Kristin Murphy, Deseret News
Glen Allgood, a Pearl Harbor survivor, listens to the Star Spangled Banner during a ceremony honoring Pearl Harbor survivors at the George Whalen Veterans Home in Ogden on Friday, Dec. 7, 2012.

The 112th Congress failed to recognize veterans of the Vietnam War through the Agent Orange Equity Act, which failed in committee.

Veterans of the Vietnam War have become a liability for budget dollars, and our quality of life means little to Congress. Freedom is not free.

Every day, another veteran falls ill due to the deadly herbicide agent orange. Volunteers help sick veterans gather evidence required by Veterans Affairs for submission of claims. We do more of the legwork by meeting with members of Congress in support of veterans. Our only satisfaction is helping a veteran.

We ask all Americans to urge our legislators to pass laws that will provide equitable VA health care and compensation for sick Vietnam veterans. It will amount to better quality of life.

John Bury, Vietnam War veteran

Media, Pa.