A.O. LEGAL REDRESS
I read with great interest the article "Vets Can Sue Agent
Orange Manufacturers" by Leonard J. Selfon in the May/June
issue. In the article the statement was made: "The Supreme
Court has affirmed the Second Circuit's decision to allow
the more recently ill Vietnam veterans with Agent
Orange-related diseases to exercise their constitutional
right to legal redress." I have recently filed with the VA
for disability because I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma
in March 2001, but only early this year I discovered that
the cancer was Agent Orange-related.
Please keep me informed of any legal action concerning this.
I want to be a part of the process.
South Plainfield, New Jersey
I have read every issue and every article in The Veteran
since it has been published, but I don't believe I have read
a more moving article than the one in the May/June issue
about the Sons and Daughters in Touch trip to Vietnam.
What the California State Council did to send them off, what
each team did while in Vietnam, the personal stories about
the sites they went to, and what they did when they were at
those sites was very heartfelt.
God bless all the Sons and Daughters, all our Brothers,
Sisters, and those who made this trip possible. It was a job
well done and another great reason to be proud to be a
member of VVA.
Roger A. McGill
SUPPORT THE SUPPORT TROOPS
In the July issue a letter appeared, once again, on the
subject of noncombatants. I was in Vietnam in 1968-69 as a
comm specialist in a headquarters communications facility. I
worked diligently and professionally. Many days I worked 12
to 24-hour shifts. Because I did my job very well, I was
awarded the Joint Services Commendation Medal.
Because combat is somewhat glorified and definitely
hazardous to one's health, it is only natural for the
contributions of those constantly in harm's way to
overshadow those contributions of the support troops.
There's no comparison to the two areas of service.
No one who was directly or indirectly in a combat support
role should be ashamed of, or have to justify, his or her
service. If you did your job as well as you could, and if
you served honorably, you should be proud to tell any combat
vet that you were there to support him.
Because so many combat support troops feel that their
service is overshadowed by combat troops, there should be a
veteran's organization for non-combat vets. Something like
Non-Combat Vietnam Veterans of America. No veteran would be
eligible to become a member if he had more than one close
encounter with the enemy. No veteran would be eligible to
join if he got a hero medal.
Seriously, all you support people: Come out of the closet.
Stand up and be proud of your service.
THE SYSTEM WORKS
I'm happy to report that shortly after the July issue came
out with my "Locator" item in it, I received a call from a
fellow 5th Bn., 7th Cavalry Sky Trooper, John Lord of
Lowell, Massachusettes, who knew Nickolis Kokalos, plus he
sent some pictures.
VVA serves patriots with distinction. Please accept the
gratitude of one 7th Cavalry Skytrooper.
Wayne R. Gibbs
Ellisburg, New York
YOU ARE MOST WELCOME
Thank you for inviting me to attend the VVA Convention in
St. Louis. I am grateful to have had the invitation and the
support to attend. To have been honored with the President's
Award for Excellence in Documentary Film is incredibly
meaningful, as it is recognition from my father's peers.
While it's hard to feel I deserve it, I am very proud. A
huge thank you to everyone at VVA.
Stacy Droz Tragos