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Jim Webb, D-Va: Not a Friend of Veterans Exposed to Agent OrangeChuck Palazzo Salem-News.com
Years of denial, small breakthroughs, and a large setback, or is it a stab in the back?
(DA NANG, Vietnam) - Senator Jim Webb, a Vietnam Veteran himself, has won approval to STALL the newest three presumptive illnesses from the Agent Orange list which Secretary Shinseki had already approved.
This is, at least for now, a temporary and 60 day freeze. However, if he receives congressional momentum in favor of what he is proposing, these three new presumptives, COULD be prevented from being approved.
I continue to urge everyone to submit your claims.
I also urge you to contact your local congressional and Senate representatives ASAP. I also urge you to write to the Secretary as well as our President urging they all take our side and override this amendment sponsored by Webb. It is not, I repeat, NOT supportive of the Agent Orange victim.
In his article on Herald.net, "Spending limits placed on new Agent Orange claims", Tom Philpott wrote:
"The chief architect of the pricey new GI Bill education benefit for veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan war era could become a new champion — for taxpayers — against what he perceives as excess spending on military pay and on a new wave of Agent Orange claims.
"Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., a former Navy secretary and decorated Vietnam War veteran, risked the anger of thousands of veterans from that war when he won Senate approval last week of an amendment to block, at least temporarily, the Department of Veterans Affairs from paying new disability claims on three prominent diseases presumed linked to wartime herbicide exposure."
The March 2010 VA draft regulation, predicted costs for Agent Orange claims jumping by $13.6 billion in a year, and by $42.2 billion over 10 years. If Webb's plans become law, the projected 10-year cost of the new GI Bill benefits will be $52 billion.
A Vietnam Veteran, Webb has been involved in issues relating to Agent Orange since the late 1970s, when he was the staff director of the House Armed Services Committee.
The politician has "expressed concern to staff and fellow senators over the expanding list of diseases presumed caused by defoliants in Vietnam," Philpott wrote.
Under the Agent Orange Act of 1991, veterans who suffer from these presumptive diseases are eligible for compensation, even if they only spent one day in country.
Webb admitted that it is about cost, and apparently, the possibility that Vietnam Veterans who served in jungles where the toxic cancer causing chemical was sprayed, actually became ill, via 'contract through normal aging.'
 June-5-2010: Spending limits placed on new Agent Orange claims - Herald.net
Chuck Palazzo is a Marine Corps Vietnam Veteran, the Interim Editor for Agent Orange, and a longtime Vietnam Veterans Against the War Member. Chuck Palazzo has spent years since the war studying the impacts and effects of Agent Orange, a defoliant chemical sprayed by the U.S. govt. on the jungles of Vietnam. He says Dioxins have been re-discovered to cause all sorts of damage to humans. These include Heart Disease, Parkinsonism, Diabetes et cetera. Dioxins are already known to produce serious birth defects and a variety of cancers. The chemical is still sold in Third World Countries and is causing the same problems.
We at Salem-News.com welcome Chuck aboard and look forward to sharing more of his stories with our readers in the future.
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