US, Vietnam still in conflict over Agent Orange
The US has so far allocated US$6M to deal with the impact of Agent Orange, tough it still says that there's no link between it and disabilities.
"It does not suffice to reject the error; we must overcome it, explain it and outgrow it." - Antonio Labriola
is this not chemical warfare in a way. i mean the point was to destroy jungles so that communist wouldn't hide behind those but the effects on the population should count as what it is. is it even considered like a war crime by the international community or the usa? i do think vietnam think so.
The schizophrenic is the new jew.
The horrors in Vietnam are largely ignored by the international community, this is mainly due to the fact the Americans were the ones committing the atrocities and even though a few massacres got leaked internationally we are yet to see the real criminals bought to justice. Until America gets the same treatment as every one else the UN is a waste of time. The Vietnamese are a testament to this.
The VA has several pamphlets stating that exposure to agent orange can cause serious health issues and count towards disability benefits. It is no surprise that the US doesn't want to commit money to aiding the veterans of the NVA and Vietcong, and the civilians of Vietnam in general that were exposed.
It's funny, the veterans from both sides often visit the old battlefields and talks as if they were life long friends. But the government behind the poisoning of the land and it's people refuse to aid the people affected.
Three of my uncles have just been diagnosed with kidney cancer. They were all in Vietnam, and their doctors at the VA hospitals have said that it's clearly from Agent Orange (there are predictable crystals that develop with exposure to the substance). What a shame that the government won't admit it.
Sorry to hear that about your uncles, the VA has a policy that they can not put a person on disability due to Agent Orange unless they get a second opinion from an other physician in another hospital. They do not need to say that it is caused by AO, just that they have a condition that is listed in the many things that AO causes. You don't want to talk to the docs about AO though, they will deny it.
My father was 'lucky' when he collapsed in Mayo Clinic while with my mother (she had an appointment at the clinic). The VA had diagnosed him with ischemic heart disease, but he could not claim it on disability connected with agent orange because of that policy. After Mayo looked at what caused him to collapse, they diagnosed it as ischemic heart disease and treated him. So, now, after getting a second opinion, he is now pursuing disability connected with Agent Orange.
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