“There but for fortune…” If you served across the pond – you know the story.
If not, The Old Man urges you to read on!
Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2014 is the tenth and last congressionally mandated biennial update from the IOM committee.
The conclusions of the committee of researchers that, since 1991, has been charged by Congress with reviewing all available research has determined that there is no understanding of how Agent Orange has harmed Vietnam Veterans!
In its tenth and final Agent Orange report — with most Vietnam vets now well into their 60s or older — the committee concluded there’s still much to learn and not enough research underway.
“Significant gaps in our knowledge.” The polite way of saying they don’t know diddly squat! Yes, the Veterans Administration has recognized various medical afflictions as presumptive by exposure to Agent Orange and offers disability compensation. Even that is a limited list!
Forty years have passed since that damned conflict came to a rather ignominious ending. We have had our children and they are having children, our Grandchildren, who are born with conditions and symptoms that may or may not be connected to the damn toxin that seeped into our bodies!
It was given its name from the color of the orange-striped barrels in which it was shipped, and was by far the most widely used of the so-called “Rainbow Herbicides”.
The United States military sprayed nearly 20,000,000 U.S. gallons in Vietnam, Republic of. . .
We were condemned to a suffer a life after ‘Nam that was plagued by cancers, diabetes, liver disease and additional afflictions that ravaged our body. We paid a price for our valor!
The Old Man has survived his cancer, to date. Now I worry about my children and grandchildren. The innocent who are afflicted, who are descended from we who were exposed to that poison called “Agent Orange”, deserve the right to know!.
According to Rick Weidman of Vietnam Veterans of America, underscores what he called “25 years of willful ignorance” on the part of the VA: “They’ve tried to undo anything and everything that might lead to further research into the effects of Agent Orange exposure,” said Weidman, the group’s legislative director. “They are sitting on a mountain range of epidemiological evidence — not just for Vietnam guys, but the health records of every generation of veterans — and they have simply refused to mine the data for the purposes of research.
the Old Man urges you to reach out to your Congressman and Senator and demand that legislation, known as the Toxic Exposure Research Act, be brought forth, passed and sent to the President to enact into law!
Read more at . . . Courtesy of. . . Researchers call for more study on Agent Orange’s effects on veterans — and their kids