(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
Puzzled by the headline? We have introduced the Exposure to Toxic Substances bill three or four times, only to make slight adjustments in the wording. The overall premise is the same: Any veteran who was exposed to toxins can be examined and treated by the VA. And their children and grandchildren can be examined. If offspring have conditions that are the result of a parent’s exposure, they, too, can be treated by the VA at no cost to their families.
But first the bill must get passed.
At this point, H.R.5484 again is having its language tweaked to satisfy someone else. Then it will come out with yet another number to the new Congress. Once again, this is where we will need every one of you, plus your friends and families, to call their representatives and push them to vote yes on the bill. The bill’s new number will be posted on the Agent Orange page of the VVA website. Without your help, our children will not be taken care of, and we will only have ourselves to blame. I know you have heard it over and over, but you can make a difference.
Last issue I mentioned bladder cancer possibly being linked to exposure to Agent Blue. I need to thank all of you who have written to me who either have or know someone who has bladder cancer. I also want to thank all of you who have done research on the subject. Veterans Health Council Director Tom Berger will make a presentation to the Institute of Medicine on the relationship between bladder cancer and defoliants used in Vietnam. If you know of supporting studies, please send the information to me.
Lastly, I need your help on another front. Many of you know celebrities, yet are afraid to ask for their help. We need a nationally known figure to be a spokesperson for the Toxic Research Program for our children, grandchildren, brothers and sisters, and younger veterans and their offspring. You can contact me with names at firstname.lastname@example.org
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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.
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.
Soft tissue Sarcoma
Leukemia and Multiple Myeloma
Nasal/Pharyngeal and Brain Cancer
Mechanism of Toxicity
Developmental and Reproductive
Immune System Toxicity
There is no #17 database
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: http://get.adobe.com/reader/
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 http://www.downloadtop.info/openoffice/
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.
"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