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Agent Orange Relief for Vietnam?

If 'justice for all' were more than misty sentiment appended to a perfunctory 'pledge of allegiance,' H.R. 2634 — a bill seeking broad and long delayed remedial action on behalf of all Vietnam Era victims of Agent Orange — would sail through Congress and gain swift approval from the President.

War, From the Outside Looking In

No one knows exactly what combined to create these problems, but it is believed to be a combination of experimental vaccines they took “voluntarily” (Yeah sure) to resist chemical weapons, but which actually made them more sensitive to them, exposure to these chemicals when the weapons were blown up (What did they expect would happen to the chemicals when then were blown up) desert parasites, and diseases that Americans are not normally exposed to and have no natural defense against.

The Conspiracy of New Journalism, a Rambing Diatribe

Veterans Today is the last place on earth where a reader can communicate directly with a writer, in our case, retired spies, broadcasters fired for telling the truth, academics who have sacrificed their careers for their beliefs, people who work for nothing because they love good and hate evil.

Censorship Of War Casualties In The US

All of America's children should share the risk of being placed in harm's way. The reason is that so few families have a stake in the war which is being fought by other people's children," Rangel said in March 2011.

Monsanto, Agent Orange and the mutilation of innocent Vietnamese

We still find it difficult to completely forget one of the uglier and far-reaching atrocities of the Vietnam War.

Vietnam Ain’t Over

I remember real combat. First times out, paralyzing fear. After that, you just don't care anymore. After that, you are dead inside, a "dead" that never goes away. Real combat vets call the look that comes with that "the thousand yard stare." I can kill someone as easy as looking at them. We all can but we work to convince people otherwise. We all became actors.

After 50 years, Dioxin Victims Still Need Help

The Viet Nam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) yesterday called on people across the country and international friends to further support Agent Orange victims in their daily lives and fight for justice.

Face of Defense: Airman Honors Father With Bronze Star

An Air Force Space Command chief master sergeant used the occasion of her retirement ceremony here to take care of one last troop -- her father, who was presented with the Bronze Star Medal he earned four decades ago.

Makers of deadly Agent Orange keep claiming innocent

After their product Agent Orange has crippled millions of lives in Vietnam from the Vietnam War and onward, the US producers have continued to avoid taking responsibility and blame it on the US government instead.

Vietnam Begins 1st Phase of Agent Orange Cleanup

VIETNAM is kicking off the first phase of a joint plan with former enemy the United States to clean up environmental damage from the chemical Agent Orange.

Haunting Legacy: Vietnam and the American Presidency from Ford to Obama

What a terrific book! Scrupulously researched and beautifully told, Haunting Legacy proves that try as they might, our past seven presidents have—one after the next—failed to exorcize the ghost of Vietnam.

Finding Justice for Vietnamese Victims of Agent Orange

On 10th August 1961 an event began that was to last for ten-years, and would leave a tragedy that has yet to find an end. Fifty years on, the Vietnamese people and their many friends around the world will be commemorating this special anniversary.

Letters Home from Vietnam – Chapter 12, War is Not Healthy...

Whenever I get a care package I become that same little kid opening presents at Christmas. But this time my present is wrapped with my hometown newspaper so instead of casting the wrappings aside like that excited little kid I take care to save them for reading later.

Parental sympathy and presidential obligations: a plea to Barack Obama

A prominent activist has called on President Barack Obama to redress the deadly legacies of Agent Orange, fifty years after the US first sprayed the toxic defoliant over South Vietnam.

Britain-Vietnam Friendship Society’s Letter to Monsanto RE: Agent Orange

It is noteworthy that our most active contributors in the area of Monsanto and Agent Orange live in places other than the United States like the UK and Vietnam.

Veterans Go for The Gold

Last week, the 25th National Veterans Golden Age Games kicked off in Honolulu, Hawaii. I had the privilege to spend the next six days photographing over 900 Veterans from across the United States.

Vietnam War Still Makes Troubled Veteran Vomit

A vicious poem from the upcoming book "Love and War: My First Thirty Years of Writing by Lee Ballinger"

Letters Home from Vietnam – Chapter 11, Half Way Home

Being a lead team didn’t mean we could just kick back and watch the world go around. We trained over and over until we nailed loading every weapon with precision and in the shortest possible time. Before long we will be training new crews and certifying the existing crews.

US Organization commits to deal with dioxin aftermaths

The US Ford Foundation and the Aspen Institute have committed to help Vietnam deal with the consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin.

Pioneer pins high hopes on GM seeds in Vietnam

Paul Schickler of Pioneer told the Daily during his trip to Vietnam he received positive response from farmers using hybrid corn seeds in the Mekong Delta for high productivity.

Letters Home from Vietnam – Chapter 9, Suppose They Gave a...

More and more we are being scrutinized in one way or another by the upper command and it’s beginning to feel like the battle is between headquarters and us, and not the enemy.

US-Vietnam dialogue group work on consequences of AO/Dioxin

(VOV) - A seminar was held on April 8 in the southern Dong Nai province by the National Assembly (NA) Committee for Foreign Affairs and the Vietnam-US Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin to review their activities in recent times.

General Vo Nguyen Giap: Perhaps Some Relevance Today?

As I look back at some of the world's military leaders and heroes, one that we cannot of course forget is General Vo Nguyen Giap. I understand his book "General Vo Nguyen Giap: The General Headquarters in the Spring of Brilliant Victory"has been translated to English. We might have/should have learned some lessons from Giap - and is perhaps more pertinent today as we slowly but steadily encroach on more and more sovereign territory throughout the world.

USAID Reaches Out to Contractors for Agent Orange Cleanup in Vietnam

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) yesterday began reaching out to potential vendors to carry out its planned cleanup of ground contamination in Vietnam, according a contracting document that U.S. Trade & Aid Monitor has located. The environmental damage stemming from dioxin, which continues to linger long after the U.S. military’s departure from Vietnam in 1975, will cost millions of dollars over the next four years, the document says.


MILITARY CADET GRAD IN 64, COLLEGE IN 68 YET NO SERVICE OF ANY KIND WHATSOEVER ...and, when homeless vet activists asked for his support (not money) he answered... “Mr....

Letters Home from Vietnam – Chapter 8, Military Justice

Military justice in Vietnam can be swift but only if it is carried out by the victims. There is a feeling here that I...

Niagara Falls mayor wants to know if Agent Orange used in...

by Tim Parent, 610 CKTB News Niagara Falls will launch an investigation to determine if the chemical Agent Orange was used in the city. At...

Left Out in America’s Wasteland

(LOS ANGELES) - I live in soulful frustration along with stunned amazement at how this beautiful country of ours can ignore many hidden American civilians like myself. In 1970, while traveling with the USO as an innocent, 18-year old volunteer, I was repeatedly and unexpectedly exposed to Agent Orange (I have written about those times in alossofinnocence.com.)

VETERANS TODAY EXCLUSIVE: Shinseki Considering Senate Bid, VT Gives Thumbs Down

Secretary of Veterans Affairs Shinseki has informed his private staff he plans to resign his post and run for the Senate seat to be vacated by Daniel Akaka, Democrat of Hawaii. Shinseki is considered a "shoo in" with no strong opposition in place.

Letters Home from Vietnam – Chapter 7, A Hard Rain’s Gonna...

Could this be the beginning of the monsoons I've heard so much about or just one of those sporadic downpours? Our barracks were constructed...

Funeral services honor ‘last soldier’ to leave Saigon

SAN ANTONIO -- A Texas man who was key to saving thousands of lives in Vietnam, has died. Retired Army Major General Homer D. Smith, originally from Breckenridge, Texas, passed away in San Antonio on March 6. He was 89.

Check your Vitamin D Levels-More Research

Vitamin D insufficiency has been associated with a variety of clinical disorders and chronic diseases, including impaired balance, decreased muscle strength, mood and cognitive dysfunction, autoimmune disorders such as multiple sclerosis and diabetes (types 1 and 2), and certain forms of cancer," the authors write as background information in the article.

Jim Hopkin’s Day

im Hopkins was a Marine. He was born on the Marine Corps Birthday, November 10th. He was a Vietnam Veteran, who was suffering from exposure to the dioxin used to kill the foliage in Vietnam.

Minn. Vietnam Vet Links Agent Orange To Parkinson’s

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The scars of the Vietnam War have stayed with many Americans for decades and it’s not just the emotional scars. Many Vietnam vets are learning that their health today could be linked to a chemical sprayed during the war and it’s all thanks to a man from Rogers, Minn.

ALERT: VA Salisbury NC Trying to Decrease Backlog of Claims

The VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, which includes all of North Carolina and parts of Virginia and West Virginia, is the only VA network in the nation using the “blitz” method to clear its backlog. The network is behind on about 4,000 to 5,000 requests, LaPuz said. “Salisbury by itself is caught up, and now we’re trying to help out our sister facilities,” he said. “In three weeks — one week a month for the next three months — we expect to complete about 1,500 exams.” The goal is to complete these exams within 30 days from the date Starting this week, W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center in Salisbury is taking on a growing backlog of compensation and pension (C&P) exams during what staff term a “blitz” of three one-week sessions. The hospital, along with eight others in the VA Mid-Atlantic Health Care Network, is dedicating up to 80 percent of its primary care appointment schedule to the exams March 7-11, April 11-15 and May 9-13.

Agent Orange debate concerns retired Island Hydro foresters

MANITOULIN—A decade before US choppers doused Vietnamese jungles with a cancer-causing defoliant dubbed Agent Orange, hydro workers from Manitoulin were not only blithely applying the stuff to the brush along transmission corridors but practically bathing in the toxic tincture.

Peace in Our Time! (Naw – not really)

Hell not we won’t go” or “Ho, Ho, Ho Chi Minh, the NLF* is gonna win”, or “bring our boys home now!” Protestors carrying flags of the Communist enemy down American streets condemning the baby killers - The United States sent to defend South Vietnam against Communist Aggression. Supporters of the Communist war machine in South Vietnam (in America) including [Hanoi] Jane Fonda and [Senator] John Kerry launched a loosely coordinated anti-war (and anti-American) program of condemnation – in part - focused on the men that fought in Vietnam.

US Public Call for Help to Vietnamese AO Victims

Edgar made his comments at San Francisco State University's Commonwealth Club, which, last weekend, hosted an hour-long discussion titled "Addressing the Legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam". Participants to the discussion were told that Edgar had pushed legislation to help veterans impacted by Agent Orange and now, his focus is on the people of Vietnam.

Toledo, Ohio: VT Staffer Raises Pow Flags

The flag honoring U.S. soldiers who are prisoners of war or missing in action is no longer missing from view in downtown Toledo. Black-and-white POW-MIA flags have appeared in recent weeks on flagpoles at Civic Center Mall and outside Government Center and the Toledo Police Department.

GORDON DUFF: America is Egypt

"FACE VALUE," THEY ARE IN THE STREETS FOR ALL OF US By Gordon Duff STAFF WRITER/Senior Editor Egypt is a lesson for America, teaching us to...