Veterans
ArmyTimes/ August 12 2014

Senate bill calls for research on families of troops exposed to toxins

More research is needed on the health of the children and grandchildren of troops exposed to environmental pollution and chemicals while they served in the military, several U.S. senators say.

 

Before returning to their states Aug. 1 for recess, Sens. Jerry Moran, R-Kan., Richard Blumenthal, D-Conn., and Mark Begich, D-Alaska, introduced a bill that would require the Veterans Affairs Department to establish a center for researching the health conditions of descendents of troops who may have been exposed to toxic chemicals.

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Harvard Gazette - June 16, 2014

Disarray at the VA

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The Asia Pacific Journal: Japan Focus

Agent Orange on Okinawa - New Evidence

Jon Mitchell

Introduction

With new information regarding the presence of these defoliants on Okinawa emerging rapidly, this article aims to update readers on the most significant developments. First, it looks at the recent statement from a senior US official who claims defoliants were tested on the island between 1960 and 1962. Next, it examines a 1966 Air Force document which seems to debunk contemporary Department of Defense denials that herbicides were ever present on Okinawa. Following this, the article explores new evidence that these defoliants were used post-1972 - specifically on Iejima Island as well as at Camp Foster and MCAS Futenma. Finally, it outlines the press conference I held in Nago City on November 4th where, for the first time, Okinawan residents told the media about their experiences of US defoliant usage on their island.

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Chicago Tribune, June 8th, 2010

Senator Challenges VA's Coverage of 3 New Illnesses Linked to Agent Orange

Jason Grotto and Tim Jones

Citing the billions more it will cost, Sen. Jim Webb asks VA secretary for explanation as he freezes funds to pay for expansion of coverage.

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Chicago Tribune, April 11th, 2010

Cost of Fighting Felt Decades Later

Jason Grotto

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Chicago Tribune, April 11th, 2010

How the Tribune Calculated the Numbers

Jason Grotto

The analysis underlying the Tribune's story on U.S. veterans' disability claims is based on data from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs that includes more than 3 million claims and nearly 12 million diagnoses as of Jan. 5, 2010.

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Chicago Tribune, April 11th, 2010

VA Laboring Under Surge of Wounded Veterans

Jason Grotto and Tim Jones

Tribune finds increase in claims, outdated compensation systwem threatening well-being of those who fought for their country.

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Washington Times, December 31, 2009

Veterans’ Benefits Entangled in Red Tape

Amanda Carpenter

Leading Democrats like to hold up the Veterans Benefits Administration as an example of how well government can provide health care. But veterans who deal with the complex federal bureaucracy have invented an unhappy refrain to describe the VBA: "Deny, deny until you die."

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Agent Orange Devastates Generations of Vietnamese World Focus Report.
(Video) January 15, 2009.   

World Focus correspondent Mark Litke and producer Ara Ayer travel to Vietnam to report on the long term impacts of Agent Orange/Dioxin on the Vietnamese land and people. This video report was part of their series on New Vietnam.

Agent Orange Vietnam's Lasting Legacy - on PBS Foreign Exchange Episode 322 (June 3-4, 2007) by Christie Aschwanden and George Lerner (film clip starts at min 16).

Also see the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting for other videos from their trip to Vietnam.