Saturday, May 17, 2014

Forty-plus years later, Vietnam's shadow lingers

What the government has not yet fully accepted is responsibility for the multitude of ailments Vietnam veterans have attributed to Agent Orange exposure. In 1991 the Agent Orange Act made veterans with some cancers and skin ailments eligible for medical benefits without having to prove specific exposure, but for the most part the VA has rejected claims of Agent Orange-related illness.
The Associated Press reported this week that a group of independent scientists will attempt a definitive study of whether Vietnam veterans' levels of exposure could indeed be responsible for the myriad health problems so many have suffered since, including congenital health issues in children born to those vets.
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