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01 Website Introduction ||02 Links To Help All Veterans ||03 9,000 Fallen Soldiers ||04 Centers for Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)! ||05 Agent Orange "Plus" A WARNING TO ALL VETERANS! ||06 Vietnam Pictures & Info ||07 Vietnam War - Through Pictures. NOT CENSORED! ||08 TAPS & Fort Sill to Commemorate Men Of The 2nd 32nd FA Viet Nam {65 to 69} ||09 The Colonel and Lincoln... POWERFUL ||10 A Veteran's Prayer! ||11 Getting the Right Perspective! ||12 Military Forces Serving in Iraq ||13 illegal immigration: Hats Off To Charlie Daniels ||14 Congressman Paul Broun may be the gun owner's Best Friend! ||15 Scare Tactics of the ACLU! ||16 "THE USA IS NOT HEALTHY!!!" ||17 Our Freedom is NOT FREE! ||18 Harley-Davidson Accessories & Wood Cravings ||19 Articles That Will Touch The Heart & Freedom Rock ||20 A Different Christmas Poem

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"VA Begins Paying Benefits for New Agent Orange Claims"



VA Encourages Affected Vietnam Veterans to File Claims

WASHINGTON - The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has begun distributing disability benefits to Vietnam Veterans who qualify for compensation under recently liberalized rules for Agent Orange exposure.

"The joint efforts of Congress and VA demonstrate a commitment to provide Vietnam Veterans with treatment and compensation for the long-term health effects of herbicide exposure," said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki.

Up to 200,000 Vietnam Veterans are potentially eligible to receive VA disability compensation for medical conditions recently associated with Agent Orange. The expansion of coverage involves B-cell (or hairy-cell) leukemia, Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease.

Shinseki said VA has launched a variety of initiatives - both technological and involving better business practices - to tackle an anticipated upsurge in Agent Orange-related claims.

"These initiatives show VA's ongoing resolve to modernize its processes for handling claims through automation and improvements in doing business, providing Veterans with faster and more accurate decisions on their applications for benefits," Shinseki said.

Providing initial payments - or increases to existing payments - to the 200,000 Veterans who now qualify for disability compensation for these three conditions is expected to take several months, but VA officials encourage all Vietnam Veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and suffer from one of the three diseases to make sure their applications have been submitted.

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VA has offered Veterans exposed to Agent Orange special access to health care since 1978, and priority medical care since 1981. VA has been providing disability compensation to Veterans with medical problems related to Agent Orange since 1985.

In practical terms, Veterans who served in Vietnam during the war and who have a "presumed" illness do not have to prove an association between their illnesses and their military service. This "presumption" simplifies and speeds up the application process for benefits.

The three new illnesses - B-cell (or hairy-cell) leukemia, Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease - are added to the list of presumed illnesses previously recognized by VA.

Other recognized illnesses under VA's "presumption" rule for Agent Orange

. Acute and Subacute Transient Peripheral Neuropathy

. Chloracne

. Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

. Diabetes Mellitus (Type 2)

. Hodgkin's Disease

. Multiple Myeloma

. Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

. Porphyria Cutanea Tarda

. Prostate Cancer

. Respiratory Cancers

. Soft Tissue Sarcoma (other than Osteosarcoma, Chondrosarcoma,
Kaposi's sarcoma, or Mesothelioma)

. AL Amyloidosis

Veterans interested in applying for disability compensation under one of the three new Agent Orange presumptives should go to www.fasttrack.va.gov or

call 1-800-827-1000.

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"Agent Orange may have spread from Vietnam to Japan"

TAGS: Health , Scandal , USA , Japan

The fallout from the US military's use of Agent Orange may have spread from Vietnam to Japan. Massive caches of the toxic herbicide were buried on Futenma, "the world's most dangerous base," potentially poisoning the island, a Japanese daily reports.

­The US military presence has long been a point of contention for locals on the Japanese prefecture of Okinawa, a cluster of islands located some 400 miles south of Japan.

A slew of violent crimes committed over the last 40 years by US servicemen has led 85 per cent of locals to oppose the presence of American bases on Okinawa. However, the military's most deadly mark on the islands may be a far less visible killer: Agent Orange.

Scores of barrels of the defoliating chemical were clandestinely buried at Futenma Air Base on Okinawa Island following the Vietnam War, the Japan Times reports.

The Pentagon allegedly ignored repeated requests from soldiers serving on the island in the 70s and 80s to safely dispose of a pesticide a million times more toxic than any naturally occurring poison.

In the Summer of 1981, "unacceptably high readings" of chemicals in the wastewater flowing out of the installation prompted Lt. Col. Kris Roberts, the former head of maintenance projects on Futenma, to start digging up the ground near the end of the base's runway.

"We unearthed over 100 barrels buried in rows. They were rusty and leaking and we could see orange markings around some of their middles," Roberts, now a state representative in New Hampshire, told the Japan Times in a recent interview.

Agent Orange, the most widely-used of the "Rainbow Herbicides" deployed during the United States' decade-long herbicidal warfare program in Vietnam, got its moniker from the orange-stripped barrels in which it was shipped. The US used over 76 million liters of defoliants to rob the Vietcong of cover and food.

As Okinawa was a forward staging post for the US military during the war, the base was a likely transit point for the herbicides despite the Pentagon's insistence to the contrary.

Roberts' ranking officers tried to hush the find up by having local workers haul off the seeping barrels to an undisclosed location. A typhoon soon flooded the burial site, whereby Roberts and his men jumped down into the toxic cesspool and drained "the contaminated water off the base."

Since his contact with the chemicals, Roberts has been plagued by a series of life-threatening illnesses, including prostate cancer, precursors of lung cancer, and heart problems. His doctors have no doubt his ailments stem from his exposure to Agent Orange.

Roberts has fought to have the US Marine Corps and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) contact his former crew out of fear they were similarly poisoned, but his appeals have fallen on deaf ears.

Despite the official Pentagon position, in February the Department of Veterans' Affairs awarded two former service members compensation for exposure to Agent Orange during their deployment on Okinawa at the time.  
One of the sick veterans said it was routine to ship goods contaminated with Agent Orange for cleaning as the Vietnam War was winding down.

In fact, between 1962 and 2010, 132 Veterans serving on Okinawa during the Vietnam War era claim to have been exposed to Agent Orange, despite repeated denials from the Pentagon that the defoliant was ever present on the islands.

Buried threat


While 1.8 million US soldiers with their "boots on the ground" were potentially exposed to dioxin-contaminated herbicides, up to 4.8 million more Vietnamese civilians were sprayed with the virulent poison. As dioxin is not water soluble, it can remain in the soil for decades, poisoning future generations exposed to contaminated land and food supplies.

The Vietnamese Red Cross estimates that up to three million Vietnamese have suffered the affects of dioxin exposure, with 150,000  children being born with birth defects, the Non-profit War Legacies Project reports.

Multiple skin diseases, cancers, and horrific birth defects are directly attributable to exposure to Agent Orange.

Back on Okinawa, the US military has no legal obligation to clean up former military bases amid fears the bottom line has taken precedence over human health.

"It was cheaper to bury stuff than to ship it back to the States for proper disposal. It's what the military always did on Okinawa," one former soldier fearing reprisals from the VA told the Japanese daily on condition of anonymity.

The former mayor of the nearby town of Ginowan said local authorities had never been told of the 1981 Agent Orange find, and was worried about the potential level of contamination in the ground water and land.

As Futenma is ringed by 20 schools and 10 more elementary schools in close proximity to the location where the barrels were stored, it has been dubbed "the world's most dangerous base" by locals.

Fears were sparked throughout the island last year after another US veteran recounted the 1969 burial of hundreds of barrels of Agent Orange in nearby Chatan Town.

With the Japanese government refusing to test the soil for dioxin so as not to upset their relationship with the US government, the people of Okinawa, as in Vietnam, are likely to suffer for decades to come.


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Good website of Vietnam era songs. Also a good place to find many
web sites for Vietnam era items.


Vietnam War casualties listed by Home of Record.


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general information on VA and gathering personal information on veterans.
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VAS may be gaining access to military personnel through their close
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group and their lack of affiliation or endorsement by VA to provide any

In addition, GC requests that if you have any examples of VAS acts that
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veterans in the preparation and presentation of claims for benefits, please
any additional information to Mr.Daugherty at the address below.

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Make sure you read to the end, that's where it gets really good!
True Story.....

Luke AFB is west of Phoenix and is rapidly being surrounded by civilization that complains about the noise from the base and its planes, forgetting that it was there long before they

were... A certain lieutenant colonel at Luke AFB deserves a big pat on the back. Apparently, an individual who lives somewhere near Luke AFB wrote the local paper complaining about a group of F-16's that disturbed his/her day at the mall.

When that individual read the response from a Luke AFB officer, it must have stung quite a bit.

The complaint:
'Question of the day for Luke Air Force Base:

Whom do we thank for the morning air show? Last Wednesday, at precisely 9:11 A. M, a tight formation of four F-16 jets made a low pass over Arrowhead Mall, continuing west over Bell Road at

approximately 500 feet. Imagine our good fortune! Do the Tom Cruise-wannabe's feel we need this wake-up call, or were they trying to impress the cashiers at Mervyn's early bird special?

Any response would be appreciated.

The response:

Regarding 'A wake-up call from Luke's jets' On June 15, at precisely 9:12 a.m. , a perfectly timed four- ship fly by of F-1 6's from the 63rd Fighter Squadron at Luke Air Force Base flew over the grave of Capt. Jeremy Fresques. Capt Fresques was an Air Force officer who was previously stationed at Luke Air Force Base and was killed in Iraq on May 30, Memorial Day.

At 9 a. m. on June 15, his family and friends gathered at Sunland Memorial Park in Sun City to mourn the loss of a husband, son and friend. Based on the letter writer's recount of the fly by, and because of the jet noise, I'm sure you didn't hear the 21-gun salute, the playing of taps, or my words to the widow and parents of Capt. Fresques as I gave them their son's flag on behalf of the President of the United States and all those veterans

and servicemen and women who understand the sacrifices they have endured..

A four-ship fly by is a display of respect the Air Force gives to those who give their lives in defense of freedom. We are professional aviators and take our jobs seriously, and on June 15 what the letter writer witnessed was four officers lining up to pay their ultimate respects.

The letter writer asks, 'Whom do we thank for the morning air show'? The 56th Fighter Wing will make the call for you, and forward your thanks to the widow and parents of Capt Fresques, and

thank them for you, for it was in their honor that my pilots flew the most honorable formation of their lives.

Only 2 defining forces have ever offered to die for you....Jesus Christ and the American Soldier. One died for your soul, the other for your freedom.

Lt. Col. Grant L. Rosensteel, Jr.

"Send 'em up, I'll wait!"

Love it! This has got to be one of the greatest quotes of all time. I thought this might make you smile. :-)
A conversation overheard on the VHF Guard (emergency) frequency 121.5 MHz while flying from Europe to Dubai.

Iranian Air Defense Site: 'Unknown aircraft you are in Iranian airspace. Identify yourself.'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States aircraft. I am in Iraqi airspace.'
Air Defense Site: 'You are in Iranian airspace. If you do not depart our airspace we will launch interceptor aircraft!'
Aircraft: 'This is a United States Marine Corps FA-18 fighter. Send 'em up, I'll wait!'
Air Defense Site: (.... total silence)
God bless our troops. There is something about a Marine that makes other countries listen to reason.

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