This is a quick follow-up to Nod’s post with the terrible news about the Agent Orange Act of 1991 and the back-stabbing members of the House and Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committees. From Stripes:
“Two weeks ago, the House and Senate veterans affairs committees quietly allowed a provision of the Agent Orange Act of 1991 to expire. How significant that will be for Vietnam veterans and their benefits is disputed.”
Click on the above link for an overview on hypertension but be forewarned that if you have hypertension, from AO or another cause, the Stripes article, and others we’re sure to see in the following months, will guarantee to make it worse so read with caution.
The Vietnam Veterans of America have been advocating on this issue for many moons. Below are some recent poster images than can be downloaded (LINK) from their website for printing for making up postcards to mail to the back-stabbers, or other stakeholders. But honestly, these messages are too polite. This is not a time to be mild-mannered about the AO diseases (LINK, page 4-5) that afflict veterans and their descendants.
A brochure entitled “Are You the Survivor of a Veteran” is also a VVA download (LINK) that might be useful for those dealing with AO.
Recent Reuters photo essay, Legacy of Agent Orange, shows the ongoing suffering of the Vietnamese (LINK) people; it includes a color photo of Danang Airport –forty years later–which still shows where AO barrels destroyed the land underneath them.