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Yesterday, DaNang65 wrote a diary that spoke to the Military Community Members of Daily Kos... and it obviously resonated with many others in the community at large. It made both the Community Spotlight and the Recommend List. IMHO, it deserved both.

If you haven't read it, please do - Log Drill.

Now, I have a log that we are trying to hold up. It's a log that has been around for a long time but it's one that we can easily succeed in beating if we put more effort towards it. Intrigued? Please follow me below the curlicue.

Some of you will have read a diary by AnnaM a few weeks ago. She wrote eloquently about the Fort McClellan Health Registry, legislation that has been sitting in Congress and not moving for years. This year, it has been re-designated and is still waiting for some love and attention. It looks like it is going no where.

We can change that.

We have started the process. DaNang65 requested a call to action and explained in his diary, Can Some Women Get A Little Help Here: An Action Diary, how health registries are the first step to helping our veterans and their families get treatment. He reminded us that a great many of the vets affected by the poisons at Ft. McClellan are women and we both question if this is one reason this legislation is not taking off.

We now have about a dozen folks who have written letters to their Representative asking that they Co-Sponsor HR 2052. Here is a great example letter from HoundDog:

Dear Congressman Ed Markey,
The devastating and long-term health consequences of exposure to toxic chemicals continues to plague our active duty, and former service men and woman, who are not receiving adequate after care and montoring.

Please sponsor and support  H.R. 2052, The Fort McClellan Health Registry, which has been introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY21), but has been languishing without support.

What a shame that we ask our heroic US soldiers to risk and sacrifice their lives to protect our country, yet we will not do what is right for them with regard to their health care, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury.

Everytime I pledge allegience to the flag, or hear our national anthem, I wince in pain to think of this betrayal of those who protect and serve our nation.

Thanks you for any support you can give to this bill, and others which support an honor our hero soldiers.

Sincerely,

And a second by MotherMags:

Dear Congressman Pastor,

I’ve worked with you and your helpful staff for decades, mostly on educational issues. Thank you for your support over the years. Let me shift gears and ask you to please sponsor and support H.R. 2052, The Fort McClellan Health Registry, which has been introduced by Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY21), but has been languishing without support.

The devastating and long-term health consequences of exposure to toxic chemicals continues to plague our active duty, and former service men and women, who are not receiving adequate after-care and monitoring.

I know. I was exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam and have been taking medication ever since for a variety of ailments. As I age the symptoms grow more severe, and I’m sure that’s the case for many others.

What a shame that we ask our heroic US soldiers to risk and sacrifice their lives to protect our country, yet we will not do what is right for them with regard to their health care.

Thanks Ed for any support you can give to this bill, and others which support an honor our hero soldiers.

Sincerely,

That brings us to your part in this. We need you to help out as well. Here is our to-do list:

  • First - Contact your Representative by written word - a letter or an email. If you don't know who your Representative is, don't despair... look him or her up in this directory.
  • Second - Follow up with a phone call a week or so later.
  • Third - If you still have no response a month after contact, call again and ask to speak with the Legislative Aide for Veterans Issues. If they are unavailable, get their email address, and send copies of AnnaM's diary to them. Then ask them to please find out if your Representative will Co-Sponsor the legislation and get back to you with the answer.
I am running a database of contacts - I am asking folks to fill out a short survey so that it is easier for me to keep track of who is working as an MCM Lobbyist! And then I ask that you check in to the MCM Open Thread and let us know how your lobbying efforts are proceeding.

Currently, we have contacted these individuals:

Don Young     AK-R
Raul Grijalva AZ-D
Ed Markey     MA-D
Kurt Schrader OR-D
John Lewis     GA-D
Pete SessionsTX-R
Spencer Bachus AL-R
Todd Young     IN-R
Ed Pastor    AZ-D
Ben Quayle    AZ-R
Don Mazullo IL-R
Tim Holden    PA-D
Glenn Thompson PA-R
Elijah Cummings MD-D

If you see your Rep on that list, your job is a little easier. They should already have a letter asking for their help. Yours may actually get a quicker response. Obviously, we can do a lot more - 435 take away 14 is 421. We have 421 to go!

I know this is not as easy as clicking and signing a petition. I know that this process actually might require more of your time than some other political action. But our goal is actually a simple one and is very, very attainable. We want Co-Sponsors and we want them of both political stripes. If we can get that, I have faith this legislation will pass.

So, how about it? Can you hold up your share of this log?

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  •  I have mailed this letter today (3+ / 0-)
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    DaNang65, AZ Independent, llbear

    The Honorable Christopher Smith
    4th Congressional District
    New Jersey

    Dear Congressman Smith:

            Re:    H.R. 2052, The Fort McClellan Health Registry

    Unfortunately these days many issues that come to congress are partisan and as a result are caught up in divisive arguments. There is, however, one area of government that we can all agree is of vital importance. That area is the support of our military men and women. And by this I mean the support of the individuals who serve our country.

    I know that you have been a strong supporter of the military during your history in congress and I am writing to ask for your support on a very important issue that is directly affecting a segment of our service members.

    The issue is the devastating and long-term health consequence of exposure to toxic chemicals that continues to plague both active duty and former service men and woman. In many cases these individuals are not receiving adequate after care and monitoring.

    We do not leave our brethren on the battlefield and we should not abandon them at home. What a shame that we ask our heroic soldiers to risk and sacrifice their health and their lives to protect our country, yet we will not do what is right for them.

    Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY21), has introduced H.R. 2052, The Fort McClellan Health Registry which would address this problem. Unfortunately this vital piece of legislation has been languishing without support. I am asking you to please add your name as a sponsor of the bill and to lend your influence with your peers of both parties to pass this bill. Imagine the signal that would be sent to our military and to our veterans if this bill were to pass the House with 435 votes! As a veteran of the Vietnam War I can tell you it would certainly make me proud.

    This issue is calling for a leader; I ask you to step up and help get this bill turned into law.

    Sincerely,

    Harvey K. Orens

    Hey dumb dumbs, if tax cuts created jobs, we would have so many jobs that we would glady let the illegals come in.

    by hkorens on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 07:42:05 AM PDT

  •  Haven't heard from Kurt Schrader. (2+ / 0-)
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    DaNang65, angelajean

    Would the person who contacted Don Manzullo please contact me? We can unleash a can of whoop-ass through some veterans groups within the district.

    Bring them all home NOW. There is no longer any excuse.

    by llbear on Mon Oct 03, 2011 at 09:28:40 AM PDT

  •  Will work for donuts. (2+ / 0-)
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    llbear, angelajean

    Today, a now former member of MCM, a person well known as a troll and even a "ghoul" to the group he usually purposefully antagonizes, published a vicious, ill informed, perverted attack on combat veterans who suffer from PTSD and unfortunately don't get effective help in dealing with it.

    In his usual, twisted modus operandi he seized on a snippet of a news story of a genuine tragedy lifted off the internet from his residence in Italy and perverted it into an attack on the walking wounded.

    I had never before used up my daily allotment of HR's. I barely made it halfway through the thread and my bagel bag was empty.

    Piling on is very, very rarely called for. In this case I am publicly begging for you, the Military Community Members of Daily Kos and our friends and allies who read here, to go and do exactly that.

    Hide rate that miserable skunk into the oblivion he deserves. Please contribute to the boney mojo he has well earned.

    http://www.dailykos.com/...

    Thank you.

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