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Published On: Sat, Jun 20th, 2015

US Finally Paying $47.5M to Vets Who Were Exposed to Agent Orange

Susanne Posel (OC) : The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has finally agreed to give disability benefits to an estimated 2,100 Air Force reservists and active-duty soldiers who were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War.

agent-orange-287x300The new rule allows $47.5 million over the next decade to be put toward these veterans and reservists. This paves the way for receipt of medical and survivor benefits; and medical care.

For Air Force service men and women who worked on the Fairchild C-123 from 1969 to 1986 were suspected of being exposed to Agent Orange because these planes were tasked with spraying millions of gallons of the herbicide during the Vietnam War.

Veterans applying for benefits under the new rule must show they worked on an Agent Orange contaminated plane and subsequently developed one or more of the 14 medical conditions associated with exposure to the herbicide, including:

• Prostate cancer
• Diabetes
• Leukemia
• Hodgkin’s disease
• Ischemic heart disease
• Parkinson’s disease
• Respiratory cancers

Those active duty solider stations at bases in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts have had an elevated risk of contracting health problems as a result of their exposure to the herbicide.

The VA reviewed military records to determine pilots, mechanics and medical staff who were effected by Agent Orange. In the US potential exposure includes those stationed in:

• Florida
• Arizona
• Taiwan
• Panama
• South Korea
• Philippines

Bob McDonald, secretary of the VA said this “is the right thing to do.”

However, it was the push of veterans themselves that started the long process to doing “the right thing”.

For an estimated 2.5 million Americans who served in the Vietnam War, Agent Orange were effected the soldiers, their children and grandchildren.

It is believed that 5 to 7 generations of Americans will be adversely affected by Agent Orange through familial biology.

Monsanto was the provider of Agent Orange to the US military 46 years ago. The chemical cocktail was a mixture of two “common herbicides” and Monsanto was contracted by the US government to make the “unique mixture”.

Susanne Posel, Occupy Corporatism

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About the Author

- Susanne Posel is the Chief Editor of OccupyCorporatism and a globally syndicated host of the Region 10 Report broadcast on American Freedom Radio. Susanne Posel is a productive writer of news, opinion and analysis on a wide range of subjects, including globalism, corporatism and the New World Order. Other subjects include eugenics, climate change controversies, martial law, the technocratic banking elite and second amendment rights. Susanne Posel is a political and social activist, believing in non-compliance. Susanne Posel´s articles are widely published in independent or alternative media. She has been featured on radio shows such as The Hagman & Hagman Report, Wide Awake News with Charlie McGrath, Red Ice Radio, Lorrie´s Talk News Radio, The Vinny Eastwood Show, SGT Report, The Corbett Report, United We Strike Monthly Marathon. Susanne Posel began contributing to nsnbc international in June 2013. She can be contacted by e-mail at occupycorporatism@gmail.com

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  1. Your title for this article is very misleading on money being handed out to vets exposed to Agent Orange. Setting their hopes higher in the beginning and then to disappointment. Vietnam ground troops that were actually soaked with the poison are in hopes of some type of cash settlement from the government to help lift them up a little in this life they must live of pain and suffering.

  2. The DEA ran d same operation in Latin America using the same chimicals. Do we get d benifits?

  3. lavita young says:

    How about the widows who’s spouse’s die from lung cancer due to that craps.

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