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OUR VIETNAM WAR VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THAILAND NEED YOUR HELP AS THEY ARE DYING FROM AGENT ORANGE EXPOSURE THAT THE VA CONTINUES TO DENY!!  There is a long list of diseases which are caused by being exposed to these defoliants used during the Vietnam War and if you served “on the ground” in the Republic of Vietnam or in the Blue Waters within 12 miles of Vietnam then these Veterans are presumed to have been exposed so the VA takes care of them and their families. However, those Veterans who served in theater at any of the US Air Bases in Thailand are not covered by the VA even though our Government knows and has reports showing that all bases in Thailand were sprayed with the same herbicides they used in Vietnam.

EVERY RED BLOODED AMERICAN needs to help fight for these Veterans who are dying every day and having to suffer without any VA support for them or their families!! In Dec 2017 the US Senate Bill S2105 was introduced which for the 2019-2020 116th Congress it is now US Senate Bill S1381, and in Jan 2018 the House Bill HR4843 was introduced which for the 2019-2020 116th Congress it is now US House Bill HR2201. These bills are basicly asking our government to give the same benefits, our Boots on the Ground Vietnam Veterans and our Blue Water Navy Veterans get, to our Thailand Air Base Veterans.

WE ALL NEED TO WRITE LETTERS TO OUR US SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES asking them to sponsor and support these bills NOW, before all our Vietnam War Veterans die and suffer alone!! Here is how you can help....

Below is a letter I am asking you all to copy/paste, print, sign and send to your US State Senators and your US House Representatives to help support our Vietnam War Veterans who served at the US Air Force Bases in Thailand

PRINT THIS LETTER AND SEND IT TODAY

Dear Senator / Representative,

Agent Orange along with other herbicides were used during the Vietnam War to defoliate jungles eliminating cover for enemy troops. Exposure to Agent Orange has been connected to serious health issues plaguing many Vietnam Veterans. These health issues include numerous cancers, diabetes, heart problems, skin disorders, severe neurological problems along with Spina Bifida occurring in the children of some Vietnam Veterans.

Fortunately, Congress in 1991 passed the Agent Orange Act, that recognized the connection between Agent Orange and various diseases for those who served in Vietnam. Earlier this year, Congress extended this connection for Blue Water Navy Veterans granting them the same presumptions and entitlements as Vietnam Veterans. Unfortunately, there is a large group of Vietnam era Veterans who served at Air Force bases in Thailand where herbicides such as Agent Orange were routinely sprayed around the bases exposing them throughout their typical year-long deployments. These veterans are suffering from the same debilitating diseases as Vietnam Veterans but since they never served in Vietnam, the Veterans Administration denies them any presumption or service connection that would give them health coverage and other entitlements automatically provided to those who actually served in Vietnam.

Some Thailand Veterans have successfully made Agent Orange claims but have faced struggles that often lasted years, requiring several resubmission of claims, assistance of lawyers and at times the intervention of a judge. While the VA is conceding that Agent Orange and other herbicides were used, they have established a unique qualifier for Thailand Veterans - they must substantiate their exposure by proving they worked along the perimeter of their base. This is the only area that the VA recognizes Agent Orange was used which restricts exposure claims to those assigned perimeter security duties. However, this decision ignores the fact that when sprayed, the herbicide spreads beyond the perimeter exposing: (1) those driving to and from aircraft parking locations, (2) those maintaining aircraft 24 hours a day - 7 days a week; (3) aircrew's preflighting aircraft; and (4) munitions specialists preparing bombs for loading onto aircraft. Bottom line, it was sprayed all around the bases to control vegetation and impossible to completely avoid.

When their nation called, these Thailand Veterans served honorably, but have been ignored far to long. There are bills pending in both the House (HR2201) and the Senate (S1381) that will modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in Thailand during the Vietnam era. Please support these bills.

Sincerely yours,

(YOU)

If you would rather email letters to your Senators or Representatives here are the links to find yours....

Senate - http://www.senate.gov/index.htm 

House http://www.house.gov/ 

Background Info: Some of you may know that the US Government sprayed the defoliant/dioxin Agent Orange (and there were many other colors/strains used) 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 passed bills which approved VA support for those Veterans who stepped foot in the Republic of Vietnam or served on Navy ships in the Blue Waters within 12 miles of Vietnam. There are 15 or more diseases/ailments associated with Agent Orange defoliants that are now presumptive for those who served in Vietnam and in the Blue Waters, 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!!

Don’t forget to send this info to all your contacts so that we can help focus our Senators & Representatives attention on 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 S1381 AND HOUSE BILL HR2201.

Here is a link to the bill HR2201 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2201

Here is a link to the bill S1381 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1381

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The Military Veterans Coalition of Indiana (TMVCI) - The TMVCI is made up of military, Veterans and uniformed-service organizations who promote Military awareness and advocacy throughout Indiana. Our mission is to promote the needs of the military community of Indiana including Active, National Guard, Reserve, retirees and their families. We will encourage the Indiana government to enact legislation recognizing the honor brought to the state and nation by their service. This will be communicated through personal contact with legislators, via the media and on our website to motivate government representatives of Indiana and other agencies as deemed necessary. TheTMVCI meets on the first Friday of every month 9:30am at

Fort Harrison VFW Post # 7119
6526 North Lee Road
Indianapolis, IN 46236
317-823-6180

 

Tell every Veteran you know about this wonderful organization’s website.TMVCI is fighting our state legislature to get our Veterans what they deserve.

 

Please go to TMVCI website http://www.inmilcoal.org/individual_subscriber/ and subscribe so you too may stay informed and help act to take better care of our Veterans in Indiana.

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Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy in Indiana for Treatment of TBI/PTSD

Indiana Has Signed PL-217 Funding a Pilot Program for the Use of HBOT for Treating TBI/PTSD Plus HBOT Helps Speed Up the Recovery for those Addicted to Drugs Due to the VA Just Slinging Drugs as the Cure.

The presence of the Military/Veterans Coalition of Indiana is continuing to get stronger as they work with our legislators towards improving benefits for our Military, Veterans and their families. They have struggled for years in getting legislation passed for the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) available to Service Members and Veterans who have been diagnosed with TBI/PTSD, but they are making headway!! Indiana just signed PL-217 on April 27, 2017, which establishes a funded pilot program for the use of HBOT for the treatment of traumatic brain injury and post traumatic stress disorder. As we get details from the State Health Department on how this will be setup and how to get into the program, we will let you know. Please see below;

USMC, Indiana, Texas and Oklahoma Making Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy (HBOT) Available to Service Members with TBI/PTSD/Concussion

Data from over 2,300 subjects, legislative breakthroughs at the state level, and some forward thinking by the US Marines is allowing access to an alternative treatment for "invisible wounds." HBOT research out of the state of Washington also shows promise for alleviating withdrawal symptoms from drug addiction.

Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 23, 2017 -- Camp Lejeune, US Marine Corps, with the cooperation of the US Navy, has agreed to allow active duty Marines to voluntarily participate in an LSU study in New Orleans (http://hbottbistudy.org/). Dr. Paul Harch is investigating the use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) at 1.5 ATA in the treatment of mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI) or persistent post-concussion syndrome (PPCS) resulting from either blunt or blast injury in both military and civilians. This action builds on the efforts of Rep Walter Jones (R-NC) and over a dozen other lawmakers demanding access to this safe and effective treatment. Hundreds of thousands of brain-wounded active duty and veteran service members are suffering without alternative treatments that can heal the wound to the brain, rather than merely treating symptoms with ineffective drugs and devices, dangerous opioid, and unproven and potentially dangerous drugs like LSD, ecstasy and other exotics.

In a companion breakthrough, Indiana PL-217, signed 4/27/2017, establishes a funded Pilot Program for the use of Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) or Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This legislation follows a long effort by veterans in Indiana to treat brain-wounded Indiana veterans with oxygen-under-pressure, a safe and effective standard of care for brain injuries in numerous countries -- but not yet in the US. In addition to the soldier suicide epidemic affecting veterans, Indiana, like numerous other states, is enduring a drug overdose epidemic. HBOT has been shown to dramatically reduce the number of drugs that brain-wounded veterans need to recuperate and return to a more normal quality of life denied them with episodic and ineffective DOD/VA attempts.

And in another multi-year effort, Texas HB-271, the Veterans Recovery Pilot Program, provides Hyperbaric Oxygen Treatment to eligible Texas veterans with TBI or PTSD. Approved in the TX House and Senate by near-unanimous vote, the Bill was sent for the Governor's signature on May 19, 2017.

The Texas and Indiana legislative efforts follow the Oklahoma passage of the Oklahoma Veterans Traumatic Brain Injury Treatment and Recovery Act of 2014 on May 6, 2014. All three states have waited in vain for years for the DOD and the Veterans Administration to address the suicide and drug overdose epidemics. None were willing to accept any more waiting amidst the futility of not treating the wounds to the brain of over 600,000 service members with "invisible wounds."

Two recent studies out of the state of Washington throw more light on a problem directly related to brain injury: drug addiction. Tens of thousands of brain-wounded veterans have drug dependencies. Researchers at Washington State (tinyurl.com/mesc5gu) in an animal study have shown that HBOT can cut in half both the pain of withdrawal and the amount of time required to be rid of drug dependency. The potential impact for the opioid epidemic is profound. University of Washington School of Medicine researchers (tinyurl.com/k6gy4gx), writing in JAMA Neurology, found that after a concussion, symptoms got worse from one to five years following the injury. Patients likely don't stabilize within one year after injury; psychiatric problems intensify out to five years. The lead authors says that medicine "should not only be working hard to develop therapies¬ that can be administered acutely after injury but also. . . . focus on developing therapies and treatment strategies targeted to the chronic phase of injury." The Marines, Oklahoma, Texas and Indiana are now on the cutting edge of integrative medicine, allowing use of a safe and effective therapy that has a proven track record with over 2,300 lucky enough to find their way to private HBOT clinics across the US.

These videos give more insight into the potential represented by Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy.

MSGT Scott Roessler [Ranger] http://tinyurl.com/hf3czmw

Joe Namath http://tinyurl.com/kflu9up

MAJ Ben Richards http://tinyurl.com/hd9ahcd

CAPT Smotherman / Rep John Bennett http://tinyurl.com/lvcf22r

The Honorable Patt Maney (BG, USA) http://tinyurl.com/m97x4jp

GnySgt Rotenberry http://tinyurl.com/gpzpxgy

RMHI with Margaux and SGT Ramirez http://vimeo.com/77100044

Contact Information

Robert L Beckman, PhD

TreatNOW Coalition

http://www.treatnow.org

+1 (703) 346-8432

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VA Update on Camp Lejeune Water Contamination - In early September 2016, VA proposed a Federal Rule to create presumptive service connection for veterans, Reservists, and National Guard members who served at least 30 days of active duty on Camp Lejeune from August 1, 1953 to December 31, 1987. The rule is open for public comment through October 11, 2016 and if you click HERE you can read it and make a formal comment.

Veterans and their families who lived or worked there during this time were exposed to drinking water contaminated with industrial solvents, benzene, and other chemicals. Let your voice be heard if you or anyone you know served during this time and suffer from the following heath conditions:

  • Adult leukemia
  • Aplastic anemia and other myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Bladder cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Liver cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Parkinson's disease
  • There is an existing law, established in 2012, where VA provides free health care for other medical conditions to veterans who served at least 30 days of active duty at Camp Lejeune from January 1, 1957 and December 31, 1987:
  • Esophageal cancer
  • Breast cancer
  • Kidney cancer
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Renal toxicity
  • Female infertility
  • Scleroderma
  • Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Lung cancer
  • Bladder cancer
  • Leukemia
  • Myelodysplastic syndromes
  • Hepatic steatosis
  • Miscarriage
  • Neurobehavioral effects
  • Family members of veterans who also lived on Camp Lejeune during the qualifying period are eligible for reimbursement of out-of-pocket medical expenses related to the 15 covered health conditions.

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Agent Orange Presumption and Service in Thailand

November 30, 2015/in  /by 

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. This presumption also extends to brown water veterans. Those veterans who went up the inland waterways of Vietnam. The VA has not yet extended this to blue water veterans (those veterans stationed in deep water of the coast, and in a number of harbors) or to veterans of other areas where Agent Orange was used such as Thailand. 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 in Thailand. Military bases in Thailand were among the first established in the Vietnam War theater of operations. They were subject to many attacks and also to the same chemicals and herbicides as those used in Vietnam itself. Many veterans who served in Thailand can tell stories about the disappearing vegetation around bases and some can even show pictures. For years, the government denied that herbicides were used in Thailand and in the process denied numerous veterans claims for benefits. This changed in 2010. The first question to answer is: What changed? In 2010, the VA released a Compensation and Pension (C&P) Bulletin that allowed the exposure presumption to be extended to veterans of certain Thailand bases during certain periods. A copy of the bulletin can be found here. In essence, the bulletin provided a set of rules which follow:

  1. Service at U-Tapao, Ubon, - READ MORE

Department of Veterans Affairs New Releases Check here for the latest VA information from Grants for Disabled veterans to Aid and Assistance for Homeless Veterans to..... etc. Check it out monthly/weekly.

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2-1-1 is now State-Wide in Indiana!

All 92 counties with all 6,483,802 Hoosiers now have access to the free 24/7/365 service that helps people find the help they need to obtain safe, affordable housing, food and utilities, mental and physical health care, employment, volunteer opportunities and many other things that can lead to happier, healthier, safer individuals and families in our communities.

I cannot come close to expressing my pride in the Indiana 211 Partnership, led by Board Chair Roger Frick of Indiana Association of United Ways, and our System of Centers for bringing us to this point, and my gratitude to our funders and supporters, for your unwavering support. I hope you share our excitement about the potential of 2-1-1 as we go forward into an even brighter future.

DIAL 2-1-1 TODAY IF YOU NEED HELP OR IF YOU WANT TO GIVE HELP.

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If You Or Any of Your Family Members Were Stationed at Camp Lejeune from 1957 through 1987, Please Look At the Links Below As The Base Water Was Contaminated Which May Be The Cause of Several Birth Defects/Deaths/Illnesses

This water contamination at Camp Lejuene is suspected of being related to health issues for personnel who worked or resided at the camp before 1987. If you were such an individual you are highly encouraged to visit the following web sites for more information.

Amazon link to a book, ”Semper Fi: Always Faithful”, by a Marine Sgt who lost his daughter due to the water contamination coverup at Camp Lejeune - http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1863372

Fox News Story about the book ”Semper Fi: Always Faithful” - http://www.foxnews.com/entertainment/2011/09/02/documentary-film-semper-fi-always-faithful-explores-alleged-water-contamination/

Additionally, please check this link which provides background information and requests individuals to register to assist in the Department of the Navy’s funded independent investigations. https://clnr.hqi.usmc.mil/clwater/

The Few, The Proud, The Forgotten http://www.tftptf.com/ has many links and areas that you should find helpful.

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VETERANS' AID AND ATTENDANCE IMPROVED PENSION

The Veterans Administration offers Aid and Attendance as part of an "Improved Pension" Benefit that is largely unknown. This Improved Pension may allow for some Veterans and surviving spouses who require the regular attendance of another person to assist in eating, bathing, dressing, undressing, medication dosing, or taking care of the needs of nature to receive additional monetary benefits. It also includes individuals who are blind or a patient in a nursing home because of mental or physical incapacity. Assisted care in an Assisted Living facility may also qualifies.

This most important benefit is overlooked by many families with Veterans or surviving spouses who need additional monies to help care for ailing parents or loved ones. This is a "Pension Benefit" and IS NOT dependent upon service-related injuries for compensation. Aid and Attendance may help pay for care in the home, Nursing Home or Assisted Living facility. A Veteran is found to be eligible they may qualify for up to $1,704 per month, while a surviving spouse may qualify for up to $1,094 per month. A Veteran with a Spouse may qualify for up to $2,020 per month and a Veteran with a Sick Spouse may qualify for up to $1,338 per month.

Many families overlook the A&A Pension as it pertains to veterans who are still independent, but have an ill spouse. Keep in mind that in this situation, if the spouse's medical expenses completely depletes their combined monthly income, the Veteran can file as a Veteran with a sick spouse.

The Aid and Attendance Benefit is considered to be the third tier of the VA's Improved Pension. The other two tiers are known as "Basic" and "Housebound". Each tier has its own level of benefits and qualifications. While the objective of this site is to disseminate information, we encourage you to view the other two levels in the event you or your loved one does not qualify for A&A. Click Here for more information about the Basic and Housebound tiers. The Improved Pension is not a new benefit, and has in fact been an entitlement for 60 years sitting idle while millions have and still are missing out on.

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