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2013-03-22 16:20:58

Executive director praises VA leader's vision, endorses plans for new processing system WASHINGTON, March 22, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In the wake of calls from a few vocal critics in the media and veterans' community for Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki to resign, AMVETS National Executive Director Stewart Hickey today announced his organization's support for the VA leader's continuation in his post. Hickey argued only Shinseki, a man with a proven...

2013-01-08 12:21:58

Birth Defect Research for Children Asking Public to Sign Petition for Research Center ORLANDO, Fla., Jan. 8, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Birth Defect Research for Children (BDRC) has been tracking the increased incidence of birth defects and developmental disabilities among children of U.S. military veterans since 1990, and is asking the public for help in garnering support for a Children's Research Center to study the phenomena. BDRC started a petition to the Veteran's...

2012-09-27 10:28:09

Effects could extend to 'great-grandchildren' Since the 1960s, when the defoliant Agent Orange was widely used in Vietnam, military, industry and environmental groups have debated the toxicity of its main ingredient, the chemical dioxin, and how it should be regulated. But even if all the dioxin were eliminated from the planet, Washington State University researchers say its legacy will live on in the way it turns genes on and off in the descendants of people exposed over the past half...

US To Clean Up Agent Orange In Vietnam 40 Years After War Ends
2012-08-10 09:17:14

Lawrence LeBlond for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online It has been forty years since the US military last dumped toxic Agent Orange over Vietnam´s forests, meant to destroy cover for guerillas and drive villagers into US-dominated cities. Now, decades later, the United States is pitching in for the first time to aid in cleaning up from the ten years of havoc it caused on Vietnam´s ecosystem. A strain of dioxin found in Agent Orange has been linked to birth defects,...

2012-02-25 05:00:00

WASHINGTON, Feb. 25, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Vietnam Veterans of America holds true that crews who flew the C-123K aircraft contaminated with Agent Orange should be acknowledged by your department to have been exposed to this herbicide, and that those crew members who are afflicted with any of the maladies the VA considers presumptive to service connection ought to be eligible for health care and, when warranted, disability compensation," wrote John Rowan, National...

2011-11-04 13:11:00

WASHINGTON, Nov 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On November 5, 2011, at 3:00 p.m., Vietnam Veterans of America will hold an Agent Orange Town Hall meeting to discuss the birth defects, cancers, learning disabilities, and other health issues affecting the children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans. The meeting, which is open to the public, will be held at the Penn State Beaver Campus, Monaca Auditorium, in Monaca, Pennsylvania. Hosted by Beaver County VVA Chapter 862 and AVVA...

2011-07-20 16:16:00

WASHINGTON, July 20, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- "Sooner or later, some senator or congressman was going to target benefits earned by veterans," said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). "It seems that Senator Tom Coburn (R-Oklahoma) is the one who has taken aim and fired." Senator Coburn, a medical doctor with a well-earned reputation as a fiscal conservative, has offered an amendment to H.R. 2055, the Military Construction and Veterans' Affairs and...

2011-05-24 16:11:00

WASHINGTON, May 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Legion is standing by its call for benefits to be awarded to Blue Water Navy veterans of the Vietnam War who are suffering health problems associated with exposure to the toxic herbicide Agent Orange. The Legion's reaffirmation of its position comes in the wake of a new report on the issue from the private, nonprofit Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences. As it stands, health-care benefit and...

2011-04-11 00:00:39

Attorneys and claimant representatives can help Veterans avoid roadblocks that add to already lengthy delays in the disability claims process, says West Virginia lawyer Jan Dils. Parkersburg, WV (Vocus/PRWEB) April 08, 2011 With growing demand for disability benefits threatening to cause longer delays in the Department of Veterans Affairs' handling of claims, Veterans need legal assistance more than ever, West Virginia lawyer Jan Dils said today. Dils spoke in reaction to VA Secretary...

2011-02-12 00:00:45

A Veterans' benefits lawyer can assist with providing the VA with medical evidence and other information needed to process claims for illnesses connected to exposure to the Agent Orange herbicide in Vietnam, says West Virginia Veterans' disability benefits attorney Jan Dils. Parkersburg, West Virginia (PRWEB) February 11, 2011 Vietnam Veterans exposed to Agent Orange during active military service should take advantage of a faster claims process being offered by the U.S. Department of...