Saturday, October 1, 2011

Gillibrand, Graham To Help 250,000 Vietnam Vets Harmed By Agent Orange, But Ignored By Feds Due To Technicality In The Law

http://gillibrand.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=ba519e08-57cc-4d7d-8fde-d56fd7a967b0
Current Law Would Require VA to Provide Benefits for Service Members Exposed to Agent Orange On Dry Ground, But Ignores Vets In the Water

Washington, DC – U.S. Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) introduced legislation to ensure that more than 250,000 Navy veterans from the Vietnam War exposed to the powerful toxin Agent Orange will be eligible to receive the disability and health care benefits they have earned for diseases linked to Agent Orange exposure. During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed approximately 20 million gallons of Agent Orange in Vietnam to remove jungle foliage. This toxic chemical had devastating effects for millions serving in Vietnam. In 1991, Congress passed a law requiring the Veterans Administration (VA) to provide presumptive coverage to Vietnam veterans with illnesses that the Institute of Medicine has directly linked to Agent Orange exposure. However, in 2002 the VA determined that it would only cover Veterans who could prove that they had orders for “boots on the ground” during the Vietnam War. This exclusion affects as many as 250,000 sailors who may have still received significant Agent Orange exposure from receiving VA benefits.

“Because of technicality in the law, hundreds of thousands of American veterans are being denied the benefits they need and deserve,” Senator Gillibrand said. “Our government must fulfill its commitment to the service members who have fallen victim to Agent Orange-related disease and enact new legislation that will provide our vets with the disability compensation and healthcare benefits they have earned. Agent Orange is a very difficult chapter in our nation’s history. It is time that we correct the errors of the past.”

“This is a legacy issue that needs to be dealt with,” said Senator Graham. “There are Vietnam vets who are suffering from Agent-Orange related illnesses and we need to ensure they are getting the care they need. It’s now time to ensure the government takes care of their needs which were incurred during their defense of our nation.”

READ MORE: http://gillibrand.senate.gov/newsroom/press/release/?id=ba519e08-57cc-4d7d-8fde-d56fd7a967b0

2 comments:

  1. LEAVE NO VETERAN BEHIND THAT IS ILL FROM AGENT ORANGE where ever it is. The blue water navy vets don't want THE VETS DIRECTLY EXPOSED TO BE COMPENSATED. THEY ARE GREEDY BECAUSE THEY DO NOT WANT VETERANS DIRECTLY EXPOSED TO THE AO HERBICIDES I SPRAYED ON GUAM FOR TEN YEARS TO BE COMPENSATED. THEY WANT THEM TO WAIT TILL THEY DIED. HELL NO THEY HAVE TO BROTHERS OF THE VIETNAM WAR. THEY THINK THE B52s that dropped millions of bombs on Vietnam were not part of the Vietnam War. They scourned the VIETNAM WAR VETERANS OF ANDERSEN AFB because many of us were cheated out of the VCM AND REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM GALLANTRY CROSS WITH PALM. We launched thousands and thousands of air strikes of b52s against the enemy and we WERE IGNORED AND LIED TO BY OUR COUNTRY. I believe that LEAVE NO VETERAN BEHIND is all talk. THEY HAVE US NOW STABBING EACH OTHER IN THE BACK.

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  2. WHY DIDNT YOU POST MY LAST COMMENT ?

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