Monday, December 2, 2013

Answers Sought on Maine Veterans' Agent Orange Exposure 
New hope may be on the way for Maine veterans who have unsuccessfully tried for years to convince the U.S. veterans administration that their health problems are due to their exposure to Agent Orange - an herbicide they encountered while training at a New Brunswick military base. Sen. Susan Collins recently met with officials in Canada, where the government has awarded cash benefits to Canadian soldiers who were also exposed to the chemical defoliant.

The stories about diabetes, cancers and respiratory illnesses have circulated for years among Maine veterans who trained at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick. For almost as long, Sen. Susan Collins says Maine veterans were pretty sure why they were getting sick.
"Those veterans believe that their illnesses may be linked to the use of the Agent Orange way back in the late 1960s," Collins says.
The U.S. government has refused to acknowledge any linkage between the soldiers' illnesses and their exposure to the chemicals. And the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded this year there was no linkage between veterans' illnesses and their experience at Gagetown. 


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