Friday, November 25, 2011

Agent Orange: With more diseases tied to use during Vietnam War, bill for veterans' care skyrockets
By: Lindsey Bever, Dallas Morning News / MCT
More than 40 years after the U.S. military used Agent Orange to defoliate the jungles of Vietnam, the health-care bill is escalating.

Over the past two years, federal officials say, an estimated 10,000 more veterans have sought medical compensation for diseases related to Agent Orange, an herbicide that contains a toxic chemical called dioxin.

The Institute of Medicine said in a recent report that there is sufficient evidence of an association between exposure to Agent Orange and illnesses including soft-tissue sarcoma, non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, Hodgkin lymphoma and chloracne.

The report recommended further research to determine whether there could be a link between Agent Orange exposure and other illnesses such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder, tonsil cancer, melanoma and Alzheimer’s disease.



  1. Henderson, M.D. Vietnam 1970December 2, 2011 at 5:33 AM

    " Still, some prominent political leaders argue that many veterans could have developed these diseases regardless of whether they were exposed to Agent Orange. Those leaders are asking how the VA will afford the compensation claims without breaking the nation’s budget. "

    My God ! Those of us who answered the call in America's Trojan War, as opposed to those who openly burned draft cards, went to CN or, as cowards, simple went into hiding seem to be worse off for their service to America. "The genius of prominent political leaders" suggests such a hypotricatical(sp) attitude towards todays combat veteran and his/her maladies. THEY are the reason congress is so gridlocked.
    It has to be difficult for God to look down upon this once great Republic, with favor.

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  3. I don't understand why I can't get help for exposure to agent orange from the VA. I served in Vitenam from 1967-1968. I was also exposed to burn-pit toxic from human waste. Anyone with information as to what I need to do, please contact me at Very helpful information, keep up the good work.

  4. MY TIME IN SERVE WAS 1964-68 WHILE IN THE Navy USS.BON Homme Richard (CVA 31)1965-1967 WHILE IN THE Vietnam area AGENT Orange,was were i believe i contracted while ship officers country cleanning ladders from top side CO&EX OFFICERS AS WELL AS ONE OFFICERS WAS SENT TO PIC UP ONES IN Agent Orange AREA CHECK SICK BAY WAS IN TWO WEEK never was told why i swelled up cleaned head(rest room )while as sighted no cloves to use

  5. request for sick bay records no record for ship log to get information reassignment to USS Enterprise(CVN65)finish 1967 -1968 sick when released to reserve til 1970 Thanks for what ever help we can find to get the need direct to be ready to find links before Dav get the call due very soon i cant give up this fight my son as well as his boy 5 years his girl 3 has problem too who has my back as I vietnam was only a conflict not like the GULF WAR ,AND ALL OTHERS