Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Veterans Exemptions, Military Pension, TBI and VA, Agent Orange, Canada, Toxic Personal Care Products, Dioxin, Furans, and PCBs,



POLI-TICKER: Number of veterans eligible for exemption uncertain

 He said he’s seen more than his share of young men who are "worn out from war."
"This is a blessing for them"” he said.



Hatfield Recognized as One of Canada’s Best Companies

Hatfield Consultants recently received recognition as one of Canada’s best companies from both Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers and the BC Export Awards.
In December, Canada’s Top Small & Medium Employers selected Hatfield Consultants Partnership as one of its winners in the 2013 competition.
“This is a significant achievement against stiff competition,” says Grant Bruce, president and partner of Hatfield Consultants. “On behalf of the partners I’d like to congratulate and thank our amazing staff who continue to help us build a company based on core values that include quality, integrity, respect, responsibility, innovation, stewardship, and discovery. “I feel very lucky and proud to be working with such a great group.”

Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk interviewed regarding Agent Orange use in Ontario
Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk, a world-renowned expert on Agent Orange, said the government is ‘throwing up a smokescreen’. There was no categorical brand called Agent Orange,” said Dwernychuk, who for more than 15 years conducted extensive research on the impact of toxic defoliants in Vietnam. “There was nothing coming out of any of the chemical companies in a barrel that had Agent Orange written on it. That’s laughable.”

“If it’s got 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D as a mixture, it’s Agent Orange and it has dioxin — I guarantee it,” said Dwernychuk
To find out more, visit:–star-exclusive-agent-orange-soaked-ontario-teens
Hatfield has worked on the dioxin issue in Canada since the late 1980s, with the pulp and paper industry in British Columbia.  The company has been instrumental in helping the Government of Viet Nam address the Agent Orange dioxin issue since 1994.  Hatfield is currently involved in the assessment of contamination at the main dioxin hotspots at former US military installations in Viet Nam and Lao PDR, and in providing technical assistance for the cleanup of the Da Nang Airport.

Is Your Personal Care Product Toxic?

What is the California Safe Cosmetics Program Public Database? The California Safe Cosmetics Act (the Act) requires companies that manufacture cosmetics to report any cosmetics products that contain ingredients known or suspected to cause cancer, birth defects, or other reproductive harm. The California Safe Cosmetics Program (CSCP) collects this data and makes it available to the public through this website. Are you curious to see what ingredients have been reported for your shampoo? Want to compare the ingredients of different sunscreens? You can search the database for a type of product; a specific product name; or a brand or company name. You can also read more about chemical ingredients, learn about how chemical exposure can affect your health, or learn more about the California Safe Cosmetics Program by clicking on links to the right. More information on the California Safe Cosmetics Act, cosmetics in the news, and links to other government agencies overseeing cosmetics are also available through the California Safe Cosmetics Program website.

EU Recommends Stricter Dioxin, Furans, and PCB Control

EU Recommends Stricter Dioxin, Furans, and PCB Control
By Joe Whitworth+, 07-Jan-2014
The food industry must control the presence of dioxins, furans and polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) more accurately, according to a European Commission recommendation.



Congress Vows to Fix Military Pension Cuts, But Faces Dilemma

From an article by Jeremy Herb in The Hill, posted January 2:  House and Senate leaders face a dilemma, when they return in January amid a bipartisan backlash over cuts to military pensions. Lawmakers from both parties are demanding the quick repeal of military retirement cuts, included in last month’s two-year budget deal.


VA Links Five More Medical Conditions to TBI

From the Keene Sentinel on Jan 6: The Department of Veterans Affairs has added five illnesses to service-connected traumatic brain injuries (TBI). What this means is veterans who have those illnesses as well as TBI will have an easier time getting additional disability benefits. The VA based its decision on a report by the National Academy of Sciences Institute of Medicine that found "sufficient evidence" to link moderate to severe TBI with five secondary conditions:  Parkinson's disease; certain types of dementia; depression; unprovoked seizures; and certain diseases of the hypothalamus and pituitary glands. These secondary illnesses will be considered service-connected and won't require medical opinions to establish whether there is correlation to TBI.
There's a time period for three of the five illnesses, however. Parkinson's disease or unprovoked seizures don't have a time frame: 

  • Dementia, if it manifests within 15 years with moderate or severe TBI.
  • Depression, if it manifests within three years with moderate or severe TBI, or within 12 months with mild TBI. 
  • Diseases of hormone deficiency from hypothalamo-pituitary changes, if they manifest within 12 months of moderate or severe TBI.
Even if you don't meet the guidelines for severity of TBI or length of time between TBI and the onset of the secondary illness, file your claim anyway. To see the whole final determination (the comment section is informative) go online to and type this in the search box: VA-2012-VBA-0029-0212




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