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Operation End Sweep

On 27 January 1973, American and North Vietnamese officials signed a protocol to the Paris agreement that called for the United States to neutralize the mines that the Navy had dropped in North Vietnam's coastal and inland waterways.

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Comment by Michael Austin on Monday

No need to apologize, Jeff.  The amendment can't be found in any current drafts, so it's quite reasonable to conclude it's gone and forgotten.  We must simply wait and see if Senator McCain decides to drop his resistance or if a bit of legislative magic can be found to work around it.  

Comment by Jeff Puritz on Monday
True I am sorry to jump the gun and declare 566 dead. It was immaculate and I apologise. About Sen. Mc Caine being the one who is against us all I can say is what happened to this poor guy?
Comment by Michael Austin on Monday

Jeff, thanks for the message and support. I just talked to Congressman Graves' office, and it seems House Amendment 566 isn't dead yet, but surely we have no help from the Senate. I'm stunned to learn the main roadblock is from Senator McCain who, unfortunately for this matter, is the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee. With his background I cannot imagine why he would oppose something like this. I’m inclined to speculate that someone in his office has led him astray, for whatever reason. I called Senator McCain’s office appealing for support, but I have no reply.

There’s a bit of good news. The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, Congressman Mac Thornberry of Texas, seems to be firmly on our side. He may be able to get the amendment included, depending upon how much effort the other side wants to put into opposing it. Meanwhile, Congressman Graves’ office hasn’t abandoned us.

Bottom line is that although we may not have good reason to expect victory, neither should we admit defeat until the final version of the bill is presented to the Oval Office.

Comment by Jeff Puritz on October 15, 2017 at 10:29am
Michael, if I may call so that, it appears to me that amendment 566 has been shelved. The conferees don't appear to even be considering it for the final draft. Thank you for your efforts and that of your congressman and his legislative man. You have great communication skills, the ability to elimanate all the b.s. and get to the point. This is probably the second or third failure that I know of.It's like beating your head against a brick wall.
Comment by Michael Austin on October 4, 2017 at 4:07pm
Jeff Purits — I agree. I’ll try to find out who is the Senate holdout. Meanwhile, I’d like to hear from anyone in this forum who might disagree with extending eligibility for the Vietnam Service Medal to sailors and marines who joined the party only during the post-March 23rd segment of Operation End Sweep. If there are such folks, would you mind saying why you disagree?
Comment by Jeff Puritz on October 4, 2017 at 2:27pm
Don't these senators know that Operation Endsweep contributed to the release of our POWs including one of their own colleagues. We need some publicity of some kind to finally expose this outrage.
Comment by Michael Austin on October 4, 2017 at 2:11pm

News about VSM for Endsweep veterans.  The amendment passed the House, but someone in the Senate objected, so it isn't in the Senate version of NDAA. 

The Senate opponent claims "the slippery slope" if VSM is awarded to Endsweep participants, meaning he (or perhaps she) fears every ten-cent operation from March 23, 1973 to the distant future would demand VSM eligibility.  However, with one righteous exception -- Mayaguez Incident, already a companion amendment in NDAA 2018 -- no other operation could meet other requirements for VSM.   So even if the slope was soaked in 5W30, there's nothing left to slip down it.

Not yet the end of the story, but someone in the Senate is throwing up pointless interference.

Comment by Jeff Puritz on August 14, 2017 at 5:33pm
Apparently from what I've pieced together this is the current state of affairs of the endsweep ammendmant to the 2018 Ndaa. The senate and congress have decided on 277 ammendments. I don't know if they included the endsweep ammendment or not. If they don't include it I wouldn't be surprised but that is still no reason to give up. When things start up again in Sept maybe well find out whats up Thanx and God bless all vets!.
Comment by Michael Austin on July 28, 2017 at 9:09pm
Mike Ayer, I just learned that your guy (Congressman LoBiondo) recently payed a call on my guy (Congressman Graves) in support of VSM for Op. End Sweep. Looks like your email prompted an active response. Once again, THANKS!
Comment by Michael Austin on July 21, 2017 at 10:52pm

Mike Ayars, thanks for writing to your congressman.  It truly helps.  


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