Years ago, I read a report that necropsy
reports on military dogs in Vietnam suffered a much higher rate of
testicular cancer than military dogs assigned elsewhere.
Testicular Cancer in a Military Working
I thought about all the
spent walking behind my dog in Vietnam....... If he had a higher risk,
what about me? Did I have testicular cancer risk?
Do you have a risk of testicular cancer ?
As I started attending VSPA reunions, I
noticed that the majority of old dog handlers seemed to be have diabetes. At the 2004 VSPA reunion at Tucson, the subject came up
at the banquet table. As webmaster, many photos of Thailand bases had been
sent to me. Many had the same bare
dirt perimeter look that some Vietnam bases had (Phu Cat AB Air Base, RVN
1970). We discussed the fact that Thailand veterans were
shut out of VA healthcare. Thailand - Vietnam Vets For Equity in Treatment (TVVET)
was born that night to address the issue of unequal treatment for veterans
of South-East Asia service.
Years passed, but the VA has
acknowledged that AO exposure occurred for some personnel stationed
Agent Orange in Thailand ?
Many veterans had increased
exposure to hazardous chemicals and tropical diseases, caused by
multiple tours in South East Asia (SEA). "Herbicides were used by the
U.S. military to defoliate military facilities in the U.S. and in
other countries as far back as the 1950s. Even if you did not serve in
Vietnam, you can still apply for service-connected benefits if you
were exposed to an herbicide while in the military which you believe
caused your disease or injury. If you have a disease which is on the
list of diseases recognized by the VA as being associated with Agent
Orange, the VA requires:
a medical diagnosis of a
disease which VA recognizes as being associated with Agent Orange
competent evidence of
exposure to a chemical contained in one of the herbicides used in
Vietnam (2,4-D; 2,4,5-T and its contaminant TCDD; cacodylic acid;
or picloram), and
competent medical evidence
that the disease began within the deadline for that disease (if
Malathion Exposure ?
Submitting VA Claims.
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