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Book: "Vietnam's Rain Agents Orange, White, and Blue

Book: “Vietnam’s Rain Agents Orange, White, and Blue”

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HOUSE COMMITTEE ON VETERANS AFFAIRS PRESENTATION

by CHARLES W. KELLEY

December 6th 2005

PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY CAUSED BY THE DIOXIN TCDD, OTHER TOXIC CHEMICALS

THE VETERANS WERE EXPOSED, OR TO WARTIME SERVICE IN VIETNAM IN A TOXIC

CHEMICALS (PLURAL) ENVIRONMENT STILL DENIED BY THE VA AFTER 40 PLUS

YEARS I am the author of the newly released book “Vietnam’s Rain Agents

Orange, White, and Blue (Weapons of Mass Destruction)”.

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/book/bookorders.htm

This book documents a four year review of DOD/VA/Government activity in

denying the many effects of our Toxic Chemicals (Plural) Legacy. Up

until our “Vietnam Veterans Toxic Chemicals (Plural) Legacy” it had

always been the policy of the Veterans Administration (VA) and “Is

currently the portrayed policy of the United States,” with respect to

individual claims for service connection of diseases and disabilities,

that when, after consideration of all the evidence and material of

record, there is an approximate balance of positive and negative

evidence regarding the merits of an issue material to the determination

of a claim, the benefit of the doubt in resolving each such issue shall

be given to the claimant. The VA in promulgating the rules specified by

the Dioxin Standards Act of 1984, not only confounded the intent of

this perceived intent of Congress, but directly contradicted its own

established practice of granting compensable service-connection status

for diseases on the lesser showing of “an increased risk of incidence”

or “significant correlation” demanding instead the more stringent

requirement that compensation depends on establishing a “cause and

effect” relationship. Veterans are now calling this “Dioxin Standards

Act” and this so-called “benefit of the doubt mandate” only a “painted

and portrayed congressional deception.

In direct opposition to the stated purpose of the Dioxin Standards Act

of 1984 to provide disability compensation to Vietnam Veterans

suffering who were exposed to Agent Orange, the VA continues to

improperly and illegally deny and stall compensation for death and

disability. With the VA’s definition of when the Veteran’s claim ends,

one would logically conclude the VA is now legally allowed to and in

fact in many of my guys and my Marines “stalls to the death” of the

Veteran. This includes the VA’s refusal to change the service connected

gate for mortality that applies to surviving widows and children that

would be compensated at an additional three hundred dollars a month.

Considering that toxic chemical cancers have a six month to two year

mortality or free of cancer, it makes it impossible to for the Vietnam

Veterans to even cling to life to make the extra years required for the

special widows and orphans compensations. Toxic chemical cancers can go

undiagnosed for decades and are symptom less until it is too late. This

is certainly a conflict since the entire United States Government with

over 25 years of stalling denied any damages from herbicides as

Veterans died from the very cancers that were 25 years later pronounced

“as associated.” Both of these issues are definite and defined

“conflict of interests” between the Veterans and the sole power given

to the Secretary of the VA and this very adversarial federal agency.

I would ask the congress how it can possibly take 14 to 18 month to put

a copy of DD-214 in a folder; a copy of those associated cancers,

begrudgingly admitted to after over two decades of stalling, in that

same folder; a copy of the cancer diagnosis, more than likely from a

doctor that works for the VA itself, in that same folder and stamp it

approved and get it over to dispersement. So the Veterans family can

have the financial support they need while fighting with everything

they have “the government/DOD caused cancer.” This seems like a 10

minute job done by a sophomore in high school. Not a 14 to 18 month job

done by educated federal civil service workers. One would have to

wonder are they really that bad and inept; or they just directed to be

that bad by the VA management.

Recently in the news, it seems that even out and out VA murders of five

Veterans were attempted to be covered up by this federal agency.

Including the firing of those VA pharmacy workers that came forward

with the data and facts. The VA promulgating of the requirements was

also found in a courts review in Nehmer v. U.S. Veterans Admin., 712 F.

Supp. 1404, 1408. (N.D. Cal. (1989) wherein the court found after

reviewing the legislative history of the Act that Congress intended

service connection to be granted on the basis of “increased risk of

incidence” or a “significant correlation” between the dioxin TCDD and

various diseases.” There are many Veterans, there are many members of

Congress, there are many Americans who believe the Department of

Defense and the Veterans Administration have been less than candid

about the health effects that Agent Orange has had on them as well as

on veterans’ children.

While the Government has acknowledged that some illnesses the Vietnam

veterans developed are associated with Agent Orange exposure, and that

these veterans can receive disability and death benefits. Many veterans

believe that the health problems associated with Agent Orange are far

more serious and widespread than the Government has acknowledged up to

this point. The search for latent illnesses associated with exposure to

“herbicides” (plural) in our toxic chemical legacy demands persistence,

confronting hard truths, and above all integrity. The United States

Government has failed miserably with “purpose and intent” in these

issues. Prior to any studies or evaluation of these toxic chemical

damages commencing there is evidence of the government/VA dragging its

collective feet with total bias in addressing these issues with any

kind of persistence and meeting the hard truths that hard data

uncovered in our returning campaigners and meeting behind closed doors

with chemical company lead scientists and medical directors.

The head of the VA’s Environmental Hazards Group went out into the

medical community early on and pronounced that any scientists that

found a problem with dioxin was nothing but a Witch Doctor.

Revealing the VA’s total bias against Veterans and their families. We

now know who the biased Witch Doctor really was and is and who was

behind this bias. The VA’s own committee (VACEH) that held Vietnam

Veteran’s fate for 13 years operated from 1979 to 1991 was also heavily

criticized for bias and lack of integrity. When independent prestigious

scientific sources reviewed what this committee was doing and their

processes; statements were made that nothing this committee was doing

should be used “for anything” much less medical implications that would

result in Veterans Compensations from death and disability.

The NAS/IOM that took over in 1991 seems to be just a continuation of

this bias and also less than forthcoming and honest in their

assessments with regard to proof of associations that are really

required in a court of law versus what the White House/VA wants, which

as I found out is totally impossible scientifically and medically.

Twenty three years ago, the Air Force began a 25-year, $140 million

research program to assess the relative health of 1,300 ranch hands,

air and ground crew members who handled and sprayed Agent Orange and

other herbicide defoliants in Vietnam. The Ranch Hand Study was

designed to generate significant scientific data and analysis to be

used by the Department of Veterans Affairs [VA], and others in making

health care and compensation decisions regarding Vietnam Veterans.

Nevertheless, according the General Accounting Office [GAO], Ranch Hand

has been slow to publish findings, unwilling to share data,

inconsistent in conveying design limitations, and resistant to

congressionally mandated participation by “independent parties.”

Controversial from the outset, the Ranch Hand study has been

consistently criticized for both scientific and administrative

shortcomings. Many believe Ranch Hand has so far failed to fulfill its

promise as the pivotal longitudinal study of herbicide toxicity. Some

conclude it never will. Others believe this research was designed to

fail, or manipulated to avoid controversial findings.

Senator Daschle concluded when the first report was released in 1984

when compared to the original scientific draft that this was not just

an interpretation of the medical facts found but the “perpetration of

fraudulent government conclusions.”

After reviewing the transcripts of the government oversight committee

on Ranch Hand and the testimony of scientists themselves that were a

lead part of the Ranch Hand, the head of medical research at Kansas

State University (a two time member of the Ranch Hand study), and an

advisor to the VA Secretary from Yale University; it was painfully

obvious this study deserves this well-founded criticism. There were

direct charges of command influence being used, the changing of cleared

for publication medical facts that were found, the changing of

established protocols directed by using the name of the Surgeon

General, linear dioxin dose responses to medical disorders that were

not understood were and are not reported found, disorders found at a

50% increase or more are not reported because no dioxin linear dose

response could be determined, etc, and an overall total lack of

integrity.

Additional charges were made that the study was only crafting for peer

review and publication; not actually publishing the found facts. The

ultimate lack of integrity charge was that for 20 plus years the study

had and continues such cover-ups to have never given the Veterans a

fair and unbiased assessment of their toxic chemical health status in

birth defects, other cancers, heart disease, vascular disease,

neurological ailments, endocrine disturbances, and hematological

difficulties.

I would also add even B and T cell dysregulaton found that may even be

the secondary root cause of all of our wide variety of issues of death

and disablement is ignored. This includes down and up regulation in

Interleukins 4 and 10, Interferon, and some disturbance of the tumor

necrosis factor.

Some suggested that the Congress had given entirely too much power to

the Secretary of the VA and its White House directed philosophy. I

would add that Congress assuming “integrity” gave too much power, when

there is very little government integrity that accompanies any “sole

power” in our government. Some in congress have even suggested that

data should be from some outside agency and not from a major role

player such as the VA and the Air Force. I would add that after my four

year review of these so called toxic chemical assessments, I would

conclude it would have to almost be an international committee of

totally independent scientists; not associated with the EPA, VA, FDA,

any branch of the DOD, and certainly out of the mandatory influence of

our own White House. Very similar to what the EPA did in their dioxin

reassessments of 1992-1996 where they used over 100 independent

scientists NOT associated with the EPA or any government influence. The

EPA’s previous history in the 1970’s and the 1980’s is certainly

tainted with some EPA scientists with integrity finding the chemical

company studies being presented in court were fraudulent. Their reward

for demanding something be done was suspension. One EPA scientist wrote

a scathing report shooting holes in the chemical company studies and

issues. His report was summarily shelved in 1979 by the EPA. Yet, it

documented many of the findings that would be presented in the EPA’s

“dioxin reassessment” some two decades later. Another 20 years went by

while our most noble of all citizens died or became disabled since

their doctors had no idea what to look for and no one in our government

gave them a chance at a first medical strike against a cancer or an

autoimmune disorder. One of the most despicable events I ran across in

my review of the Ranch Hand Transcripts was when one scientist, not

wanting to duplicate his work asked; Would it not be better to wait to

review the chapters until the Air Force gets done with all its changes?

The leader of this group then stated we do not want to say “changed.”

The scientists then said, “OK how about Airbrushed” as laughter broke

out in the room.

Veterans are going uncompensated in death and disability and this group

is laughing at the fact the Air Force is going to change what they as

scientists have found or suspect. To include charges were made that

totally rewriting some chapters was only to “deemphasize” the real

findings. This White House philosophy made “not to support our Vietnam

Veterans” in lieu of protecting and minimizing chemical company costs

that would be incurred (*reference White House memo put out to federal

agencies) and then deny Vietnam Veterans and their families death and

disability benefits seems to be now “ a learned and accepted practice”

by our government.

The White House Bureau of the Budget put out a memo to all the agencies

of government in essence not to find a correlation between Agent Orange

and health affects. Stating that it would be most unfortunate for two

reasons:

The cost of supporting the Veterans.

The court liability to which corporations would be exposed.

This White House/DOD/VA philosophy seems to permeate research and

similar studies for Gulf War Syndrome, anthrax vaccine recipients, the

Veterans of Project 112 testing and SHAD testing, and the Edgewood

Arsenal testing, etc. There is also the known previous history of

DOD/VA cover-ups in Nuclear Testing and LSD testing. It is time all

past; present, and future Veterans make this White House/DOD/VA

philosophy a National Security Issue. This especially holds true for

the mothers and fathers that this government wants to send their sons

and daughters into harms way. They need to realize “The Last Battle

They Will Fight” is against our own government.

In Attachment 1, I have provided the various and wide variety of

symptoms of this peripheral neuropathy debilitating disorder in nerve

damages as well as the wide variety of severity of this toxic chemical

caused nerve damage disorder. In Attachment 2, I have provided the

overwhelming medical and statistical evidence that categorically

supports this chronic and debilitating disorder of peripheral

neuropathy is associated to the dioxin TCDD and/or Service in Vietnam

regardless of which toxic chemical or group of toxic chemicals was the

causation. This evidence goes back to 1949, as well as present day

epidemiological studies; including Office of Technology Assessment

results commissioned by congress itself in 1989.

While the VA wants to contend that only diabetes can create this nerve

disorder you will see in ATTACHMENT 2 the p-values found and other

studies as well as our own government studies conclude that this

disorder is far from only associated to diabetes and with respect to

Agent Orange and is the “most prolific disorder found” as a standalone.

Medical and study evidence shows far and above the VA’s

notorious statement “just as likely as not.” Time permitting I will

review these submittals. Time not permitting I will leave it up to the

members to review this direct evidence and move on in the presentation.

Most of you are lawyers, so when you review this evidence put yourself

in the position of a practicing attorney and in a “real legal system”

where evidence means something; not this trumped up Veterans’ Board of

Veterans Appeals. Decide for yourself if I have proven my case

medically, statistically, and scientifically to what congress intended

to be compensated for government mistakes. Then multiple that by

thousands of disabled Veterans with the same issue that this government

is letting down with no financial support for “government wrong-doing

and out and out government mistakes.” Also, please review the BVA case

file in ATTACHMENT 3 that categorically demonstrates that even when

everyone concluded this Marine’s nerve disorder was at least a 50/50

chance caused by his toxic chemical exposures. The BVA then states they

give more evidentiary weight to the “medically astute Secretary of the

VA and his statements made that denies such associations.

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/VACAttachment3.htm

The White House had already decided this Marine’s case in 1984 with

their philosophy “not to support the Veterans.” It was not decided in

2003 at the BVA after fighting for eight years to even get that point

of an appearance at the BVA. The whole VA legal system is a joke that

operates around a mandated budget only. Not truth or evidence of facts

as in a real legal system under the constitution. No different than

they find a way to trump the entire congress at the behest of White

House Budgets, not facts. When MD Anderson Cancer Center one of our

nations most prestigious cancer treatment and research hospitals, also

known around the world, indicates that one of my Marine’s diagnosed

cancer is from TCDD and Agent Orange from a statement made by one of

our nation’s foremost doctors at MD Anderson; this is also overridden

by the medically astute Secretary of the VA and his staff. Even though

his cancer shows a residual dioxin TCDD attachment of 22 parts per

trillion. Plus, studies show a Risk Ratio of over 2.3 for that cancer

because of dioxin exposures. When studies show an increase of 5.6 risk

ratio directly related to a group of Veterans in a single Corps Area

and to the dioxin TCDD to such cancers as brain cancers.

The VA overrides such studies even when these studies are quoted by

Cancer Treatment Centers. Even when there are at present over 3400 BVA

appeals for the same brain cancer of those men that are still alive and

should be considered hard data of Service in Vietnam. This also is

totally ignored just as much of the hard data at the BVA is also

ignored. When totally blind studies, unlike our own government studies,

show a p-value of association to the dioxin TCDD in one disorder of p =

0.039 and when the comparison of difference between Vietnam Veterans

and Non-Vietnam Veterans shows an astounding p = 0.0042 proving both

statistically and medically this debilitating disorder is associated;

this medical disorder is still denied by the Secretary of the VA and

his staff. When a second study confirms this disorder as “the most

prolific disorder found in Vietnam Veterans” this disorder is still

denied by the Secretary of the VA and his staff. The whole premise of

our Nation’s legal system in setting precedence’s is outlawed in this

VA court and so stated as such. This is one reason why it takes a

Veteran’s claim 10 to 20 years to get through this government sham and

why there are over 500,000 cases in the system at the BVA level alone.

One hundred thousand cases can be identical and yet each one is

considered totally separate with no regard to what one BVA sham of a

court found over another. Either these BVA officials are our Veterans’

judge, jury, and executioner or they are not. If they are, then there

is no reason in this legal world that one decision as a precedent

cannot be used in making approval decisions in a matter of minutes; not

decades. If these legal folks are only there to enforce a White House

mandated budget or create a Veteran’s Lottery; then admit it is a sham

and let the Veterans go back to a constitutional real court where

evidence actually means something to include 100 year old precedence in

legal rulings and medical findings. The head of the BVA at his senate

coronation suggested that VA benefits are “gratuities,” which would

indicate gifts. I do not think you will find that word used in the

recruitment and NCO retention speeches. Instead these are benefits

earned by deeds, valor, and honorable service to a government that now

treats it promised Veterans as “used up obsolete government assets.”

Maybe that also should be included in the recruitment and retention

speeches. ATTACHMENT 4 documents statements made by some of the

Edgewood Arsenal testing Veterans. A despicable government act indeed.

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/VACAttachment4.htm

ATTACHMENT 5 documents statements as just one example made by the

daughter of a Veteran and how the government has treated him. Does

anyone really believe that she will recommend any military service to

her offspring or any one else she comes in contact with after she has

lived the government/DOD/VA treachery. Yes, I deleted her name for fear

of VA reprisals from the local VA avenging angels.

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/VACAttachment5.htm So

much for the “Mandated Benefit of the Doubt,” the “Congressional

Mandates,” and the “Congressional Dioxin Act of 1984.” The VA just in

turn, adds legal nomenclature to C.F.R 38 that trumps anything Congress

has intended or “at least on face value had intended” to accomplish for

Veterans. Veteran’s cannot only get the mandated benefit of the doubt

as to causation but even when the entire United States Medical

Community categorically states that in 33% of the cases you will never

know the causation the VA then demands that very fact! Demanding

medical facts that our most prestigious research hospitals cannot give

those facts. For a Federal Agency to be this poor in performance, it

has to try real hard to be just that. Not only poor in performance but

integrity as well. Make no mistake; this is a very adversarial agency

that works at the behest of the White House, not the Veterans. As a

side note, I have to smirk at all the present political wrangling going

on with the Supreme Court Justices. For Veterans of this nation it is

irrelevant who is on the Supreme Court or even the constitutional legal

system that guarantees protection for the rest of the Nation’s Citizens

against government corruption and collaborations. With the power

congress has given to the Secretary of the VA and to each successive

White House; for the Veterans and their widows the Secretary of the VA

becomes not only the executive and legislative branch of government but

also their Supreme Court, as all their real legal rights “as citizens”

are laid aside. Without question, the Feres Doctrine has denied

American service members, veterans, and their families “equal justice”

under The United States Constitution. Many federal judges, scholars,

lawyers, doctors, veterans and their families argue that the Feres

Doctrine is unconstitutional since it violates the “due process, equal

protection and separation of powers” clauses of the Constitution. The

most significant dissenter in modern times is sitting Supreme Court

Justice Scalia as cited in the case of United States v. Johnson,

(1987): “Feres was wrongly decided and heartily deserves the

widespread, almost universal criticism it has received.” Furthermore,

“Congress’s inaction regarding this doctrine and its doing little, if

anything in the way of modifying it to prevent Constitutional claims is

clearly unjust and irrational. Again, allowing such power to military

leaders can and does result in abuse therefore, where are the checks

and balances on the military.”

Yet, still to this day Congress will not address this issue of the DOD

is presently allowed to do anything it wants with no accountability,

including what many consider “crimes against humanity itself,” which

this very country hanged individuals for after WW2. Thus leaving the

Veterans with no legal redress as guaranteed by the constitution that

“they alone” so valiantly and honorably fought to protect. Add to this

the omnipotent sole power and a “totally separate legal system” with no

rules of any constitutional oversight given to VA by Congress in C.F.R

38, paragraph 510 and you have total government anarchy for one

complete segment of society in this nation called “Veterans.” The

pledge that congress repeats daily is: I pledge allegiance...with

liberty and JUSTICE FOR ALL. This pledge does not have an extra note

that says “ALL” is not inclusive for those citizens that once wore the

uniform of the United States Military.

The evidence I have submitted to you in ATTACHMENTS 1 AND 2 are

strictly on this one disorder of nerve damages but there are many

disorders that have an equal amount of medical evidence that I can

address should you choose to “hear the truth.” You just have to give me

time to address each issue, as I am physically able to do so. When

President Clinton approved this nerve disorder as being associated the

nomenclature used was; “ACUTE NEUROPATHY.” The DVA/White House to

control the Veterans’ compensation expenditures put a time limit on

this prolific nerve disorder with a time limit of resolution and/or

cure of this nerve disorder. The first proposal was for a 10-year time

limit and a two-year resolution. Many scientists and doctors protested

even this VA action to Secretary Derwinski. What it ended up was a oneyear

time limit and a two-year resolution announced in 1996. Which

makes about as much sense as concluding the following: “That within 678

and one-half days the Veteran must manifest in order to draw disability

compensations.” It does not take a mathematical genius to crunch the

numbers and calculate that even when this nerve disorder was announced,

“As Associated,” no Veteran at that time could qualify or would ever

qualify. Nice propaganda move on the part of the VA, its’ Secretary,

and the White House. The VA then classified this nerve disorder;

“transient acute and sub acute peripheral neuropathy,” which no Vietnam

Veteran has submitted for compensations.

In the VA propaganda magazine “Agent Orange in Review” which should be

“Dioxin TCDD in Review” since no (zero) “U.S. Government Study” has

done any studies on the herbicide Agent Orange, the issue was falsely

printed as Peripheral Neuropathy. Only after protests by Veterans, such

as myself, that this was a VA mischaracterization to the public did

they finally change the listing to some form of truth. Including

complaints from Veterans, such as myself, of Veterans’ Magazines

reprinting the bogus VA claims. In which, editors printed retractions

after realizing the truth. By associating this medical disorder and two

other disorders to a time limit, the VA has distanced themselves from

the real causes of the three time limit disorders. In fact, by

determining a time limit and pronouncing that a cure is available or at

least the nerve damage will resolve itself over time; the DVA and the

National Academy of Science Institute of Medicine (NAS/IOM)**, the

hired guns of the government replacing the despicable Veterans Affairs

Chemical and Environmental Hazards Committee that operated from 1979 to

1991, certainly must have concluded the following: a.. The concluding

morphology of how the dioxin TCDD directly creates this transient acute

and sub acute peripheral neuropathy outside of an antigenic response

since scientists categorically state that the single dioxin (TCDD) does

not create a body antigenic response such as spider bite or even some

poisonous plants that are ingested. Therefore, one must conclude that

the VA and the NAS/IOM have discovered this morphology and have kept

this medical secret to themselves. a.. The VA and the NAS/IOM certainly

have concluded not only the morphology, since the time limit of

manifestation is now mandated. They certainly must have established

either the minimum “total body threshold” regardless of means of

ingestion or at least the minimum “dose rate” by specific methods of

ingestion that equates to a mandated manifestation within one year of

exposure to the dioxin TCDD. a..

The VA and the NAS/IOM have some how determined that every Veteran

serving in theater during his or her 12 -18 months wartime service

shall have achieved this magic “minimum exposure” required to the

dioxin TCDD to manifest within the year after leaving the wartime

theater. This would also include those that were wounded within three

months of entering the war and left theater. Yes, all of this is

government/VA medical nonsense. The VA and NAS/IOM have concluded a

cure or resolution for this nerve disorder does exist. Yet, in seeing

three board certified neurologists; one of whom was the head of

neurology at Emory University indicates this nerve damage is chronic,

debilitating, and not curable. It is self-manifesting from the

secondary effects of the toxic chemicals. Not an antigenic response and

more in the form of an autoimmune disorder, which is one of the

cruelest of all diseases and disorders.

Some have suggested that to have this nerve disorder this badly it had

to be caused by either heavy metals or toxic chemicals and not a

diabetic connection. Once again it seems the VA and the NAS/IOM know

how to cure this nerve disorder when the rest of the nations board

certified doctors/neurologists seemed to be nothing but board certified

quacks. The Congress has gone along with this DOD/VA collaboration that

everything is associated to one single toxic chemical component (the

dioxin TCDD) of three major Herbicides used; which is shear and total

scientific nonsense. We know that “Agent Blue” was a form of arsenic

acid that is noted for its neurotoxicity properties including warnings

of creating nerve damage such as peripheral neuropathy as well as many

issues that overlap what the VA is saying is only the dioxin TCDD

causations. We now know that “Agent White” with its DOW chemical

proprietary formula had other forms of dioxins outside of the dioxin

TCDD, and closely related furans, as well as nitrosamines. And that

this fact was never made known to the FDA, EPA, or to any other federal

agency. We now know that Agent White contained Hexachlorobenzene, a

noted liver damage toxic chemical. “Nitrosamines are a type of

carcinogenic chemicals that are known to cause cancers and other

medical problems. Exposure to high concentrations of nitrosamines is

associated with increased mortality from cancers of the esophagus, oral

cavity, and pharynx. When used in pesticides or herbicides it may cause

DNA damage and cell death.” Congress must realize the synergy effect of

all these toxic chemicals used in one area can increase the potency and

generated outcomes by a factor of 1600 times when using only two toxic

chemicals over what a single toxic chemical can produce.

The bottom line for Vietnam Veterans is that no one will ever know what

caused what to some level of “cause and effect” that the DOD, the VA,

and our White House is demanding to a single toxic chemical element for

death and disability compensations. Attachment 2 documents just how

ridiculous this stand by the VA really is with respect to actual

science, medical facts, statistics, and above all common sense with

regard to this most prolific Vietnam Veterans nerve disorder. With wide

ranging symptoms from constant discomfort and much pain to mimicking a

muscular dystrophy issue with wasting and weakness of the limbs

requiring a wheel chair or leg braces.

**(NAS/IOM is the government-contracted agency that associates Veterans

Medical Issues in assisting DOD cover-ups and mistakes.

The same government contracted agency that for 10 years led the finger

pointing that stress in a 100-hour war where the enemy was retreating

and being slaughtered caused all the death, disability, and birth

defects in our returning Gulf War Veterans.) Veterans now know better

after 10’s of thousands became disabled and/or died and other

INDEPENDENT studies show stress had nothing to do with this death and

disablement. Many Veterans that have dealt with the NAS/IOM and their

total bias are now concluding they work at the behest of the White

House/DVA connection only. Given requests to IOM to define the

“evidences” of presumptive service and service connection, but in no

way does anyone specify what that is or what level of proof is

required; at least that anyone will admit. Because NAS/IOM is a

separate and private entity from the VA then the IOM is wholly subject

and liable to both political and legal methods. Many are suggesting

Veterans and their families take NAS/IOM (and specific individuals

within the NAS/IOM) to task under tort claims and malpractice,

discrimination, and bias inside the Veteran’s arena.

(Very similar to those individuals within the top levels of the VA that

the Vietnam Veterans of America are now taking to court for their

willful and wanton cover-ups of SHAD testing.)

Since they signed the papers and documents, they must now defend their

convictions regardless of who in the DOD/VA directed such nefarious

actions against Veterans for the sake of the DOD and/or politics and

money. One of the jobs of our congress as our elected government

officials is to make sure that no government collaboration or

conspiratorial actions can or will take place against any single

segment of society. It should not matter that we once wore the uniform

of the United States Military. When you created the Veteran, you do not

lay aside the citizen. Is this then their reward for serving an

ungrateful Congress and President(s) who would rather protect chemical

companies than support those who defended the constitution and then

have no rights to its very protection. One of the definitions of

“honorable” is, “characterized by integrity: guided by a high sense of

honor and duty.” While that certainly fits the men this nation sent to

do battle for 10 years. In our toxic chemicals (plural) legacy our own

government has not been forthcoming nor honorable.

I will close with a statement by Congressman Shays from the 2000

Government Oversight Review of the Ranch Hand Study: “At what level do

you think Government should consider compensation? Should we have a no

shadow of a doubt? The reason why I am asking the question is I have

concluded, based on our work that we have done on Gulf War illnesses,

based on our review of Agent Orange, that I have to be honest with our

veterans.

By the time we will know the scientific data, you are dead. You will

either have died early or you will have died in your old age in pain,

but you will not get help from the Federal Government.”

What the congressman left out was; this is all White House/DOD/VA

purposefully calculated and planned.

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