It's Not Over Until the Fat Lady Sings
July 13, 2018
No politician, on any level, has done anything to abolish the mathematically flawed Combined Rating Table.
Do you employ Social Media on a daily basis? Most elected officials have begun to do so as a way to communicate with their existing, and intended voter base. Quite often a remark will be made asserting their commitment to Veterans, and their achievements in that realm. For these elected officials, we pose one simple question; although it is unlikely to be answered: What has been accomplished during your term in office regarding The Table that is used to rate Service Connected Disabilities? (please see OnlyUSA.us article for details regarding The Combined Ratings Table.) The fact of the matter is, that no politician, on any level, has done anything to abolish the mathematically flawed Table, in the 100 years of its usage.
Ask your Senator or Congressman about HR 299, which appeared to be forgotten, after being passed from one committee to another for 43 years. Suddenly, President Trump made one phone call, and The Blue Water Navy Act for Vietnam Veterans was passed within days. Yet, the Committee manipulated the Bill by adding the verbiage "To include the Territorial Seas of Vietnam". We've launched numerous inquiries as to what area, specifically, The Territorial Seas includes. Nary an answer has been received. By geographical definition, The Seas extend 12 nautical miles from the coast of Vietnam. That area is employed primarily by fishing boats. What it does not/did not include was our Aircraft Carriers, working around the clock, flying low ground support missions amidst the deadly defoliant. All of these birds of war returned to the carriers with Agent Orange covering the skin of their planes, and the pilots and crew left exposed.
Both topics were mentioned today not because of their connectivity. It is because of the specificity required for complete disclosure to The Veteran of all aspects of any legislation affecting his or her subsequent medical care.
We're so appreciative of the current Administration's efforts on behalf of all Veterans.
But, it's not over.