An advocacy group has asked the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to issue rules recognizing the presumption of Agent Orange exposure to veterans who served on Guam during and after the Vietnam War, so they could receive medical help.
If approved, it could also open the door for Guam residents to seek medical help for the same reasons.
This comes exactly a year after the Louisiana-based Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc. sent Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert Wilkie a similar rule-making request, without getting a substantive response.
"Unfortunately, many of these veterans are sick and dying. Time is certainly of the essence," attorney John B. Wells, director of litigation for the Military-Veterans Advocacy Inc., wrote in a Dec. 3 letter to Wilkie.
Wells, a retired U.S. Navy commander, also represents a group of veterans who call themselves the Agent Orange Survivors of Guam.