AGENT ORANGE UPDATES
Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides...
We hope all of our shipmates are staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are all looking forward to being able to travel again and see everyone at our next reunion. When it becomes safe to do so, we will try to schedule our next Liberty Call!! In the meantime, stay in touch by email and phone.
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See information, including pictures from prior reunions. We have had 10 reunions over the past 20 years. We will always be shipmates.
The wives of shipmates have become an important part of the Mauna Kea family and we sadly inform you of the passing of Loretta Salsgiver on February 5, 2021. Loretta was the loving wife of James Salsgiver, and they would have celebrated their 29th anniversary in April. Loretta has attended several reunions, the first in Virginia Beach and the last in Jacksonville/St. Augustine. She was unable to attend the last two reunions due to health issues. Jim and Loretta have three sons, and a combined family of seven children. She will be missed by her natural family and her Mauna Kea Family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Jim.
UPDATED INFORMATION REGARDING BLUE WATER VETERANS CLAIMS:
The FRA supported Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to consider new and previously submitted Blue Water Navy claims. As part of that effort, the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) is collaborating with the VA to determine ship locations and to digitize more than 1,800 vessels deck logs.
The data contained in these ships deck logs are critical in determining qualifying ship locations in accordance with the log. For the first time, the VA will have each of these ships mapped with precision, providing a comprehensive view of their locations.
The VA estimates that there are between 420,000 and 560,000 Vietnam-era veterans who may be considered Blue Water Navy Veterans. The law also extends benefits to survivors and dependents of veterans with confirmed service whose claims would have been granted as a result of the new law.
WE HAVE A COPY OF THE MAY 15-MAY 16 1968 DECK LOGS WITH THE FILE NUMBER AND DATES ON THEM. THEY PROVE THAT THE MK WAS IN DA NANG HARBOR ON THOSE DATES.
CONTACT DAVID CANNON IF YOU NEED ONE FOR A VA CLAIM.
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