Friday, May 20, 2011

IOM Report a wash!

The Institute of Medicine's Report is in and the results are stunningly disappointing. They could not reach a conclusion either way. Here is their published statement on the issue.

"The committee’s judgment is that exposure of Blue Water Navy Vietnam veterans to Agent Orange-associated TCDD cannot reasonably be determined."

It is to their credit that the IOM committee did not rule out the possibility.

While we have called for mortality studies before, perhaps this will prompt such an examination of the Blue Water Sailors medical issues as a group, when compared to those of the ground and Brown Water forces in Vietnam.

Stay tuned.


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"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

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  1. Anonymous14:39

    Unbelieveable!!! I guess the IOM also thinks dioxon stops at the water's edge.

  2. Once again the VA is helping our vets to die one at a time. I am stunned, angry and sad simultaneously at this travesty. Why in hell can't we get this accomplished?

    Linda Herrin
    lindaherrin at
    I started the bluewaternavy yahoo group a few years ago. It has now morphed into this and other groups.

  3. Gary Davenport16:19

    I served aboard the U.S.S America (CVA-66), worked on the flightdeck assigned to V-1 division, did one westpac tour to Vietnam from 1972-1973. I currently have been diagnosed for stomach ulcers, high blood presure, hearing loss, PTSD, not to meantion a nervous condition, i suffr from constant headaches. I find it a slap in the face to all Blue Water sailors that those i th position to assist us can not put two and two together, other countries that had their navy serving off the coast of vietnam did the math, did the research and did th right thing in supporting their navy, Where do our professionals think we got our drinking and cooking water, where do thy think we got th ater to shower?? do they believe that the dioxons that were sprayed stopped at the waters edge? do the inland waters not flow into the sea? I find that difficult to believe! The long and short of it is that this is just another way no to pay their debt, our lives and the lives of our families man nothing, have they forgotten that none of us were drafted - we enlisted, they have no problem asking for a pay raise for thmselves but neglet those who gave their all. This is how they show their graditude, most of us can not sleep at night and hve to be prescibed sleeping pills jut to get thru one more night, i wonder how they sleep at night knowing they have dumped o the rest of us!!

  4. Anonymous09:26

    I was on the USS EDSON DD-946 &we were in as close as a 1,000 yards of the coast during firing missions,& it can be proven by the ships logs. We even was hit by shore battery on our forward mask. We had squardon 13 Admiril on board at the time. So does that make one who could of been exposed?GMG 3

  5. Submit copies of your ship's deck logs to the Compensation and Pension Bureau, Department of Veterans Affairs. Only they can tell you the answer.


  6. Anonymous08:39

    At this time, EDSON is not on the list of ships the VA considers to be possibly eligible. If you have deck logs that show the ship was actually inshore (up the rivers or in harbors, etc) you may have a case....right now, off shore, no matter how close isn't a player as far as the VA is concerned. After all, EVERYONE knows that there was something in the sand on Vietnamese beaches that neutralized the effects of AO and kept it from harming us poor, simple blue water sailors.