Friday, December 28, 2018

As Veterans Develop Cancer, Senate Refuses To Extend Agent Orange Settlement To Navy Vets

Recently, the United States senate had the opportunity in the form of legislation to extend benefits to us navy veterans who served in Vietnam and developed cancers and other diseases as a result of exposure to Agent Orange, the U.S. Senate was 
Mike Lee (R-UT)
poised to pass this bill. They said, well, yeah, these people served in Vietnam. They were exposed to this. They’re now developing debilitating diseases. Tens of thousands have already died from it, so why wouldn’t we extend these benefits to members of the navy when we’re giving it to the army and the marines and everybody else? The navy deserves it just as much. They had just as much exposure and then Republicans in the Senate said, I don’t want to do it, and that’s what happened. That’s where the bill died. Republicans didn’t want to give these us navy veterans suffering from cancers because of their exposure to Agent Orange that the United States military dropped.
They didn’t want to cover their healthcare after they were the ones who gave them
Mike Enzi (R-MT)
cancer. That’s what happened. In case you’re not familiar with Agent Orange, let me go ahead and run through this massive list, and this is actually only a partial list of some of the diseases and cancers that Agent Orange has been known to cause a soft tissue sarcoma, non Hodgkin Lymphoma, Hodgkin’s disease, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, respiratory cancers including lung, bronchus, trachea and larynx, prostate cancer, multiple Myeloma, bladder cancer, um, and overall Vietnam veterans as a whole have increased rates of cancer, nerve, digestive skin, respiratory disorders. The CDC says that in particular there’s higher rates of acute chronic leukemia, Hodgkin’s lymphoma, non Hodgkin’s lymphoma, throat cancer, prostate cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, ischemic heart disease, soft tissue sarcoma and liver cancer, all from this chemical that was primarily made by us chemical companies, Dow Chemical and Monsanto.

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