Navy Veterans

A Social Network for Navy Veterans of the United States of America


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.

Veterans: 22
Latest Activity: Jan 18

Discussion Forum

Help with a VA Claim

Started by Bradley Gordon Matthews. Last reply by Mike Ayars Feb 21, 2017. 9 Replies


Started by William Lee Bragg. Last reply by Tom Hensch Sep 28, 2016. 2 Replies


Started by Tom Hensch Sep 28, 2016. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


You need to be a member of Operation End Sweep to add comments!

Comment by Jeff Puritz on January 18, 2018 at 9:05am
Happy 2018 fellow Endsweep Vets! I think this year we should somehow coordinate with the aMayaguez Vets, since we were lumped together with them anyway.They also pushed a regular bill as well as an NDAA amendment. Somehow we must coordinate with them and strive to get some publicity to the public. Both groups are brothers and we have been grouped together in the eyes of the pundits.
Comment by Michael Austin on January 16, 2018 at 4:49pm

Nothing new as of mid-January, Commander.  I think we have a good sponsor in my congressman (Graves - LA), as well as a few others in the House and Senate he brought into the issue.  We got the amendment passed through the House this past year and would have made it all the way through the NDAA process but for one unexpected nay vote from a Senator who really should be on our side.

We try again through the NDAA 2019 process. I intend to do just as you suggested and keep up the pressure.  Last year my congressman's Legislative Assistant for Veterans Affairs worked very hard to guide the amendment through the House and much of the Senate.  Unfortunately he has taken another job, so I hope I can inspire his replacement to do as well as he.  It will help immensely if anyone who reads this would continue to put polite pressure on their own senators and congressmen.

I hope the guys you contacted thirty years ago have moved on to their greater reward (lobbying, I mean, not necessarily the other place) so their replacements get the chance to view our request favorably and without the blinders and prejudices of previous generations.

Comment by Robert Michael Cosgrove on January 16, 2018 at 3:36pm

Anything new?  I could show you all letters I wrote to my senators and reps 30 years ago.  Could also show the condescending replies..."Thank you so much for contacting me.  Blah, blah, blah."  Nothing has changed on that front.  Hope we keep pestering the powers that be.  We can put the ribbon on the uniform we get buried in.

Comment by Alton Ray Adams on December 7, 2017 at 12:56pm

Mike and Jeff, I've been a member of this site since I joined. I have recently retired and I'm just getting back to following this group. Everything I have read and followed is what the two of you are doing to help those who served during Operation End Sweep to get the recognation they deserved. What you said about McCain is true and has been showing his rino side more and more over the last few years. I wish you both well and a blessed Christmas and New Year and fair seas.

Comment by Michael Austin on December 7, 2017 at 1:12am

Jeff, thanks for the nice words and holiday wishes.  I also hope our shipmates and their families enjoy the holidays.

There isn't a single person in government worthy of worship:  never has been and never will be.  I  agree with you that although Senator McCain is worthy of great respect, specifically for the toll he has taken and for his many achievements.  Senator McCain has made some great decisions and has a net positive effect on our government, but on some issues, he screwed the pooch, and I'd say the End Sweep/VSM issue is one of them.  So criticisms of McCain can be justified, and your criticisms of him fall far short of disrespectful.  If anyone got their feelings hurt by your comments ... oh, well.

Mr. Adams, I sincerely hope you and the rest of the Blue Water bunch are successful in your fight with the VA.  It's been a long haul for many.

Comment by Jeff Puritz on December 6, 2017 at 3:37pm
Mr. Adams you got a big heart man! Happy holidays to you and yours. Michael-same thoughts go out to you. Compared to the Viet Man days of old, today's problems, like North Korea seems so muc So in closing Happy Holidays to all shipmates everywhereh worse!
Comment by Alton Ray Adams on December 6, 2017 at 1:09pm

Thanks for the info. I’ll start hammering my state reps to get off their butts and support this bill.

Comment by Jeff Puritz on December 5, 2017 at 1:40pm
To anyone who may despise me for casting aspersions on Sen Mccain let me say this. He has given speeches to Mayaguez vets and Endsweep Vets where he has commended them for contributing to the Vietnam War on one hand and has then voted them down in the Senate when it came to awarding them the Vietnam Service Medal. I just wish people would stop worshipping this guy. If he recovers he will continue to do so. So hate me if you will but at least I have the guys to call a spade a spade
Comment by Jeff Puritz on December 5, 2017 at 7:38am
Alton I agree completely. Having a VSM will be compulsory to receive any benefits once blue water sailors get their rights back. It has been my theory that this is why They re trying to prevent creating any more official vietnam vets. The senate therefore, will cancel all endsweep or mayaguez legislation until the rottenness is gone from the Senate.
Comment by Michael Austin on December 4, 2017 at 3:10pm

Hi Mr. Adams,

Sorry to hear about your problems with the VA, but none of us are surprised.  It's an old, sad story.

The Operation End Sweep/VSM issue discussed in this forum may not be much help with VA benefits, especially concerning Agent Orange.  Once upon a time, the VA considered the VSM as qualifying evidence for presumptive Agent Orange exposure.  That ended around 2002 when the VA decided a good way to fund outrageous executive bonuses would be to exclude Blue Water Navy sailors and set the criteria for AO presumption as "boots on the ground"  (the bonuses part is my cynical interpretation, but it's surely not far of the mark).  Hence, even if we are awarded VSM for participating in Operation End Sweep, it's not likely to help with VA claims, at least not now and not for AO.  But who knows?  Maybe the criteria for AO presumption will someday be reset to include VSM, but I'm not optimistic.

Better information about your situation (and mine) can be found with the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association.  There are two Facebook groups, "Blue Water Navy Awareness" and "Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association", that may be helpful.

Meanwhile, it would be helpful to both issues, Op. End Sweep/VSM and Blue Water Navy AO, if you call your congressman and senator and ask for their continued support.  Too late this fiscal year for congress to do anything about End Sweep, so we shall try again next fiscal year.  However, please call your US Senators and ask them to support  S.422 - Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2017.


Veterans (22)


© 2018   Navy Vets, Inc. Created by Douglas Karr in accordance with regulations covering all websites which are not government websites, neither the United States Navy or the Department of Defense has approved, endorsed, or authorized this web site.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service