Monday, December 7, 2015

Fwd: Contact your Representative NOW ask them to Co-sponsor H.R. 1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

fn:Raymond Ray

The following is for your information and distribution to your members.

John A Miterko
Veterans Advocate

Call 202-224-3121, give the operator your state and ZIP Code and you will be connected with your elected representatives office. Ask to speak with the Legislative Aide for Veterans Affairs.

Be clear that you are calling as a constituent, asking for their support of H.R. 1769 and S. 901, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.

It is all about the one-minute phone call. Let your politicians know that you are watching and that you care.

Passage of the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 is one of the most important efforts that we can do collectively to insure 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 endure from illnesses due to our service in Vietnam.

One hundred and thirty five members of Congress have signed on in support of H.R. 1769, but we are missing your member!

Contact your Representative NOW ask them to Co-sponsor H.R. 1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015

Vietnam Veterans of America - Legislative Alert
December 4, 2015

Congressman Dan Benishek, (MI-1) has introduced H.R.1769 the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 co-sponsored by Congressman Mike Honda (CA-17th).

Among the so-called invisible wounds of war are those brought home by troops that may not manifest for a decade or more?  And most tragically, they may pass on genetically to the progeny of our nation's warriors.
If enacted into law, this bipartisan legislation would establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during service in the Armed Forces.

Toxins, such as Agent Orange, have been shown to cause birth defects in the children of military personnel who came into contact with them, either during the Vietnam War, in the storage and transportation of those toxins, or by riding in aircraft that had been previously used to transport the toxins.
Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), Founding Principle Is "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another." And we strongly support H.R. 1769.

VVA urges you to Take Action NOW enter your zip code and send the prepared letter to your Representatives asking them to join their colleagues; Ann Kirkpatrick (AZ-1),  Raul Grijalva (AZ-3), Ruben Gallego (AZ-7), Kyrsten Sinema (AZ-9), Doug LaMalfa (CA-1), Jared Huffman ( CA-2), John Garamendi (CA-3), Mike Thompson (CA-5th), Paul Cook (CA-8), Barbara Lee (CA-13), Zoe Lofgren (CA-19), Lois Capps (CA-24), Julia Brownley (CA-26), Adam  Schiff (CA-28), Ted Lieu (CA-33), Mark Takano (CA-41), Scott Peters (CA-52), Jared Polis (CO-2), Ed Perlmutter (CO-7), Joe Courtney (CT-2), Elizabeth Esty (CT-5), John Carney, Jr.  (DE), Ted Yoho ( [FL-3), Bill Posey (FL-8), Rich Nugent (FL-11), Gus Bilirakis (FL-12), David Jolly (FL-13), Dennis Ross (FL-15), Patrick Murphy (FL-18), Curt Clawson (FL-19), Alcee Hastings ( FL-20), Ted Deutch (FL-21), Lois Frankel (FL-22), Sanford Bishop, Jr. (GA-2), Madeleine Bordallo (GU-AL), Tulsi Gabbard (HI-2), David Young, (IA-3), Bobby Rush (IL-1), Mike Quigley (IL-5), Tammy Duckworth (IL-8), Cheri Bustos (IL-17), Jackie Walorski ( IN-2), Kevin Yoder (KS-3), Charles Boustany (LA-3), Richard Neal (MA-1), James  McGovern (MA-2), Seth Moulton (MA-6), C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (MD-2), John  Sarbanes (MD-3), Donna Edwards (MD-4), John Delaney (MD-6), Chris Van Hollen (MD-8), Tim Walberg (MI-7), Chellie Pingree (ME-1), Sander Levin (MI-9), David Trott ([MI-11), Debbie Dingell (MI-12), John Conyers (MI-13), Tim Walz (MN-1),  Betty McCollum (MN-4), Keith Ellison (MN-5), Collin Peterson (MN-7), Ann Wagner (MO-2), Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5), Jeff Fortenberry (NE-1), Brad Ashford (NE-2), Ann Kuster (NH-2), Donald Norcross (NJ-1), Frank LoBiondo (NJ-2), Christopher Smith (NJ-4), Frank Pallone (NJ-6), Leonard Lance (NJ-7),  Rodney Frelinghuysen  (NJ-11), Ben Lujan (NM-3), Lee Zeldin,  (NY-1), Peter King (NY-2), Steve Israel (NY-3), Kathleen Rice (NY-4), Grace Meng (NY-6), Paul Tonko (NY-9), Charles Rangel (NY-13), Joseph Crowley (NY-14),  Nita  Lowey (NY-17), Sean Maloney (NY-18), Chris Gibson, (NY-19), Yvette Clarke (NY-20), Elise Stefanik (NY-21), Richard Hanna (NY-22), John Katko (NY-24), Louise Slaughter (NY-25), Brian Higgins (NY-26), Chris Collins (NY-27), G.K. Butterfield (NC-1), Walter Jones (NC-3), David Rouzer (NC-7), Kevin Cramer (ND-AL), Mark Amodei, (NV-2), Robert Latta (OH-5), Bill Johnson (OH-6), Joyce Beatty ( OH-3), Marcy Kaptur (OH-9), Tim Ryan (OH-13), Jim Bridenstine (OK-1), Frank Lucas (OK-3), Tom Cole (OK-4), Peter DeFazio (OR-4), Robert Brady (PA-1), Mike Kelly (PA-3), Lou Barletta (PA-11), Glenn Thompson  (PA-5), Ryan Costello (PA-6), Patrick Meehan (PA-7), Keith Rothfus (PA-12), Mike Doyle (PA-14), Charles W. Dent, (PA-15, Matt Cartwright (PA-17), Pedro Pierluisi (PR), David Cicilline (RI-1),  James Langevin (RI-2), Steve Cohen (TN-9), Beto O'Rourke (TX-16), Lamar Smith (TX-21), Rob Bishop (UT-1), Scott Rigell (VA-2), Gerald Connolly (VA-11),  Peter Welch (VT-AL), Suzan DelBene (WA-1), Rick Larsen (WA-2), Derek Kilmer (WA-6) Mark Pocan (WI-2), Ron Kind,  (WI-3), Gwen Moore (WI-4), David McKinley (WV-1) and  Evan Jenkins (WV-3) in cosponsoring H.R. 1769, the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.

Texas Representatives who are NOT sponsoring HR 1769:
Louie Gohmert (R 1st)   
Ted Poe (R 2nd)   
Sam Johnson (R 3rd)   
John Ratcliffe (R 4th)   
Jeb Hensarling (R 5th)   
Joe Barton (R 6th)   
John Culberson (R 7th)   
Kevin Brady (R 8th)   
Al Green (D 9th)   
Michael McCaul (R 10th)   
K. Michael Conaway (R 11th)   
Kay Granger (R 12th)   
Mac Thornberry (R 13th)   
Randy Weber (R 14th)   
Ruben Hinojosa (D 15th)   
Bill Flores (R 17th)   
Sheila Jackson Lee (D 18th)   
Randy Neugebauer (R 19th)   
Joaquin Castro (D 20th)   
Pete Olson (R 22nd)   
Will Hurd (R 23rd)   
Kenny Marchant (R 24th)   
Roger Williams (R 25th)   
Michael Burgess (R 26th)   
Blake Farenthold (R 27th)   
Henry Cuellar (D 28th)   
Gene Green (D 29th)   
Eddie Bernice Johnson (D 30th)   
John Carter (R 31st)   
Pete Sessions (R 32nd)   
Marc Veasey (D 33rd)   
Filemon Vela (D 34th)   
Lloyd Doggett (D 35th)   
Brian Babin (R 36th)   

Please followup your letter with a call or vist to their district offices.

Vietnam Veterans of America ( is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans' service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families


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