Despite what any of us think about the wars our soldiers fight in, I think we can all agree our vets deserve nothing but the best health care available. Especially when one considers that many of their medical woes come as a direct result of their own Governments actions.
The Wikipedia article on the subject states that...
"At the time
In other words they knew the risks! In 1984 a $180 million settlement resulted in one time
The US has refused to compensate Vietnam's Agent Orange victims and canceled a study looking into it's affects in the country.
It is also of interest to note that a April 17, 2003 study found that Agent Orange Use Was Underestimated. It has also been exposed that the American army tested Agent Orange in Canada.My friend Karen Stillwell has been fighting an uphill battle with the Department of Veterans Affairs. She has recently written the agency a letter detailing her struggles and pleading for help. Here is the intro to that letter...
"I am writing with regards to my husband, James Maurice Stillwell. Honorably discharged from the Army, on January 15 th, 1971, who applied
I strongly suggest you read the whole letter HERE.
Their struggle detailed in the letter is amazing. At every corner they have been met with
Even more shocking is the fact that things of this nature still
The makers of the documentary film Beyond Treason which covers topics such as Gulf War Illness and the current use of Depleted Uranium state in their film description...
"What you don't know about your government could kill you... Department of Defense documents obtained through the Freedom of Information Act expose the horrific underworld of the disposable army mentality and the government funded experimentation upon US citizens conducted without their knowledge or consent"
So it's a new war and basically the same old crap! Watch the trailer HERE.
We have to fight for justice for the veterans and citizens of Vietnam while remembering that history is repeating itself as we speak. The following links are some activist websites and petitions to get you started.