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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Institute of Medicine - we need experts' letters of support, or interpretation


from Wes Carter, C-123 Veterans Association

Portland's The Oregonian newspaper posted a hard copy of the complete Environmental Research article about C-123 exposures. The article details the exposure to TCDD by aircrew and maintenance personnel during the decade 1972-1982.
PLEASE: If you have scientists or physician educators who can offer expert comment on this, get them involved. We need support for this article, and for our exposures, before the June 18 Institute of Medicine workshop. As far as I can tell, this is the only juried article.
Against it, VA will use Al Young's C-123 study and the AF Consultative Letter. Neither was juried, and Young's was a simple review of his own conclusions, not new work. The AF Consultative Letter was partly authored by the lead researcher (Lurker) on the Environmental Research piece, showing he did not agree with what the AF did with their science.

Agent Orange Zone Blog at this link>>>http://agentorangezone.blogspot.com/2014/04/institute-of-medicine-we-need-experts.html 

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tears, angry accusations mark hearing on delayed VA care, deaths


The CNN investigative piece found that at least 19 veterans died because of delays in simple medical screenings like colonoscopies or endoscopies at various VA facilities, according to an internal agency document.

They were among 82 people who have died or are dying or have suffered serious injuries as a result of delayed diagnosis or treatment for colonoscopies or endoscopies.

"This is an outrage! This is an American disaster!" Rep. Jackie Walorski, an Indiana Republican, nearly screamed, her voice quavering.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

AGENT ORANGE ZONE>>>It's time to make S.1602 happen Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013

  

 

SOURCE>>>AGENT ORANGE ZONE



It's time to make S.1602 happen

Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013


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Introduced in Senate (10/29/2013)

Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013 - Directs the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to: (1) select a medical center in the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to serve as the national center for the diagnosis, treatment, and

research of health conditions of descendents (i.e., a biological child, grandchild, or great-grandchild) of individuals exposed to toxic substances while serving as members of the Armed Forces that are related to that exposure; (2) establish an advisory board to advise the center to determine which health conditions result from exposure to toxic substances and to study and evaluate cases of exposure of current and former members of the Armed Forces to toxic substances; and (3) establish an Office of Extramural Research to conduct research on wounds, illnesses, injuries, and other conditions suffered by active members of
the Armed Forces resulting from exposure to toxic substances and to assist the Advisory Board in considering claims of exposure to toxic substances.

Extends eligibility for medical care and caregiver assistance to descendents of a veteran who was exposed to toxic substances while serving as a member of the Armed Forces if: (1) the descendent has a health condition resulting from exposure to toxic substances and is homebound due to such condition, and (2) the veteran has or had the same health condition.


Authorizes the Secretary of Defense (DOD) to declassify documents (other than documents that would materially and immediately threaten national security) related to any known incident in which not less than 100 member of the Armed Forces were exposed to a toxic substance that resulted in at least one case of disability.

Directs the VA Secretary, the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the DOD Secretary to jointly conduct a national outreach and education campaign directed at members of the Armed Forces, veterans, and their family members to communicate information on incidents of exposure to toxic substances, health conditions resulting form such exposure, and the potential long-term effects of such exposure.

 Support S.1602, the Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2013
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