The Institute of Medicine today issued its Veterans and Agent Orange Update 2008 and it contains some VERY good news.
The report introduces the Australian Study into the mainstream US Government scientific community and also the report done by Commander John Wells, USN [Ret] during the Haas case. By doing so, the IOM clearly states that a presumption of exposure to Agent Orange should be applied to Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans.
Here, finally, is the science the DVA has been claiming is not science. Indeed, it is the first bit of science of any kind about the Blue Water navy that the DVA will now have at its disposal. And it goes 100% against everything the DVA has been saying about Blue Water Navy Veterans.
We urge you to go to this link and page to pages 46-47 and read what the IOM has to say:
Veterans And Agent Orange Update: 2008 page 46
Much of the honor for this is due to VASVW Member Commander Wells who testified last year before the Institute of Medicine.
More details when they become available.
”It is a stain on this nation's honor that the Department of Veterans Affairs has become a deadlier and more difficult adversary to the American veteran than any they have ever faced on a battlefield."-- VNVets
"The concept that Agent Orange, and its effects, stopped dead in its tracks at the shoreline is simply too illogical, and too ludicrous to accept. What does that say about the Bush Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets
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