From the Executive Director of Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association:
Good morning Shipmates!
I am pleased to announce that we held our first Board of Directors meeting last night. The Board has given my staff and I a green light for the new initiatives. First, and foremost, I want to announce that Mike Yates has been selected to become the first National Commander of the Association. Mike will be posting his official comments on the page and website. We are currently redesigning the website and making it user-friendly, as well as, transitioning the new staff to help with deck log research. I look forward to his leadership and hope you're excited about the changes coming!
I want to thank Mike Little and the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association Board of Directors for this opportunity. I look forward to working with them.
The BWNVVA has been around for many years doing some very good work for Blue Water Navy Veterans. I hope to continue to do this type of work and help to bring the BWNVVA to be an even stronger group than it already is. We need to be able stand up with other Veterans Organizations with our heads held up high and continue the fight. We need to be able to go up to any Member of Congress and when they hear we are from BWNVVA they will respect us and be willing to work with us.
One thing I want to make clear. BWNVVA is working hard with Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans, BWNVVA is not only for them but for all Navy Veterans, Marine Veterans, and Fleet Marine Veterans, Active Duty Members, and all other Veterans. We all can work together and help each others
What does this mean for the BWNVVA. It means in the next year I am going to be busy. There is a lot of planning to do in setting the direction of the BWNVVA, I need to define and fill some other position and I need to do this while working on H.R. 299, S. 422, H.R.809 and any other Bills that we need to work on.
For those of you that don’t know about BWNVVA I’d like to invite you to join us on Facebook at Blue Water Navy, I would to have other pages work together. BWNVVA does have a Web Page but is is going off line for a while while it is being redesigned.
For those who don’t know me. I will tell you a little about myself. I am a Blue Water Navy Veterans. I served on the USS Bainbridge DLG(N)25 as a Sonar Tech. I spent many years in the San Francisco Bay Area and worked as a Senior Test Engineer before being retired in 2012. In 2013 I was diagnosed with Prostate Cancer and in 2014 I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer. To top that off this year I have been diagnosed with Heart Problem, receiving a stent a few months ago. I have had many people ask me how I can keep a positive outlook while having these problems. I tell them two things, first I have Cancer, Cancer doesn’t have me and second. I am too busy with working on the Blue Water Navy Agent Orange issue to worry about it. I let my doctors do the worrying and I listen to them.
If you have any questions or any ideas that are going to help us please feel free to ask.
Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association