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Agent Orange

These sites deal with Agent Orange related health issues our Veterans are having and how to get answers that will assist them and their families. There have been over 250,000 deaths attributed to Agent Orange!

  • VA Presumptive Diseases Attributed to Agent Orange as of 12/17. These are for our boots on the ground Vietnam Veterans. Blue water Navy and Thailand Veterans presently have to prove they worked with Agent Orange or on the perimeters of the Thailand bases and have positive proof or they will be denied, over and over. As of 11/2017 Senate Bill S2105 has been introduced and is in committee so we need EVERY AMERICAN to write their Senators asking them to support the passage of this Bill S2105 - please see the comments at the bottom of this page as we have a link to a letter for every Senator to make your task very simple to do. Please do your part TODAY!!
  • Department of VA page on Veterans Compensation for exposure to Agent Orange rules, compensation benefit and how to apply.
  • Quilt of Tears - Medical conditions caused by exposure to Agent Orange. Help filling Agent Orange claims with the VA. The bottom of the page lists links on how to ask and file for MANY Veteran benefits.
  • Public Health on Exposures - Use this site to get information on who should apply for the Agent Orange Registry Medical Exam and who to contact to make it happen. If you were in Southeast Asia from Feb 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 you need to have the exam!!
  • What You Need to Know about Ischemic Heart Disease - This link will help explain what IHD is and what you should do if you or your doctor believe you may have IHD. First and foremost, if you are a Veteran let your doctor know and if you were a Vietnam or Korean Vet tell him where you served. Check this page out and even keep a copy of it.
  • Agent Orange Presumption and Service in Thailand Since passage of the Agent Orange Act of 1991, the VA has acknowledged that veterans of the Vietnam War were exposed to Agent Orange. Furthermore, they have granted a presumption of exposure to veterans who were boots on the ground in Vietnam. Today’s article focuses on how to prove Agent Orange exposure for those veterans who are not presumed exposed and in particular those who were stationed at bases in Thailand.
  • Vietnam & All Veterans of Florida - The top of their page has many links on Agent Orange.
  • Cybersarge has more important information on Agent Orange and a few more links. He keeps his info updated all the time.

**** OUR VIETNAM ERA VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THAILAND NEED YOUR HELP AS THEY ARE DYING FROM AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE THAT THE VA CONTINUES TO DENY!!  Please use the attached letters FROM THIS DOCUMENT to send to your Senators asking them to support Senate Bill S2105 that is going to help our Vietnam Era Veterans who served in Thailand. Some of you may know that the US Government sprayed the defoliant/dioxin Agent Orange in Vietnam and around bases in Thailand. This defoliant was known to be harmful to humans yet they still sprayed us while we were there. After 40 years the Government has opened a bit and has approved VA support for those Veterans who stepped foot in the Republic of Vietnam. There are 15 some ailments associated with Agent Orange that are now presumptive for those who served in Vietnam, but not yet for those of us who served in Thailand. The government kept it a secret until 1989 that they even sprayed in Thailand!!

Anyway, we need your support in getting this legislation passed through our government. Bill S2105 has been presented to the Senate and is in committee with a 14% chance of passing, so they say!! So please stand up and let’s make a difference that will help our Veterans who are suffering from all the diseases caused by this defoliant. The link above (FROM THIS DOCUMENT) is a pdf document that has letters addressed to all 100 States Senators. Find your 2 states senators and send them their copies signed by you asking for their support on this bill. Don’t forget to send this to all your contacts so that we can help focus our Senators attention to the things that we Americans think is important, supporting those who support us!!

 

PLEASE HELP OUR VIETNAM VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THAILAND BY SUPPORTING SENATE BILL S2105.

For our Indiana readers, this may be easier to follow since Joe Donnelly is already a co-sponsor of the Bill.

Below is the letter for Senator Todd Young, our other Senator, Joe Donnelly is a co-sponsor of this bill. 

Read the letter and you’ll understand why these Thailand Veterans need our help.

You may print the letter, sign it and MAIL THE LETTER to the Senator Todd Young’s address on the letter.  OR—you may email this letter requesting Senator Todd Young’s support by selecting this link https://www.young.senate.gov/contact/email-todd First you will need to fill out your contact info, then for SUBJECT type in “S2105 Support for Veterans of Thailand During the Vietnam War”, then for TOPIC select “Veterans”. For the message, copy and paste the full contents of the letter and type in your name at the bottom – Highlight the content of the full letter and press control C to copy and press Control V to paste it in the MESSAGE box…. Then select SUBMIT.

DONE!!! That was easy…..

IMPORTANT –  Please forward this to Anyone on your contact lists so they can do the same. . . .To Any American who will help.. and ESPECIALLY TO VETERANS!

 Thank you!  This small effort will help so many!

Here’s the letter to Todd Young

Please Help Your Indiana Veterans

 The Honorable Todd Young 400 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC 20510

Dear Senator Young:

Please accept this letter as a request for your support of Senate Bill S.2105. Sponsored by Arkansas Senator John Boozman and co-sponsored by Indiana Senator Joe Donnelly, this bi-partisan bill is written to help veterans who were exposed to the poisonous herbicide “Agent Orange” while serving in Thailand during the Vietnam War era.  They are struggling with many diseases and disabilities from this exposure but have been repeatedly denied disability benefits by the Veterans Administration.  

Agent Orange was produced by Monsanto, DuPont and other companies. The most poisonous component of Agent Orange was a by-product of the manufacturing process called “2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin”,  an intensely potent poison and carcinogenic.  According to the CDC, exposure can be through the skin, inhalation or ingestion and has caused, or is linked to, Hodgkin’s disease, Prostate cancer, Leukemia, Psychological disorders, Type 2 Diabetes, Birth defects, Miscarriages, Liver disease, Immune system dysfunction, Peripheral Neuropathy, Muscular dysfunction, Hormone disruption, Heart and, Cardiovascular diseases, Bone marrow and Gastrointestinal disorders and more.  The CDC states:  “The effects may be delayed.”   Many of your veterans are sick.  Many have died.

Its use started in the 1960’s with “Operation Ranch Hand”, a U.S. military effort to defoliate thick forest, jungle and farmlands throughout Vietnam and Air Bases in Thailand. In 1988, Dr. James Clary, an Air Force researcher associated with Operation Ranch Hand, wrote to Senator Tom Daschle -

“When we initiated the herbicide program in the 1960s, we were aware of the potential for damage due to dioxin contamination in the herbicide. However, because the material was to be used on the enemy, none of us were overly concerned. We never considered a scenario in which our own personnel would become contaminated with the herbicide.”

But it was used extensively in and around Air Force bases in Thailand. The 1973 Contemporary Historical Examination of Current Operations (CHECO) report, disclosed the use of Agent Orange throughout Thailand.  It remained classified until 1989 but remained hidden from the public until just recently.   As such, veterans were dying or becoming disabled without ever knowing it was from Agent Orange.  The VA now admits “..The following Veterans may have been exposed to herbicides:  U.S. Air Force Veterans who served on Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) bases at U-Tapao, Ubon, Nakhon Phanom, Udorn, Takhli, Korat, and Don Muang, near the air base perimeter anytime between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975.”  Veterans of other branches were also included.  No effort was made at any time to notify Thailand veterans of possible exposure. 

Today, the Veterans Administration is routinely and repeatedly denying disability benefits to thousands of Thailand veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange.   Furthermore, the five VA regional offices are denying these claims, each using their own arbitrary guidelines, without uniformity or consistency.  Conversely, Veterans who served inside Vietnam were just as routinely, (and justifiably), granted compensatory disability benefits because of “Presumptive exposure” – if a veteran from Vietnam became ill with any of the aforementioned diseases, it was “presumed” to be from Agent Orange.  Veterans from Thailand, however, were required to prove they worked in, or traversed, treated areas - - a nearly impossible request by the VA as no one knew there was a treatment, let alone, where.  For those veterans who could provide adequate records, benefits were still denied.    S.2105 will now extend that “Presumptive exposure” latitude to those veterans who served in Thailand and suffer disabilities from the effects of Agent Orange.    Indiana Veterans are getting sick and need your help!  They served when they were called.  Please don’t turn your back on your veterans.  Help these veterans by voting for S.2105.

Respectfully, 

 

 

 

Disclaimer:The web sites listed above are not associated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by the Hamilton County Veterans Corp., or its Officers, and has no official or unofficial affiliation with the Hamilton County Veterans Corp., or its Officers, or its membership. This web page was created as a resource for the members of the Hamilton County Veterans Corp. as well as use by the general public

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