Most of the media coverage of President Obama’s trip to Asia has focused on whether the president should apologize to Japan for the United States dropping an atomic bomb on Hiroshima at the end of World War II.
Forty-five years after the U.S. military ceased using the chemical compound nicknamed “Agent Orange,” questions about its legacy remain.
The Vietnam War ended more than 40 years ago, but a chemical used by the military has had a lasting effect, not just on the country itself, but also on those who fought.
More than two decades of studying Agent Orange exposure hasn’t produced a solid understanding of how the toxic herbicide has harmed Vietnam War veterans and possibly their children, according to a report released Thursday.
Snow fell outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 696 as its members held their monthly meeting Feb. 9.
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has once again turned down an effort by Navy veterans to get compensation for possible exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.
Reginald Russell Sr., an Army veteran from Suffolk spoke up during Vietnam Veterans of America’s Faces of Agent Orange town hall meeting Saturday at the Virginia Beach Convention Center.
The U.S. military sprayed about 19 million gallons of defoliants during the Vietnam War. The chemicals mostly Agent Orange killed the jungle brush and denied the enemy cover, but also may have caused cancer and other serious medical ailments in millions of Vietnamese people and American service members
To understand the predicament of World War II veterans exposed to mustard gas, take a look at what happened to another set of American veterans who were exposed to a different toxic chemical.
Westover Air Reservists who flew planes contaminated with Agent Orange following the Vietnam War will be eligible for health and disability payments in a rule ending a complicated four-year battle with the government.
The four-year battle for medical benefits waged by Westover Air Reserve veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange while flying C-123 planes after the Vietnam War could be over by the end of the month.
They had one thing in common: They themselves were exposed to Agent Orange and are now suffering debilitating, if not deadly diseases, or they are the widows of men who died as a result of exposure. Others have children or grandchildren who even today bear the deadly impact of exposure to the herbicide.
Men who were exposed to Agent Orange chemicals used during the Vietnam War are at higher risk for life-threatening prostate cancer than unexposed veterans, researchers have found.
“The golden key to self-healing is gratefulness. Only gratefulness can transcend the darkness of unworthiness, self-pity and self-negation and fully open the door to the heart ~ without which no true healing can occur.”
From 1961 to 1971 over 77 million litres of herbicide were dispensed over southern Viet Nam by the US military through the code-named ‘Operation Ranch Hand’. The Vietnamese reported early on during the operation that human health was being adversely affected by widespread dispersal of defoliants. Agent Orange, a 1:1 mixture of 2,4,-D and 2,4,5-T, was the most prevalent herbicide used.
How much higher must the Gulf War Veteran Advocates, Scientists, and Researchers have to jump to clear the roadblock to getting these Gulf War Veterans of 90-91 the diagnostic testing that is sorely needed and long past due. How long do their claims end up in the Rat Maze? The report by the VA RAC GWIR just released is a must read. But this report needs to be distributed to EVERY US SENATOR AND US REPRESENTATIVE in DC. The media by way of print media, main stream and cable news needs to show their committment to the Veterans of the Gulf War 90-91. The request is out there to each of you to help and support your veterans by helping us in this effort. This is fraudulent and an issue of waste, fraud, and abuse that has cost the trust of the gulf war veterans of 90-91, but even more so it has cost their health status and quality of life for over 21 years. You, can help make a difference now.
Monsanto shuts down company looking at collapse of bee colonies, believing that pesticides and GMO development may be a contributory factor. Now owned by the multi-national company that creates products likely contributing to the bee die-off.
Naoko Tomioka’s childhood curiosity about her uncle was greeted with quiet muttering by her father and grandparents, who held tight to the grief for their lost brother and son.
It is only by every person, organisation, and government, individually doing their part, that the world will be able to reduce the global cancer burden.
The United States is not preparing to cut bait in Afghanistan, a Pentagon official stressed a day after Defense Secretary Leon Panetta mused about hastening the handover of security responsibilities to Afghan forces.
If this is not a disqualification for a candidate running for president, I would be personally shocked. To propose turning our backs on our 26-million veterans right as they come home to an economy wrecked by banks and their Republican and Democratic enablers is absurd.
The DVA is weeding out benefit-hostile neocons and assorted bureaucrats
hoping those pesky veterans die to save some money and make the crats look good
More than 2,200 veterans had their personal information accidentally posted on the genealogy website Ancestry.com last year, a move that could potentially expose them to identify theft crimes.
Catholics seek to boost number of priests serving as chaplains. Searching for bombs day in and day out as part of a route-clearance team, Spc. Joe Murphy needed the reassuring hand of his faith more than ever. But because of a worsening shortage of Catholic chaplains in Afghanistan and throughout the military, it had never been more difficult to practice it.
World War II veterans encouraged to share their stories at Dec. 7 event. The Saratogian Of the more than 16 million Americans who served in the Armed Forces during World War II, the US Department of Veterans Affairs estimates that only 1.7 million nationwide are still living. This event is an opportunity to honor and appreciate World War …
Honoring Sustainability. Biomass Power and Thermal The US Department of Veterans Affairs is elevating its reliance on renewable energy by investing in combined-heat-and-power projects nationwide. By Matt Soberg | November 22, 2011 The US Department of Veterans Affairs understands the need for national …
Judge approves VA discrimination suit settlement. NECN A federal judge in Houston has approved settlement of a lawsuit several veterans groups filed against the US Department of Veterans Affairs, accusing the department of religious discrimination. US District Judge Lynn Hughes approved the …
Agent Orange and the continuing devastation from America’s chemical warfare is pervasive and an equal-opportunity destroyer of life
WASHINGTON (Sept. 2, 2011)- Veterans who served aboard U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships operating on the waters of Vietnam between January 9, 1962, and May 7, 1975, may be eligible to receive Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) disability compensation for 14 medical conditions associated with presumptive exposure to Agent Orange.
WASHINGTON – Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced today that more than $2.2 billion in retroactive benefits has already been paid to approximately 89,000 Vietnam Veterans and their survivors who filed claims related to one of three new Agent Orange presumptive conditions.