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This is a community focused on the experiences and brotherhood of the VIETNAM VETERAN (Including blue-water Navy in the waters of Vietnam & aircrew that flew missions over Vietnam) in a positive environment. All who share this interest are welcome.

Primary objectives of this community include:
- Find war buddies
- Share Information & Resources
- Encourage our Brothers/Sisters
- Honor the fallen
- Help those who were not in-country to understand
- Have fun

MaryLou Razzano - - - Founder & CO
Gary Nichols - - - - - - - Co-Founder & XO

Most topics are open for discussion provided they are not inflammatory. However, keep in mind the focus of this community is the experiences of the Vietnam veteran.

* POLITICS (includes all US & World current events with political undertones such as gun control, illegal immigration, Benghazi, etc.) Exception: Vietnam war period politics relevant to the war itself are okay.
* Items which only seem to say, "Let's get angry about this." (ex: Jane Fonda, posers/stolen valor, flag burning/stomping)
* News & Current Events (ex: ISIS & other Middle East)
* Religious/Racial/Ethnic/Gender issues
* Selling/Advertising/Soliciting (Note: There is a special page for these types of items to be made - Books, CDs, blogs, ...)
* Derogatory terms of disrespect (ex: FNG, REMF)
* Graphic photos (bodies/serious injuries)
* Distasteful 'girlie' pictures
* Excessive number or overly shared/repeated posts
* Excessive VA bashing

You may not be notified if a post/comment is removed. Some may be removed to prevent conflict. You may or may not receive any warning before being removed from the community, especially for repeated or blatant violations.

If you see a post that violates our guidelines, use the Google+ report feature. Click on the post, then click on the 3 dots in the upper right corner. When the post is isolated on your screen, click on "Report".

Remember that we are all entitled to our own opinions. Be respectful if someone doesn't agree with you. We are to interact with one another with respect for our varied war experience, background, belief, gender, nationality, religion, moral standard, etc. Recognize that many of us have episodes of heightened PTSD. If this is you, then try to be conscious of this and try to think before speaking. If this is not you, try to be sensitive to this in our Brothers/Sisters.

Lastly, the Vietnam veteran is patriotic and very proud of our service to our country. Disrespect for this will not be acceptable in this community.

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From the Executive Director of Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association:

Good morning Shipmates!
I am pleased to announce that we held our first Board of Directors meeting last night. The Board has given my staff and I a green light for the new initiatives. First, and foremost, I want to announce that Mike Yates has been selected to become the first National Commander of the Association. Mike will be posting his official comments on the page and website. We are currently redesigning the website and making it user-friendly, as well as, transitioning the new staff to help with deck log research. I look forward to his leadership and hope you're excited about the changes coming!
Very Respectfully,
Michael J. Little

I want to thank Mike Little and the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association Board of Directors for this opportunity. I look forward to working with them.
The BWNVVA has been around for many years doing some very good work for Blue Water Navy Veterans. I hope to continue to do this type of work and help to bring the BWNVVA to be an even stronger group than it already is. We need to be able stand up with other Veterans Organizations with our heads held up high and continue the fight. We need to be able to go up to any Member of Congress and when they hear we are from BWNVVA they will respect us and be willing to work with us.
One thing I want to make clear. BWNVVA is working hard with Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans, BWNVVA is not only for them but for all Navy Veterans, Marine Veterans, and Fleet Marine Veterans, Active Duty Members, and all other Veterans. We all can work together and help each others
What does this mean for the BWNVVA. It means in the next year I am going to be busy. There is a lot of planning to do in setting the direction of the BWNVVA, I need to define and fill some other position and I need to do this while working on H.R. 299, S. 422, H.R.809 and any other Bills that we need to work on.
For those of you that don’t know about BWNVVA I’d like to invite you to join us on Facebook at Blue Water Navy, I would to have other pages work together. BWNVVA does have a Web Page but is is going off line for a while while it is being redesigned.

For those who don’t know me. I will tell you a little about myself. I am a Blue Water Navy Veterans. I served on the USS Bainbridge DLG(N)25 as a Sonar Tech. I spent many years in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as a Senior Test Engineer before being retired in 2012. In 2013 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and in 2014 I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. To top that off this year I have been diagnosed with Heart Problem, receiving a stent a few months ago. I have had many people ask me how I can keep a positive outlook while having these problems. I tell them two things, first I have Cancer, Cancer doesn’t have me and second. I am too busy with working on the Blue Water Navy Agent Orange issue to worry about it. I let my doctors do the worrying and I listen to them.

If you have any questions or any ideas that are going to help us please feel free to ask.

Mike Yates
National Commander
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association

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Oct 31 1970 my 1st day in the nam, landed at Tan Son Nut Air Base, Don't know which was worst the overwhelming heat or the Smell 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

Americans Must Step Up To the Line And Protect Veteran Rights
Many Americans believe all Vietnam Veterans receive healthcare from VA hospitals. They are wrong! The VA denies health care and lost wage compensation to all Vietnam Veterans whose feet did not touch the ground or who did not patrol the inland waterways of that country.
Navy and Fleet Marine personnel served in the offshore waters on battle stations providing continuous naval gunfire support, search and rescue, and aircraft carrier support and protection. They also served on submarines in the offshore Vietnam waters.
In January of 1991, the United States Congress, by unanimous consent of both House and Senate, passed a law acknowledging that components of herbicides (mainly Agent Orange) extensively sprayed over the Vietnamese countryside were the cause of major health problems to all of the men who fought that War.

In 2002, without consulting Congress, the Department of Veterans Affairs revoked the eligibility of certain Vietnam War veterans to receive VA Benefits for service-connected disabilities granted by that law. Since that time, the list of cancers and other life-threatening illnesses has grown and the number of Vietnam War veterans who have succumbed to these major medical conditions has increased at an alarming rate.
These offshore Veterans are currently dying in poverty because of medical bills that should have been covered by their VA benefits. They are dying without the dignity and respect they deserve as disabled American veterans and casualties of war.

This is an issue the American Public needs to know about so they can demand their Congressional representatives to support legislation currently before the House (HR-299) and Senate (S-422) that would restore these lost VA benefits. All Americans should be ashamed of how our government is treating Veterans, from Vietnam to our current conflicts.

Because of the Statutory Pay-As-You-Go Act of 2010 any new law must ensurE that most new spending is offset by spending cuts or added revenue. Congress doesn’t seem to have a problem finding ways to pay for Bills related helping other countries(including Vietnam for the cleanup of Agent Orange (Public Law No: 114-113). so they shouldn’t have a problem finding a way to pay for a Bill that is going to help our Veterans that served our country during a very unpopular “conflict”. Vietnam was a Country we were at war with and we can find the money to clean up up the Toxins in Vietnam but not the funds to help the Veterans that served off the coast of that Country and are now suffering from diseases that may of been caused by Agent Orange, this is very sad.

Only the American Public can bring about the needed changes by contacting their Senators and Representatives and demanding they take action. Tell them to vote for S-422 and HR-299, the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017, which will help solve the problem of the offshore Vietnam Veterans while they are still alive.

Mike Yates
Blue Water Navy Awareness on Facebook

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C130 still with us...remembering this airraft in VietNam at Bien Hoa Airfeild and Ton Son Nhut! Air Force Base!

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This is what caused us enter the Vietnam Adventure good or bad, many of didn'nt return and some suffer PTSD oe exposure to Agent Orange and other Chemical Exposure . There is another expsure that hasn't mention is exposure fibre glass in those prefab buildings in Vietnam.
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