Thursday, January 18, 2018


We update our meetings regularly on the Town Hall Meeting Calendar:

February 10, 2018
Mesa, Arizona
Contact Chuck Byers 480-258-7105

February 24, 2018
Mitchell, South Dakota
Contact: Terry Mayer
Maynard Kaderlik

March 20, 2018
Cape Coral, Florida
Contact: Stuart Berman

March 24, 2018
Portland, Oregon
Contact: Don Curtis 503-913-1787 
Tom Owen  541-619-8187

April 7, 2018
Marshalltown, Iowa
Contact John Kost

April 21, 2018
Sanborn, New York
Contact:   Gordon L. Bellinger

April 21, 2018
International Falls, Minnesota
Contact Carissa MacLean 218-283-1179
Maynard Kaderlik 507-581-6402

April 29, 2018
Mayetta, Kansas
Contact:Roland Mayhew 785-249-4517
Thomas Wabnum 785-554-5248                                                                       
Vlas Ortiz 785-554-3949

VA - Working Against Veterans

Federal laws hindering proper research on medical marijuana are hurting those who served 
Agitation. Irritability. Guilt. Flashbacks. Insomnia. Severe anxiety. Social isolation.
Consider for a moment what your life would be like if you suffered every day with just these symptoms.
It’s barely a taste of what veterans with post traumatic stress disorder endure.
Politically, one of the biggest rallying cries for all parties is “help our veterans” yet in many ways, our systems for veterans affairs — especially when it comes to dealing with their health care — fall woefully short. This is due to the combination of a lack of funding, a lack of resources and sometimes, just a lack of effort by the powers that be in Washington to move the dial forward on getting our service members the proper care they deserve and, quite frankly, have earned.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says it will not conduct research into whether medical marijuana could help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and chronic pain, as veterans groups are pushing for the use of the drug as an alternative to opioids and anti-depressants.
"Don't ask, don't tell" is how many veterans have approached health care conversations about marijuana use with the doctors they see from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
In October, the Democratic members of the House Veterans Affairs Committee wrote a letter asking VA secretary David Shulkin why his department is not conducting research into medical marijuana.
In the letter, ranking member Tim Walz (Minn.) and the other nine Democratic committee members note that in many states that have medical marijuana programs, cannabis is recommended for PTSD and/or chronic pain — conditions that afflict many of our wounded warriors. The members do not ask Mr. Shulkin to start dispensing medical marijuana from VA facilities. Instead, they ask the secretary why the department is not conducting rigorous research.
WASHINGTON -- Despite pleas from congressmen, veterans and the country's largest veterans service organization asking for research into medical marijuana, the Department of Veterans Affairs won't initiate a study into the drug's effects on post-traumatic stress disorder, VA Secretary David Shulkin wrote in a letter to House Democrats.
The letter, dated Dec. 21 and publicly released Tuesday, was written in response to a request in October from Democrats on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs for the VA to initiate research into the efficacy of medical cannabis. In their request, the Democrats cited the country's opioid crisis and the growing demand from veterans and major service groups that want cannabis available as a treatment option for chronic pain and PTSD.

Sunday, January 14, 2018


SUNDANCE TV is on many cable, satellite, and streaming systems or watch here...

Wojo takes a personal interest in the plight of a fellow vet whose crime spree may be a result of the Agent Orange chemical.

A growing swell of research is showing links between burn pits and cancer

Joe Biden has acknowledged that toxic military burn pits could have been a 'significant' factor that drove his son to an early death from terminal brain cancer.
Beau Biden, who was 46 when he died in 2015, served in Iraq at two locations which commonly burned waste in open pits, using jet fuel to speed up the process. 
Now, after years of studies suggesting links between cancer and burn pits, Beau's father Joe has made his first public comments on the matter, saying he was 'stunned' by a book which tracked his son's exposure to the carcinogenic fumes.
'[T]hat stunned me. I didn't know that,' Biden said in an interview with PBS News Hour on Wednesday.

Agent Orange Newsletter - Summer 2017

National Academies of Science Exploring Possible Intergenerational Effects of Agent Orange
VA contracted with the Health and Medicine Division (formerly known as the Institute of Medicine) of the National Academies of Science to review scientific and medical information related to Agent Orange and health problems in Veterans' children and in subsequent generations.
Veterans and Agent Orange— Reports from the National Academies of ScienceThe Health and Medicine Division of the National Academies of Science released the report “Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2014.” VA is currently considering recommendations from the report. HMD has also begun its eleventh review “Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2017.” 
Agent Orange Registry Health Exam
VA offers the Agent Orange Registry exam, a free evaluation from which Veterans can learn about possible health problems related to their military service.
WRIISC Clinical Services, Education, and Research for Vietnam Veterans
The War Related Illness and Injury Study Center (WRIISC) offers clinical services, education, and research aimed at caring for Vietnam Veterans.
Environmental Health Coordinators and Clinicians – Helping Veterans Concerned about Exposures
VA offers several environmental exposure registries for Veterans, including the Agent Orange Registry for Vietnam Veterans. These registries include a clinical exam and guidance on health concerns. Environmental health coordinators and clinicians can guide you through the registry process.
Skin Conditions Qualifying for Presumptive Service Connection - Chloracne and Porphyria Cutanea Tarda 
VA established a presumption of service connection for two skin conditions associated with Agent Orange, chloracne and prophyria cutanea tarda. These conditions appear within a year of toxic exposure.
Findings on Blood Pressure from the Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Study  
VA researchers conducted the Army Chemical Corps Vietnam-Era Veterans Health Study and found a link between service-related occupational exposure to herbicides and high blood pressure (hypertension) risk among U.S. Army Chemical Corps Veterans, a group of Veterans assigned to perform chemical operations during the Vietnam War.