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The National Association of Counties Passes Resolution in Support of the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

Bill Hall & VVA Special Advisor McManus

Commissioner Bill Hall and VVA Special Advisor Jack McManus celebrate passage of NACO’s resolution of support

After Lincoln County Commissioner Bill Hall attended an Agent Orange Town Hall meeting in Newport, Oregon, convened by Region 8 Director Tom Owen and VVA Chapter 411 President Tony Molina, he introduced a resolution in support of H.R. 1769 and S.901 to the Oregon Association of Counties. The resolution was then introduced at this week's annual meeting of the National Association of Counties by Commissioner Hall. The resolution in support of the Toxic Research Bill of 2015 was passed unanimously.

New Co-sponsors added to H.R. 1769 and S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 - 52 in the House and 10 in the Senate and we need your support to keep pushing for MORE

Take Action NowCongressman Dan Benishek, (MI-1), introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives H.R.1769, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17th). Senators Jerry Moran (KS) and Richard Blumenthal introduced S.901 companion bill in the U.S. Senate. This bi-partisan legislation when passed would establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for the diagnosis and treatment of the health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces.

Passage of the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 into law is one of the most important efforts that you, your family and friends can do to collectively assure that future military service generations learn from our experience and that our offspring receive the respect and consideration for the sacrifices and pain that they will endure from illnesses due to our service in Vietnam.

Our time is to act NOW!

If your member is not listed below VVA urges you to take action now! Go to our Legislative Action site at http://capwiz.com/vva/home/ and enter your Zip Code and send the prepared letters to your Representatives and Senators asking them to join their colleagues and co-sponsor H.R. 1769 and S.901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.

Please follow-up your letter with a call or visit to their offices.

Thank you for your support.

Co-Sponsors in the House supporting H.R. 1769:
Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1)
Rep. Raul Grijalva (AZ-3)
Rep. Ruben Gallego (AZ-7)
Rep. Krysten Sinema (AZ-9)
Rep. Paul Cook (CA-8)
Rep. Barbara Lee (CA-13)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (CA-19)
Rep. Julia Brownley (CA-26)
Rep. Adam Schiff (CA-28)
Rep. Ted Lieu (CA-33)
Rep. Jared Polis (CO-2)
Rep. Ed Perlmutter (CO-7)
Rep. Joe Courtney (CT-2)
Rep. Elizabeth H. Esty (CT-5)
Rep. John C. Carney (DE)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (FL-12)
Rep. David Jolly (FL-13)
Rep. Dennis Ross (FL-15)
Rep. Theodore Deutch (FL-21)
Rep. Lois Frankel (FL-22)
Rep. Sanford Bishop (GA-2)
Rep. Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL)
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2)
Rep. Bobby Rush (IL-1)
Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5)
Rep. Tammy Duckworth (IL-8)
Rep. Cheri Bustos (IL-17)
Rep. Kevin Yoder (KS-3)
Rep. Chellie Pingree (ME-1)
Rep. Richard Neal (MA-1)
Rep. James P. McGovern (MA-2)
Rep. John Sarbanes (MD-3)
Rep. John Conyers (MI-13)
Rep. Tim Walz (MN-1)

Rep. Keith Ellison (MN-5)
Rep. Collin Peterson (MN-7)
Rep. David Rouzer (NC-7)
Rep. Ann Kuster (NH-2)
Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo (NJ-2)
Rep. Christopher Smith (NJ-4)
Rep. Lee M. Zeldin (NY-1)
Rep. Peter King (NY-2)
Rep. Steve Israel (NY-3)
Rep. Kathleen Rice (NY-4)
Rep. Charles Rangel (NY-13)
Rep. Joseph Crowley (NY-14)
Rep. Nita Lowey (NY-17)
Rep. Sean Maloney (NY-18)
Rep. John Katko (NY-24)
Rep. Brian Higgins (NY-26)
Rep. Chris Collins (NY-27)
Rep. Robert E. Latta (OH-5)
Rep. Bill Johnson (OH-6)
Rep. Mike Kelly (PA-3)
Rep. Glenn Thompson (PA-5)
Rep. Ryan Costello (PA-6)
Rep. Keith Rothfus (PA-12)
Rep. Pedro R. Pierluisi (PR-At Large)
Rep. David Cicilline (RI-1)
Rep. Jim Langevin (RI-2)
Rep. Steve Cohen (TN-9)
Rep. Beto O'Rourke (TX-16)
Rep. Gerald Connolly (VA-11)
Rep. Rick Larsen (WA-2)
Rep. Derek Kilmer (WA-6)
Rep. David McKinley (WV-1)
Rep. Ron Kind (DEM-WI-3)

Co-Sponsors in the Senate supporting S.901
Sen Mike Crapo (ID)
Senator Richard Durbin (IL)
Sen Pat Roberts (KS)
Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand (NY)
Senator Charles Schumer (NY)
Senator Sherrod Brown (OH)

Senator Jeff Merkley (OR)
Senator Ron Wyden (OR)
Senator Jon Tester (MT)
Senator Steven Daines (MT)
Senator Joe Machin (WV)
Senator Debbie Stabenow (MI)

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(Washington, D.C.)––Dr. Timothy Miller, one of the nation’s most renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeons, will receive the Vietnam Veterans of America Excellence in the Sciences Award on Saturday night, July 25, at VVA’s 17th biennial National Convention in Springfield, Illinois. Dr. Miller, who served with the Army Special Forces in the Vietnam War from 1965-66, is an emeritus professor of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Chief Surgeon of Operation Mend, a pioneering partnership between the Brooke Army Medical Center and the UCLA Health System.

“Not only did Tim Miller serve his country in the Vietnam War, but he is now giving his time and expertise to Operation Mend, which works with veterans who have suffered severely disfiguring facial wounds in Iraq and Afghanistan,” said VVA National President John Rowan. “I can’t think of anyone else more deserving of this award.”

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Former POW William Robinson to Deliver Keynote Speech At Vietnam Veterans of America's 17th National Convention

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While serving as a crew chief aboard a U.S. Air Force Rescue helicopter, Airman First Class Robinson was shot down and captured in North Vietnam on September 20, 1965. After a brief time in the Hanoi Hilton, he was held until 1973 in a series of other brutal North Vietnamese POW camps. He is the longest-held enlisted POW in American military history.

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