Vietnam Veterans & Liver Fluke: What We Know!
Long Island Reps. Andrew Garbarino (R-NY), Lee Zeldin (R-NY), and Tom Suozzi (D-NY) have now introduced the Vietnam Veterans Liver Fluke Cancer Study Act.
This would require the VA to work with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate and be transparent about the link(s) between the waterborne parasite commonly found in Southeast Asia, and also in Veterans.
“After putting their lives on the line to defend our freedom, we owe it to our men and women in uniform to provide them with the proper support and access to the very best health care” said Andrew Garbarino (R-NY).
In 2018, in a study conducted in Northport, New York, it was discovered that nearly half of the 50 Vietnam Combat Veterans who’d met the criteria of having eaten ‘undercooked freshwater fish while serving in Southeast Asia’ had infestations of the parasite in question – one in which can sadly lay dormant in a human being’s body for decades on end.
The study was probed after many Long Island Veterans said that they were exposed to the liver fluke, and had subsequently been diagnosed with bile duct cancer. Most notably, Jerry Chiano (Valley Stream) a Vietnam Veteran, diagnosed with bile-duct cancer in 2013, passing away only a few years later in 2017.
Sadly, but also quite common, the VA has rejected the majority of the claims thus far, citing a lack of ‘sufficient evidence to support any real claims.
On their website, the VA does recognize that this level of contamination could have occurred – which does leave us scratching our heads as to why they’ve yet to come out and back this act raised by the Long Island representatives.
The measure would also aid in the extension of service-related benefits for any Veterans that may need to cover the retroactively discovered conditions, those of which include bile duct cancer and liver disease.
As of right now, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs has committed to recognizing the following exposures for any veterans who served in the Vietnam War:
- Agent Orange: Toxic chemicals that were widely regarded to cause a variety of cancers among veterans in Vietnam, the Korean DMZ, and Thailand.
- Hepatitis C: An incurable liver disease, that was a direct result of exposure to polluted water, is subsequently manageable with the right type of medicine.
If you, or someone you love, is suffering from complications due to their time serving in the Vietnam War, don’t wait another minute – contact Marcari, Russotto, Spencer, and Balaban today, or simply call us now at (866) 866-VETS.
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