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Saturday, July 16, 2011

HealthWatch: Vietnam vet awaits word on Agent Orange claim


“Agent Orange creeps up on you over a matter of time,” says Ray Smith.


For several years he suspected Agent Orange affected his health. In the Fall of 2010 heart problems led Smith to St. Francis Hospital and ultimately a cardiologist.

“He was having a lot of problems with his energy and having a lot of shortness of breath,” says Dr. Laura Ford-Mukkamala of Southeastern Cardiology Associates.

After a battery of tests, Smith was diagnosed with Ischemic heart disease. His suspicions about Agent Orange were on target.

If you are a Vietnam Veteran and would like to sign up for a free Agent Orange Registry health exam, visit http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/or call the VA’s Toll-free Helpline at 1-800-749-8387.


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