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This week, Neville Thomas Hawkins JR comments on "Issa's Own Earmarks" by Lee Fang.

"Mr. Issa, I am a Vietnam-era veteran. I am 64 years old and I have Pulmonary Fibrosis of the lungs. The inside of my lungs are hardening.

I was in the U.S. Army from 11/22/1966 to 8/28/68. I was exposed to asbestos 7 days a week, 24 hours per day. At the time I did not know what asbestos was nor was I informed of the hazourdos affects it would have on my lungs later on in life.

The Goverment and Military were informed and knew what the hazards were as far back as year 1900, as well in 1922 when the first class action suit was filed. The Military and Goverment knew all along and continued to use asbestos on their ships, barracks, motor pools, family housing, in the field, and on equipment.

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I was diagnossed with an asbestos-related injury of the lungs in 1995 with plurel thickening of the lungs.

I filled a claim with the Department of Veteran Affairs San Diego Regional Office for the first time in 2008 and was denied. As my condition has progressed, I am know unemployable. I refilled in August of 2010. To date my case is still pending.

I get the runaround over the phone when I call. Sir, I know that you are very busy and have many more important issues to deal with. If you could find the time, could you please call their office on my behalf -- 800 827-1000; my file # 24 499 424 -- and see if they could expedite their decission.

Presently, I live on Social Security Disability, which is not much at $1,700.64 per month. Sir please can you help me?

Thank you

Neville Thomas Hawkins
28886 W Worcester RD.
Sun City, California 92586
Phone: 661-333-3271