Thursday, August 8, 2013

Veteran wins fight over Agent Orange Disability benefits are granted for the first time to someone exposed after the Vietnam War.

Bailey, 67, who suffers from prostate cancer and metastatic cancer of the pelvis and ribs, said the disability compensation will allow his wife to stay in their New Hampshire home after he dies.

"The financial and emotional support this provides is just tremendous," he said in a telephone interview Wednesday. "It takes a huge burden off me."

The decision is "greatly significant," said Wes Carter, a retired Air Force major and friend of Bailey's who heads the C-123 Veterans Association.

The organization contends that postwar crews should be eligible for the same disability compensation for Agent Orange exposure provided to military veterans who served in Vietnam during the war.

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