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Hamilton County Veterans

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Agent Orange

These sites deal with Agent Orange related health issues our Veterans are having and how to get answers that will assist them and their families. There have been over 250,000 deaths attributed to Agent Orange!

Links:

  • Department of VA page on Veterans Compensation for exposure to Agent Orange rules
  • Veteran’s Diseases Associated with Agent Orange - Medical conditions caused by exposure to Agent Orange. Including children with birth defects.
  • Agent Orange Exposure in Vietnam or Korea, if you have any of the presumptive diseases this tells you how to file and get compensation.
  • Agent Orange Exposure on Navy/Coast Guard Ships in Blue Waters around Vietnam and Cambodia, effective Jan 1, 2020, if you have any of the presumptive diseases this tells you how to file and get compensation.
  • Agent Orange Exposure at USAF Military Bases in Thailand AT THIS TIME is only afforded to those who can prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that you worked along the base perimeter via orders or performance reviews, etc might be awarded compensation. For those of us who were exposed but do not have orders or records of walking the perimeter we must never give up!! Continue to fight the decline letters from the VA and push your US Representatives and Senators to pass the legislation before them for Agent Orange Exposure at Thailand Air Force Bases, House Bill HR-4843 and Senate Bill S-2105.
  • Public Health on Exposures - Use this site to get information on who should apply for the Agent Orange Registry Medical Exam and who to contact to make it happen. If you were in Southeast Asia from Feb 28, 1961 to May 7, 1975 you need to have the exam!!
  • What You Need to Know about Ischemic Heart Disease - This link will help explain what IHD is and what you should do if you or your doctor believe you may have IHD. First and foremost, if you are a Veteran let your doctor know and if you were a Vietnam or Korean Vet tell him where you served. Check this page out and even keep a copy of it.
  • Vietnam & All Veterans of Florida - The second section on this page, just under recalls and consumer safety, has many links on Agent Orange.
  • Cybersarge has more important information on Agent Orange and a few more links. He keeps his info updated all the time.

VA Presumptive Diseases Attributed to Agent Orange - WE NEED YOUR HELP ON THIS ONE!!!!! This site shows a list of diseases that the VA presumes that are caused by the effects from the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides in the Vietnam War. These are only given to those Veterans who served on the ground in Vietnam or on ships in the Blue Water and inland waters within 12 miles of Vietnam and Cambodia. Those Veterans who served in theater at all the Thailand air bases are not covered by the VA even though our Government knows that all bases in Thailand were sprayed with the same herbicides they used in Vietnam.

EVERY RED BLOODED AMERICAN needs to help fight for these Veterans who are dying every day and having to suffer without any VA support for them or their families!! In Dec 2017 the US Senate Bill S2105 was introduced which for the 2019-2020 116th Congress it is now S1381, and in Jan 2018 the House Bill HR4843 was introduced which for the 2019-2020 116th Congress it is HR2201. These bills are basicly asking our government to give the same coverage the VA gives our Vietnam Veterans to our Thailand Air Base Veterans.

WE ALL NEED TO WRITE LETTERS TO OUR US SENATORS AND REPRESENTATIVES asking them to sponsor and support these bills NOW before all our Vietnam War Veterans die and suffer alone!! Here is how you can help....

Below is a letter I am asking you all to copy/paste, print, sign and send to your US State Senators and your US House Representatives to help support our Vietnam War Veterans who served at the US Air Force Bases in Thailand

PRINT THIS LETTER AND SEND IT TODAY

Dear Senator / Representative,

Agent Orange along with other herbicides were used during the Vietnam War to defoliate jungles eliminating cover for enemy troops. Exposure to Agent Orange has been connected to serious health issues plaguing many Vietnam Veterans. These health issues include numerous cancers, diabetes, heart problems, skin disorders, severe neurological problems along with Spina Bifida occurring in the children of some Vietnam Veterans.

Fortunately, Congress in 1991 passed the Agent Orange Act, that recognized the connection between Agent Orange and various diseases for those who served in Vietnam. Earlier this year, Congress extended this connection for Blue Water Navy Veterans granting them the same presumptions and entitlements as Vietnam Veterans. Unfortunately, there is a large group of Vietnam era Veterans who served at Air Force bases in Thailand where herbicides such as Agent Orange were routinely sprayed around the bases exposing them throughout their typical year-long deployments. These veterans are suffering from the same debilitating diseases as Vietnam Veterans but since they never served in Vietnam, the Veterans Administration denies them any presumption or service connection that would give them health coverage and other entitlements automatically provided to those who actually served in Vietnam.

Some Thailand Veterans have successfully made Agent Orange claims but have faced struggles that often lasted years, required several resubmission of claims, assistance of lawyers and at times the intervention of a judge. While the VA is conceding that Agent Orange and other herbicides were used, they have established a unique qualifier for Thailand Veterans - they must substantiate their exposure by proving they worked along the perimeter of their base. This is the only area that the VA recognizes Agent Orange was used which restricts exposure claims to those assigned perimeter security duties. However, this decision ignores the fact that when sprayed, the herbicide spreads beyond the perimeter exposing: (1) those driving to and from aircraft parking locations, (2) those maintaining aircraft 24 hours a day - 7 days a week; (3) aircrew's preflighting aircraft; and (4) munitions specialists preparing bombs for loading onto aircraft. Bottom line, it was sprayed all around the bases to control vegetation and impossible to completely avoid.

When their nation called, these Thailand Veterans served honorably, but have been ignored far to long. There are bills pending in both the House (HR2201) and the Senate (S1381) that will modify the presumption of service connection for veterans who were exposed to herbicide agents while serving in Thailand during the Vietnam era. Please support these bills.

Sincerely yours,

(You)

If you would rather email letters to your Senators or Representatives here are the links to find yours....

Senate - http://www.senate.gov/index.htm 

Househttp://www.house.gov/ 

Background Info: Some of you may know that the US Government sprayed the defoliant/dioxin Agent Orange (and there were many other colors/strains used) in Vietnam and around bases in Thailand. This defoliant was known to be harmful to humans yet they still sprayed us while we were there. After 40 years the Government has passed bills which approved VA support for those Veterans who stepped foot in the Republic of Vietnam or served on Navy ships in the Blue Waters within 12 miles of Vietnam. There are 15 or more diseases/ailments associated with Agent Orange defoliants that are now presumptive for those who served in Vietnam and in the Blue Waters, but not yet for those of us who served in Thailand. The government kept it a secret until 1989 that they even sprayed in Thailand!!

Don’t forget to send this info to all your contacts so that we can help focus our Senators & Representatives attention on the things that we Americans think is important, supporting those who support us!!

PLEASE HELP OUR VIETNAM VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THAILAND BY SUPPORTING SENATE BILL S1381 AND HOUSE BILL HR2201.

Here is a link to the bill HR2201 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/house-bill/2201

Here is a link to the bill S1381 - https://www.congress.gov/bill/116th-congress/senate-bill/1381

PLEASE HELP!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Disclaimer:The web sites listed above are not associated with, endorsed by, or sponsored by the Hamilton County Veterans Corp., or its Officers, and has no official or unofficial affiliation with the Hamilton County Veterans Corp., or its Officers, or its membership. This web page was created as a resource for the members of the Hamilton County Veterans Corp. as well as use by the general public

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