There is a toxic political environment for veterans in Licking County.
I am a 69-year- old Vietnam veteran who served in the Navy with two tours of duty of gunfire support. The ship that I was on is classified as part of the “brown water” Navy and according to records that I obtained was exposed to Agent Orange.
Our local Veterans Commission failed to file my Agent Orange claim or the Notice of Disagreement dated 11/23/2012. I found this information out from U.S Senator Sherrod Brown’s office after waiting three years for a reply.
I have been exposed to two hostile environments about my claim being lost. I entered a political toxic environment when I met with the five commissioners that comprise the board of Licking County’s Veterans Commission, and then again in a meeting with our Licking County Commissioners. Commissioner Tim Bubb told me in a meeting on June 9, 2016, that there is no such thing as an Agent Orange Claim.
I am trying to expose those who fail to do their job supporting and helping veterans.
We should have a more diverse group of commissioners on the Licking County Veterans Commission. Right now it appears to be another commission of good ole boys. You can see the members at http://www.lcounty.com/vsc/frm- Members.aspx
I am a Veteran first and a candidate for Licking County commissioner second. I don’t want to see any Veteran treated the way I have been by our local County Commissioners and those at the Veterans Commission.
That’s my view from the Purity Mall.
James Snedden Jr.