Appeal for Help Posted on Facebook:

If anybody would like to help, I’m working with Congress to get a bill passed to honor my father (the bill would make it Federal law that flags placed on deceased veterans be of cloth <and not nylon>; when the hospice nurses placed a nylon flag on my father I thought “there outta be a law”). Myself and other family members have rec’d 3 phone calls back from Senator and US Reps’ offices and more emails. If you’d like to help by contacting your Congresspeople as constituents DM me; I can walk you through the process. Thank for you all the likes on this post.

Subject: Flags on Veterans

Congressman Perlmutter,

Please note that, while I am transitioning down to Texas, I am still technically one of your constituents.

My father Major Richard D. Hammons (Retired) recently passed away in Simpsonville, SC due to cancer from Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam.

I was dismayed when I saw that the hospice nurses had placed a nylon flag over my father’s body, and was further dismayed when I discovered that there’s no Federal law mandating that flags placed over veterans be made of cloth only.

Well, there should be Federal legislation mandating that flags placed on our Veterans be made only of cotton, wool, or similar fabric befitting the use.

I’ve conducted a small online poll, and over three-fourths of respondents believe that there should be such a law.  Now that Congress is back in session, I urge you to introduce legislation that I can only think the vast majority of Americans will get behind.

Myself and the rest of the family will be headed to Arlington sometime in the coming months for his service at the national cemetery, but I can travel sooner to D.C. if that would help with this effort.

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely,

Bill Hammons
bill@wrhammons.com

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The above letter has been sent through online email forms to the following members of the United States Congress. Note that where you see “Constituent” I’ve contacted a Member on behalf of one of their constituents with that constituent’s permission (the one exception to this “permissions policy” is I contacted my deceased father’s Senators after his death).

Rich Hammons Memorial Plaque

6 General Members of the United States Senate Reached Out To:

  1. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas > Emailed 12/10/19 > No Response
  2. Senator Johnny Isakson of Georgia > Emailed Contact 12/4/19 > No Response
  3. Senator John Cornyn of Texas > Emailed 11/20/19 > Phone Call Back 12/6/19
  4. Senator Michael Bennet of Colorado > Emailed 10/7/19 > No Response
  5. Senator Cory Gardner of Colorado > Emailed 10/7/19 > No Response
  6. Senator Lindsey Graham of SC > Emailed 9/13/19 > No Response (Constituent)
  7. Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina > Emailed 9/13/19 > No Response (Constituent)

2 Members of the Senate Armed Services Committee Reached Out To:

  1. Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma > Email 9/15/19 > No Response (Constituent)
  2. Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas > Email 9/16/19 > Phone Call Back 11/15/19

Members of the Senate Veterans Affairs’ Committee Reached Out To:

TBD

3 General Members of the US House of Representatives Reached Out To:

  1. Rep. Ed Perlmutter of Colorado 7th > Emailed 10/7/19 > Phone Call Back 10/25/19
  2. Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas 10th > Emailed 10/28/19 > Phone Call Back 10/31/19
  3. Rep. Roger Williams of Texas 25th > Emailed 11/4/19 > Email Back 11/13/19

Members of the House Armed Services Committee Reached Out To:

TBD

Members of the House Veterans’ Affairs Committee Reached Out To:

TBD

Letter Sent to Retiring Georgia Senator Johnny Isakson (Via Contact):

Senator Isakson,

My father Major Richard D. Hammons (Retired) passed away in August in Simpsonville, SC due to cancer from Agent Orange exposure in Vietnam.

I was dismayed when I saw that the hospice nurses had placed a nylon flag over my father’s body, and was further dismayed when I discovered that there’s no Federal law mandating that flags placed over veterans be made of cloth only.

Well, there should be Federal legislation mandating that flags placed on our Veterans be made only of cotton, wool, or similar fabric befitting the use.

I conducted a small online poll, and over three-fourths of respondents believe that there should be such a law.  Before you leave the Senate at the end of the month, I ask you to strongly consider this legislation, which I can only think the vast majority of Americans will get behind, and take the proper action.

Myself and the rest of the family will be headed to Arlington sometime in the Spring or Summer of 2020 for my father’s service at the national cemetery, but I can travel sooner to D.C. if that would help with this effort.

Thank you for reading.

Sincerely,

Bill Hammons
bill@wrhammons.com

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