FACES OF AGENT ORANGE TOWN HALL MEETING SCHEDULE
Wednesday, August 21, 2013
AGENT ORANGE NEWS
McMinnville Veteran Makes Headway In Fight With VA
After the Vietnam War, Wes Carter and his comrades flew planes that had previously been used to spray Agent Orange. Carter says aviators used to eat, sleep and live with what smelled like the herbicide Roundup.
Many Vietnam veterans have been compensated for exposure to Agent Orange, but not those who were exposed after the conflict.
VA Does about-face, gives Agent Orange disability benefit to Air Force Veteran
According to the Washington Post, the decision to give benefits to Paul Bailey, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who is gravely ill with cancer, may be the first of its kind for veterans seeking compensation for postwar exposure to the toxic defoliant.
"Far too many veterans are waiting too long to have their disability claims processed"” Brown said.
Brown announced the introduction of two bills aimed at addressing the backlog. A bill he is sponsoring would require the VA to notify veterans who file claims electronically that they can receive help and time-saving information from veterans’ service groups. Another bill would require the VA to periodically report its progress toward eliminating the backlog.
In petition, veterans call for Obama to fire VA secretary
A petition signed by a reported 26,000 veterans and sent to the White House on Tuesday calls for President Obama to fire Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki, saying a change of leadership is needed to eliminate the lengthy backlog of veterans awaiting action on their disability claims.
VA said the measures it has taken to reduce the backlog — including reorganization, new training and new technology — amount to “the largest transformation in its history to eliminate the backlog of disability compensation claims and transform the way benefits and services are delivered to veterans, their families and survivors.”