799 – Delay, deny, wait till I die – Apparent VA Agent Orange policy

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John Scarlett died of brain cancer in November 2015. His widow says she believes his disease is linked to Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War. She and other widows are battling the VA for benefits. (Andrew Burton for ProPublica)

One of the missions of this podcast, Vietnam Veteran News, is to inform and warn all about the residual effects of Agent Orange. The Vietnam War begot many egregious residuum for both the veterans themselves and for the country as a whole. One of the more odious hangovers from that war is the effects of the notorious super weed killer Agent Orange or to be more specific its insidious ingredient – dioxin. In this episode a story from ProPublica and the Virginian-Pilot will be featured. It discusses the inconvenient truth about how the dangers of Agent Orange could be passed on to succeeding generations of the infected veterans. It appears the government in the form of the VA is adopting an attitude of: Delay, deny, wait until they die and then we can buy more office furniture and schedule more conferences in Las Vegas.

The aforementioned story if from the ProPublica and the Virginian-Pilot titled: Rethinking The Cost of War that was submitted by Charles Ornstein of ProPublica and Mike Hixenbaugh of the Virginian-Pilot. According to the findings of these resolute reporters, the rising tide of repeated recommendations by federal scientific advisory panels has motivated Congress to pass H.R.6416 – Jeff Miller and Richard Blumenthal Veterans Health Care and Benefits Improvement Act of 2016. For what it is worth the bill directs the VA to “pursue research into toxic exposures and their potential effects across generations.” Two factors dampen the happiness of this bill’s passage. One is the fact the VA has already conducted such research over the years and promptly ignored the results. The other dampening reality is that it will take years and years for the VA to conduct new research. Victims of the condition need help now. They are rapidly dying out along with their effected off springs.

The country has an obligation to take care of its veterans including those and their off springs who are suffering from the effects of Agent Orange.


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