VP40 SEAPLANE ERA squadron site
only 11 months before we all get together again for our reunion.
It will be on Oct 7-11,2020 in Jacksonville or St Augustine, FL
more info to come….
I have a new home phone # (828) 483-6422
cell still (828)423-2106
VP40 dues $20 per year are overdue.
It seems a few people pay and support our group.
The VAST majority of members do not pay their dues, I do not want to publish their names BUT please pay your 2018/2019 dues ASAP
I have been informed that our fiend Clarence “JAKE” Dieter passed away 7/9/2019
He had been battling cancer for awhile and it finally got him.
I will post more info when I receive it.
Father time is catching up to our ERA of comrades.. Lets try and stay in touch while we still can….
President Trump signed "THE BLUE WATER NAVY "bill
26 Jun 2019
Military.com | By Patricia Kime
President Donald Trump signed the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act into law late Tuesday, a move that will fast-track disability compensation for personnel with medical conditions related to the chemical herbicide Agent Orange.
The enactment follows a decades-long fight by sailors, Marines and others who served off the coast of Vietnam. The law means they will now get the same presumption as ground troops that certain diseases are connected to Agent Orange exposure.
According to Congress and the Department of Veterans Affairs, an estimated 90,000 veterans may be eligible for benefits under the law.
The legislation, H.R. 299, extends disability compensation to personnel who served off the coast of the Republic of Vietnam between Jan. 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, within 12 nautical miles of the coast of Vietnam and Cambodia, along a line of demarcation spelled out in the law.
Those eligible include veterans with one or more of the presumptive diseases whose claims were previously denied. It also includes those with new claims.
The bill also covers veterans who served in the Korean Demilitarized Zone between Sept. 1, 1967, and Aug. 31, 1971, as well as children with spina bifida born to veterans who served in Thailand between January 1962 and May 1975.
So please go to your local VA , sign up for Agent Orange exam and FILE FILE FILE your claims. The VA will start filing claims 1/1/2020 according to what my local VSO told me last night.
They are still haggling over what is the "12 mile" rule. Get your claim in ASAP
You think the system was slow before, stand by so get your filing in NOW.
Senate Passes Blue Water Navy Bill
I was informed yesterday that Jim passed away on June 8, 2019 from a heart attack.
He was an LT while in VP40 from 1964-1967
Here is a picture of Jim, Bruce and Chuck from our last reunion in Nashville in 2018.
Ron Meehan passed away May 8, 2019 at home. He had cancer and all the chemo etc. finally caught up with him.
RIP our friend
thanks to Tom Bigley for this info
The end of an era again and VP40 to the rescue
I have heard from Neil's daughter that Neil is in a nursing home now. His wife Dawn has been in there.
He is not doing good. Please keep them in your prayers
how many of you think this is true ???
leave a comment and let me know
yes siree !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!