$8B in Health Benefits For Veterans Exposed To Agent Orange!
Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York) has publically stated that the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act does indeed include the previous amendment that he made, one which specifies that $8 billion dollars will be set aside to help Veteran’s suffering due to any Agent Orange linked diseases.
Agent Orange & The U.S. MIlitary: A Brief History
During the Vietnam War (1961 to 1973), the United States military decided to use a group of color-coded herbicides to defoliate the jungle and destroy crops that were being used for the cover or food for the Vietcong.
Most chemicals naturally degraded, however TCDD, a component referred to as dioxin, did not.
Dioxin is known to remain in the human body for roughly as long as twenty (20) years and its estimated survival in rivers and/or ponds is more than 100 years. Companies that produced this herbicide stated they didn’t know about debilitating long-term effects.
Agent Orange use began with a test on August 10th, 1961 and the United States Air Force began to use it as a functional weapon by aerial spray, from 1962 to 1971. Over 85% of Agent Orange was used this way, more specifically from C-123 cargo planes.
The areas that were sprayed were South Vietnam and regions that bodies bordered Cambodia and Laos.
The remaining percentage was deployed by helicopters, trucks, and also by hand, in and around military bases.
The United States decided to stop using Agent Orange in October of 1971, and in turn, it was also no longer produced.
Any existing supply/supplies were subsequently destroyed but, it was already too late, as many veterans were exposed and now suffer from horrific long-term illnesses.
What Diseases are Linked to Agent Orange?
At the United States Institute of Medicine, the following diseases were found to be directly linked to exposure to Agent Orange:
- Soft-Tissue Sarcoma
- Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
- Multiple Myeloma
- Peripheral Neuropathy
- Ischemic Heart Disease
And many, many, more – for a complete list, click here.
What Are the Locations that were Exposed to Agent Orange?
Veterans who served in Vietnam or the demilitarized zone in Korea are presumed by the VA to have been exposed to Agent Orange.
Other possible exposure locations that are accepted by the VA include, but may not be limited to the following:
- C-123 Airplanes (Agent Orange Residue)
- The U.S. Navy & Coast Guard Ships (Vietnam)
- Thailand Military Bases
- Herbicide Test & Storage Facilities (Outside Vietnam)
“At this point, Vietnam veterans should visit their local VA representative and if you have any of the illnesses associated with Agent Orange you should file a claim for it.” – Larry Sherman, President of VVA, Chapter 803.
The passing of this bill signifies that nearly a quarter-million Veterans in New York State that may be unfortunately suffering from bladder cancer, Parkinsonism, or hypothyroidism would now be able to have access to healthcare and benefits.
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