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Senators Moran and Blumenthal, Representatives Benishek and Honda Introduce New Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015 (April 14, 2015)

(Washington, DC) – “It’s bad enough that veterans have had to bear the cross of exposure to toxic agents during our military service,” said Vietnam Veterans of America National President John Rowan. “It is worse to see our children and grandchildren afflicted with health conditions we suspect have derived from our exposure, and to think we are the cause of their hurt and pain. Today, however, we see real light at the end of a long, grim tunnel with the introduction of the ‘Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015.’ This legislation, when enacted, will establish within the Department of Veterans Affairs a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxic substances during their service,” Rowan said. >>READ ENTIRE PRESS RELEASE


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County Executives of America
The American Legion
Rolling Thunder
National Federation of Republican Woman

States passing resolutions: New York, Kansas, Oklahoma, and California

The National Military and Veterans Alliance:
• American Logistics Association
• American Military Retirees Association
• American Military Society
• American Retirees Association
• American WWII Orphans Network
• AMVETS (American Veterans)
• Armed Forces Marketing Council
• Army Navy Union
• Association of the United States Navy
• Catholic War Veterans
• Gold Star Wives of America
• Japanese American Veterans Association
• Korean War Veterans Foundation
• Legion of Valor
• Military Order of the Purple Heart
• Military Order of Foreign Wars
• Military Order of the World Wars
• National Association for Uniformed Services
• National Defense Committee
• National Gulf War Resource Center
• Naval Enlisted Reserve Association
• Reserve Enlisted Association
• Reserve Officers Association
• Society of Military Widows
• The Retired Enlisted Association
• The Flag and General Officers’ Network
• TREA Senior Citizen League
• Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors
• Uniformed Services Disabled Retirees
• Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States
• Veterans of Modern Warfare
• Vietnam Veterans of America

The Military Coalition:
• Air Force Association (AFA)
• Air Force Sergeants Association (AFSA)
• Air Force Women Officers Associated (AFWOA)
• AMVETS (American Veterans)
• Army Aviation Association of America (AAAA)
• AMSUS, the Society of Federal Health Professionals
• Association of the United States Army (AUSA)
• Association of the United States Navy (AUSN)
• Commissioned Officers Association (COA) of the United States Public Health Service, Inc.
• CWOA, US Coast Guard
• Enlisted Association of the National Guard of the United States (EANGUS)
• Fleet Reserve Association (FRA)
• Gold Star Wives of America (GSW)
• Jewish War Veterans of the United States of America (JWV)
• Marine Corps League (MCL)
• Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America
• Marine Corps Reserve Association (MCRA)
• Military Chaplains Association of the United States of America (MCA)
• Military Officers Association of America (MOAA)
• Military Order of the Purple Heart
• National Association for Uniformed Services (NAUS)
• National Guard Association of the United States (NGAUS)
• National Military Family Association (NMFA)
• Naval Enlisted Reserve Association (NERA)
• Non Commissioned Officers Association (NCOA)
• Reserve Officers Association (ROA)
• The Retired Enlisted Association(TREA)
• United States Army Warrant Officers Association (USAWOA)
• USCG Chief Petty Officers Association (CPOA)
• Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
• Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)

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Birth Defects Position Paper 1/14/2010

Children are our future. We have all heard that common saying. What is the future of the children of Vietnam veterans and other veterans with toxic, service-related exposures? There is a growing realization that both maternal and paternal toxic exposures play a role in the birth defects of the children and future generations of the exposed individuals. Research in the field of epigenetics also points toward toxic exposures turning on or off genes that, when passed on to the child, could lead to the onset of diseases later in life.

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Database of Studies Related to Agent Orange / Dioxin Exposures

Over the years one of VVA members and a former Chairman of the Agent Orange Committee put together a database of studies related to “Agent Orange/Dioxin” exposures and their impact.  George Claxton wants to share this information with his fellow veterans.   We are grateful for George’s hard work and dedication in working on these important issues. 

In order to make this information available to veterans, the Agent Orange/Dioxin and Other Toxic Substances Committee has converted the information into a PDF file as well as an excel spreadsheet, and as a Microsoft works spread sheet. 

The last column in all three of these documents lists the original database number and refers to the disease cover or the type of study as listed below.

  1. Analytical
  2. Soft tissue Sarcoma
  3. Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  4. Hodgkin’s Lymphoma
  5. Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma
  6. Respiratory Cancer
  7. Prostate Cancer
  8. Liver Cancer
  9. Skin Cancer
  10. Nasal/Pharyngeal and Brain Cancer
  11. Other Cancers
  12. Mechanism of Toxicity
  13. Developmental and Reproductive
  14. Mutagenic Damage
  15. Animal Toxicity
  16. Immune System Toxicity
  17. There is no #17 database
  18. Human Toxicity
  19. Neurological Damage
  20. Desert Storm Toxicity/Biological Warfare

The PDF file GCdatabasePdf82010 makes this information available to everyone who can get on the internet.   If you don’t have the program to read the pdf file you can download a free reader at the below address:

The Excel file GCdatabaseExcel82010 is in a spreadsheet.  To use this information you will need a program that can run Excel spreadsheets.   Microsoft office or Open Office will work for this file.   Open Office is a free software program that you can use to read the excel file.  A  link is provided below

So more people can use the data in spreadsheet format, we converted the data to Microsoft Works spreadsheet format. 

GCdatabaseWorks82010 spreadsheet allows people who have Microsoft Works spreadsheet program on their computer to read the information.  

VVA and the AO/DOTS Committee hope this information will help veterans who are working on their claim or researching as advocates for other veterans.   As we will be updating this information the number at the end of the file name is for the month and year of the file.

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"The Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee shall accumulate and disseminate information regarding Agent Orange and Dioxin and actively pursue the recognition of presumptive disabilities from exposure to Agent Orange and Dioxin by the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee shall provide assistance to State Councils, Chapters, and service programs in the handling of Agent Orange related problems. The Committee shall encourage and foster the sponsorship of legislation to help the victims of Agent Orange and Dioxin, and encourage scientific and medical research in the field of dioxin-related ailments."


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