Like the many other issues, so many have already passed on from!! Will the people served demand their representatives fund this, DeJa-Vu don't count on that!! Issues finally being addressed that started under Sec Shinseki and continues under Sec McDonald, conservatives didn't get the corporate tool they wanted, and with help from an Executive Branch and it's Cabinet, only Government Branch actually doing so!!
The VA is the people served, and us Veterans who have and are now working in the civilian population, Responsibility!!! And through their easy to contact congressional Representatives, goes same for State Veterans affairs and the Legislators in! Long under funded, decades and wars from, either ignored, like Agent Orange contamination, or outright denied issues exist!! An Agency, peoples responsibility, never built, nor maintained, as promised thus causing conservative media hyped 'scandals' that have numerous hearings of blaming the VA personal on same issues with little to nothing done in previous Congresses, and if media attention legislation does, rarely, come out it's not funded! To fit the conservative want to privatize for corporate profit and with little to no regulation of!
June 13, 2015 - Reversing a long-held position, the Department of Veterans Affairs now says Air Force reservists who became ill from being exposed to Agent Orange residue while working on planes after the Vietnam War should be eligible for disability benefits.
The VA said it has been working to finalize a rule that could cover more than 2,000 military personnel who flew or worked on Fairchild C-123 cargo aircraft in the United States from 1972 to 1982. Many of the Vietnam-era planes, used by the reservists for medical and cargo transport, had sprayed millions of gallons of herbicide during the 1955-1975 military conflict in Southeast Asia.
If the White House Office of Management and Budget approves the change, it would be the first time the VA had established a special category of Agent Orange exposure for military personnel without “boots on the ground” or inland waterways service in Vietnam. That could open the VA to renewed claims by thousands of other veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange in less direct circumstances, such as on the open sea. read more>>>
Veterans also aren't political and marketing tools for the population served, and their politicians, that refuses to Sacrifice!!