SILVER ROSE NEWSLETTER
SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2003

What is the Order of The Silver Rose and it's
Mission?

1)  Our primary Missions are to see to it that all Vietnam Veterans and their families are aware of the fact that their exposure to Agent Orange Dioxins while serving in Vietnam and a few other select areas has made it very likely that they are prone to illness or cancer from more than 22 + Million gallons of AO Dioxins sprayed during the war.
The Veterans Administration and the Government currently recognizes 43 cancers and sicknesses (including Diabetes 2) and also Spina Bifida in the children of Vietnam Veterans. Few Veterans or the families of deceased Veterans are even aware that compensation can be received if they are suffering or deceased from one or more of these appalling illnesses.
We seek to warn all Vietnam Veterans that it is imperative that they receive a yearly full physical with catscans so that these cancers and sicknesses can be diagnosed in hopefully early stages.
2)  We seek to bring Honors and Recognition to any Vietnam Veteran living or deceased with the presentation of the Prestigious Order of the Silver Rose Medal and Award. The award is gratis You may go to our website at http://silverrose.org/ for more information and a downloadable application. We believe these Heroes deserve this recognition because Agent Orange was a weapon of war and thus qualifies them for the Purple Heart.
We offer the Silver Rose Award to these Heroes in lieu of the Purple Heart since our Government fails to Honor these illnesses as Combat related and that they fail to recognize the great sacrifices these victims have made to this Great Country for our Freedoms. The Silver Rose fills that void for these Heroes.



From the Desk of the National Director

Gary is in the processing of moving from New Orleans to Michigan.  Please note that his new mailing address is this:

Gary Chenett
7130 Anna Street
Grand Blanc, Michigan 48439
810-695-6052

Please send all applications to the new address and to expect a delay of receiving any awards in 4 to 6 weeks.

Gary’s email will remain the same and so will The Order of the Silver Rose website. 

Directors/Committee Reports

Robert "Bob" O. Baker West Central Texas Operations Director
U.S. Congressional reading by Ron Paul for October Agent Orange month
Ron's aide, Susan Ashbrooke just read the proposed proclamation to be read by Ron, small tweaks and she will finalize document, when she sends me copy I will forward to you. Reading will be Monday or Tuesday to the U.S. Congress in D.C. with Proclamation presented to me (On behalf of the Order of the Silver Rose) at the Saturday 25th of October Vietnam wall ceremony by either Ron Paul or Susan. (They are bringing a bus full of Vietnam Vets, many that I have helped with benefits over the phone and mailings ,and they all wanted to meet me, via the wall. It will be a busy week next week, I also have a Veterans benefits and Silver Rose booth set up at the wall. I will take lots of pictures, yes, you will get the appropriate ones.
Running manic, Highest level, I'm excited for the wall exhibit and all me friends from around Texas visiting.
Billee Culin Connecticut Operations Director
Gary, yesterday I had the honor to present three (3) Silver Roses to 3 of  our brothers in Woburn, MA. What a beautiful, wonderful and rewarding experience it was. There were approximately 80 people present to include
the Mayor of Woburn, MA State Representative to the House of Representatives, a Brigadier General, president of the Massachusetts Gold Star Mothers and many, many more special guests. It is a ceremony I will never forget. I have a copy of their agenda booklet, which I will put in the mail to you.
A number of the people present for the ceremony before it commenced asked me what was the Silver Rose all about. I incorporated in my talk about the Silver Rose our Mission Statement, which I read in it's entirety.
After the presentation and before the banquet, the representative of MA came up to me and asked me if I had a copy of our Mission Statement and if I could mail her a copy. She never knew anything about what was going on
About, NOT awarding the Purple Heart to our brave soldiers, now veterans. I told her that she could have the copy I read from. She said that she is going to go to The "Hill" with it. Perhaps this is a start. She is very much for our brothers and sisters.
Well, have to sign off for now. God bless you, Gary, and our other directors.
Carolyn Tyler SE Wisconsin Operations Director
Segment on Diabetes 11/03/04 missed a high risk group-Vietnam Vets
Diabetes is prevalent in the Vietnam Veterans. No where in the segment today did the early show or the doctor mention this fact. You must either include the facts and it's high-risk association in the Vietnam Vet population and / or do a separate show on diabetes and the agent orange link in the Vietnam Veteran in the immediate future. It is your responsibility to report all the facts not just a few.
The Veterans Administration is doing it's best to treat and locate veterans that served in country in Vietnam. It can't do it fast enough that is why veteran advocates within the Silver Rose Organization such as myself do it on our own. (See aol://1722:buddyview/The Order of the Silver Rose)
Diabetes is a recognized service connected illness if a vet served in Vietnam or in it's territorial waters. See 38 U.S.C. 1116 (a) (4) Also see court ruling Nehmer vs United States Department of Veteran Affairs CV-86-6160
If you want more information on diabetes and the agent orange link notify the Veterans Administration in Washington, DC, your local VA hospital, myself the undersigned. Gary Chenett, the National Director for the Silver Rose Organization can be reached at: (509) 595-8949
E-Mail: fuzzyfrog@2fords.net Gary can set you straight on what you really need to know on Agent Orange and the diabetes link.
All of us together can tell you the facts, it's association with service in Vietnam and how it has affected a large, forgotten population which needs to be reached. In addition, the American Diabetes Foundation needs to get off their duff and do the same. Perhaps the coverage the Early Show can give on this important issue can help us save lives while enabling those who served and preserved our freedoms live a more comfortable life. Early intervention is the difference between quality of life. The Vietnam vet deserves media attention and reporting of the facts when it comes to the illnesses and diseases associated with Agent Orange.
Linda Berry Ohio Operations Co-Director
I am writing to a few groups at once so you will all know about my weekend.
I traveled to Hamilton, Ohio to meet our Jennie LaFerver, to see the quilts and take a quilt block honoring Bernie.
If you haven't meet Jennie in person I will tell you now, you are missing out on a wonderful experience.
When I walked in the door she knew who I was immediately, She said Linda. I got the best reception and the most wonderful hug. It was as if I knew her forever and we had a bond, a bond that she and I held the same, Agent Orange took the lives of the men we love. She took me around and had a story from all the quilts. I have seen her husband’s, that she made just for him with love. I saw Gary's block from the Silver Rose, The Silver Rose quilt. The Wall was very moving; it was as though there was an energy generating from it.
Unfortunately, we had to leave to come home as it was a 4-hour drive that turned longer with the traffic.
My girls enjoyed meeting Jennie and it was a good experience for them.
Jennie gives the best hugs of anyone I have ever met.
Angie and Jackie were happy, as I, to see Laura again. To those that don't know, Laura is also a director for The Order of the Silver rose.

WELCOME TO OUR NEW DIRECTORS:

Marvin W. Woodbury  Maine Co-Operations Director
Johnny Pancrazio Nevada Operations Director



WITH SYMPATHY:

Cletus R. McKeown, Jr. DECEASED  South Carolina Operations Co-Director   We will miss you. http://nam-vet.net/cletus.htm

Silver Rose Medals Awarded
September 1st, 2003


 Sergeant James Rolla Miller U.S. Marine Corps #323-03
Specialist E-4 Ronald Earl Hill U.S. Army #324-03
Specialist E-4 Samuel Madison U.S. Army #325-03
Sergeant Michael C. Borg II U.S. Army #326-03
First Lieutenant John W> Barlow U.S. Air Force #327-03
E-5 Kenneth M. Ryder U.S. Army #328-03
Captain Jay Arthur Rice Sr. U.S. Army #329-03
Specialist E-5 Gerald R. Dennis U.S. Army #330-03
Master Sergeant Michael H. Swift U.S. Army #331-03
Staff Sergeant Thomas A. Rundles U.S. Army #332-03
Sergeant First Class David C. Bradshaw U.S. Army #333-03
PO-1 (CM-1) Teddy R. Reynolds U.S. Navy #334-03
First Sergeant Ralph C. Anderson U.S. Army #335-03
CW-2 Willie L. Crabtree U.S. Army #336-03
Chief Ronald B. Gagnon U.S. Navy #337-03
Master Sergeant Ross D. Moore U.S. Army #338-03
Specialist E-4 Michael John Joyner U.S. Army #339-03

Honorary Silver Rose Award
 
The Vietnam Veterans Assistance Fund #H-25-03

October 1st, 2003

 
Specialist E-4 Donald T. Brown U.S. Army #340-03
Chief Master Sergeant Rolf Johannessen U.S. Air Force #341-03
Sergeant First Class George Henry La Coste Jr. U.S. Army Deceased #342-03
HMC Gregg A. Elwood U.S. Navy #343-03
E-5 Ryland L. Sorenson U.S. Navy #344-03
Specialist E-4 Ignacio A. Duran U.S. Army #345-03
CW4 Lee Komich U.S. Army #346-03
CW3 Lawrence C. Yarnall Jr. U.S. Army #347-03
Private Natividad G> Rodriguez U.S. Army #348-03
Specialist E-5 Richard Mills King U.S. Army Deceased #349-03
Specialist E-4 Dean Everett Luethi U.S. Army #350-03
Staff Sergeant Frank Navarro U.S. Army #351-03
First Lieutenant Kenneth J. Mabe U.S. Army#352-03
Specialist E-4 Lee Jay Ward U.S. Army #353-03
Specialist E-5 Thomas F. Courbat U.S. Army #354-03
CW3 Joe Broadaway U.S. Army #355-03
Specialist E-4 Tommie Lawson Snead Jr. U.S. Army Deceased #356-03
E-3 David W. Hamilton U.S. Navy #357-03
Corporal John Leon Norton U.S. Army #358-03
Specialist E-4 Jesus M. Morales U.S. Army #359-03
Specialist E-5 Thomas Ferrington U.S. Army #360-03
Private First Class Danny Kaye Horn U.S. Army #361-03
Specialist E-4 Richard Paul Meyer U.S. Army #362-03
Captain Frank Joseph John Karasienski U.S. Air Force Deceased #363-03
PO3-PO2 James A. Morris U.S. Navy #364-03
Staff Sergeant Larry A. Nelson U.S. Army #365-03
Lance Corporal Johnny A. Wilson U.S. Marine Corps #366-03
Senior Master Sergeant William F. Clark U.S. Air Force #367-03
EO1 Marvin Guerry Stewart U.S. Navy #368-03
Sergeant Major Robert B. McClendon Jr. U.S. Army Deceased #369-03
E-3 David Leon Potter U.S. Navy #370-03
Specialist E-4 Richard DiCaprio Sr. U.S. Army #371-03
First Sergeant James B. Solomon U.S. Marine Corps Deceased #372-03
Specialist E-4 Ernest W. Simpson U.S. Army #373-03
Sergeant Ralph Gordon Cantile U.S. Marine Corps Deceased #374-03
First Sergeant James F. Sosebee U.S. Army Deceased #375-03
Specialist E-4 Guadalupe T. Loya U.S. Army #376-03
Staff Sergeant Patrick K. Blevins U.S. Army #377-03
Master Sergeant Harold R. Joll U.S. Army #378-03
Sergeant Wallace D. Goudeau U.S. Air Force #379-03
Specialist E-4 Chester Charles Dugas U.S. Army #380-03
Specialist E-4 Bruce A. Williams U.S. Army #381-03
Airman First Class Daniel J. Chandlee U.S. Air Force #382-03
Private First Class Justin J. Lang U.S. Marine Corps #383-03
Specialist E-5 Timothy M. Stachowski U.S. Army Deceased #384-03

Honorary Silver Rose Award
Kathy Upchurch #H-26-03
Linda Arellano #H-27-03


INFO

VA Presumptive AO Conditions [Vets]: The following health conditions are presumptively recognized for service connection. Vietnam veterans with any of these conditions do not have to show that the illness is related to their military service to get disability compensation. A current medical diagnosis of the condition and a DD Form 214 showing Vietnam Service is normally all that is needed to accompany a completed Veterans Application For Compensation or Pension VA Form Number 21-526.
1. Chloracne (must occur within 1 year of exposure to Agent Orange). Chloracne is a skin condition that looks like common forms of acne seen in teenagers. The first sign may be excessive oiliness of the skin. This is accompanied or followed by numerous blackheads. In mild cases, the blackheads may be limited to the areas around the eyes extending to the temples. In more severe cases, blackheads may appear in many places, especially over the cheekbone and other facial areas, behind the ears, and along the arms.
2. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a group of malignant tumors (cancers) that affect the lymph glands and other lymphatic tissue. These tumors are relatively rare compared to other types of cancer, and although survival rates have improved during the past two decades, these diseases tend to be fatal.
3. Soft tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, Kaposi’s sarcoma, or mesothelioma.) Soft tissue sarcoma is a group of different types of malignant tumors (cancers) that arise from body tissues such as muscle, fat, blood and lymph vessels, and connective tissues (not in hard tissue such as bone or cartilage). These cancers are in the soft tissue that occurs within and between organs.
4. Hodgkin’s disease is a malignant lymphoma characterized by progressive enlargement of the lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and by progressive anemia.
5. Porphyria cutanea tarda (must occur within 1 year of exposure.) Porphyria cutanea tarda is a disorder characterized by liver dysfunction and by thinning and blistering of the skin in sun-exposed areas.
6. Multiple myeloma is a cancer of specific bone marrow cells that is characterized by bone marrow tumors in various bones of the body.
7. Respiratory cancers, including cancers of the lung, larynx, trachea, and bronchus.
8. Prostate cancer is a cancer of the prostate and one of the most common cancers among men.
9. Peripheral neuropathy (transient acute or sub-acute. It must appear within 1 year of exposure and resolve within 2-years of date of onset.) A nervous system condition that causes numbness, tingling, and muscle weakness. This condition affects only the peripheral nervous system, that is, only the nervous system outside the brain and spinal cord. Only the transient acute (short-term) and sub-acute forms of this condition (not the chronic persistent form) have been associated with herbicide exposure.
10. Diabetes mellitus: Often referred to as Type 2 diabetes: A condition characterized by high blood sugar levels resulting from the body’s inability to respond properly to the hormone insulin.
11. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (Final rule and regulations pending). A disease that progresses slowly with increasing production of and older) who live in areas where it's offered.
VA health care providers occasionally see combat veterans with multiple unexplained symptoms or difficult-to-diagnose illnesses that can cause significant disability. Two new VA centers offer specialized evaluations for combat veterans with disabilities related to these difficult-to-diagnose illnesses. The centers, called War Related Illness and Injury Study Centers
* WRIISCs (pronounced "risks") are at the VA Medical Centers in Washington, DC, and East Orange, NJ. Veterans who were deployed to combat zones, served in areas where hostilities occurred, or were exposed to environmental hazards while on duty may be eligible for services.
[Source: NAUS Weekly Update for 22 August 2003]
VA Presumptive AO Conditions [Kids]: The following health conditions are presumptively recognized in children of veterans for service connection. Vietnam veteran’s children with any of these conditions do not have to show that their illness is related to their parent’s military service to get disability compensation. A current medical diagnosis of the condition and a DD Form 214 showing the parent’s Vietnam Service is normally all that is needed to accompany a completed Veterans Application For Compensation or Pension VA Form Number 21-526.
* Spina bifida (except spina bifida occulta): A neural tube birth defect that results from the failure of the bony portion of the spine to close properly in the developing fetus during early pregnancy.
* Other (than spinal bifida) disabilities in the children of women Vietnam veterans.
"Covered birth defects" means any birth defect identified by VA as a birth defect associated with the service of women Vietnam veterans in Vietnam from 28 FEB 61 to 7 MAY 75, and that has resulted, or may result, in permanent physical or mental disability. However, the term does not include a condition due to a familial (this is, inherited) disorder; birth-related injury; or fetal or neonatal infirmity with other well-established causes.
Covered birth defects include, but are not limited to, the following conditions:
(1) achondroplasia,
(2) cleft lip and cleft palate,
(3) congenital heart disease,
(4) congenital talipes equinovarus (clubfoot),
(5) esophageal and intestinal atresia,
(6) Hallerman-Streiff syndrome,
(7) hip dysplasia,
(8) Hirschprung’s disease (congenital megacolon),
(9) hydrocephalus due to aqueductal stenosis,
(10) hypospadias,
(11) imperforate anus,
(12) neural tube defects,
(13) Poland syndrome,
(14) pyloric stenosis,
(15) syndactyly (fused digits),
(16) tracheoesophageal fistula,
(17) un-descended testicle, and
(18) Williams syndrome.
** Not covered are conditions that are congenital malignant neoplasms, chromosomal disorders, or developmental disorders. In addition, conditions that do not result in permanent physical or mental disability are not covered birth defects. All birth defects that are not excluded under the language above are covered birth defects. [Source: Extracted from Agent Orange Review, Vol. 19, No 2, Dated July 2003]
Agent Orange exposure tied to CLL
WASHINGTON, October 20, 2003 - Chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or CLL, has been officially added to the list of diseases for which Vietnam War veterans can receive free-of-charge health care and disability compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs. American Legion National Commander John Brieden praised VA’s publishing of a final rule Thursday in the Federal Register that codifies VA Secretary Anthony Principi’s January announcement that the government will extend benefits to Vietnam veterans suffering from CLL.
“The Institute of Medicine found a link between CLL and exposure to the herbicide Agent Orange, and that finding is a sound basis on which to award just compensation and VA health care to Vietnam veterans suffering from the disease,” Brieden said. “Secretary Principi did the right thing by deciding to award these benefits back in January.
“The government still must carry out a large-scale study of the health and herbicide exposures of Vietnam veterans. The American Legion and Columbia University broke ground with a joint study conducted in the 1980s and a recent follow-up study. But the government must plan and fund a more comprehensive study because, obviously, the health of many Vietnam veterans shows the long-lasting effects of their wartime experiences. Certain veterans’ illnesses are related to exposure to Agent Orange or to some other hazardous conditions of battle. By doing a study, the government can determine what exactly is making them sick and grant them long-overdue health care and disability compensation.”
The 2.8 million-member American Legion is the nation’s largest veterans organization.
Veterans seeking more information about how to obtain benefits under the new regulation may call (800) 433-3318 to locate the nearest American Legion service officer.
Wall Commemoration Recognition: Every spring there is a ceremony alongside the Vietnam Veterans Memorial that commemorates those whose deaths were attributable to the Vietnam War but whose names are not on The Wall. These would include those who died from Agent Orange complications, suicide, etc. In order for a loved one to be honored at the In Memory ceremony, one must call the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund at (202) 393-0090 and request an application. The application must be returned with a copy of the DD-214, the death certificate, and two photographs. After the application has been reviewed and approved, the name will be added.
[Source: Wm. Sawyer http://silverrose.org SEP 03]
Agent Orange Retroactive Benefits: The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adding a new provision to its adjudication regulations concerning certain awards of disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC). The new rule explains that certain awards of disability compensation or DIC made pursuant to liberalizing regulations concerning diseases presumptively associated with herbicide exposure may be made effective retroactive to the date of the claim or the date of a previously denied claim. This can happen even if the claim date is earlier than the effective date of the regulation establishing the presumption. The new rule also provides that VA may pay to certain survivors of a deceased beneficiary, or to the beneficiary’s estate, any amounts the beneficiary was entitled to receive under the effective date provisions of this rule, but which were not paid prior to the beneficiary’s death. The purpose of this rule is to reflect the requirements arising from court orders in the class action litigation in Nehmer v. United States Department of Veterans Affairs, No. CV-86-6160 TEH (N.D. Cal.). Effective Date: September 24,2003. [Source: NAUS Update 5 SEP 03]
Veterans Rating Decision Codes and the Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) Application
Related Special Compensation (CRSC) Application (DD Form 2860 Test, May 2003).
During the next few months, tens of thousands of disabled military retirees will try to complete their Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) Application (DD Form 2860 Test, May 2003). However, many will experience difficulties because they can't locate and/or decipher the correct Department of Defense (DoD) and/or Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability ratings codes. Please recall that is it not uncommon for a particular disability/ailment not to have its own evaluation criteria assigned in VA regulations, and a closely related disease or injury was used for a Disability Rating Code and/or for a Diagnostic Code Number.
Consequently, if disabled military retirees "VA Rating Decision(s)" doesn't provide that critical data, please consider these three options.
First, if a veteran needs assistance to complete their Combat-Related Special Compensation (CRSC) Application (DD Form 2860 Test, May 2003), consider contacting their Uniformed Service Retirement Representatives or go to web site https://www.dmdc.osd.mil/crsc/ and request additional information and/or assistance.
Second, relying upon the Freedom of Information Act (5 USC 552) and the Privacy Act (5 USC 552a), please consider contacting the Department of Veterans Affairs and ask them for a free copy of your personalized M-13 report (Compensation and Pension Disability Record).
Third, and an extremely quicker means exists for a veteran to locate and/or define disability rating codes is available, that is if the veteran is able to rely upon the electronic versions (e-cfr) of Title 38, Part 4, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR). Here's two different ways to access 38 CFR.
First Method, GPO's Direct link:  http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/cfrhtml_00/Title_38/38cfr4_00.html
Provides at the bottom of the page.
Appendix A to Part 4 -- Table of Amendments and Effective Dates Since 1946 (Schedule for Rating Disabilities).
Appendix B to Part 4 -- Numerical Index of Disabilities (VA numerical Codes/Diagnostic Code Numbers provided before medically accepted ailment(s)/affliction(s) listing(s).
Appendix C to Part 4 -- Alphabetical Index of Disabilities (medically accepted name of ailment(s)/affliction(s) listings provided before VA numerical Codes/Diagnostic Code Numbers).
Source Material: THIS DATA CURRENT AS OF THE FEDERAL REGISTER DATED MAY 23, 2003.
Commissary Store and PX Privilages:  You must call 1-800-827-1000.  That is the VA. Then dial a 1 and then a 0.   When a VA service representative comes on the line have your claim number on hand and request a commissary store letter be generated for you.   It is computer generated.   You must ask them where to take the letter (an active duty base ) and there they will process you an ID card just like when you were in the service. You have to go there physically as they have to take your picture. You must do your own shopping you cannot send someone else.  Here is a loop hole though. If you qualify your wife also qualifies.  She can get the ID also, but you still have to be there with her.  There is another piece of paper you need, your marriage license copy with you and your DD214. Doc Judd
Effective Dates of Benefits for Disability or Death Caused By Herbicide  The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is adding a new provision to disability compensation and dependency and indemnity compensation (DIC) regulations. The new rule will allow certain disability claims associated with herbicide exposure to be awarded even if the same claims had been previously denied. Benefits awarded will be retroactive to the date of the claim or the date of the previously denied claim. The new rule also provides that VA may pay to certain survivors of a deceased beneficiary, or to the beneficiary's estate, any amounts the beneficiary was entitled to receive under the effective-date provisions of this rule, but which were not paid prior to the beneficiary's death. The purpose of this rule is to reflect the requirements of court orders in a class-action case. View this pdf  http://www.mbaa.org/industry/docs/03/68fr50965.pdf file to learn more about this benefit. To get more information on Veterans disability issues, visit the Veterans' Disability  http://www.military.com/ResourcesAlmanac/ResourcesKeyIndex/0,14015,33--1,00.html page.
SILVER ROSE APPLICATION NOW ON LINE:  The new application is now on the website. Thanks to Lady Di who spent over 10 hours working to put it on there. Her CPU is dying and she worked so hard to get it there. We owe her a great big thanks. http://silverrose.org/apply.html
Agent Orange Bracelets:   Ordering information, three different kinds will be available, personalized ones for living and deceased victims and a bracelet honoring Agent Orange Victims in general The bracelets are of light weight iodized aircraft aluminum and are $9.45 each including postage.
Colors available are gold , silver or black. Please state which color you desire. The words Agent Orange will appear on all of the bracelets
For personalized bracelets:
For the Deceased Victims please include birth date, death date and full name of victim
For the Living Victims please include birth date and full name of victim
The personalized bracelets can say widow, wife, friend etc. of the victim
Please state, which you desire
General bracelets will say "In honor of Agent Orange Victims"
Checks and money order accepted , no credit cards please.
Include the name and address to which the bracelet will be mailed.
All proceeds will go towards to the Quilts of Tears Project, which honors Agent Orange Victims, as it travels across the country to Vietnam Veterans Reunions and other Vietnam Veterans events.
Send order to:
Jennie R. Le Fevre
Founder of The Quilts of Tears
6400 W.Shady Side Rd
Shady Side ,MD 20764
AGENT ORANGE FLAGS
:  If you would like to buy an AO flag, first of all the price is fair and it goes to Vets. In fact if goes to the Vets that designed it. So if you buy one don't fear it's not made in China or worse yet Vietnam.   The flags are outdoor flags with grommets and are 3 ft by 5 ft.
Write and send your money to the following
Michigan VVA State Council
Attention!!! AO Flag
30039 Beachwood Street
Garden City, Michigan 48135-2332, they are only $39.95 and that includes shipping. This brings them in about $20.00 less than any others I have found. And the money goes to some great people. Vets, just like us.
If you order any tell them Gary sent you from the Silver Rose, not that they will give you a deal but it will let them know that the ground they broke years before anyone knew about AO is now getting plowed up good and much is Thanks to Them...
If you ever visit my home you will see all 3 flags always flying in my courtyard. 24/7. Gary
VA Handbook: The 2003 edition of “Federal Benefits for Veterans and Dependents” is now available on the VA web site at http://www.va.gov/pubaff/fedben/Fedben.pdf This booklet lists the variety of federal benefits available to military veterans and their dependents. Topics covered include health care enrollment, VA claim filing, burial and survivor benefits, and workplace benefits. The booklet is being printed now and distribution will begin 4 APR 03.

Agent Orange Ad/Posters

ATTENTION VIETNAM VETERANS:
22 Million Gallons of Agent Orange Dioxins!!!!!
More than 43 Cancers and sicknesses "approved by the VA"
Plus Spina Bifida in our Children!!!!!
Is that reason enough for you to get a full physical every year and a CAT scan?????
“PM” (Preventive Medicine) Could Save Your Life………….

Please go to this site and print off the Agent Orange ad.  Help to distribute and place in newspapers and newsletters.   http://silverrose.org/ao-ad.html

Also, go to this site and print off the Silver Rose Poster and put up so we can spread the word.  http://silverrose.org/tearad.html

Volunteer Needed

Why and how to be a volunteer or director.  If you are interested in helping the Silver Rose by spreading the word of Agent Orange cancers and sickness, please distribute the information on the Silver Rose site.  silverrose.org   Please consider being a Director or volunteer. 

Donations/Merchandise/Raffle

We have just received a shipment of Silver Rose Pins. The pin is 1 inch in diameter and an exact copy of the very prestigious Silver Rose Medal.  The cost is only $5.00 OR 3 for $13.00 including shipping.  You can order it on line at http://silverrose.org/donation.html or contact the nearest Silver Rose Director.

SILVER ROSE PATCHES NOW AVAILABLE:  We now have gorgeous Silver Rose patches available for you. They are 3 and 1/2 inches in Diameter and can be purchased either on our website via bankcard or from your local Silver Rose Director or write me directly if you would like to purchase one by check or cash. They are only $5.00 OR 3 for $13.00 shipping included when purchased online. Visit the website to see a photo of these gorgeous patches.

Questions/Answers/Comments

I just had a Veteran visit me with his award letter. the following was written on it and I have never seen it before in part it said,
"Issue of Diabetes Mellitus Type II (herbicide) (Nehmer granted) is deferred in accordance with a 9/22/03 Federal Court Opinion in the case of PVA et. Al V. Secretary of Veterans Affairs."
This Veteran has to take insulin shots daily and has been receiving 20% for that. but appealed for more disability based on his progressive illness. Does anyone have a answer for this?
One more very interesting item, I think you will finds intriguing, I went to the VA yesterday to see the head of Psychiatry. I asked for a letter confirming my PTSD and the fact that I was treated while here in New Orleans to carry to the VA in Michigan, in case they question my 100%.
She told me the VA here at least will no longer refer to GAFF scores, it seems that they have had to many incidents of Violence and anger shown by Vets when their GAFF comes back higher than they think it should be. In fact they have had to make many arrests. So they have dropped mentioning Gaff's on letters and in VA correspondence.
She wrote me a great letter reassuring Michigan that I was indeed suffering badly from PTSD but again unlike her last letter that she wrote last year she would not write a GAFF score in it.
Thought you might want to know this. I don't know if this is a National thing or just regional here in New Orleans.  Gary
The VA usually pays 20% for diabetes until a veteran needs to start using insulin and diet to control it, then they usually boost it to 40% when a letter or VA Form 21-4138 (Statement In Support Of A Claim) is filed by the Veteran or his/her VSO. I have encountered no problems having the rate increased in those instances,
VA stopped using GAF Scores last year and rely on stressors and diagnosis to establish the percentage of disability. A strong statement from the psychologist or psychiatrist is really helpful now. They increased my percentage from 50% to 70% based on the evaluation I received. Even though the doctor used a GAF Score in my evaluation it was ignored by the VA.  Johnny
I believe this is a national thing. When I asked to view my records I was told often the VA does not allow for those with PTSD unless the doctor is immediately available. It seems I was told that some people get seriously upset when they see what is said about them. I said, I couldn't care less. The worse the doctor talks about me, the better for my claim. Right?   Carolyn in Wisconsin
GAF of Global assessment of Functioning has to be used on both AXIS IV and AXIS V, to have a proper diagnosis in compliance with DSM-IV. It must be your area only, Roy B. had his C & P exam last week and was rated Axis IV Present - GAF 45, AXIS V annual GAF was deferred as the Dr. has not had him as a patient for the year.
If you look at the rating decision for Charlie Lee I sent you last week, you will see the same NEHMER reference/s on it.   Bob

Monday, October 27, 2003 5:43 PM   Senate Class Action Bill
Dear Mr. Chenett,
As you may know, we won a narrow victory last week in the U.S. Senate on the Class Action bill. By a vote of 59-39 the Senate voted against invoking cloture on the Motion to Proceed to the Class Action bill, which would have brought the bill to the Senate floor.
Although there were many heroes in this narrow victory, Senator Mary Landrieu's vote was critical, and it is essential that we thank her for her vote.
Please call Senator Landrieu's office and tell her you are a constituent and that you appreciate her vote and her strong support for civil justice.
The direct line to Senator Landrieu's office is 202-224-5824.
If you want to follow up this call with a faxed letter, the fax number is 202-224-9735.
This vote was a critical victory, but the margin was slim. Thank you, in advance, for taking the time to thank a friend of civil justice. PLEASE ACT TODAY!
Sincerely,
Gerson H. Smoger

Saturday, October 11, 2003 1:04 PM

Extremely informative website. I have a brother who was on the USS Herbert J. Thomas that was involved in 3 different sprayings by the Department of Defense in the middle 60's. He has been diagnosed with Rheumatoid Arthritis, Fibromyalgia, plus other smaller aliments.
The VA, of course, has denied his claim. I realize that the SHAD Program is starting similar to that of Agent Orange and will take some time to be recognized and dealt with by the VA. Do you have any information or thoughts that maybe helpful in getting him so compensation? Would appreciate any help you may be able to provide.   Thanks. Douglas G. Birge

Sunday, October 12, 2003 1:28 PM
My 15 yr. old daughter has been complaining about back pains for a few months now. We got her a new mattress, chiropractors visits, exercises but nothing helped. So late last week she was brought to a General Practitioner who took x-rays and found my daughter’s spine just barely closed at birth
but has "scars" from a spinal bifida deformity. He is just a GP & my wife & I would like to have my daughter examined by a specialist. Is there any advice you or your advisors can share with me?
Thank You  Harry P Jouben



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September 5th 2003
Served in RivDiv 573 from 9-68-9-69. We were in the river every day, and sprayed on several occasions. I was diagnosed with prostate cancer in Oct 2002 and had a radical prostectomy  Nov 5, 2002, so far have a clean bill of health since surgery, but feel like I am just waiting for the next "bullet" to hit me.
I really appreciate all you are doing to bring about some "justice" for us vets who have been dodging the "Bullets" since we got back. PTSD is a miserable way to spend a lifetime! JM

October 3rd 2003
Great Site. Served VN with e/82nd Arty (Avn) 1st Cavalry Div., Jul1968-Jul1969 Camp Evans and Phuoch Vinh. Prostrate cancer skin diseases and fighting VA for PTSD. Trying to get evidence of stressors, but unfortunately two individuals who could verify have passed away, one in combat and the other cancer.  Locating efforts under way in other areas while the VA is waiting for us to die before they have to deal with us. Will pass this sight on to every VN vet I run into from here on out. Keep the info coming. As far as the 2nd appeals court ; they have upheld the right of VN vets that didn't get in the first suit the right to also sue the chemical Co's.  Keep up the good work and the helpful info coming. We will be going thru your site often looking for help for all VN veterans. To all you vets WELCOME BACK and keep fighting.  DH