Monday, March 10, 2014

VA Digs In Its Heels Over C-123 Exposure

Well, as we expected, the VA has once again dug in their heels on Agent Orange.  Here is a response, if you care to call it that, to the postings on the C-123 Provider Aircraft Post-Vietnam Study of residual contamination with dioxin:

Agent Orange Residue on Post-Vietnam War Airplanes

Some Veterans who were crew members on C-123 Provider aircraft, formerly used to spray Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, have raised health concerns about exposure to residual amounts of herbicides on the plane surfaces.

Responding to these concerns, VA asked the Institute of Medicine to study possible health effects. Results are expected in late 2014.

If you have health concerns, talk to your health care provider or local VA Environmental Health Coordinator.
Well, duh!  As we reported two-and-a-half weeks ago, the study is already completed.  [Click here to read New Study Finds VA Wrong on C-123 Herbicide Contamination.]  The VA does NOT need to wait for the Institute of Medicine to compile a review of the study and make a recommendation.  The Secretary knows the reputation of Dr. Jeanne Stellman well enough to know the quality of her work is absolutely the best.  The Secretary has the discretion to make the change NOW and start awarding benefits to those who flew or worked on the C-123 Providers that were used for Operation Ranch Hand herbicide spraying in Vietnam.  Common Sense, honesty and ethics demand that the Secretary IMMEDIATELY put the requisite policy changes to its M-21 Policy manual out for public comment to shorten the administrative delay for granting these Veterans their benefits.  The Secretary could also issue an Executive Order to begin providing those benefits immediately to avoid any administrative [unnecessary] delay.  Those Veterans have waited long enough, thank you!

Honestly , we simply wonder how this Secretary can stand to look himself in the mirror.  Either he is a witless buffoon who has no idea what the anti-war morons in middle and upper level management of the VA are doing on a daily basis, or he is part and parcel to the conspiracy against Vietnam Veterans conducted by those same morons for a half century.  For God's sake, he is a Vietnam Veteran -- how dare he leave fellow Vietnam Veterans behind!!!!

The VA has espoused the words of Abraham Lincoln as its motto:
...to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan...
It is the Secretary's responsibility and ultimately the responsibility of the President to ensure that the VA does just that.  Neither man has fulfilled that responsibility.  

There can be no room for politics or political agendas in the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Write your Congressman and Senators today, and complain about how the VA treats Vietnam Veterans!

VNVets

”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 Obama Administration and his Department of Veterans Affairs?"--VNVets

"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." --President Abraham Lincoln

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