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 21 + Million gallons of AO Dioxins sprayed during the war.
The Veterans Administration and the Government currently recognizes 42 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 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.

"Without the Assistance of the National Vietnam Veterans of America,
  The National Vietnam Veterans of America, National Agent Orange Committee and the Vietnam Veterans of America Assistance Fund it would be impossible for the Silver Rose to exist We Thank Them"    Please email or write them and Thank them for their help and care they have offered and it is known and appreciated by you .

From the Desk of the National Director

Greetings and Welcome Home to all of my friends.
I have some new direction that I hope everyone is interested in. We have grown beyond belief. The amount of Silver Roses given this year over last year will more than double. So we are moving the right direction taking care of our sick and deceased Brothers and sisters.
I would like you all to set your sights on your local Veterans club and favorite websites.
Most Veterans clubs publish newsletters and websites offer links, usually every month sometimes more. Approach then and ask them to please place our warning to veterans to get yearly physicals with cat scans, Don't ask them to do it once ask them to do it every month, Any vets group or website that does this will receive a special gift from me here at the Silver Rose. You can inform them that not only will they be saving lives but that they will be bringing new life to their club. We will actively help them build their
Agent Orange committee so that they can bring the Silver Rose to all of their members living or deceased. They just need to fill out the application and send it with the proper paperwork found on our website at I have some tremendous information they can share with their membership and they will be doing something very positive for their community.
This is a life and death matter, No one is trying to get Agent Orange committees organized like we are. It's such a positive additional to any Veterans club regardless of it's affiliation, We have complete presentation info that we will send so all they have to do is show up. Also if you submit a friend for a Silver Rose Please make sure that you note in the upper right hand of their application that you would like to make the presentation. I will then send the award directly to you so you can make this person or family have a very special day and make the presentation yourself if you like or you can pick a Special person you know to do it. Politicians love to do these things and the media loves to give it attention.
I will also have special recognition for you if you do this.
Remember we have lost over 300.000 Veterans from AO since the war and it's not going to stop. We are the only ones that can try and slow this terrible loss of life.
Finally we of course always can use donations. First of all if you know of a terrific grant rider I need them bad. Secondly pennies,, nickels and dimes all add up to help sustain us. No donation is to small.
God Bless you all and Thanks for letting me lead you in this crazy firefight of trying to save our loved ones. My favorite quote was by Winston Churchill when he was invited to speak at his former high school. He walked to the podium with the press and millions of people around the world listening and said just 2 words. "NEVER QUIT" I won't and I hope you will stay with me through this coming years.
By the time you receive this we ill have a special new Silver Rose Memorial piece available for you to buy a raffle ticket on or purchase. It's on the website so check it out under the heading "Silver Rose" merchandise available for purchase. It's something very gorgeous and unique and I know you will be proud to have it in your home. It will also be engraved with a name if you like at no charge or if you win it you can have it personalized..

Directors/Committee Reports

Laura Zolman Ohio Operations Co-Director
Things going well, no money, but vets coming and asking questions--one came back to let me know he had been on the website--enjoyed what he read. Have invitation to speak at a near by Rolling Thunder meeting--checked calendar and think I can put in my schedule for their next months meeting. I also spoke to them about them emailing all they know within the group and whoever--said they wanted to see about putting an article in their mag--told them talk to you Gary. Have met many interesting people--vets and others---the vets of course have many not so good stories of the VA--but I try to console them and let them know I care and encourage them to NEVER give up.  Not to let the gov beat them for what is due them. And of course as you all know--they are pleased to learn of the SR. One thing I will repeat is how younger people are responding--interested what is Agent Orange?   Nice to have their interest--one thing with the posters that say---Agent Orange Info---the words Agent Orange are NOT dying from the English language---as so many of our vets have done.  I don't want this horrible pain/tragedy to be forgotten.  Those words speak to those of you that have been there/done that--and the words/story of Agent Orange/dioxins must be spoken. This will be my short day---I am going in shortly and will return about 11:00-12:00 tonight.  Friend is covering booth for me this am.  I hate to NOT be there any minutes, myself, but I pushed a little to hard in too little time--and it caught me yesterday afternoon.  So slowed today--as the days go towards the weekend--the attendance goes up.  It has also rained here--yesterday and today--but later in the week--weather is too be great and that is good for attendance too. I feel even if there has been no money at this time---the info of the SR and Agent Orange is going forth and that is my main goal for the fair. And information outlet.

David C. Miller, Florida Director Order of the Silver Rose and National POW/MIA Committee
We just returned from the Northeast USA Vietnam Veterans Reunion (4th annual) up in the Catskill Mountains of Freehold, New York. I had the distinct honor of doing a formal Silver Rose presentation for Lance Corporal Walter Boes.  I did it right before I did the formal POW/MIA Memorial Ceremony. Had several Honor Guards and had Walter escorted up for the ceremony.  It went very well.
I had been sick the day before, having some severe fatigue problems again and also bleeding. But it went very well. Had to get back to home for some VA appointments for some new masses they found. Going tomorrow A.M. for some cat scans and biopsies.
I think the local paper gave us some great coverage for the ceremony. I handed out a lot of business cards to people who wanted information concerning the Silver Rose.
Keep up the great work brother and keep safe!!   Yours in comradeship and service,

Jennie Lefevre Maryland Operations Director  Hello to All, Many have said the Quilts of Tears are really the back side of the Wall, or the other side of the Wall, which ever term you wish to use. However, that is the way it was at Salt lake City, Utah this past weekend. The Quilts were displayed in a small building behind the Wall. This, in no way, took away from the existence of the Quilts, there were signs everywhere pointing to their site. Indeed, they were for the very first time, figuratively speaking, the other side of the Wall.
Displayed in the building was works of art by a Vietnam Veteran, his nightmares of Vietnam, very graphic paintings, his horrors of war. In three adjoining rooms were hung the Quilts of Tears. People stood in the hot sun, as many as 50 deep, to enter the building, tears and hugs were shared by all. I was delighted to meet Gary Knight from the VVA talklist e-mail group, was great to put a face to a name. Gay and I had a nice long chat and we shared hugs and smiles.
Between eight and ten thousand people a day attended the three-day event. I ran out of free gift items I had for the veterans, ran out of my handout literature about the Quilts, used up all of my business cards, my guest book became full and new pages had to be printed up. The entire event was awesome. Tears rolled down the faces of the people viewing the quilts, and I handed out tissues by the hands full.
I was able to meet again with a Vietnam Vet whom I had met at a Silver Rose ceremony, at Salt Lake City, five years earlier. He walked into the building and shouted, “Front and Center, Jennie Le Fevre.” Did we share hugs, I was so glad to see him again. He helped me with the display for the entire three days, When I took my breaks, he was my spokesman and did very well. Between the two of us, we really informed the public about Agent Orange, he showed the people his block in the Quilts.
The end of the closing ceremony was very special, they requested all veterans to come forward and stand in front of the Wall, I was overcome with pride and joy to stand with such honorable men and women, my fellow veterans. I was near tears. We joined hands, held them high in the air and sang Lee Greenwood’s “ God bless the U.S.A.”, we then turned and saluted the Wall.
An incident happened at Salt Lake City airport security checkpoint, on my return home. They wanted to go through my carry on bag, The inspector had detected two large round metal objects in my rollup jewelry case tucked in the corner of my carry on bag. I knew what they were. But he had to check them out for himself, and soon everyone within hearing distance knew what they were too.
I said very loudly to the inspector, the first round object is the Silver Rose medallion presented to Agent Orange victims and their survivors, and I said, I am a widow of an Agent Orange Victim. The second round object was the Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm medal, a gift to me at the event, from the Vietnam Veteran whom I had met five years earlier and who had helped me at the event. By the time I was finished, everyone knew what the medals were and what they meant to me. I quietly closed my suitcase and proceeded on my way, with a smile on my face. Another Quilts of Tears mission accomplished. Now for a little rest, until next month in Ohio. Hugs and Smiles, Jennie

REP Roger Landry Maine Operations Director   Hi Gary and all,   I hope this finds you all doing well and in good health. Gary asked me to write to everyone concerning the roles of our state legislators and how to use this system to be heard. After spending one session in the Maine state legislature and sitting on the committee for veteran affairs I have learned a lot. First of all, state reps and senators carry a lot more clout with the folks in D.C then most people think.  Since my term began I have had more federal doors opened to me that never were before. Your state politicians can get very involved with VA health care in particular.  For example.  In Maine we have a new health care plan that we designed for lower income folks and the otherwise uninsured. Well, when I saw this reform starting to take shape, I submitted a proposed amendment to it that calls for a governors task force to research the VA health care system in Maine.  I was appointed chairman of that task force and I met with my U.S. congressman, got their support, and I am now researching ways to force the VA to expand health care to veterans across the state, especially in the rural areas where some vets are driving 5 to 7 hours for VA health care. Their are a couple of options available to the VA that I plan to discuss with VA Director Principi and my congressmen in Jan 2004 after the task force reports to my governor. Sure, this project is time consuming and it takes a lot of coordinating, but hell, that’s what I was elected to do!
I do a lot of constituency help calls for the veterans all over the state. Because I have 10 years experience as a patient, an advocate, a lobbyist a Director, and a volunteer with the VA system I can get the answers these folks need and in a short period of time. Now, I know what you’re thinking, "Damn Rog, my rep doesn’t have the background that you do!" He/she probably doesn’t but that doesn’t matter. If you go on line to your state legislative web page, I.E., you will find the name of your rep or senator and their email/phone numbers and addresses. You can also learn who is on the joint standing committee for Veterans Affairs, I promise you that there is one in every state, most states have that committee handle matters of election processes, gambling, liquor control, election funds, ethics and emergency management in addition to veteran affairs. You may find that your legislature is in session all year around or maybe for 6 months each year like I am. You don’t have to go through your particular legislator for a vet question or concern. My goodness, I get mail, calls, and emails from all over the state. You can learn which legislator is on the vet affairs committee and is he or she a veteran? Which legislator is a disabled vet in the House or Senate? I am the only disabled veteran in the entire Maine Legislature so what does that tell you about our state priorities when it comes to veteran issues? mmmm?
My point here good people is simple, I know that somewhere hidden in the bowels of every state legislature there is a veteran of some sort, hopefully, that person is a combat vet and possibly even a disabled vet. If your House Speaker or your Senate President are smart, they will appoint their best vet to the veterans affairs committee. If that is not the case don’t be discouraged, go through someone on that committee anyway with your concerns. Use this person as your advocate to get next to your U.S. Congressman or U.S. Senator. When you contact your rep or senator treat them with respect, in spite of your anger over the situation or their inability to fix the problem if that occurs. I can’t tell you how many requests I’ve had in the last year that were shouted at me with colorful but inappropriate language. I didn’t let it turn me off, but I’m not every other politician either! Give them enough time to research your concern and find a solution, BUT, don’t leave the matter hanging either. By this I mean give them a date or day when you would like a response and be reasonable. If part of their response is to ask you to keep them abreast of the matter after then please do, they may want to use your situation to submit a new law locally.
I hope that I have given you some useful advice, which was my intent. The bottom line is communicate effectively be being vocal, getting the factual date before you call, and listening to their response. Remember, you voted them into office and you can vote them out. Its a fact that most people forget the good that you do for them, but if you let them down, they become elephants and remember it forever! Please feel free to contact me if I can ever be of any help to any of you. Meanwhile be well all, and please keep up the good work that you do for the Order. Best regards,

Nancy Rekowski Assistant National Co-Director:  Dear Brothers and Sisters of the Silver Rose
The VVA Convention in St. Louis went far past my expectations. The VVA was gracious enough to give us the first booth as you entered the door and their was always at least 3 or 4 people at the display. Some just hung around for a while to chat with us and other passer-by's, some kept returning to bring a friend, ask more questions, share their experience of AO or their receipt of the SR.  My only regret was that I didn't have the foresight to have a questbook to sign. (Next time)
A special thank you to Betty Evans from the PA State Council who manned the booth from 8:30am-6:30PM daily. Betty is one of the kindest women you will ever meet. Assisting Betty was our own John Schneidermeyer, Walt Hendrikson and Gary Schreiber. Thanks also to Billee Culin who carted 'tons' of SR items for us and continuing to be a GREAT spokesperson for the SR within the ranks of VVA. More thanks to the love of my life, Bernie who built the SR table display that received many, many compliments and drew in hundreds of visitors. (Smooch)
Maxwell Medals & Awards bent over backwards to make sure that we received the glass SR award on time.  Our sincere appreciation to them.
One of the things I did when I talked with people at the booth was to ask them hold the SR medal in their hands. My thought was that they would feel the weight of the medal and realize how substantially it was built but, something greater happened. Yes, they felt the weight, but not of the medal. They felt a weight of sadness for themselves and their brothers and sisters lost to AO. Some teared up and a few had a difficult time releasing the medal because at last they had a tangible and meaningful object to hold and feel connected to others in their situation. I also learned that those not affected (yet) by AO are not grateful, they are fearful. Burdened by not "if" but "when". I heard many (unsolicited) comments on the true value of the medal being on the back side not the front.
I was pleased that Walt Hendrikson was the raffle winner of the glass. Walt had his heart set on it and purchased the majority of the tickets. Congratulations Walt!
We had many celebrities visit our table, US Rep. Lane Evans, movie & TV series star Troy Evans. You all may remember Troy as Sgt. Pepper from China Beach and now plays on TV’s ER. Troy is a Vietnam Veteran and was extremely friendly and interested in the SR Mission. Also met Lee Teter, the famed artist who gave the world the print, "Reflections." He also took an interest in hearing about our mission.
Other Highlights; Billee presented VVA Pres. Tom Corey with an HSR. John Rowan, NY proudly wore his SR to the banquet on Sat. night. (Yes, we got pics) Learned that many chapters have a SR committee chair and put SR applications in their newsletters. Jim Fowle and Rich & Diane Meyer are interested in becoming directors. Was invited to make the SR ceremony part of next convention.
My sincerest appreciation to all of you  for your hard work. There were few people at the convention that have not heard of us. We honor you for this! Blondie

Hal and Maddy Laffin, Canada Co-Directors:  Hal and Maddy attended the Cross Border Run in Quebec this July.  Hal said a speech telling the Vietnam Veterans that they may have a time bomb inside them and they should get a complete physical with a C scan.  He informed them about the Order of the Silver Rose, the illnesses caused by Agent Orange and what they should do.  Maddy gave out info packages to anyone interested. 

Margaret (Marge) Blankenship Alaska Operations Director
Al Meyers New York Operations Co-Director
Lester and Edith Montgomery Virginia Operations Co-Directors
Cletus R. McKeown, Jr.  South Carolina Operations Director
Jay Fowle  New Jersey

Silver Rose Medals Awarded
JUNE 1, 2003
Sergeant Kenneth E. Young
U.S. Army #183-03
Sergeant Laurier A. Archambeault U.S. Air Force #184-03
Specialist E-4 Chuck Pettijohn U.S. Army #185-03
Master Sergeant David J. Perrine U.S. Army #186-03
Speciallist E-4 Darryl F. Shumaker U.S. Army #187-03
Master Sergeant Walter Erby Grice Jr. U.S. Army #188-03
Gunnery Sergeant Noble Jewett Craft Jr. U.S. Marine Corps #189-03
Staff Sergeant Jerry White U.S. Air Force
Technical Sergeant William A. Bowman U.S. Air Force #191-03
Senior Master Sergeant Donald G. Comber U.S. Air Force #192-03
Specialist E-4 John Robert Waters
U.S. Army #193-03
HM-2 James E. Sellers Jr. U.S. Navy #194-03
Specialist E-4 Charles A. Ruth Jr. U.S. Army Deceased #195-03
HMCS Odis Eugene Thomas U.S. Navy Deceased #196-03
Sergeant Don Warshaw U.S. Army #197-03
Specialist E-5 Layne Grant Riley U.S. Army #198-03
Specialist E-4 Max L. Oakley U.S. Army #199-03
Sergeant Jimmie Salazar U.S. Army
E-4 HM3 Thomas S. Naples U.S. Navy #201-03
Specialist E-4 Paul F. Zweber U.S. Army #202-03
Specialist E-5 Thomas John Coufal U.S. Army Deceased #203-03
Specialist E-4 John Gary Harrigan U.S. Army #204-03

June 15th, 2003
Master Sergeant Paul W. Leach U.S. Marine Corps Deceased #205-03
Sergeant First Class Richard Leland Gibson U.S.Army Deceased
Private First Class Timothy James Bennett U.S. Marine Corps
Deceased #207-03
Sergeant First Class Alfrey Ray Martin Jr. U.S. Army #208-03
Specialist E-4 Gerald Wade Henderson
U.S. Army #209-03
Specialist E-4 Tommy R. Markham U.S. Army #210-03
Master Sergeant Robert L. WIlliams U.S. Army #211-03
Staff Sergeant Warren Alden McGlashing U.S. Army #212-03
Specialist E-4 Werner Brudke U.S. Army #213-03
SN E-3 Calvin Marshall Jones U.S. Navy #214-03
Master Sergeant Charles D. Norton U.S. Air Force #215-03
Sergeant Hubert A. Jackson U.S. Army #216-03
Specialist E-4 James D. Nelson U.S. Army #217-03
Corporal Mervyn L. Stanaway U.S. Marine Corps #218-03
Corporal Robert Anthony Cole U.S. Marine Corps #219-03
Sergeant Autry Rogers Cambie U.S. Army #220-03
Sergeant Robert Stephen Hammett U.S. Air Force
E-6 Richard K. Murray U.S. Navy #222-03
First Sergeant Owen Robinson U.S. Army #223-03
CW4 Cletus Roger McKeown U.S. Army

July 1st, 2003
Master Sergeant Thomas Hugh Bryce U.S. Marine Corps #225-03
Specialist E-4 Michael C. BOwen U.S. Army #226-03
Specialist E-4 Thomas DuganU.S. Army
Specialist E-4 Henry Hollowell Glavin U.S. Army #228-03
Sergeant First Class Avery Wendell Hall
U.S. Army #229-03
Master Sergeant Clifton E. HughesU.S. Army #230-03
First Sergeant Joseph F. Wszolid Sr. U.S. Army #231-03
Speicalist E-4 Leonard J. Staggs U.S. Army #232-03
Private Dennis P. Walsh U.S. Army #233-03
Staff Sergeant James A. WIlliams U.S. Army #234-03
Specialist E-4 Henry H. King U.S. Army #235-03
Specialist E-4 Richard Cody Perry U.S. Army #236-03
AME3 Irving W. Robertson U.S. Navy #237-03
Sergeant Gerald L. Kervin U.S. Army #238-03
Specialist E-4 Thomas John Sanborn U.S. Army #239-03
Sergeant Major Peter J. Purol Sr. U.S. Army #240-03
Staff Sergeant Jay M. Fowle U.S. Air Force
Sergeant First Class Earl Gene Taylor U.S. Army #242-03
Staff Sergeant Robert M. "Mike" Taylor U.S. Aie Force #243-03
Specialist E-4 John W. Rudd U.S. Army
Deceased #244-03
HM3 Albert Carl Forster U.S.Navy Deceased #245-03
Private First Class John L. Stephen U.S. Army
Deceased #246-03
Sergeant Daniel F. Foote U.S. Army #247-03

Honorary Order of the Silver Rose
 Russell "Sarge" Lintecum #H-20-03
August 15th, 2003
AO2 Lawrence M. Mitchell U.S. Navy #248-03
Specialist E-4
Kenneth Lee BukoskiU.S. Army #249-03
BUL2 E-5 Owen J.A. Quigley U.S. Navy
CM2 E-5 Donald L. Tocci U.S. Navy #251-03
Staff Sergeant Sulie Bourque U.S. Marine Corps #252-03
Sergeant Esteban M. Valdez U.S. Army #253-03
Sergeant First Class Joe Mark Rodriguez U.S. Army #254-03
Sergeant Victor A. Pati U.S. Army #255-03
Master Sergeant Richard E. "Dick" Kohler U.S. Air Force Deceased #256-03
HM2 Robert L. Allen U.S. Navy #257-03
Staff Sergeant Roger E. Egleston U.S. Air Force #258-03
Child of Vietnam Veteran Suffering from AO Spina Bifida Jason C. Bower #259-03
CS3 E-4 Donald R. Butler U.S. Navy #260-03
Specialist E-5 Gary L. Loomis U.S. Army #261-03
Staff Sergeant Bob H. Peaden U.S. Army #262-03
Corporal Robert D. Eckert U.S. Marine Corps #263-03
Specialist E-5 Earnest E. Garrison U.S. Army #264-03
Specialist E-5 William Roy Kampfert U.S. Army
Sergeant First Class Ronald W. Fisher U.S. Army #266-03
Specialist E-4 Charlie Murphy Jr. U.S. Army #267-03
Specialist E-5
Joseph Louis Ruzich Jr. U.S. Army #268-03
Sergeant First Class Albert Haywood U.S. Army #269-03
Private First Class Franklin D. Wilson Sr. U.S. Marine Corps #270-03
Sergeant First ClassRichard A. Rock U.S. Army #271-03
Sergeant William E. Stiefvater U.S. Army #272-03
Lieutenant Colonel Malcolm R. Dixon U.S. Army #273-03
Master Sergeant Willy O. Grosslinger. U.S. Air Force #274-03
Specialist E-5
Mark R. Carney U.S. Army #275-03
Specialist E-4 Werner Brudke U.S. Army #276-03
Sergeant First ClassRoger L. Cantwell U.S. Army #277-03
Specialist E-4 Anthony Wade Johnson
U.S. Army #278-03
Corporal Charles A. Black U.S. Marine Corps
Specialist E-4 Gary DeWayne Holder U.S. Army #280-03
Specialist E-4 Andrew J. Soltis U.S. Army #281-03
Command Sergeant Major Robert Leo Ohmes U.S. Army #282-03
Sergeant Jesse Daniel Brown III U.S. Air Force #283-03
William R. Bennett U.S. Army #284-03
Specialist E-4
Alfred Roybal U.S. Army #285-03
Staff Sergeant Joseph Bernstein U.S. Marine Corps #286-03
Colonel William T. Byerly U.S. Air Force #287-03
Sergeant First Class Hugh Edward Simmons Jr U.S. Army #288-03
QM3 E-4 David E. Collins U.S. Navy #289-03
Specialist E-4 Rex G. Wilson U.S. Army #290-03
Sergeant Johnie F. Sprowl U.S. Army #291-03
Specialist E-4 David Glen Carlson U.S. Army #292-03
Specialist E-5 Robert J. Bennett U.S. Army #293-03
Corporal George Maniatty U.S. Marine Corps#294-03
Staff Sergeant Donald F. Smith U.S. Army #295-03
Specialist E-4 James R. Mackrill U.S. Army #296-03
Sergeant Anthony Wayne Mustifa U.S. Air Force #297-03
Sergeant First Class Jack Francis Griffin U.S. Army #298-03
Specialist E-4 Julio M. Ilarraza Pizarro U.S. Army #299-03
HMC Lee Lewis U.S. Navy #300-03
Specialist E-5
David J. Dabiere U.S. Army #301-03
CS2 George Brent Horgan U.S. Navy #302-03
Specialist E-4
Joseph J. Pisciotta U.S. Army #303-03
Captain Howard D. Campbell U.S. Army
Sergeant Duane Dishong U.S. Army #305-03
Staff Sergeant Ray R. St. John U.S. Army #306-03
Specialist E-4 Alan M. Boesch U.S. Army #307-03
Specialist E-4 Bob D. Killins U.S. Army #308-03
Sergeant First Class William R. LeBus U.S. Army #309-03
Sergeant First Class Gerald H. LeBlanc U.S. Army #310-03
Sergeant John Oliver Chewning U.S. Army #311-03
Specialist E-4 Patrick J. Bush U.S. Army #312-03
Major Joe L. Riggins U.S. Army #313-03
Private Robert L. Bundy U.S. Army #314-03
Corporal Warren Kenneth Diegel U.S. Marine Corps #315-03
Private First Class Henry Wayne Evans U.S. Army #316-03
Specialist E-4 Richard Paul Meyer U.S. Army #317-03
Specialist E-5 Albert W. Cash U.S. Army #318-03
Chief Master Sergeant Andy Il Diaz U.S. Air Force #319-03
Sergeant George Lynn Green U.S. Army #320-03
Sergeant Carl E. GlaserU.S. Air Force
Specialist E-5 Joel D. LeBowitz U.S. Army #322-03

Honorary Silver Rose Award
Seren Ainsworth #H-22-03
Michael D. Deter Sr. #H-23-03
Rodney Wilkinson #H-24-03


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.

AGENT ORANGE OUTSIDE OF VIETNAM:  During the March 2003 VSCM call, we provided information regarding the use of Agent Orange in Korea along the DMZ, including the units in the area during the period in which Agent Orange was sprayed. DoD has provided a correction to two of the cited units. Previously reported as the 109th and 209th Infantry, those units were actually the 1/9th and 2/9th Infantry. A corrected listing of units follows:
The four combat brigades of the 2nd Infantry Division:
1/38th Infantry
2/38th Infantry
1/23rd Infantry
2/23rd Infantry
3/23rd Infantry
3/32nd Infantry
1/9th Infantry
2/9th Infantry
1/72nd Armor
2/72nd Armor
4th/7th Cavalry
3rd Brigade of the 7th Infantry Division:
1/17th Infantry
2/17th Infantry
1/73rd Armor
2/10th Cavalry
If you receive a claim from a veteran who alleges service at the DMZ during
the period April 1968 to July 1969, and who was assigned to one of the above
units, please concede exposure to herbicides. Therefore, there is no need
to contact C&P Service in these cases.
For all other claims of herbicide exposure, ask the claimant for a detailed description of the exposure, including the location, approximate date(s) and nature of the exposure. You should also ask the claimant for proof of exposure, such as "buddy" statements, photographs taken during service or letters written during service. Once the detailed exposure information is obtained and there is no evidence of exposure, provide this information to Cheryl Konieczny via email. We will then consult DoD's Agent Orange listing of use, test and disposal of Agent Orange.

AN EXPLANATION OF THE STELLMAN MODEL:   The Stellman "model" has two parts. One is the proximity to spray or "hit" part, which calculates how close a location (or person) was to spray.
Another part of the same calculation takes into account all spraying that had EVER taken place in an area and calculates an E4 score - which, incidentally is ever rarely zero, is any area that was ever sprayed.
The THIRD and essential part of the model is the series of questions that we have developed and tested in which veterans are asked a number of questions about OTHER ways in which they may have been exposed to spray (e.g. the example offered by the veteran you quote). Every study we have carried out
(for the Legion, the National Center for Veterans Law etc) has always included these questions and they are part of the final report and the MODEL which we have developed. No epidemiology study can ever be done without an accepted and acceptable model for exposure. And every model can be distorted by people who wish to misrepresent and misuse it.
It is my belief that epidemiology studies are going to find some truly horrific things have happened to Vietnam vets. Veterans groups will have to see to it that those who wish to cut benefits don't misuse the models and also that they cough up the resources and set the priorities so that scientists across the country can at last begin to work on this subject. by Jeanne Mager Stellman, PhD - 26 July 2003

Army weighs vaccine link in troops' death By Mark Benjamin UPI Investigations Editor Published 8/6/2003 12:40 PM View printer-friendly version WASHINGTON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Army will consider whether the anthrax or other vaccine could be causing a cluster of pneumonia cases among soldiers in Iraq and southwestern Asia, an official said Wednesday.
Col. Robert DeFraites of the Army Surgeon General's office told United Press International that the Pentagon would look into whether vaccines, among other factors, might have triggered the pneumonia that has killed two soldiers and sickened 100.
"Among all of the possible causes or contributing factors, we are looking at the immunizations that the soldiers received as well," DeFraites told UPI Wednesday. "It is premature to say that there is any relationship at all."
The Pentagon announced Tuesday it is investigating the cases in search of a common factor, but did not mention vaccines as a possibility.
A co-author of a government-sponsored study of possible side effects from the anthrax vaccine told UPI Tuesday evening that the Army should look at whether that vaccine is behind the cluster of pneumonia cases. That study last year found the vaccine was the "possible or probable" cause of pneumonia in two soldiers.
"As physicians, I would think they would be looking at all possible causes. I would think vaccines would be part of that," said Dr. John L. Sever of George Washington University Medical School, who was one of six authors of the study.
Under a 1998 law, the military is supposed to take sample of soldiers' blood before and after deploying. One Gulf War illness expert said Wednesday that the Pentagon should use the samples to see if the anthrax vaccine is to blame.
"We need them to investigate the role of vaccines as aggressively as everything else in order to rule it in or out," said Steve Robinson, executive director of the National Gulf War Resource Center.
"The question is, did these soldiers get their blood screened?" said Robinson. "It is my opinion that they missed a large portion of the soldiers who deployed for this war."
Last year's anthrax vaccine study, printed in the May 2002 issue of Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety, found that the vaccine was the "possible or probable" cause of pneumonia among two soldiers, according to George Washington's Sever. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services convened the group, called the Anthrax Vaccine Expert Committee, which studied 602 reports of possible reactions to the vaccine among nearly 400,000 troops who received it, Sever said.
In addition to identifying pneumonia and flu-like symptoms among troops who received the vaccine, the group also looked at four other cases of potentially serious reactions, including severe back pain and two soldiers who had sudden difficulty breathing in a possible allergic reaction to the vaccine.
Sever described the two cases of pneumonia as "wheezing and difficulty breathing going into a pneumonia-like picture."
To conduct the study, the Anthrax Vaccine Expert Committee examined reports from the U.S. military to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; they are anecdotal reports and do not necessarily show a cause-and-effect relationship.
DeFraites said the two deaths under investigation by the Army Surgeon General occurred in June and July and that both soldiers had been in Iraq. He said the investigation began as soon as the first death occurred.
In a case apparently not included in that total, 22-year-old Army specialist Rachael Lacy of Lynwood, Ill., died at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., on April 4 of what one doctor diagnosed as pneumonia, after receiving anthrax and smallpox vaccinations but without ever having been deployed.
Dr. Eric Pfeifer, the Minnesota coroner who performed the autopsy, told the Army Times that the smallpox and anthrax vaccines "may have" contributed to her death. "It's just very suspicious in my mind...that she's healthy, gets the vaccinations and then dies a couple weeks later." He listed "post-vaccine" problems on the death certificate.
Moses Lacy, Rachael Lacy's father, told the Army Times that she called in March and said she had chest pains and breathing problems and had been diagnosed with pneumonia.
One service member who was deployed to Kuwait and received the four-shot anthrax series told UPI Tuesday he developed bronchitis and a severe cough after receiving his shots, and that about a fifth of the troops he was deployed with had similar symptoms and were prescribed medicine to treat them. His symptoms continued after he returned to the U.S., and he sought further treatment at a base clinic. He got better, but believes he nearly came down with pneumonia.
The Pentagon dispatched two teams to look into the pneumonia: one to Iraq and another to a U.S. military base in Landstuhl, Germany, where some sick soldiers are treated.

COLORGUARD -a day for my friends

The banners are flying , the band is in place .
Along the street the crowd's smiling a trace,
and the sun is shining, but not on his face.

Police cars, fire trucks, clowns all in line,
balloons in the air in hopes of a good time.
Given a number, the groups all await,
the blast of the sirens,the opening of the gates!
Then the call (Fall In!!!), at attention we stand
old uniforms and new, don't we look grand?
The uniforms we wore, when we fought for this land!

Old Glory, the red white and blue, stands tall on it's pole,
as I remember you brothers, in a cage, or in a rat infested hole.
In rank and in file as we march down the street,
People applaud, an old vet salutes, ain't FREEDOM sweet?
Teenagers cry, known only by old scrapbooks torn apart,
and held by their mothers, possessing a flag and a purple heart.

People remember the VietNam war it's true,
But I remember the warrior who gave his ALL for you.

Today's a grand day but my heart sheds a tear,
for the family of the VETERAN who couldn't be here.

Brother of mine I can hear you call,
even though your name's etched on the wall.
You'd be here if you could, if your country would but try,
instead of denying something some twenty years by.

There are two thousand five hundred reasons why I march today,
Two thousand five hundred reasons why I pray.

I wear a uniform not unlike the one you wore,
when last I saw you, during the war.
Loved ones surround me as I awake in a cold sweat,
or when I rage uncontrollably, not knowing why they fret.
Around me my friends are dying, by an assassin they're hexed.
Agent Orange like a time bomb ticks away, will I be next?

After years of counseling, mostly giving my all,
I'm in control of my life, I now stand tall?
Thoughts invade me, will my own son get the call?
A call from a country who apathetically cares,
a call from a country, do they really dare?
to send sons into battle, then deny them their rights.
to send sons into battle, tell them to kill and to fight?
To come home to loved ones who don't understand,
or who have plotted against them, for that right they fought and died in that land.

This is the reason you died my brother, so they'd have the right,
This is the reason I march my brother, either day or night.

written July 1988
Robert A. Judd

Agent Orange continues to contaminate livestock and fish eaten by Vietnamese:  HANOI (Reuters) - Vietnam War-era defoliant Agent Orange continues to contaminate livestock and fish eaten by Vietnamese decades after it was used, a study released on Monday showed.
A 2002 study in Bien Hoa city, about 20 miles north of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly Saigon, showed residents and food had high levels of dioxin, the August issue of The Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine said.
The report said about 95 percent of blood samples taken from 43 people in Bien Hoa "were found to have elevated TCDD levels," referring to the most toxic of the dioxins.
"Although the spraying ended over three decades ago, in certain areas of Vietnam food is clearly a present-day route of intake of dioxin from Agent Orange," the study said.
Tests on 16 food samples of chickens, ducks, pork, beef, fish and a toad from the city's markets, a lake and a nearby air base where Agent Orange had been stored found "markedly elevated" dioxin levels in six samples.
Vietnam estimates more than one million of its people have been exposed to Agent Orange, used from 1962 to 1971 to strip trees and plants and deny communist fighters cover and food.
The dioxin-containing Agent Orange, the spraying of which was stopped in
1971, got its name because of the colored stripes on its containers.
The United States has said more studies are needed on the effects of Agent Orange.
The authors of the study said the presence of other toxic chemicals should be considered when weighing the data.
U.S. embassy officials in Hanoi did not immediately have a comment on the report.

VA proposes major overhaul, 13 facilities would close or see major changes:  SUZANNE GAMBOA, Associated Press Writer (08-04) 13:30 PDT WASHINGTON (AP) --
The Department of Veterans Affairs announced a plan Monday proposing to close seven VA hospitals, open others and retarget services in a major restructuring of its health care services.
The plan includes major mission changes at 13 facilities, Veterans Affairs spokeswoman Karen Fedele said.
The VA wants to close hospitals in Canandaigua, N.Y.; Pittsburgh (Highland Drive); Lexington, Ky. (Leestown); Brecksville, Ohio; Gulfport, Miss.; Livermore, Calif.; and Waco, Texas.
The proposal also would open new hospitals in Las Vegas and in Orlando, Fla.; add centers for the blind in Biloxi, Miss., and Long Beach, Calif.; and place new spinal cord injury centers in Denver; Minneapolis; Syracuse or Albany, N.Y.; and Little Rock, Ark.
The proposals are part of a VA restructuring begun June 5, 2002, to shift the agency's focus to outpatient care, place services where they are needed most and save money by eliminating underused and outdated services and facilities.
"This is probably the most comprehensive assessment of VA infrastructure since World War II," VA Secretary Anthony Principi said.
A 15-member commission, appointed by Principi, will consider the proposed changes and hold hearings in about a week. After the hearings, the commission will make its recommendations to Principi.
As with military base closings, the secretary must accept or reject the plan as a whole. His decision is expected by the end of the year.
Principi said the proposed restructuring is not only about closing and realigning facilities but also about expansion and modernization. The objective is to meet the needs of veterans for the next 20 years, he said.
"I'm not trying to save money. I'm trying to transform an infrastructure that has been built or acquired over the past 50 years," he said.
The restructuring is estimated to cost $4.6 billion over 20 years, with some costs offset by closing hospitals or leasing out unused facilities.
The restructuring has triggered opposition, including legislation sponsored by Florida Sen. Bob Graham, a Democratic presidential candidate, that would give Congress 60 days to review proposed hospital closings. A House version sponsored by Rep. Dennis More, D-Kan., has 118 co-sponsors. Neither bill has been acted on.
Protests have occurred at VA hospitals considered possible targets for closure.
"At a time when many troops are overseas and will need these services when they come home, you want to bolster our veterans' health care, not gut it," Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y. said Monday.
Associated Press writer Devlin Barrett contributed to this story. On the Net:
Veterans Affairs-CARES Commission:

Closing V.A. Hospitals Has Congress Squirming By CARL HULSE
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15  The Department of Veterans Affairs is relearning a truism about Congress the hard way: Nothing gets a lawmaker riled up faster than a plan to shut something down.
Always available for a ribbon cutting, members of Congress have a pathological fear of seeing the doors shut to any federal facility back home, whether it be a military base, Social Security office, or in the relevant example, a veterans hospital.
So it is no surprise that the department's new proposal to close seven hospitals and change the services available at dozens of others landed with a thud on Capitol Hill this month, even though the plan called for spending billions of dollars to build new centers and open scores of outpatient clinics in areas where veterans have migrated.
Senators and representatives fired off angry letters, vowing to fight any closings. Emergency community meetings were convened. Advocacy groups were mobilized.
"There is a lot of unhappiness," said Senator Ron Wyden, Democrat of Oregon, who noted that a potential cutback at three sites in his state ranked right up there with the economy as he held town meetings in the past week. "You are talking about a huge veterans population, and they basically have no place to turn."
In New York, the Congressional delegation is fuming about the department's plan to close or eliminate inpatient care at three hospitals  Canandaigua, Montrose and Manhattan. Lawmakers are also upset in California, Kentucky, Mississippi, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Texas and other states with hospitals on the block.
Peter Gaytan, a deputy director at the American Legion headquarters, said, "We don't see how closing a hospital can solve any problem when we have 100,000 veterans standing in line waiting for appointments."
Given the hopeful acronym of Cares (Capital Asset Realignment for Enhanced Services), the plan is the department's most ambitious effort to date in its struggle to put its services where the veterans are and catch up to the shift of medicine to outpatient care.
It is also an effort to get a grip on what has been an embarrassing problem  vacant and underutilized veterans centers built in the Northeast and Midwest decades ago when veterans were clustered there before they retired to the Sunbelt. The object of the plan is to save $45 million a year over the next 20 years by reducing the department's vacant and little used space by more than 40 percent  to 4.9 million by 2022 from 8.5 million square feet in 2001.
"Bottom line  the draft plan will allow us to avoid imbalances between the size and location of health care facilities and veterans' demand for care tomorrow," said Dr. Robert H. Roswell, the department's undersecretary for health.
The agency's report concedes that closing hospitals is touchy in the extreme. "Disposition of capital assets traditionally has been a difficult process in the federal sector in general, and in the V.A. in particular," it says with bureaucratic understatement.
Many lawmakers would acknowledge that some veterans facilities should have been mothballed long ago or transformed into something other than 1950's-style hospitals. But they also know their communities expect them to put up a fight. More is at stake than providing care. In some towns, the veterans center is the major employer. Losing jobs is as painful as losing health care.
In a letter to the department secretary, Anthony J. Principi, Mr. Wyden the economic consequences of closing a rehabilitation center in White City, Ore. "In all of White City, there are 2,152 residents with jobs," he wrote. "The domiciliary alone employs 400 people."
Congress has conceded in the past that it is almost incapable of closing down anything. To cut the number of military bases, lawmakers established a special commission to recommend the targets. Then  in their best "stop us before we spend again" mode  they limited themselves to a straight up or down vote, knowing that was the only way they would get anywhere.
But some lawmakers are now summoning the nerve to shut down one thing  there is a move afoot to eliminate the next round of base closings in 2005.

The Spraying of Discontent BY MARY LUZ MEJIA
It was as if someone opened an oven door in an already overheated kitchen when we stepped out of the cool airport lounge in Ho Chi Minh City. My colleague Anne-Marie Leger and I felt wave after wave of increasingly hot air brush past our arms and faces. We made our way through the throngs of passengers. After almost 24 hours of traveling, we were exhausted and exhilarated all at once.
It was last July, and it had taken a full year of researching grant and proposal writing by Anne-Marie and Hg80Media in Toronto to get us to this lush, verdant place where we’d be working for the next few weeks. At the eleventh hour, the documentary film’s producer/director didn’t feel well enough to go, and so I was asked to step in and continue the work with the project’s associate producer. If we were successful, then perhaps the year it took to get this project into development would pay off with a green light for full funding. I had about a month to catch up on a year’s worth of research. What an education!
Our goal in Vietnam was to further the research Hg80Media had started by finding and interviewing Vietnamese war veterans who suffer from illnesses related to their exposure to Agent Orange (an equal mix of 2, 4-D, and 2,4, 5-T). Decades after the Vietnam War ended, the chemical defoliant is still taking its grizzly toll. Children and grandchildren of veterans from Vietnam, the U.S., Canada, New Zealand, and Australia are being born with a litany of diseases and deformities, which many claim are a direct result of one or their parents’/grandparents’ exposure to the dioxin TCDD, a carcinogenic, highly toxic byproduct of Agent Orange use.
I learned that an estimated 21 million U.S. gallons of Agent Orange had been sprayed onto the farmland, forests, valleys and hilltops of Vietnam between 1965 and 1970 by the U.S. military  all to deny the Viet Cong the effective cover of the lush Vietnamese vegetation. I figured the military-industrial complex in the United States had concocted the defoliant in some far-away laboratory in a remote warehouse. In fact, the chemicals were developed as weed killers in the 1940s. One of seven manufacturers working under contract with the U.S. government in the 1960s was Uniroyal’s plant in Elmira, Ontario. Canada and the U.S., I learned, have been tight business partners in NATO and NORAD since 1959. Defence Production Sharing Agreements meant that Canada helped arm the American military, and in return, we received what one politician at the time called $300 million a year in “blood money.”
The Canadian federal government approved the sale of more than $12.5 billion in arms, ammunition, and raw materials used by the U.S. military to make bombs and to fight the war in Vietnam.
The Agent Orange defoliant that was developed in Ontario was later tested at CFB Gagetown in the 1960s. By the time Agent Orange made its way to Vietnam, it had been chemically boosted. It was no longer a mere herbicide used to clear up weeds along railroad tracks; it was a state-of-the-art defoliant capable of wiping tropical jungles clean. These and other details were disclosed by an NDP Member of Parliament from Saskatchewan, who in the 1980s, found an American report stating that Canada had worked with the American army in testing the chemical.
During the mid-1960s, up until 1970, most soldiers, no matter what side they were fighting for, had no idea that the constant spray of Agent Orange would have any adverse affects on them. Veterans I speak with today will tell me no one knew the consequences of getting repeatedly drenched in Agent Orange  perhaps not even the governments who developed and used the defoliant.
Take, for instance, former Viet Cong soldier Tran Van Tam. We drove into the farmlands of Quang Tri province, near the city of Dong Ha, to visit him, his wife Tran Thi Dan, and their seven children.
One day in 1968, Tran Van Tam, a young soldier in the Viet Cong guerilla army of North Vietnam, was walking along a forest path in the Cam Lo district when he and his fellow soldiers witnessed three U.S. Airforce C-123 Provider transport planes drop their Agent Orange payloads. The wind dispersed the defoliant, sometimes near and even right on top of Tran. He didn’t know what the “white clouds” were, nor did he have the luxury of stopping to try to figure them out.
Tran recalls thinking it odd that days after the white clouds fell on the forest, the trees and shrubs around the sprayed area lost their foliage. Viet Cong forces routinely saw flights of the Provider transport planes, equipped with their peculiar spraying equipment, flying overhead and showering the jungle below, often on VC soldiers hidden there. But at the time, spraying was a mere inconvenience. The more pressing dangers of fighting a guerilla war were the focus of the Viet Cong.
Today, not only does the Tran family live with the harsh reality of being subsistence rice farmers barely able to feed themselves, but four of their children are invalids. The three Tran boys move around only by a kind of half-crawl and the couple’s youngest daughter is virtually immobile. She sits on her bed most days and smiles sweetly. Tran Thi Dan and her two eldest daughters broke down during the interview and wept for the disabled Tran children who will, until the day they die, need constant assistance to perform even the most rudimentary tasks.
We interviewed dozens of people  Vietnamese war veterans, their children, American war veterans living in Vietnam, Canadian Vietnam War veterans, and their spouses. No matter whom we interviewed, in Canada or in Vietnam, a recurring theme kept cropping up: the American government should take responsibility for using Agent Orange in Vietnam and help the country get back on its feet.
But will the U.S. government take heed of these points of view? This is a critical question, given that the current war on drugs rages on in my birth country, Colombia, South America, with the help of the U.S. government and its new defoliant  glyphosate. Glyphosate is similar to Agent Orange in that it destroys virtually all plants it comes in contact with. Plan Colombia, a joint initiative between the U.S. and Colombian governments, has been in place for a few years. Hundreds of millions of dollars are being spent by Washington to eradicate cocaine-growing fields, but in the rush to destroy drug crops, glyphosate is also landing on banana plantations and subsistence farming fields belonging to campesinos, Colombian peasant farmers.
The chemical has killed cattle, livestock, pets and fish. Rivers and streams are becoming contaminated, and the campesinos are starting to suffer from severe skin rashes and gastro-intestinal illnesses. It’s possible that if this spraying in Colombia doesn’t stop now, Latin America will soon have its very own version of Vietnam.
In 1975, at the close of the Vietnam War, American military officials issued a statement that seems sadly ironic given the current situation in war-ravaged Colombia: “It has been a long and hard fight and we have lost. Those who fail to learn from history are forced to repeat it. Let us hope that we have learned our lesson.”

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 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

20 Million Gallons of Agent Orange Dioxins!!!!!
More than 42 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.

Also, go to this site and print off the Silver Rose Poster and put up so we can spread the word.

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.   Please consider being a Director or volunteer. 


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 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.


Friday, July 18, 2003
Hi, my husband Frank flew C123's in Viet Nam although he didn't spray as far as I know.
He went to different areas and got caught in endless fights in the areas that he took the supplies to. He begun to get symptoms of Agent Orange in VietNam when he caught pneumonia. By the time he was thirty-five he had the body of a sixty-five year old man.
Yet, he was an Air Force Academy graduate. He began to have neurological problems
within five years of his return. He flew into VN every month or two for the rest of his time in the service.  By the time he "retired" he was already grounded.  He had this "rash" that no one seemed to know what it was and he had his first heart attack, although his family had no history of heart disease. He went blind several times, was found to have dioxin in his fat and had three open-heart surgeries. That was just a beginning. They finally said he had diabetes two months before the whole thing killed him. Frank served his country well, why can't his country be faithful to him? Maria

Wednesday, July 09, 2003
Good morning, Gary! Just a quick note to thank you for the Silver Rose I received last Sunday. I had talked about it with my wife, but did not really follow up on it (due to modesty). Fortunately, my wife did and was working with Sheila and Linda, The award was a total surprise. Thank you for assisting in this process, as this means a great deal to me. Please know that your work is very important to AO Vets. As a fellow Vietnam Vet and as a Congressional Staffer, I see both sides of this. Your work is making a difference in the lives of these fine guys, Gary. You, Sheila and Linda are the best! Keep on keepin' on!
Thank you! Respectfully!! Dan

Saturday, July 19, 2003
Agent Orange has had a major impact on my life for the last 30+ years and the VA health care system has not been much help. One of my private care doctors decided to check my testosterone levels and was I surprised by the results. They were low, very low. Lack of good levels of testosterone impact on many areas: depression, excess body fat, and sexual dysfunction to list a few. This may be an area others might want to check if they are having problems. Take care. Mick

Mon, 11 Aug 2003
Gentlemen:   Just a quick note to let you know that I finally was awarded my 100% disability from the Veterans Administration. It could not have happened at a better time, things were getting pretty tight around here. It has been a long and tough battle, but I guess there is a "Silver" lining to every cloud!!!!!!!!!!
I could not have gotten this far without your help and input and want to say, "Thank You"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Gary Gilpatrick

Thu, 14 Aug 2003
Hi Gary. I just wanted you to know that I received my medal today. I am at a lost for words it is so nice. Yeasterday I had a fellow vet here that was a ranger with the 101st airborne. He spent his tour in Laos and Noth Vietnam. He has a lot of problems but is dealing with them. I gave him copies of the award application and he couldn't thank me enoough. I just wanted to thank you again for everything and God Bless you Always. Duane-RA54971728-

Jun 13th 2003 at 05:41:41 PM
I am in awe of the dedication that I see from so many families of Veterans in a effort to have their Vet properly recognized for their service and for their continual giving of their lives with PTSD, Agent Orange and all the other illnesses that they have endured. My Vet died on 3/25/03. He is now at peace...the first time since '69! My deepest appreciation for the efforts put into this fine award. I will be applying for my Vet, Michael G. Hall. Nell

Jul 24th 2003 at 06:48:21 PM
My brother-in-law, Les Ronto, died March 2002 after a very difficult 2 year battle with cancer. He served his country fighting in vietnam. He lived in a tank for 2 years. He never complained or talked about his experience. He was proud to serve his country. Carol Guttenberger

Aug 15th 2003 at 10:02:55 AM
I think this is fantastic. It allows me as a VVA Service Representative and Veterans Advocate to help honor those who have been overlooked so often. David C. Bradshaw