H. R. 6395 (Link)
SEC. 9109. ADDITIONAL DISEASES ASSOCIATED WITH EXPOSURE TO CERTAIN HERBICIDE AGENTS FOR WHICH THERE IS A PRESUMPTION OF SERVICE CONNECTION FOR VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THE REPUBLIC OF VIETNAM.
Section 1116(a)(2) of title 38, United States Code, is amended
by adding at the end the following new subparagraphs:
‘‘(I) Parkinsonism.I have not seen any rule-making about this amendment or updates on the VA website or Federal Register yet.
‘‘(J) Bladder cancer.
Doesn’t VA believe in SCIENCE!!! 🤦
VA study yields strong evidence of ties between herbicides and high blood pressure in Vietnam-era Vets
December 13, 2016
Hypertension was removed from this amendment, not because of science, but 💰. As Bill Nye said, “…if you don’t believe in science, then you’re holding everybody back.” Which for VA, is the whole point. Trickle down science and benefits.
There are lots of BVA cases to be found in 2019-2020 with the search terms, bladder cancer & Agent Orange).” In this one, the vet got an IMO. (https://www.va.gov/vetapp19/files10/19179078.txt) but if I recall correctly from the Purple book, the judges knew this was in the works, so why fiddle around? The good news is that many previously denied cases can be reopened now. 🎉 Special thanks to Sen. Tester (Montana) for working hard to save some veterans’ lives.
Laura (Guest author)