Agent Orange still creating havoc with Veterans

LFC Comments by T. Paine: Thanks to a Kirtland lobbyist for this article.

Six decades later and decisions made by corrupt politicians are still impacting the lives of patriotic Americans. We entered a war with the dubious reason “to stop communism”. All we did was divide a nation, killed 58.000 Americans, and never had a strategy to win the war.

https://www.britannica.com/event/Vietnam-War

President Dwight Eisenhower, in his farewell speech on January 17, 1961, was right when he warned Americans about those that sought to profit from war.

“In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military–industrial complex.”

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https://www.legion.org/veteransbenefits/252687/va-expands-list-illnesses-presumed-have-been-caused-agent-orange

VA expands list of illnesses presumed to have been caused by Agent Orange

By Ken Olsen JUN 02, 2021

Excerpts from the article:

VA is adding bladder cancer, Parkinsonism and hypothyroidism to the list of illnesses it acknowledges were caused by Agent Orange exposure in Southeast Asia, the department announced Thursday. It also will review and pay retroactive benefits to veterans and survivors whose VA disability and death benefits claims for the three diseases were previously denied, without requiring them to refile their claims.

VA estimates 50,000 Vietnam veterans and survivors have been affected by bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinsonism, according to Bart Stichman, executive director of the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP). It’s not clear how many of their claims were denied in the past.

On Thursday, VA also announced it is considering creating a presumption for asthma and other respiratory illnesses for post 9/11 veterans who served in Afghanistan and Uzbekistan and were exposed to particulate matter pollution.

That’s a move in the right direction, Bozella says. “In a general sense, we are supporting any legislation that addresses environmental toxins. If we want to continue to put troops in harm’s way, we need to be willing to pay for the health care and benefits. You can’t have one without the other – that’s accountability.”

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