselves but for YOU and the other Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans.
Yes we are very disappointed that H.R.299 did not pass the Senate. BUT look at what had happened, it pass the House by a Vote of 382 to 0. No Member of the House was opposed to the BILL. Then it get in the Senate and the problems started. First we had the Big 4 VSO tell us they are behind us, but while they were behind our backs they decided they opposed the way it was funded. This went on for 10 weeks and then they decide that the funding was OK. During this time the VA had a chance to convince the CBO that the cost wasn’t right and let the Senator know and the other that more research was needed. There is a few problems with this:
Now the decision we have made may not be popular with the Membership but it does make sense. Here is what we are going to focus one:
Now I have to apologize for some things I promised. I am running way behind in sending out receipts and other items, but in my defense I have been working on other things for the Association. More on that will be coming out later. I also tried to make sure we had a Newsletter come out more often but again I fell behind in that. I have asked two others to take over the Newsletter and I hope they can put one out at least once a month.
As I said we didn’t get H.R. 299 passed BUT we did not FAIL, We can hold our head up high and say we did all we could do. We had the whole House and 98 Senators on our side. It was just two misguided or misinformed Senators that stopped us. It has already be announced that John Wells has a meeting to talk with Senator Enzi at the end of January, he is also trying to set up a meeting with Senators Lee. I want to suggest that in the June/July time frame that we all contact Senator Lee and ask him where the Research Study that the VA promised him. In his Objection Speech on the Senate floor he stated than in mid-tear the VA study would be done. Of Course I won’t have much faith in that study unless an independent organization is doing it.
This coming year we all need to do more and get this thing done. This coming year I propose we have a theme that we use to get the message to the VA, Congress, and the President. His is based on my quote in the Washington DC article, “We did our job, they should do theirs”.
Let’s work hard to get our benefits back.
One other item I need to mention, some time this week we will be deleting from the Members Only Facebook Page everyone who hasn’t paid for their 2019 Dues. I will make this one time offer, if you are planning to pay by the middle of the month due to your check coming in, let me or Mike K know and we will hold off deleting you. If you get deleted you will need to answer those questions again.
Thank you for all the support you have given me and Thank you all for your hard work.
Executive Director/National Commander
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association.