A study released by the VA in January confirmed previous findings
that these vets could have been exposed to Agent Orange at dangerous
levels while they were flying the planes on bases in Ohio, Massachusetts
and Pennsylvania. But many of the vets who are sick with diseases that
can be related to Agent Orange have had their VA claims denied.
More than three weeks ago now, VA Secretary Robert McDonald told
senators an announcement would be coming within the week on the issue.
That’s been pushed back to an unknown date, which Barbara Carson says is
disappointing. She’s appealed her claim for benefits after her husband,
a former reservist, died of non-Hodgkin lymphoma.
"You know they’ve denied this for years, and they can’t deny it anymore. They’ve got to admit to it."
The Vietnam Veterans of America have now joined with the reservists and families calling for a more aggressive response from the VA.
A VA rep said only that the VA is examining policy and legislative issues.