10 things every Veteran should know about Agent Orange– Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
PDF file: The Extent and Patterns of Usage of Agent Orange and Other Herbicides in Vietnam – Includes spray maps – Nature, April 2003
PDF file: Agent Orange Dioxin Report – Courtesy of Vietnam Veterans of America – March/April 2009 – Posted 6 Apr 09
May 30, 2015 – Prostate Cancer:
Some background concerning Prostate Cancer and the VA……. During the Clinton Administration the Vietnam Dog Handlers Association (VDHA) testified before Congress that Prostate and Testicular Cancer, should be rated as service-connected. Formal studies were presented, that military dogs, like their handlers that served in Vietnam, had a higher incidence of Testicular Cancer than their counterparts serving in Europe. At the time, the VA was still requiring Veterans to present a long, drawn out claim process, that their condition was service- connected. Surprisingly, President Clinton directed the VA to add thirteen or so cancers as being service-connected. This greatly streamlined the VA claim process for the listed cancers. Now, I believe, simply having served in Vietnam is prima facie evidence, that the Veteran’s cancer is service-connected. Two of my platoon members and others in the VDHA, are receiving 100% ratings for Prostate cancer. As Jim said, it’s very important to be Prostate cancer screened annually. Many times, Prostate Cancer is one of those cancers, that doesn’t present symptoms, until it’s too late to successful treat.