Major Blue Water Navy Push Coming Soon: Report
Lawmakers are getting ready to make a big push to settle the Blue Water Navy-Agent Orange issue once and for all in the wake of the Procopio decision earlier this year. Military Times reports that Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Steve Daines (Mont.) have “announced plans to reinforce that ruling and establish a permanent fix for those veterans,” and the chairman and ranking member of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee have introduced similar plans, with the House panel preparing for an “expansive” hearing on the topic in early May. The Department of Justice has until the end of the month to appeal Procopio, but reports indicate that Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie has advised against it.
New Legislation Would Add 9 More Diseases to Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions List
Lawmakers have introduced a bill that would add nine more diseases to the list of conditions that the government presumes the herbicide Agent Orange causes. The Keeping Our Promises Act would add prostate cancer, bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, hypertension, stroke, early-onset peripheral neuropathy, AL amyoloidosis, ischemic heart disease and Parkinson-like syndromes to the list, according to a Stars and Stripes report.
Thursday, April 18 Is Military Retiree Appreciation Day
On behalf of all of us at the Association of the United States Navy, we would like to wish all of our Navy retirees a happy Military Retiree Appreciation Day. U.S. Sens. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Ted Cruz (Texas) spreadheaded a resolution — which was unanimously passed — that designated April 18, 2019 as “Military Retiree Appreciation Day.” The purpose of this day is to commemorate the lifelong service of military retirees, and give us all an opportunity to thank them for everything they have done for their country. On this day, it’s a good time for every American to pause and reflect on the service of our military retirees. And to our military retirees, we say take a break today … you’ve earned it!
New Column at AUSN.org: How Navy Veterans Can Make the Most of Early Retirement
“For those facing the prospect of retirement, transitioning from the Navy to a civilian role can be a daunting task, especially for those who leave with many decades worth of service behind you. The Navy provides a definitive sense of purpose and belonging to an individual and leaving that familiar territory can be incredibly hard for many. But, for Navy veterans, the outlook of early retirement should offer an exciting opportunity to do all those things that you never had the opportunity to do. Start a brand-new career, spend some time volunteering, or, of course, simply relax nd spend quality time with the family — maybe even take up a new hobby. Whether you choose to go straight into retirement after your service ends, or enter the civilian workforce, deciding what to do next can be challenging for retired veterans. So, what is the next step after a career in the US Navy?” (Read more)