Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Senator challenges VA's coverage of 3 new illnesses linked to Agent Orange



http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-06-08/health/ct-va-agent-orange-20100608_1_vietnam-veterans-enemy-crops-agent-orange


June 08, 2010|By Jason Grotto and Tim Jones, Tribune Newspapers

Citing the billions more it will cost, Sen. Jim Webb asks VA secretary for explanation as he freezes funds to pay for expansion of coverage



A U.S. senator who is also a highly decorated Vietnam veteran has called into question the spiraling costs of disability claims stemming from veterans' exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides during the Vietnam War.

Late last week, Sen. Jim Webb, a Virginia Democrat and former secretary of the Navy, sent a letter to Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki — another decorated Vietnam veteran — raising concerns over Shinseki's move to add three more illnesses to the list of ailments for which the VA provides compensation.

Webb asked the secretary to explain his decision to the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, on which Webb serves. At the same time, Webb also pushed through an amendment to an emergency supplemental bill that would delay by two months the transfer of $13.4 billion to cover the VA's costs for the new ailments while Congress reviews Shinseki's order.

http://articles.chicagotribune.com/2010-06-08/health/ct-va-agent-orange-20100608_1_vietnam-veterans-enemy-crops-agent-orange

7 comments:

  1. Maybe the Agent Orange 'cow is about to get out of the United States barn' as more people may find out that Agent Orange WAS USED IN THIS COUNTRY!

    Look closely at the 2003 report about "Agent Orange Use Outside of Vietnam".
    http://www.vetshome.com/agent_orange_use_outside_of_viet.htm
    Kelly AFB(now conveniently closed)in densely populated San Antonio has been the focus of medical investigations for years regarding the highly unusual number of former personnel with unexplained but documented ALS! Could these cases and other unusual illnesses(like mine)be due to Agent Orange? What else, and for what reasons, is being concealed from American Veterans and the American public? Is San Antonio now a contamination source?

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  2. I am a 100% Service Connected Vietnam Veteran that served our country and flag with honor and as a patriot, but am not a highly decorated veteran.

    My view of U.S. Senator Jim Webb actions is one of shear distain and disgust. He is a Traitor, as are many in the political arena, to all Veterans that have served in the past and are now serving this great country honorably.

    Democratic Senator Webb feels it's ok to park his ass up there as a member of the Senate, stuff his pockets with as much U.S. Tax payer dollars and benefits as possible. And then reap the the benifits of the his retirement plan $$$$$$$ and Federal Health Plan that covers his self centered ass for the rest of his life.
    But he feels that U.S. Veterans should not receive VA compensation and disability for Service Connected Disabilities, because he is supposedly concerned about the National Budget.

    His is not a man of honor and loyality to our U.S. Veterans, U.S. Armed Forces, Country or Flag.
    All Sen. Webb is, is a Democratic Puppet working at fulfilling the Democratic Party Agenda!
    It's pure Democratic bullshit........ It's the Democratic Way. They throw away and waste trillions, trillions, trillons and trillions of U.S. Taxpayers dollars on programs and other agenda's that they back,that don't mean shit and that will never be repaid or benefit our taxpayers, veterans or military.

    But when it comes to veterans, the military and the earned benefits, compensation and security they deserve....... The Democrats say 'SCREW THEM"

    Our Democratic governmet in office, doesn't care at all, about the U.S. servicemen and women that have put their lives on the line, to serve and protect this great country.

    Our entire U.S. Government needs to take their heads out of their asses and get a reality view of what they are doing wrong, and the the true direction and downward spiral that this great country is headed.

    The day will certainly come when "WE THE PEOPLE" will say that we have had enough and kick all of their self agended asses out of office and take back the control of our country and government.

    Nothing else matters to me, except our country flag and the people that have fought, died and made sacrifices for the SECURITY and FREEDOMS of this Nation !
    This comes from the heart of a U.S. Patriot, a Veteran....
    And a Registered Democratic, but I haven't voted for them, because I'm tired of their agenda, their bullshit and their blatent lies.
    They are not doing what is best for America and it's, Veterans, It's Military, it's Legalized Citizens and it's Patriots of all wars.......
    God Bless the USA !

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  3. I wonder if Senator Webb can look a fellow Vietnam Veteran in the face who is slowly dieing from an illiness caused by Agent Orange. I hope he is up for re-election soon maybe the Vietnam veterans in Virginia can send him a message. I am sure he doesn't have to worry about compensation just his fedral retirement.

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  4. SEN Webb shud be ashamed of himself---we're paying the TALIBAN millions so that they let our convoys alone in AFGHANISTAN---and he trying to save money!!!!????

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  5. WHAT DO YOU EXPECT FROM WEBB? HE HAS DONE NOTHING FOR HIS CONSTITUENCY TO DATE, WHY WOULD HE DO ANYTHING FOR HIS FELLOW VIETNAM VETERANS? IT'S AS THOUGH HE DOESN'T EXPECT THAT HE WILL EVER HAVE TO RUN AGAIN TO KEEP HIS OFFICE.

    A FELLOW VIRGINIAN AND VIETNAM VETERAN

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  6. Ditto to all the above comments. We will take care of this come election time in Virginia. I just found this out yesterday and will spend all my waking hiours making suree this dirtbag get run out of Virginia.....Maybe back to Vietnam where he belongs.

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  7. One has to wonder if Mr Webb will interfer with the recent passage of the PTSD rules. Certainly this will cost millions and since he knows more than IOM and the President and the Sec of VA he will want to look out for the Virginia Tax Payers who elected him and bring this issue to question before Congress.

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