|From:||Lenny Siegel <firstname.lastname@example.org>|
|Date:||Thu, 8 Aug 2013 10:43:45 -0700 (PDT)|
|Subject:||Re: [CPEO-MEF] HERBICIDES: "Agent Orange’s reach beyond the Vietnam War"|
VA reverses denial of benefits for veteran in Agent Orange-related case By Steve Vogel, Washington Post August 8, 2013The Department of Veterans Affairs has reversed its denial of Agent Orange-related disability benefits for an Air Force veteran who flew on potentially contaminated C-123 aircraft after the Vietnam War, a decision advocates describe as the first of its kind for veterans seeking compensation for postwar exposure to the toxic defoliant.
Paul Bailey, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who is gravely ill with cancer, received notice Monday that he would receive "a total grant of benefits" for cancer associated with his 1970s-era service in the United States aboard the aircraft, which had been used to spray the toxic defoliant during the war.
"The preponderance of the evidence suggests that you were exposed to herbicide onboard U.S. Air Force C-123K aircrafts," said the VA decision, dated July 31. "Reasonable doubt in regards to the exposure to certain herbicide, to include Agent Orange, as the result of occupational hazards onboard C-123K aircrafts is resolved in your favor."
... For the entire article, seehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/va-reverses-denial-of-benefits- for-veteran-in-agent-orange-related-case/2013/08/07/7cf1a680- ff81-11e2-96a8-d3b921c0924a_story.html
You may need to copy and paste the link. On Aug 5, 2013, at 9:05 AM, Lenny Siegel wrote:
Agent Orange’s reach beyond the Vietnam War By Steve Vogel Washington Post August 3, 2013Nearly three dozen rugged C-123 transport planes formed the backbone of the U.S. military’s campaign to spray Agent Orange over jungles hiding enemy soldiers during the Vietnam War. And many of the troops who served in the conflict have been compensated for diseases associated with their exposure to the toxic defoliant.But after the war, some of the planes were used on cargo missions in the United States. Now a bitter fight has sprung up over whether those in the military who worked, ate and slept in the planes after the war should also be compensated. Two U.S. senators are now questioning the Department of Veterans Affairs’ assertions that any postwar contamination on the planes was not high enough to be linked to disease.Complicating the debate is that few of the planes remain to be tested. In 2010, the Air Force destroyed 18 of the Vietnam-era aircraft in part because of concerns about potential liability for Agent Orange, according to Air Force memos documenting the destruction.... For the entire article, seehttp://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/agent-oranges-reach-beyond- the-vietnam-war/2013/08/03/803e57c0-e816-11e2-aa9f- c03a72e2d342_story.htmlYou may need to copy and paste the link. -- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <email@example.com> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
-- Lenny Siegel Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight a project of the Pacific Studies Center 278-A Hope St., Mountain View, CA 94041 Voice: 650/961-8918 or 650/969-1545 Fax: 650/961-8918 <firstname.lastname@example.org> http://www.cpeo.org _______________________________________________ Military mailing list Military@lists.cpeo.org http://lists.cpeo.org/listinfo.cgi/military-cpeo.org
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