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Posted by Ted Wilber BT3 USS Valley Forge 66-69 (tednmnwilber@gmail.com)
on Tuesday, March 13, 2012, at 11:57 p.m., from 67.142.180.20

Here is the letter my wife emailed to the President, our senators and our congressman regarding the Agent Orange legislation. Hope these bills go through for all of us.
Letter sent by email March 12, 2012 to:

President Obama

California Senators Boxer and Feinstein

Congressman Kevin McCarthy, 22nd Congressional District of California

Dear ___________:
In 2009, my husband, Ted Wilber, and I ran in the San Jose Half Marathon. That was the last time we were able to compete together. Today this once healthy man of 64, who has always worked out, never smoked, never been overweight, is battling multiple medical conditions due, I believe, to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam conflict. He has prostate cancer, Type II diabetes, asthma and sleep apnea. He has high blood pressure and high cholesterol. He has agonizing restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder. In May, 2011 Ted had a seizure which lasted over five minutes.

Since December of 2010, Ted has had a claim in to the Veterans Administration for compensation for presumptions of exposure to Agent Orange. Because he was a Blue Water Navy veteran, Ted and hundreds of veterans like him must prove their individual cases in a tedious, time-consuming, and stressful process difficult to endure when they are seriously ill as well. And we are ‘fortunate.’ Ted’s ship, the USS Valley Forge, LPH-8 is on the list of ships for presumption of exposure. In addition, Ted has a good case for “boots on ground,” which means he actually went ashore in Vietnam. We have hope. But every man on that ship was exposed to Agent Orange contaminating their desalinated water, used in food preparation, drinking, and showers, as well as the airborne contamination from the land during the many, many times they anchored in Da Nang Harbor.

That is why we are asking your support for S. 1629: Agent Orange Equity Act of 2011, and H.R. 3612: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2011. These bills will bring some justice to the thousands of Blue Water Navy veterans who served their country honorably, and are suffering because of it.

Hubert Humphrey said that the moral test of a government is how that government treats the young, the old and the sick. Please stand for the veterans in this moral test.

Sincerely,

Kathleen A. Wilber

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