2011 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lennysiegel@gmail.com>
Date: Wed, 7 Sep 2011 05:36:23 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HERBICIDES, HEALTH: "Spray Plane" vets fight for Agent Orange benefits
Westover Vets Fight For Agent Orange Benefits

By Lisa Chedekel
New Haven Independent (CT)
September 7, 2011

In the years since they flew together out of Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts in the post-Vietnam War era, Wes Carter and Paul Bailey have stayed in close touch, swapping information about families, jobs, and their former crewmates in the 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron.

This year, the conversation took a strange turn: Bailey, who lives in New Hampshire, was diagnosed with prostate cancer in February. Two months later, Carter, a former Massachusetts resident who now lives in Oregon, got the same diagnosis.

Curious about the coincidence, the two men began checking around with members of their Air Force Reserve squadron – particularly those who had flown the C-123 Provider, a plane that was used to spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War and then was reassigned to domestic missions at Westover and two other U.S. bases.


For the entire article, see
http://www.newhavenindependent.org/index.php/health/entry/ westover_vets_fight_for_agent_orange_benefits/id_39708


Lenny Siegel
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