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.
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
• 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:
• South Korea
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