Monday, June 20, 2016

NEW ACTING VA BENEFITS UNDERSECRETARY SAYS AGENT ORANGE IS HARMLESS!

Problems continue to unfold at the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VA has had a series of recent personnel changes, one of them the departure of the man filling the office of Undersecretary for Veterans Benefits.
So, as a problem topped with another problem, in comes
Mr. Thomas Murphy (himself a veteran,, moving up from his Director, Compensation and Pension in less than a year to become Acting Undersecretary for Veterans Benefits.
Mr. Murphy is a hard worker, and came to his earlier position at Compensation and Pension in 2010 where he oversaw VA's entire program for reviewing veterans' disability claims for approval or disapproval. His business background was at Home Depot.
Why is Mr. Murphy a problem? Because his six years at Compensation and Pension are fairly judged to be a relative failure in serving America's veterans. We'll focus here on two of these failures.
First, his determination and success in "holding the line" on Agent Orange claims. The two most visible groups he's fought on this are the Blue Water Navy Veterans and the C-123 Veterans Association.
In 2012 Mr. Murphy wrote his denial of a C-123 veteran's Agent Orange exposure claims, "In conclusion, there is no conclusive evidence that TCDD exposure causes any adverse health effects." He wrote that to dismiss expert input from the CDC confirming the veteran's exposure.


TCDD, the toxin in Agent Orange, is recognized by science to be the most toxic of the toxins, and definitely causes "adverse health effects." VA itself (but not Mr. Murphy) understands that it is a highly toxic substance.

6 comments:

  1. Dale Jeter Sgt. Vietnam Combat VeteranJune 22, 2016 at 1:13 PM

    Tell that to all the family's who have had a Father, Brother, Son or Daughter die because of this "Highly Toxic Substance". Of course you cannot get any "adverse health effects" from being a Home Depot greeter. This is the major source of problems with the VA! they have never been willing to put someone with knowledge in a position to make a difference.

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  2. he should go back to home depot he could care less about veterans he should be a shame talking about veterans

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  3. That's not a surprise to me at all! I was denied compensation for my Agent Orange caused Prostate Cancer and Diabetes because by the time the VA got around to having a Dr confirm my cancer, I'd already had a prostatectomy!! I was denied compensation because I no longer had a prostate!! Duh!!!?? The whole VA system is an employment agency for incompetents!!

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  4. You know after reading these replies it just makes me sick to know how the government does all the vets that put their life on the line for them. 99% of the vets would do it all over again even knowing what the outcome is . Simply because they want to serve their country and protect their homeland and people. I filed on A/O for my breathing problems with no luck but that doesn't surprise me . And then all our Brothers that didn't make it back....WOW. It is almost like we don't matter at all.

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  5. I WOULD LOVE TO TELL THOSE VA SCUMBAGCRAPPOS IN PERSON I WOULD WITHOUT HESITATION: GO TO HELL YOU _______ DON'T WONT TO COMMIT ON YOUR PARENTS.......... i KNOW THEY ARE SO PROUD OF YOU.

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