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Friday, October 24, 2014

VA Moves to Prevent Veteran Violence Over Disability Claims

To curtail confusion, the department wants to change when veterans can view the results of their disability exam online.

 Veterans Affairs officials want to change when veterans can view some of their medical records online, fearing that some could become violent if they see negative comments and think their disability claims will be denied.

A group of department officials said Monday that they fear some veterans could see the notes from the exam, assume from this partial picture that their claim is being denied, and take out their anger on local VA officials. They voiced their safety concerns Monday to members of the department's Advisory Committee on Disability Compensation at their meeting this week in Washington.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vietnam Vets Still Feel Agent Orange Toxic Aftereffects

heart-wrenching stories of the devastating toxic substances that continue to wreak havoc on veterans 40 years since the chemical was first used during the Vietnam War.

John LeGates, first vice president of the council, opened by stating a veteran’s observation, “We got out of Vietnam but Vietnam never got out of us.”

veterans related how, not only their children, but also their grandchildren have suffered unusual diseases, and physical, learning and hormonal disorders. They also spoke about  their wives experiencing miscarriages and other childbirth abnormalities believed to be associated directly with veterans’ exposure to those toxic substances.

latest available figures there are more than 17,000 veterans and their families touched by the effects of defoliants used during the Vietnam War.

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The home front: Local veterans host Oct. 25 town hall on Agent Orange

Saturday, Oct. 25, members of Asheville’s 124th chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America will be holding a Agent Orange town hall meeting.

“We will have presenters, then a kind of storytelling and testimonial session where a veteran and his family will talk about the health effects of Agent Orange,” says Allan Perkal, president of the Asheville VVA

From 1965 to 1970, the United States dumped some 13 million gallons of the dioxin-based compound on Vietnam. 

“We want to tell veterans what help’s available,” says Jack McManus, who served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War and took part in Operation Ranch Hand: 

Mokie PorterHerb Worthington andTom Berger — all affiliated with the national office of Vietnam Veterans of America — will lead an expert panel providing an overview of the problems linked to Agent Orange exposure.

Although the fighting stopped more than 40 years ago, the damages — be they physical, psychological or spiritual — incurred during the Vietnam War continue to challenge this country today, say McManus and Perkal.

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