By Morris Harvey, National Vice President AMMV P1030944-B1I write this to encourage you to buy and read this newest WWII Merchant Mariner book, “TORPEDOED for LIFE”. This book is different than others written on the MM fight for recognition as Veterans in WWII. Although it includes some relevant life experience stories which reflect the worthiness of the stand for Just Recognition, it also includes the story of our efforts in congress over the last ten years trying to get “OUR” congress to finally pass some form of Just Recognition. There is also reference back to happenings in 1946-47 and a chronological status of events in Congress and in the courts from 1977-88. This book is worth buying and passing it on to Members of Congress, especially VA committee members. This email is a request for action – I ask that our AMMV members get involved and make sure that local lawmakers in your state receive a copy of this book and sign up to support HR563. I would hope that Chapters will raise funds to join this program. By way of this correspondence, I request that all RVP’s initiate a project in their region to insure that books are purchased and delivered to all lawmakers in the region. Members at Large can participate by working with their RVP. Call and volunteer. The book is written by Herman “Gerry” Starnes from the prospective of a Merchant Mariner, who has been directly involved in the struggle – both personally and as chairman of the AMMV Government Affairs Committee. Gerry also took over the Co-Chairmanship with Ian Allison of the Just Compensation Committee, after the death of Henry Van Gemert. Gerry recruited the assistance of Ed Trester to select and incorporate pictures into the story. Gerry and Ed invested their own time and money to tell this story. Let’s support them by buying the book and support ourselves by getting the book into the hands of lawmakers. The recent book price is $22.52 or used for less than $18.00 on Amazon – . Sincerely, Morris Harvey Dedication+Author