Another part of the of the, so many other issues as well that are ignored or out right denied, including recent war theater issues, by those served and through their Representatives, Agent Orange issue. Finally had started to be addressed, budgets still grossly under funded and mostly borrowed, under Sec. Shinseki, with help from the Executive Branch and it's Cabinet agencies where applicable on many ignored issues, continues under Sec. McDonald. Will conservatives in Congress, as they continue seeking privatization for corporate profit of the peoples responsibility, go along or continue obstructing as they have for decades and wars from! So many brothers, and sisters, have passed on from the issues long ignored by those they served, RIP now!!
26 February 2015 - The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it will make an announcement next week about treatment for Air Force reservists who may have been exposed to Agent Orange after Vietnam. Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has joined the chorus of voices asking for a policy change.
Agent Orange is a defoliate that was used in the Vietnam War which was found to have serious health consequences. Courtesy of U.S. Army
As many as 2,100 people who worked on C-123 cargo planes in the Air Force reserves could have been exposed to Agent Orange residues in the 1970s, after those planes had been used in Vietnam to spray the toxic defoliant. The planes weren’t thoroughly cleaned before being reused in the reserves in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts. One C-123 that was finally retired to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force was decontaminated by contractors in the 1990s before going on display inside a hangar.
Rickenbacker Air Force Base in Columbus was one of the sites that flew C-123s for medical and other missions, and a growing group of former reservists has been asking the VA for recognition for health conditions that could be related to dioxin, the toxin in Agent Orange. read more>>>