February 08, 2012
Vietnam veterans who never had boots-on-ground in Vietnam, who are sick from presumptive exposure to Agent Orange dioxin poisoning, are tied up in paperwork. The burden of proof is placed solely upon the veteran.
The mere fact that the service member without boots-on-ground can show proof of military service, proof of having been awarded the Vietnam Service Medal and medical proof of illness is in nearly all cases not evidence enough for VA disability.
The Institute Of Medicine report has proven the toxicity of Agent Orange Dioxin. This was an irresponsible action on the part of our government to poison we who served. That authority should be held accountable.
In 1991, the Congress passed a bill that authorized the VA to approve all Agent Orange exposure claims for disability. In 2002, the Bush administration took away authorized disability claims from those service members who did not have boots-on-ground in Vietnam.