Category Archives: AO

Any action on the new presumptive benefits for bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinsonism yet?

A little. They have been added to the Agent Orange Exposure webpage (LINK). I do not see anything on this in the Federal Register yet. However, VA posted on VAvantage blog (May 27) >>>BREAKING: VA plans expansion of benefits for … Continue reading

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The People Vs. Agent Orange (2020)

VA Secretary Denis McDonough is responsible for implementing H.R. 6395, P.L.116-283–the FY 2021 NDAA, which contains the Tester/Harder Amendment. It was passed into law on Jan. 1, 2021. I have not yet seen any updates on the VA website to … Continue reading

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PLANNING AHEAD FOR CUE

I often preach about CUE as the hardest thing to win. It can be challenging and dicey to eke out a win. Here’s a daisy. My Bluewater Vet got a rotten 19 year Fenderson look back. I knew he would. … Continue reading

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Agent Orange (AO) thoughts; “And it’s one, two, three, what are we fighting for?”

116th Congress: It’s been one month since H.R.6395, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021, passed over a veto on 1/1/21 and became Public Law No: 116-283. It includes an important AO amendment, pushed through by Sen. Tester … Continue reading

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VAROs–THE THIRD TIME’S THE CHARM?

Welcome to the New Year. It’s apparent we have a new metric afoot in the Veterans Service Centers across our fruited plains. Right. VAROs are now called VSCs and have been for a while. The boss of the “service” center … Continue reading

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“Be it enacted” January 3, 2021 National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2021

Believe in science! Continue reading

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Senate passes veto-proof defense bill with three new Agent Orange presumptives

I’m glad this has finally passed the Senate (Link). If you want Pres. Trump to sign it right away, tweet him @realDonaldTrump. Too many vets have died waiting for this. “WASHINGTON — A measure was included in the final version … Continue reading

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FORT FUMBLE SEATTLE–I HOPE YOU HAD THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE

Today marks the first time I’ve woken up to a yellowish, smoky overcast with no sun since Vietnam. It finally made an anemic showing this PM. The only thing missing was the oily petroleum-like aroma of burnt nape, CS and … Continue reading

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“New” Agent Orange Presumptives Amendment–next stop, House leadership, then President Trump

Around three years ago, VA Sec. Doctor David Shulkin, on the basis of scientific evidence, was on the verge of rule-making in favor of adding bladder cancer, Parkinson’s-like symptoms and hypothyroidism as service-connected presumptive AO diseases.  Shulkin was fired.  Since … Continue reading

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Hepatitis (HCV) extrahepatic manifestation: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

Those paying attention to HCV infections know that the virus is a leading cause of  hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC).  Less well known, is that HCV can cause another cancer:  B-cell Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) (Pubmed -Link) (Pubmed-vet study 2007). My old Marine … Continue reading

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