Wednesday, March 31, 2010
SHAME ON YOU AMERICA FOR DENYING OUR CHILDREN,GRANDCHILDREN AO BIRTH DEFECTS
from a retired Air Force Sergeant
The news release went on: "Overall, Ranch Hand pilots and ground crews examined in 2002 had not experienced a statistically significant increase in heart disease relative to the comparison group. Associations between measures of cardiac function and history of heart diseases and herbicide or dioxin exposure were not consistent or clinically interpretable as adverse."
Similarly, "the Ranch Hand enlisted ground crews, the subgroup with the highest dioxin levels and presumably the greatest herbicide exposure, exhibited a 14 percent decreased risk of cancer."
We do not concur. We believe that dioxin is associated with a lot more conditions that ravage and can eventually end the lives of our brother and sister veterans. We believe that the Ranch Hand Study should not end the government's investigation into the adverse health effects caused by or associated with exposure to Agent Orange. We are particularly concerned for our offspring and their children: There must be further investigation into the intergenerational effects of dioxin.
I'm proud that VVA took the lead and prodded the government to recognize the insidious and lingering effects of Agent Orange and other defoliants on the health and well-being of ground troops in Vietnam and, of course, the Air Force "hands" that did the spraying.
I hope that VVA will continue to lead, advocating and putting pressure on the powers that be in our government and insisting that additional research be properly funded and undertaken. We owe this to our children; the government owes this to us.
THEY (THE AIR FORCE) DID NOT TEST ME AND THEY KNEW I HANDLED IT.
MY GRANDDAUGHTER, AMELIA AMERICA, BORN ON MARCH 15 2010 IN JAMESTOWN NY IN WCA HOSPITAL WAS BORN WITH MULTIPLE BIRTH DEFECTS FROM AGENT ORANGE ALTERED DNA BECAUSE OF MY DIRECT EXPOSURE TO AGENT ORANGE HERBICIDES ON GUAM
SHE IS DENIED MEDICAL CARE AND MEDICAL INSURANCE. THE VA HAS REFUSED TO HELP. SHE IS NOT ELIGIBLE FOR ANY MEDICAL CARE OR INSURANCE. SHE IS INELIGIBLE FOR TRICARE. SHE NEEDS SURGERY RIGHT AWAY WITH HEART PROBLEMS. NO ONE CARES ABOUT AMERICA 'S CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN AFFECTED BY AGENT ORANGE. SHAME AMERICA SHAME ON YOU.