THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT FAILED TO SUPPORT SCIENTIFIC STUDIES THAT PROVIDE TIMELY INFORMATION FOR COMPENSATION DECISIONS REGARDING MILITARY PERSONNEL WHO WERE HARMED BY EXPOSURES called “Agent Orange”.
For decades, military personnel who were injured from various exposures have been denied compensation until scientific evidence could support their claims for service-connected disabilities. Although 60,000 military subjects were involved as human subjects in testing programs involving mustard gas and lewisite over 50 years ago, the initiation of a study to review research regarding the long-term health consequences from these military experiments did not occur until 1991, and the results of the study were not published until 1993. Similarly, the use of Agent Orange and other herbicides in Vietnam has stimulated concern and controversy ever since the United States began the military herbicide program in 1961, but a comprehensive review and evaluation of available scientific and medical information regarding the health effects of herbicides and the contaminant dioxin was not conducted until it was authorized by Congress in 1991. The Department of Veterans Affairs has recently announced new rules for awarding compensation for more Agent Orange-related diseases, three decades after military personnel were exposed to the defoliant in Vietnam I wish
I could explain the lack of the VA judicators help but they are not to blame they have what is none as a board that votes on the new laws under title 38 of the military code and I think Nicholson did a great job as he did many things to help veterans, but from some people the hate is
Blocking the right way to tackle the problem, it just belongs in the “Court system in from of the appeals board if any thing is to become of the law title 38 which is really the law of the military way of justice. I know there are many that disagree with me so post a comment and tell me why because I will lesson think you editor of the “Blue Water Agent Orange” blog posted on a daily bases. Dated July 31,2007.