Veterans have reason to be uncertain over what Congress and the Trump administration plan both for “Blue Water Navy” Vietnam War veterans who have Agent Orange-related ailments and for veterans seeking health care from private sector physicians and hospitals.
Every major veterans’ group and most military associations urged Sen. Johnny Isakson this week to move a bill that would extend Agent Orange benefits to Blue Water sailors out of the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee.
New report recommends 45 actions Veterans Affairs and partner agencies should take to deliver better health care, community care, rehabilitation and prosthetic services, shelter and financial counseling for women service members and vets.
The VA might add as many as four new conditions — bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, Parkinson-like tremors and perhaps even hypertension — to its list of 14 illnesses it presumes have been caused by exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
So long as Tacoma’s Columbia Bank and its investors see greater value in remaining independent, and as long as there’s still a place for a middle-market regionally based bank, Columbia will be around to mark more anniversaries
The tiny-house movement may well prove to be no more than a niche approach with minimal impact on affordability. But maybe an accumulation of small niche techniques will provide some options that are both affordable and attractive.
Import volumes at the ports of Tacoma and Seattle are up, probably helped by shippers trying to keep ahead of new tariffs, but the challenge of getting cargo to and from vessels could eventually put them at a competitive disadvantage.