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Blue Water Navy - Dying Faster
Vietnam 1964 to 1966
 

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I write this website not only for myself, but for all the other Blue Water Navy personnel that served off shore of Vietnam (All Ranks, Positions, Levels, & Groups), even Boots on Land and Brown Water Navy, and for their spouses and children and grandchildren and so on and families that survived, that needs your support. Agent Orange effects all.
 
 
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01. My Service Connected Conditions:
02. Cleaning Jets:
03. Polar Bears:
04. Seeking Entitlement - AO Diseases:
05. Duty or Visitation:
06. Current Flows:
07. Social Security Administration:
08. Rate of Death:
09. Duty For Training:
10. Blue Water Navy is NOT:
11. Presumptive Disabilities:
12. Contaminated Areas:
13. Swelling and Pain:
14. Peripheral Neuropathy:
15. Travels Thousands of Miles:
16. Fifteen Chemicals:
17. Gulf of Tonkin - Death Trap:
18. Laced Water - AO:
19. Sick Bay for 3 Days:
20. Phenomenon of Spray Drift:
21. Determining Exposure Levels:
22. Ungrateful Nation:
23. Dormant for 40 or more Years:
24. Distance From Shore - Irrelevant:
25. Spreading in the Ocean Currents:
26. Epidemic of Deaths:
27. Desalination of Salt:
28. Ingestion and Dosage:
29. Advocating for American Veterans:
30. Willing to Sign a Sworn Statement:
31. Veterans Law Judge:
32. Edema:
33. NOT Receiving Benefits:
34. Unfortunately BWN Denied:
35. Drank MILK - AO:
36. My Health - Down Hill:
37. West Pac Cruise:
38. Typhoons 6-10x Year - Floods:
39. Lobbyists and Higher Powers:
40. Deception of the VA:
41. Spouses and Children:
42. Radiation Exposure - Diseases :
 
 
 


39.   Lobbyists and Higher Powers:

Blue Water Navy is dying about 8 to 10 times faster the Boots on Land.

As of 2009, Boots on Land are 70% alive and Blue Water Navy are 30% alive.

Many of our Blue Water Navy personnel have died or is suffering, because of many different diseases NOT recognized by our government, but are recognized by other governments, caused by Agent Orange.

Our government only recognizes a HANDFULL of diseases, while other government recognizes 50 to 100 or more diseases .

All the BILLS our government passes, they do NOT address this major problem.

We are being Robbed by this Neglect.

The VA, Government, and the White House cannot figure this out?

Republicans, Democrats, or affiliated with another political party, you are included, been seduced by the many Lobbyists and Higher Powers in and around D.C., making "trade-offs" with members of other districts that would be of little use to the Blue Water Navy and their families, and a waste of tax money on Pork-Belly projects, and have rejected Blue Water Navy bills?

What bills have you written, or promoted, during your tenure in the House or Senate, that was/is productive for Blue Water Navy of your district or for the betterment of their families?

How do you vote/stand on protection and preservation of our Country's Military Veterans of Blue Water Navy in Vietnam?

What bills have you written, or promoted, during your tenure in the House or Senate, that was/is factually helpful to our now-existing and future Veterans, including the homeless since 1962 to now and while Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Australia, Canada, France, England, New Zealand, Thailand, etc., their Military and Government, recognizes many more diseases due to Agent Orange, then the USA, even for their Blue Water Navy for serving in Vietnam war?

The results of this study demonstrate that long-term consumption of an ultra-low, environmentally relevant dose of Roundup, (which is far less dangerous than Agent Orange and other agent's chemicals used), at a glyphosate daily intake level of only 4 nanograms per kilogram of body weight per day, which is 75,000 times below EU and 437,500 below US permitted levels, results in non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).

Exposure to Roundup:

ADHD, Alzheimer's Disease, Anencephaly (Birth Defects), Autism, Birth Defects, Brain Cancer, brain Disorders, Breast Cancer, Cancer, Celiac Disease and Gluten Intorerance, Chronic Kidney Disease, colitis, Depression, Diabetes, Heart Disease, Hypothyroidism, Inflammatory Bowl Disease, Liver Disease, Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), Miltiple Sclerosis (MS), Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma, Parkinson's Disease, Pregnancy Problems, (Infertility, Miscarriages, Stillbirths), Obesity, Reproductive Problems, Respiratory Illnesses, Endocrine Disrupting, Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD), Heart Attacks, Strokes, DNA Damage, Potent Disruptive on Hormone System, Etc.

https://www.ecowatch.com/15-health-problems-linked-to-monsantos-roundup-1882002128.html

http://articles.extension.org/pages/17854/symptoms-of-pesticide-poisoning

http://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/2017/01/study-linking-herbicide-disease-fuels-debate-170116140401709.html

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4413421/

Whether you be Republicans, Democrats, or affiliated with another political party, you are included.

How often do you decline a bill to help veterans of Blue Water Navy and even other Veterans of Boots on Land and Brown Water Navy - or accept - leisure trips, dinners, gifts, vacations etc. paid by Lobbyists, for they are limited by what type of diseases they could be getting, like other countries do?

These veterans gave all they had for this country, and now denied their rights for exposure to these deadly chemicals.

Presumption of exposure is a cover up for the real truth that far many more were exposed to these chemicals.

We need to be granted the Benefits and Eligibility because of Service Connected Disabilities Totally 100% and Totally 100% Unemployability (TDIU) and give us Compensation without any delays.

Dow Chemical, Monsanto, and Diamond Shamrock, plus 34 other U.S. and foreign countries chemical companies have LOBBIED NOT to give benefits to Blue Water Navy and other Veterans and families, their due for Unemployability (TDIU) and Compensation.

You need to keep pursuing your VA claims of Appeals, don't stop.

Nuclear Radiation Exposure - Diseases: (Click Here)
 
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40.   Deception of the VA:

New Bill to Modernize VA Appeals Process

The Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act of 2017 would create three separate paths for veterans to choose from when seeking redress from a decision by the Veterans Benefits Administration on their claims for VA benefits.

It would also allow certain veterans already going through the appeals process to opt in to the new system.

The bill would give the VA secretary the authority to test facets of the new system prior to full implementation and would also require the VA to provide a comprehensive plan for both implementing the new system and processing the existing appeals.


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41.   Spouses and Children:

Click Here: for Surviving Spouse - Veterans Service Organizations

If a Veteran dies from a service connected condition, the surviving spouse and children may be entitled to a benefit called “Dependency and Indemnity Compensation”.

Click Here: To see if qualified; Entitled to Benefits for Surviving Spouse

Veterans Surviving Spouses and Children often don’t know to apply for
VA Dependency Indemnity Compensation
 
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01.   My Service Connected Conditions:

I saw Judge David L. Wight for my VA Appeal for Agent Orange.
I now wait 2 to 3 months to find out results (late June or early August).
 
 
 
 



 
I am not in picture, because I went Vent Cleaning, instead of Mess Cooking, but I was in S-6 Division at the time of the taking of the picture.
 
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USS Coral Sea CVA-43 - Vietnam 1964 to 1966


My Health started going Down Hill after I got out military service. (Started in Early 1970’s)

After doing two (2) enlistments, I was thinking at the time, with all of the pain I was having; I could not serve well, but little did I know what the cause was at the time, so I did not reenlist again, for I wanted to my 20 + years.

Through-out the time of having a family and up to now; I Did Not Live a Quality and Wholesome Life as my brothers and sister and other family relations, they do not have what I have with my health.

All of my health problems are due to the Agent Orange Dioxins, Asbestos, Other Chemicals, etc., what these exposures have done to my health over many long years.

I was on the ship USS Coral Sea CVA-43 from 1964 to 1966. (Airman E2/E3/E4 [AK3])

I was 18 years old and in Very Good Health, when I went on the ship USS Coral Sea CVA-43 and had two back to back tours of duty in Vietnam (331 days), each was 6 months long (S-6, Division – Aviation Supply), Blue Water Navy, many times we could see the shore line and sampans by the hundreds.

I was assigned to Ventilation Cleaning instead of mess cooking for 3 to 4 months.

In Vietnam, it got very hot and working in the ventilation system, it was even hotter.

We wore no masks, gloves, and/or suit to clean anything with; we were exposed to the dust.

I was Very Heavily Exposed to Asbestos while Vent Cleaning.

We had no goggles, earplugs, masks, gloves, no hazmat suit to clean with.

I tripped or fell over tie downs many times in the red-light darkness in the hanger-bay at night and hurt my knees, elbows, hips.

I remember a couple of times my right and left side was so sore for a couple of days and did not go to sickbay.

Our chief and/or the first class would Volunteer me and others to work with the many squadrons to help them when they had too many planes to prepare for next launch, which had to be cleaned, from the chemicals picked up from the spraying over Vietnam (Agent Orange Dioxin, Spraying or Mist).

We would clean the chemicals off with water and detergents with rags, sprayers, brushes, mops, and we were told the oily Chemicals Were Harmless and being very hot during the day, we took off our shirts and rolled up our pants and took off our shoes/socks and got right to work, in the Line of Duty.

The liquids would get into our ears, eyes, skin, and mouth, which had a very bitter oily taste, latter we just showered off.

We did not have goggles, ear plugs, masks, gloves, no hazmat suit to clean with.

Once I slipped off the wing of a plane when washing it and fell to the deck.

I was very sore for a week or two, but stayed on duty and I felt I did not have a need to go to sickbay, because I had a desk job, so I thought.

I remember cleaning a plane and I got very Sick from the Chemical (Agent Orange Dioxin) as the last thing I remembered and woke up in Sickbay and I was there for whole 3 days and did not know it.

They never told me what it was from.

I had a high temperature and felt very sick and to me it did not feel like a cold or flu.

I blacked out from the chemical Agent Orange, in the line of doing my duty.

I also handled Cleaning Agents & Degreasers for cleaning engine parts and anything else that needed degreasing or cleaning, for engine parts.

We had to Cleaned up Leaks & Spillages in storage rooms and handled returned barrels, cans, and containers of all sizes with liquid dripping all over on the outside; they were a mess, in the line of duty.

There have been several times I could not eat because My Stomach was Feeling Very Sick from all the Chemicals.

Our Water came from the Sea of the Gulf of Tonkin, South China Sea, and the Vietnam coast by way Distillation.

This Agent Orange laced water was used for everything on board, like our cats to lunching the planes, to Cooking, Drinking, Showering, etc., as a residual of exposure to Agent Orange.

Examples of tasks done with water contaminated with Agent Orange, but we did it in 105 degrees' temperatures:
 
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02.   Cleaning Jets & Decks - Agent Orange: (Examples)




 
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03.   Polar Bears:

We were "heavily contaminated, which was extremely dangerous, extremely hazardous" and which led to our exposure and bad health and even death for many.

We had “Boots on the water”.

Vietnam veterans have been poisoned by one of, if not the most deadliest chemical known to man, boots on land, brown water, and blue water, all were exposed to Agent Orange.

Our water was Laced with Agent Orange and other Dangerous Chemicals and Agents.

We would sun bathed on the flight deck, because we all got Heat Rashes (high heat), by order of the Captain, we all were being affected in the line of duty.

I joined the Navy at the age of 17; I had to have my parents sign for me because I was under age and serve my country and defend our rights and I was in very good health.

When the pain is at its greatest sleep is impossible and it takes all the energy one can muster to get out of bed, stand, and sit when necessary. Nothing seems to matter, but getting rid of the pain.

No one knows how far the dioxin molecules traveled on the wind and in the water.

But we do know that dioxin has been found in the fat of Polar Bears that weren't likely to have been within the Combat Zone during the Vietnam War.

Blue Water Navy is dying about 8 to 10 times faster the Boots on Land.

As of 2009, Boots on Land are 70% alive and Blue Water Navy are 30% alive.

The VA, Government, and the White House cannot figure this out?

But the FACTS are there.

Blue Water Navy in other areas of the world do not have this type of problems of dying faster, but those who served in the Vietnam war.
 
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04.   Seeking Entitlement:

I am Seeking Entitlement to My Service Connection for the Following Issues Caused by Agent Orange, Chemical, Asbestos, and Radiation Exposure:

My Service Connected Conditions: (I take lots of Pain Medicines and others)

My problems are getting worse. (See Note #5 - Entitlements of examples for similar issues.)

[None of my Grandparents, Parents, Uncles, Aunts, Brothers and Sisters; have these types of illnesses, my illnesses prevented the activities I wanted to do with my family, for most of my life, like hiking, camping, sports, boating, fishing, hunting, scouting, raising a family, etc.]

Nuclear Radiation Exposure - Diseases: (Click Here)

01. BORDERLINE DIABETES MELLITUS TYPE-II:

Test show I am within the Diabetes levels, sores on legs have hard time healing.

My Glucose is 106 mg/dL H. Elevated Diabetic.

The normal range for blood sugar is 70-100 mg/dL. (Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

02. BORDERLINE CANCER:

(PSA 8.3) Pancreas enlarged and getting hard and found to have an Infection or might be Cancerous, still checking, but there is a serious problem, I took the following medications; (CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 500MG TAB), (DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 100 MG CAP), for Infection.

Inflammation of the Pancreas (PSA of 4.0 below is normal and over 4.0 and large may be cancerous).

(Agent Orange causes the Immune System to Weaken) (Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

03. PERIPHERAL NEUROPATHY:

Edema, burning, throbbing, shooting pain, numbness, tingling, prickling, muscle weakness or wasting, loss of balance, and extreme sensitivity to touch, painful swelling in both of my lower extremities, the legs, ankles, feet, need to keep elevated.

Having lots of Sharp Pain in legs, ankles, feet, and toes; worst at night, unable to move, bend, or stand.

Circulatory Damage to my legs and feet or Nerve Damage to my legs and feet.

Balance Problems. Diabetic and Very Dark Coloration.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

04. ARTHRITIS, BURSITIS, AND OSTEOPOROSIS:

Inflammatory Hips, knees, ankles, shoulders, neck, and back; all with bones spurs.
(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

05. BOTH HIP REPLACEMENTS:

Both of my hips have been replaced.

First, was my Right Hip replacement in 1994 after 20 years or more of pain suffering, in right and a little less in my left.

Left Hip: In 1999, I had a Left Hip replaced.

I have a Wire Warped Around My Left Hip Bone because bone split down the side and it is to hold it together again.

I get lots of pain in both hip areas due to osteoporosis or deterioration of the bones and cartilage (Bone and Cartilage Density Loss).

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

06. RESTLESS LEG SYNDROME:

I get Tingling and Numbness and Twitching and Loss of Sensation (like worms wiggling) in legs, and very hard to concentrate on anything.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

07. MILD HIERNAID DISC:

Disc in Middle of Back has lots of pain.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

08. SEVERE SLEEP APNEA:

Problems, which is a neurological and breathing problem with mild COPD. (Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

09. BALANCE:

I lose my balance in my legs, and have fallen a lot.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

10. DEPRESSION:

I get Depressed, Angry, and Irritable, which causes Stomach Acid to buildup and hurts with lots of pain.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

11. MEMORY LOSS:

I have Memory Loss of much of my past; have to keep documentation to help me remember things.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

12. METABOLIC PROBLEMS:

I have high blood pressure and obesity.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

13. COPD:

I get Fatigue very fast and get Out of Breath, on any exertion, and when this happens, it is hard to talk.

For lack of air.

I have difficulty catching my breath.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

14. LOSS OF SEXUAL DRIVE:

Difficulty having an Erection, endocrine, decreased Severely, same feelings from edema from my legs.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

15. ANISOMETROPIC AMBLYPIA EYES DISORDER:

Poor vision, Astigmatism, My Eye Sight is getting worst and harder to read.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

16. SKIN PROBLEMS:

I have Sores on my Legs, they get ulcerous and itchy.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

17. SKIN SENSITIVITY:

I have Actinic Keratosis on my arms that brake out with sores from Sun light exposure.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

18. INTERNAL INFECTIONS:

I get Internal Infections easily in my legs, ankles, feet, etc.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

19. DYSLEXIA:

After the Navy, I now have Dyslexia which is aggravated by the chemical dioxin, problems with reading.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

20. DENTAL ISSUES:

I have Lost most of my Teeth due to bone density loss and still losing them.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

21. RESPIRATORY BREATHING DISTRESS:


I Can Not Sleep on my Back, problems Breathing and Shortness of Breath.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

22. BACK PAIN:

Sharp Pain in my Upper Right Middle of my Back.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

23. ARTHRITIS:

Arthritis in both shoulders and has lots of pain.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

24. CORNEAL ABRASION:

Ulcer on Right Eye Corneal.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

25. COLD & HEAT:

I am Sensitive to Heat and Cold (Might be due to Fibromyalgia).

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

26. PLEURAL MESOTHLIOMAN:

Might have Pleural Mesothelioma (Chest Pains) from Asbestos.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

27. CIRCULATORY COMPLICATATION:

I am having circulatory problem with both legs.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

28. DEGENERATIVE CARTILAGE:

I have degenerative osteoarthritis, degenerative arthritis, and cartilage loss in joints, bones, and teeth.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

29. SKIN BRAKEOUTS:

Spots on my legs, arms, and hands that tingle.

I get multiple reoccurring undiagnosed oozing sores on my legs.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

30. ANEMIA:

I am a bit anemia and taking B-12 medicine.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

31. DEGENERATIVE CARTILGA LIGAMENT TISSUE:

My (Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

32. SENSITIVE TEETH:

My teeth are very sensitive to touch, metal, hot and cold.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

33. SENSITIVE SKIN:

My legs to my fee are very sensitive to touch or movement, it feels like it is burning all the time.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

34. OBESITY:

I am having weight problems.

(Due to hypothyroidism) (Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

35. NECK PAIN:

I get neck pain a lot.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

36. MUSCLE SPASMS:

I get debilitating muscle spasms and pain in my legs and hip areas and muscle wasting.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

37. LOW VITAMIN D LEVELS:

I have to take vitamin D for low levels, which causes many symptoms like; Fatigue, Muscle Pain, Weakness, Muscle Cramps, Joint Pain, Chronic Pain, Weight Gain, High Blood Pressure, etc.

Skin sensitive to Sun light.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

38. LOSS OF STRENGTH IN LIMBS:

My muscle tone and strength in my limbs are deteriorating.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

39. VISION LOSS:

I have lazy eyes and need to wear glasses.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

40. INTOLERANCE COLD:

I am intolerant to cold; I get cramps with lots of pain.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

41. DERMATITIS:

I have possible cancer spots that the doctor is burn off with liquid nitrogen on my arms to prevent skin cancer.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

42. TOTAL DISABILITY & UNEMPLOYABILITY:

I am totally disabled and unable to work, requesting individual un-employability due to service-connected disability.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

43. SOFT TISSUE SARCOMAS:

Lump on right middle lower chest, below ribs, it’s getting bigger.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

44. AUTOIMMUNE POLYGLANDULAR DISEASE TYPE I:

Atrophic hyperpigmented macules on the shins, so-called Diabetic Dermopathy.

Vascular Manifestations of Diabetes Mellitus in legs, ankles, feet, and toes.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

45. DEEP VEIN THROMBOSIS (DVT):

I had Blood Clots (thrombus) in my left knee in the back area in the deep veins.

I experienced pain, swelling, redness, tenderness and warmth in the affected area.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

46. HAMMER TOES:

The toes on my feet are Hammer Toes, which cause me great discomfort and pain to walk very far or the stand for any time.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

47. SKIN CANCER:

Skin cancer removed above right eye on forehead.

(Due to Herbicides (Like; Agent Orange - Dioxin) Exposure)

48. RADIATION EXPOSURE:
We handled Nuclear Weapons - Missiles with Nuclear Warheads.

Being in Aviation Supply, we had storerooms with these Missiles.

We had to inventory them.

My nuclear dosimeter, read very high exposure of radiation doses.

What health issues I have from it is unknown, but it increased my Agent Orange diseases.

Had U.S. leaders wished to use nuclear weapons in Vietnam, there was no lack of warheads nor any shortage of suitable targets.

http://nautilus.org/essentially-annihilated/essentially-annihilated-nuclear-weapons-the-vietnam-war/

http://www.watsoninstitute.org/pub/vietnam_weapons.pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1964_in_the_Vietnam_War

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/goldwater-suggests-using-atomic-weapons

https://millercenter.org/president/lbjohnson/foreign-affairs

https://www.stripes.com/news/special-reports/vietnam-at-50/1965/what-led-the-us-to-the-vietnam-war-1.375590

http://www.english.illinois.edu/maps/vietnam/anderson.htm

http://www.agreenroadjournal.com/2014/04/list-of-radiation-induced-diseases.html

SYMPTOMS OF RADIATION POISONING: (Click For Types of Diseases:)
 
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05.   Duty or Visitation:

A veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975 shall be presumed to have been exposed during such service to an herbicide agent, unless there is affirmative evidence to establish that the veteran was not exposed to any such agent during that service.

The last date on which such a veteran shall be presumed to have been exposed to an herbicide agent shall be the last date on which he or she served in the Republic of Vietnam during the period beginning on January 9, 1962, and ending on May 7, 1975. "v Service in the Republic of Vietnam" includes service in the waters offshore and service in other locations if the conditions of service involved duty or visitation in the Republic of Vietnam. 38 U.S.C.A. § 1116(f); 38 C.F.R. §3.307(a)(6)(iii).
 
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06.   Current Flows:

Examples of current flows of the Oceans:



Japan's earthquake, radiation ocean current flow show the waters contaminated from a one-time event.

Agent Orange has been getting in to the water system for decades from the heavy rains.

Fukushima, Japan



Fukushima The Coming Global Disaster


Radiation Of The Pacific Ocean In The Next 10 Years - Japan Nuclear Disaster

Example of radiation flow in the currents, just think of Agent Orange in the current having the same type of flow, but for decades.
 
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07.   Social Security Administration:

"Boots on Water"; Blue Water Navy is Dying 8 to 10 times Faster than those “Boots on Land” in Vietnam.

I served my Nation well and I would do it again. I was willing to die for yours and my freedom and security.

If you look at me today and the pictures I have sent of me that I have sent you with a lot of issues, and see the pain and suffering I been going through.

I hope you would grant me Benefits and Eligibility because of Service Connected Disabilities Totally 100% and Totally 100% Un-employability (TDIU) and give me Compensation.

I was on: SSDI now regular SSI age 67:

Social Security Administration

Disability Insurance

Notice of Award

Western Program Service Center

P.O. Box 2000

Richmond, California 94802-1000

Date: June 15, 2001

Medical Evaluation by SSDI Doctors

Their Medical Doctor's Found Me Totally 100% Disabled.
 
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08.   Rate of Death:

A total of 1,842,000 Sailors served in Southeast Asia.

The Navy provided the allied effort with many unique capabilities, the most significant being the projection of U.S. combat power ashore and control of the seas to support a land war in Asia far from the United States. Overall, the Navy suffered the loss of 1,631 men killed and 4,178 wounded during the course of the war.

1,842,000 – 1,631 = 1,840,369 left at end of war, November 1, 1955 – April 30, 1975.

1,840,369 * 30% = 552,111 left by 2009 after the war, 34 years later.

2009 - Blue Water Navy 30% alive
2009 - Boots on Land     70% alive


Flat Rate of Death at 37,890 a year for Blue Water Navy (BWN)

vs

Flat Rate of Death at 23,911 a year for Boots on Land:


Blue Water Navy                         Boot on Land
1975      100.0%      1,840,369      1975      100.0%      2,709,918
1976      97.94%      1,802,479      1976      99.12%      2,686,007
1977      95.89%      1,764,589      1977      98.24%      2,662,096
1978      93.83%      1,726,699      1878      97.36%      2,638,185
1979      91.77%      1,688,809      1979      96.48%      2,614,274
1980      89.72%      1,650,919      1980      95.60%      2,590,363
1981      87.66%      1,613,029      1981      94.72%      2,566,452
1982      85.60%      1,575,139      1982      93.84%      2,542,541
1983      83.55%      1,537,249      1983      92.96%      2,518,630
1984      81.49%      1,499,359      1984      92.08%      2,494,719
1985      79.44%      1,461,470      1985      91.20%      2,470,808
1986      77.38%      1,423,580      1986      90.32%      2,446,897
1987      75.32%      1,385,690      1987      89.44%      2,422,986
1988      73.27%      1,347,800      1988      88.56%      2,399,075
1989      71.21%      1,309,910      1989      87.68%      2,375,164
1990      69.15%      1,272,020      1990      86.80%      2,351,253
1991      67.10%      1,234,130      1991      85.92%      2,327,342
1992      65.04%      1,196,240      1992      85.04%      2,303,431
1993      62.98%      1,158,350      1993      84.16%      2,279,520
1994      60.93%      1,120,460      1994      83.28%      2,255,609
1995      58.87%      1,082,570      1995      82.40%      2,231,698
1996      56.81%      1,044,680      1996      81.52%      2,207,787
1997      54.76%      1,006,790      1997      80.64%      2,183,876
1998      52.70%         968,900      1998      79.76%      2,159,965
1999      50.64%         931,010      1999      78.88%      2,136,054
2000      48.59%         893,120      2000      78.00%      2,112,143
2001      46.53%         855,230      2001      77.12%      2,088,231
2002      44.47%         817,340      2002      76.24%      2,064,320
2003      42.42%         779,450      2003      75.36%      2,040,409
2004      40.36%         741,560      2004      74.48%      2,016,498
2005      38.31%         703,671      2005      73.60%      1,992,587
2006      36.25%         665,781      2006      72.72%      1,968,676
2007      34.19%         627,891      2007      71.84%      1,944,765
2008      32.14%         590,001      2008      70.96%      1,920,854
2009      30.08%         552,111      2009      70.08%      1,896,943
2010      28.02%         514,221      2010      69.20%      1,873,032
2011      25.97%         476,331      2011      68.32%      1,849,121
2012      23.91%         438,441      2012      67.44%      1,825,210
2013      21.85%         400,551      2013      66.56%      1,801,299
2014      19.80%         362,661      2014      65.68%      1,777,388
2015      17.74%         324,771      2015      64.80%      1,753,477
2016      15.68%         286,881      2016      63.92%      1,729,566
2017      13.63%         248,991      2017      63.04%      1,705,655
2018      11.57%         211,101      2018      62.16%      1,681,744
2019        9.51%         173,211      2019      61.28%      1,657,833
2020        7.46%         135,321      2020      60.40%      1,633,922
2021        5.40%           97,431      2021      59.52%      1,610,011
2022        3.34%           59,541      2022      58.64%      1,586,100
2023        1.29%           21,651      2023      57.76%      1,562,189
2024        0.00%                   0      2024      56.88%      1,538,278
 
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09.   Duty For Training:

Evidence:

I was Highly Exposed and in Direct Contact to Agent Orange, Other Dioxins, Other Chemicals, Other Herbicides, and Asbestos; in the Line of My Duty and During My Military Service, which gave me my diseases, problems, and illnesses listed above and my children too.

Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Australia, Canada, France, England, New Zealand, Thailand, etc., their Military and Government, recognizes many more diseases due to Agent Orange, then the USA, even for their Blue Water Navy for serving in Vietnam war.

Active Duty For Training:

1. I was disabled during my active duty for training due to a disease, illnesses, or injury incurred in line of duty; Yes, I got sick from the Agent Orange, while; eating food prepared with water having Agent Orange, drinking water having Agent Orange, showering with water having Agent Orange, a mist in the air from the coast would feel good on the face and arms having Agent Orange, and cleaning many planes heavily exposed with Agent Orange from the mist, and I was taken to sick bay for 3 days and was unconscious, comatose, or oblivious of being out. (See above illnesses and disabilities)

2. I have current and recurrent symptoms of disabilities that are visible, internal, and/or observable. (See above illnesses and disabilities)

3. There is a relationship between my current disabilities which I incurred during my active duty in Vietnam and Agent Orange, other Dioxins, Asbestos, and many other Chemicals. (See above illnesses and disabilities)

Inactive Duty For Training:

Same as above. (See above illnesses and disabilities)

Because of Agent Orange, Other Dioxins, Asbestos, and Other Chemicals; I am Physically Challenged, Impaired, Unable to Work, With Debilitating Diseases and Illnesses - Conditions, are getting worse today

When it comes to activities with family outside or around the house, I am extremely at a loss.

Being wheelchair or walker bound, I am very limited on what I can do.

This has been like this throughout my family life (Middle 1960’s to Now) caused by Agent Orange Dioxins, and other Chemicals in the Navy.

I cannot walk but a few steps.

I have to use a wheelchair, walker, electric scooters (in stores), and sometimes a cane (only going to the restroom); otherwise I will lose balance and fall.
 
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10.   Blue Water Navy is NOT:

If you think all Vietnam Veterans are receiving service-connected VA Health Care for exposure to Agent Orange, you are wrong. Blue Water Navy is NOT.

If you think all Vietnam Veterans are receiving compensation benefits for disabilities caused by Agent Orange dioxin, you are sadly mistaken. Blue Water Navy is NOT.

Members of the United States Navy, Coast Guard and Fleet Marines who served offshore Vietnam, with no contact with the land, have been removed by the VA from their coverage under the Agent Orange Act of 1991, and are denied Health Care and compensation benefits for all herbicide-related diseases and disabilities - the exact same diseases and disabilities providing full benefits to veterans whose feet touched the soil of Vietnam, and by other countries, like; Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Australia, Canada, France, England, New Zealand, Thailand, etc., and for many more diseases than the United States.

The background of the scientific, medical, and common sense evidence that shows this capricious action by the Department of Veterans Affairs to be illegal, non-rational, and contemptuous.

http://www.bluewaternavy.org

Dioxin On The Carriers

The Contamination of Aircraft Carriers And Their Crews

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/DIOXIN_ON_THE_CARRIERS.pdf

A Re-Analysis of Blue Water Navy Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/ReIOM.htm

The Da Nang Harbor Report

THE CONTAMINATION OF DA NANG HARBOR:

Blue Water Navy and Direct Exposure to Herbicides in Vietnam

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/danangcombo2.pdf

The Department of Veterans Affairs appears to adhere to a biased treatment of offshore personnel, taking any opportunity to deny those benefits related to exposure to herbicides and their contaminants.

In open public comments, senior DVA staff has stated there is no scientific or medical evidence, thus no justifiable reason, for withholding those benefits.

Presumption of exposure to herbicides in Vietnam provides almost all veterans of the Vietnam War with Health Care and Compensation from the Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA).

This provides life-long medical benefits and lost income compensation to those who suffer disabilities from the complications related to herbicide exposure.

The largest group not receiving these benefits is personnel of the Navy, Coast Guard and Marine Corps who served offshore Vietnam during the period 1962 through 1975.

Despite its charter to keep a constant vigil to protect all Vietnam veterans from newly discovered medical problems associated with herbicides, the DVA refuses to provide offshore personnel with their just benefits.

HOW TO USE THE DA NANG HARBOR REPORT

Everyone Should File for Direct Exposure

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/directexposure.htm


Ice Cream, Supplies, Mail, Replacement Parts, and etc., were brought on aboard, were contaminated with Agent Orange, to us by planes from Vietnam.

Because the Operations Trail Dust/Ranch Hand Facility was located across the runway from where Supplies and Mail were picked up.

 
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11.   Presumptive Disabilities:

Could Agent Orange or other dioxins, sprayed in Vietnam have caused my bones to deteriorate and cartilage loss (bone density loss.)?

http://www.mcrh.org/Agent-Orange/1617.htm

Service connected for Agent Orange Presumptive Disabilities with military service within the theater of Vietnam War for those with the Vietnam Service Medal.
 
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12.   Contaminated Areas:

For that reason, the diseases of the Vietnamese exposed to dioxin through skin contact, respiration and digestion are very severe.

The people in the contaminated areas, my colleagues and I ... really did not pay enough attention to the transient symptoms such as eye irritation, bronchitis, burning and edema.

http://www.peoplesworld.org/weapons-of-mass-destruction-the-case-of-agent-orange
 
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13.   Swelling and Pain:

Respiratory distress, shortness of breath, allergies, tender liver, recurring digestive upset and slowed digestion, vascular lesions on skin, stomach, intestinal kidney and liver pain, and stiffness.

Swelling and pain in the joints of the arms and legs."

http://www.2ndbattalion94thartillery.com/Chas/Esophageal.htm
 
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14.   Peripheral Neuropathy:

Peripheral neuropathy, a result of nerve damage, often causes numbness and pain in your hands, feet, legs, etc.

People typically describe the pain of peripheral neuropathy as tingling or burning, while they may compare the loss of sensation to the feeling of wearing a thin stocking or glove.

Peripheral neuropathy can result from problems such as traumatic injuries, infections, metabolic problems (high blood pressure, obesity) and exposure to toxins. One of the most common causes is diabetes.

http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/peripheral-neuropathy/DS00131

Peripheral neuropathy:

Because every peripheral nerve has a highly-specialized function in a specific part of the body, a wide array of symptoms can occur when nerves are damaged.

Some people may experience temporary numbness, tingling, and pricking sensations (paresthesia), sensitivity to touch, or muscle weakness.

Others may suffer more extreme symptoms, including burning pain (especially at night), muscle wasting, paralysis, or organ or gland dysfunction.

People may become unable to digest food easily, maintain safe levels of blood pressure, sweat normally, or experience normal sexual function.

In the most extreme cases, breathing may become difficult or organ failure may occur.

Some people may have periods of relief followed by relapse.

Others may reach a plateau stage where symptoms stay the same for many months or years.

Some chronic neuropathies worsen over time, but very few forms prove fatal unless complicated by other diseases.

Occasionally the neuropathy is a symptom of another disorder.

In the most common forms of polyneuropathy, the nerve fibers (individual cells that make up the nerve) most distant from the brain and the spinal cord malfunction first.

Pain and other symptoms often appear symmetrically, for example, in both feet followed by a gradual progression up both legs.

Next, the fingers, hands, and arms may become affected, and symptoms can progress into the central part of the body.

Peripheral neuropathy may be either inherited or acquired.

Causes of acquired peripheral neuropathy include physical injury (trauma) to a nerve, tumors, toxins, ... and vascular and metabolic disorders.

Acquired peripheral neuropathies are grouped into three broad categories: those caused by systemic disease, those caused by trauma from external agents, and those caused by infections or autoimmune disorders affecting nerve tissue.

Toxins can also cause peripheral nerve damage.

People who are exposed to heavy metals (arsenic, lead, mercury, and thallium), industrial drugs, or environmental toxins frequently develop neuropathy.

Diagnosing peripheral neuropathy is often difficult because the symptoms are highly variable.

A thorough neurological examination is usually required and involves taking an extensive patient history (including the patient’s symptoms, work environment, social habits, and exposure to any toxins).

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/peripheralneuropathy/detail_peripheralneuropathy.htm

http://www.mcclatchydc.com/2013/03/26/186962/blue-water-navy-veterans-long.html#storylink=cpy
 
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15.   Travels Thousands of Miles:

Now, forty years after our Vietnam War, we have well established methods and standards for monitoring and controlling toxic emissions.

The science of toxin identification and tracking is a well-advanced school of engineering practices.

One of the basic premises of that science is that once foreign matter of any sort gets into the air, as aerosol, spray mist, fine particles or even heavy particles, it will move where the wind wills it.

It becomes a captive of the weather conditions that prevail in that region.

For dust to travel hundreds or even thousands of miles and deposit itself at any point along the journey is not an unusual concept for an air quality engineer.

For contaminated dirt and dust to move from mainland Vietnam a mere 50 or 80 miles is a daily occurrence for an air pollution expert. 37

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/ReIOM.htm

The herbicide dioxin defoliant Agent Orange (or any one of the other five "colors") did not discriminate.

You breathed, ate or drank it and you exposed yourself to one of the many illnesses associated with exposure to Agent Orange.

And we Vietnam Veterans did, regrettably, breathe it, eat it and drink it -- this, by just being "there."

The spraying of Agent Orange, particularly along the shorelines, was far from an exact science.

As hundreds of thousands of gallons were misted from the cargo holds of C-123s, the winds often picked up the Agent Orange mist and swept it hundreds of yards out over water and onto your ship and into your face.

http://psep.cce.cornell.edu/Tutorials/core-tutorial/module09/index.aspx

Unfortunately, all herbicide poisoning symptoms are not the same.

Each chemical family can attack the human body in some different ways.

Symptoms: headache, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, cramps, restlessness, nervousness, perspiration, nausea, diarrhea, thirst, moodiness, soreness in joints, skin irritation, eye irritation, irritation of the nose and throat, trembling, no muscle coordination, muscle twitches, extreme weakness, mental confusion, blurred vision, difficulty in breathing, cough, rapid pulse, weeping, inability to breathe, toxic to liver, kidney, brain, bone marrow, and nervous system, swelling, vascular lesions on skin, bone and cartilage loss, etc.
 
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16.   Fifteen Chemicals:

Mortality Study:

The latest Mortality Study into the health of Vietnam veterans and their families shows a horrifying number of abnormalities and serious health problems suffered by the families of Vietnam veterans.

Although we refer to the chemicals as Agent Orange there were in fact fifteen chemicals used extensively in Vietnam during the war.

They are:

PURPLE.…………A formulation of 2,4,-D and 2,4,5,-T used in 1962 to 1964.

GREEN...…………Contained 2,4,5,-T and was used 1962-1964.

PINK..…………….Contained 2,4,5,-T and was used 1962-1964.

ORANGE…………A formulation of 2,4,D and 2,4,5,-T used in 1965 to 1970.

WHITE……………A formulation of Picloram and 2,4,-D.

BLUE…………….Contained cacodylic acid.

ORANGE 11……A formulation of2,4,-D and 2,4,5,-T used in 1968 and 1969.

DINOXOL………A formulation of 2,4,-D and 2,4,5,-T.

Tested in Vietnam between 1962 and 1964.

TRINOXOL: …Contained 2,4,5,-T. Tested in Vietnam 1962 to 1964.

BROMACIL….DIQUAT….TANDEX….MONURON…. DIURON….DALAPON
 
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17.   Gulf of Tonkin - Death Trap:

Evidence:

See attached DD-214 showing I was aboard the ship USS Coral Sea CVA-43, which was the First Combat Cruise to Vietnam and operating off the coast of Vietnam.

We sailed for Vietnam in 7 December 1964. RADM Eddie Outlaw, using Coral Sea as his flagship, immediately ordered all ships assigned to TG 77.5 to proceed at high speed to North Vietnam, South China Sea, Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and Southeast Asia along Vietnam.

Coral Sea would log more than 10,000 combat sorties in Southeast Asia, a record for carriers with one air wing during a single combat cruise.

Which means; there were a lot of planes that needed cleaning all the time, because oily Agent Orange would eat the paint off the planes.

(like burning poison oak, you can get poison oak from the air which is oily and can get on your skin, the same with Agent Orange.

More than 7 million tons of bombs had been dropped on Vietnam, Laos, and Cambodia, which is a small area, compared to more than twice the amount of bombs dropped on Europe and Asia in World War II, which when the rains come and washes it out to sea, we cooked with it, drank it, and showered with it, that is why we are dying faster, because smaller doses over a long period of time, builds up, is greater than most single large doses. )


During that time, too, USS Coral Sea was awarded the first of six Admiral Flatley Memorial Awards for aviation safety.

We helped kept those planes clean.

We sailed for home on 17 October 1965.

We had sailed in to the Gulf of Tonkin many times, Red River Delta, Mekong River Delta, etc., and we were so close, we could see the trees on land and many sand pans fishing on the water or they were tracking our activities.

We would get close by in looking for downed pilots, so the helicopters can pick them up.

We had spent a total of 331 days on the West Pac Cruise.

Example: The Red river, Vietnam, is the largest northern Vietnam River and which flows and discharging into the Gulf of Tonkin, carrying Agent Orange and many other chemicals too, when the tropical rains come, which is often.
 
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18.   Laced Water - AO:

The Red river is amazing to watch the expansion of the river to about 320 feet or 100 meters in a year.

Generally, the flow of Red river is 500 Million Cubic Water Per Second, but during the Rainy Season the flow Multiplies about 60 times of its normal rate, bringing with it Agent Orange and many Other Chemicals, which we Drank the Laced Water, Cooked with the Laced Water, and Showered with the Laced Water, having Agent Orange and Many Other Chemicals.

Rain fall per year is about 59.1 to 78.7 inches.

The climate in Vietnam is also under disadvantage of weather, such as typhoons (there are 6-10) in year and floods.

The Vietnamese people have all the diseases of Agent Orange which our Government recognizes, plus they have many more which is Extremely High Above National Levels and Past History, having higher rates of certain types of illnesses, like swollen legs, ankles, and toes, chronic arthritis, bone loss and joint problems, loss of teeth, eye infections, hypertension, skin problems, ADD, learning problems, etc.

I was Highly Exposed and in Direct Contact to Agent Orange, Dioxin, Other Chemicals, Other Herbicides, and Asbestos; in the Line of My Duty and During My Military Service, which gave me my problems and illnesses listed above and my children too.

Also, Australian Blue Water Navy, New Zealand Blue Water Navy, Canada Blue Water Navy, England Blue Water Navy, and France Blue Water Navy, is awarded many more types of illnesses and symptoms then USA, our government, for Agent Orange and other chemicals used in Vietnam.
 
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19.   Sick Bay for 3 Days:

Active Duty For Training:

1. I was disabled during active duty for training due to a disease or injury incurred in line of duty; Yes, I got sick from the Agent Orange while cleaning a plane heavy with it, and I was taken to sick bay for 3 days and was unconscious, comatose, or oblivious of being out for unknown reasons. (See above illnesses and disabilities)

2. I have current and recurrent symptoms of disabilities that are visible and observable. (See above illnesses and disabilities)

3. There is a relationship between my current disabilities which I incurred during my active duty. (See above illnesses and disabilities)

Inactive Duty For Training:

Same as above. (See above illnesses and disabilities)

S-6 Division on USS Coral Sea CVA-43

I was in Very Good Health, serving my Country

I had No Health Issues before

I was very proud serving for my Country

Because of Agent Orange, Asbestos, and Other Chemicals

I am Physically Challenged, Impaired, Unable to Work,

With Debilitating Diseases and Illnesses - Conditions, today.
 
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20.   Phenomenon of Spray Drift:

References:

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/DIOXIN%20ON%20THE%20CARRIERS2.pdf

- We know that the phenomenon of "spray drift" occurred, and was often visible as mist clouds of the spray that stayed airborne for relatively long periods of time;(3)

- We know there are reports that the volatilization or vaporization of 2,4,5T (a component of Agent Orange which contained the highest levels of TCDD /Dioxin), was very high whenever it was open to the air;(4)

- We know that large patches of jungle, including areas that had been sprayed with Agent Orange, were burned with incendiary munitions and that the burning carried particulate matter previously saturated with Agent Orange high into the atmosphere;(5)

- We know that heat amplifies the toxicity of dioxin;(6)

- We know that combat aircraft from offshore carriers flew thousands of sorties though the described atmospheric conditions at relatively low altitudes, in humid conditions, during the course of the war when Agent Orange was actively being sprayed (1962-1972) and in the years to follow (1972-1975). (7)

Based upon the principles of Newtonian physics, we believe such contamination to be a certainty -- beyond question.

We are stating that dioxin molecules and aerosols, alone or attached to other particles, stuck to the outer skin of aircraft because of static charge and were carried back to the aircraft carriers, where they were rubbed into the skin and clothing of the aircraft maintenance deck force and otherwise spread to additional members of the crew by various means, including:

- Clothing that shared communal laundry facilities;

- Fresh water wash-downs of the airplanes which added the dioxin to mists that were inhaled, absorbed through the skin, otherwise ingested by the crew, or settled onto the deck and superstructure;

- Salt water flight deck wash-downs which pushed the residuals of dioxin overboard, only to be sucked up by the intake system for fresh water distillation for that carrier or for any ships following and which made the dioxin airborne once again.

In addition to transport via the static charge attraction to the airplanes, we know that the Agent Orange was mixed at 50%-50% of chemical and fuel oil prior to its being sprayed.

Fuel oil is sticky as are other petrochemicals which the airplane encountered during flight including fluids that leaked and exhaust of other aircraft in their flight groups.

These oils and “oily substances” were on virtually every returning aircraft. (8)

During the spray operations, which happened on a daily basis unless the weather absolutely ruled out flight, tiny droplets of the herbicide stayed airborne in a phenomenon called "spray drift" and could be carried over 15 miles before settling.

Smaller droplets became captured by the wind as aerosol and could easily be carried hundreds of miles. (12)

During and after spray missions, vapors of the herbicide were blamed for heavy damage of vegetation hundreds of yards from their initial location and these vapors and aerosols also became captive by the winds and simply stayed aloft.

The military used incendiary weapons, like napalm, to kill enemy combatants seen or believed to be in some location that had previously been sprayed with herbicide.

Burning this vegetation carried large amounts of herbicide-laden particles upward by the smoke plume and heat of these fires.

Once the particles were lifted, they could rise to high altitudes and stay suspended in the atmosphere for weeks as well as travel extremely long distances on the winds.

The probability of aircraft encountering dioxin in the atmosphere over South Vietnam was 100% for some airplanes at some points in time.

That easily invokes the presumption of exposure of the aircraft that returned to sea-based carriers.

Immediately upon landing, the maintenance crew was in direct contact with the airplanes which carried the contaminated particles on their outer surfaces.

Following their electrical grounding, the static attraction dissipated. The probability of the ground crew contamination can clearly be presumed.
 
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21.   Determining Exposure Levels:

Footnotes:

1) Training Letter 10-06, Sept 9, 2010, page 5

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/navy_nam.pdf 2) Public Law 102-4 (HR 556), Feb. 6, 1991, http://bluewaternavy.org/PL%20102.doc

3) Spray Drift of Pesticides Arising from Aerial Application in Cotton, Woods, et. al., 2001,

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/harbors/cottonspraydrift.pdf

4) Report of Trip to Republic of Vietnam 15 Aug – 2 Sept, 1969, R.A. Darrow, Dept. of Army,

5) Operation Pink Rose,

GlobalSecurity.org Vietnam War

GlobalSecurity.org Agent Orange

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/ops/pink-rose.htm 6) Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure, IOM, May, 2011, page 137,

7) Miscellaneous historical reports and interviews with Carrier deck crews and officers, 2012

8) Miscellaneous historical reports and interviews with Carrier deck crews and officers, 2012

9) Space Handbook, Air University, Maxwell AFB, 1985

10) Electricity-Basic Navy Training Courses, NAVPERS 10622, Chapter 2, 1945,

11) Personal Correspondence, Engineer, Electro-Static Solutions LTD

12) Spray Drift From Aerial Application Of Pesticides, Kelly Franklin, 2007,

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/general/Spray%20drift1.doc

13) Long-range Air Transport of Dioxin, Commoner, et. al., 2000,

http://www.bluewaternavy.org/dispersion/dioxins%20canada%203.pdf 14) Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure, page 89, IOM Study, 2011

15) No Evidence of Dioxin Cancer Threshold, Mackie, et. al., 2003,

http://www.ejnet.org/dioxin/nosafedose.pdf

16) Criteria for Determining Exposure Levels of Military Personnel to Dioxin and Herbicide Orange During Vietnam, 1979, 05762.
 
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22.   Ungrateful Nation:

http://bluewaternavy.org/harbors/05762criteria_air_craft%20.pdf

Agent Orange Torpedoing the Blue Water Navy by John Rossie Feb-24-2010

Torpedoing the Blue Water Navy - John Paul Rossie for Salem-News.com

Courtesy: bluewaternavy.org

(LITTLETON, Co.) - Vietnam War veterans are a fine lot: they suffered through the War; they suffered the abuse of an ungrateful nation upon their return; they continue to suffer the indignity of an incompetent and antagonistic Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA); and they are the fastest dying group of veterans of any war we've fought.

By the end of 2009, only about 30% of all Vietnam War veterans were still alive. At that rate, the last of the Vietnam War veterans will be buried by the surviving soldiers of WWII.

One group of Vietnam War veterans that have had more than their share of hard knocks are those Navy, Coast Guard, and Marine personnel who served offshore Vietnam.

We refer to this group as the Blue Water Navy (BWN).

The VA currently refers to them as Vietnam Era veterans, to clearly separate them from those who served in the Vietnam War, which requires having had one's "boots on ground."

That is now the definition of a Vietnam War veteran.

Previous generations of soldiers were promised the treatment so eloquently stated in Abraham Lincoln's 2nd Inaugural Address: "...to care for him who shall have borne the battle and for his widow and his orphan..." Such care was offered up through WWII, began to wane with the Korean War, and completely disappeared for the Vietnam War veteran (which from hereon includes the BWN.)
 
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23.   Dormant for 40 or more Years:

The Vietnam War veterans should be commended for several things:

- They should be saluted because of the extended grief they are taking in the processing of claims for service-connected illnesses.

With a large number of them suffering from some form of dioxin-induced disability, they are the first veterans to return from war with a hidden time bomb stored in their fatty tissue.

Dioxin can lay dormant for 40 or more years before it rears its ugly head.

They have made sure that their sons and daughters return from War into warm, open arms of a society that distinguishes between the War and the Warrior.

They know what it is like because our society gives them a cold shoulder.

- The most patriotic thing they did was not overthrow the corrupt and deceitful Government that sent them to Southeast Asia.

The nature of their training and experience made them an unstoppable force.

The Blue Water Navy veterans have not stopped fighting and still face an antagonistic DVA that blatantly broke a federal law by removing them from eligibility for service-connected health care and compensation for their serious disabilities in 2002.

This same agency usually gloats in the fact that they operate a closed system of legislative, executive and judicial control over the lives of veterans.

But in this instance, they left their inner kingdom when it ruled against them in the Jonathan Haas case.

They spent hundreds of thousands of dollars of resources fighting the BWN in court when in fact they are on public record that they have absolutely no medical or scientific evidence to justify the exclusion of BWN from their earned benefits.

They undoubtedly have a very serious reason for fighting their own veterans as they do, and it is probably the fact that, if they admit that Agent Orange was not confined to the soil of Vietnam, this Government, and the chemical companies they protect, will face unprecedented international liability.

But the probability of that liability catching up with them seems inevitable regardless of how polished a smile they can show when they've been caught with their hand in the cookie jar.

Or, in this case, on the trigger of the gun they hold to the BWN veterans' head.

In this February, 2010, there is legislation in both the House (H-2254) and Senate (S-1939) that can resolve most of the BWN's grievances.

There are 244 co-signers to House Bill H-2254, but only 218 are needed for a majority.

And yet, this Bill has not been pulled out of Committee in either the House or the Senate.

It's been said quite clearly that the issue is not money, but in the end, all legislative decisions somehow involve a dollar value.

In this case, the legislators are being asked to put a price tag on the life of a veteran.

When this issue of Vietnam being, veterans poisoned by dioxin-laden Agent Orange had to be dealt with once before, both the House and the Senate voted unanimously to pay for all the War veterans who could be sickened by Agent Orange.

And, since there was no way to identify which veteran actually came into contact with the herbicide, and to what degree, the concept of "presumption of exposure," as suggested by Admiral Zumwalt, was used as a means of not leaving any of the potentially exposed veterans without service-connected healthcare or disability compensation.

That was the basis of the Agent Orange Act of 1991.
 
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24.   Distance From Shore - Irrelevant:

The legislature is now faced with the identical question solved by the 1991 Agent Orange Act:

How can we tell which member of the Blue Water Navy was exposed and to what degree?

But this time around, it appears they will handle that issue in a much less honorable way then was done in 1991.

There has been talk about considering some limit to distance from the shore line to determine who will be eligible for their benefits for having borne the battle.

The concept is absurd given the reasonability of the "presumption of exposure" that has been used for the past 19 years.

No one knows how far the dioxin molecules traveled on the wind and in the water.

But we do know that dioxin has been found in the fat of polar bears that weren't likely to have been within the Combat Zone during the Vietnam War.

The logical answer, under the current rules, is: Everyone within the Combat Zone of the Vietnam War is at least as likely as not to have been exposed to herbicide, regardless of where it was intended to go.

The basic water cycle of our planet guarantees that it will eventually wash out to sea.

Why Distance From Shore is Totally Irrelevant

At one time in 1965 we broke away from Task Force 77 on Yankee Station and went further up in the Tonkin Gulf with escorts during the day.

We did this for about four or five days, standing battle stations all day long, with fight ops all day long also.

We returned to Yankee Station late every evening.

http://www.usscoralsea.org/SeaBreeze/CSBreezeV19I2.pdf

http://www.usscoralsea.org

We were very close to land, within a couple of miles, seeing many sampans.

 
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25.   Spreading in the Ocean Currents:

See example of current flow of any type of chemical spill in the water, below.

All governments are concern about the radiation spreading in the ocean currents, by tracking different levels and in a short time to spread, from Japan earthquake event.



There is a great cover-up of the levels being dumped into the ocean, like Agent Orange.

https://swfsc.noaa.gov/textblock.aspx?Division=FRD&id=20593

Fukushima Radiation in U.S. West Coast Tuna

In March 2011, in association with the Great Tohoku earthquake and resultant tsunami, there was an accident at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant on the east coast of Japan. This accident released the radionuclides cesium 134Cs and 137Cs into the ocean next to the plant, exposing marine life to radioactive materials. Pictured below are model simulations (using dye) on the long-term dispersal of 137Cs released into the Pacific Ocean off Fukushima following the Daiichi nuclear accident, 43 days, 367 days, and 1412 day after (left to right). While many of the exposed marine organisms remain around Japan, a number of species are highly migratory and swim across the North Pacific to the West Coast of North America.



Pictured above are model simulations (using dye) of the long-term dispersal of Cs-137 released into the Pacific Ocean off Fukushima following the Daiichi nuclear accident, 43 days, 367 days, and 1,412 days after (left to right). Image credit: E. Behrens, F.U. Schwarzkopf, J.F. Lübbecke and C.W. Böning, GEOMAR. Study and full-length simulation can be found at http://iopscience.iop.org/1748-9326/7/3/034004/ .
 
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26.   Epidemic of Deaths:

More Evidence of chemical spreading:

28 Signs That The West Coast Is Being Absolutely Fried With Nuclear Radiation From Fukushima

http://www.globalresearch.ca/28-signs-that-the-west-coast-is-being-absolutely-fried-with-nuclear-radiation-from-fukushima/5355280

1. Polar bears, seals and walruses along the Alaska coastline are suffering from fur loss and open sores…

Wildlife experts are studying whether fur loss and open sores detected in nine polar bears in recent weeks is widespread and related to similar incidents among seals and walruses.

The bears were among 33 spotted near Barrow, Alaska, during routine survey work along the Arctic coastline. Tests showed they had “alopecia, or loss of fur, and other skin lesions,” the U.S. Geological Survey said in a statement.

2. There is an epidemic of sea lion deaths along the California coastline…

At island rookeries off the Southern California coast, 45 percent of the pups born in June have died, said Sharon Melin, a wildlife biologist for the National Marine Fisheries Service based in Seattle. Normally, less than one-third of the pups would die. It’s gotten so bad in the past two weeks that the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration declared an “unusual mortality event.”

3. Along the Pacific coast of Canada and the Alaska coastline, the population of sockeye salmon is at a historic low. Many are blaming Fukushima.

4. Something is causing fish all along the west coast of Canada to bleed from their gills, bellies and eyeballs.

5. A vast field of radioactive debris from Fukushima that is approximately the size of California has crossed the Pacific Ocean and is starting to collide with the west coast.

6. It is being projected that the radioactivity of coastal waters off the U.S. west coast could double over the next five to six years.

7. Experts have found very high levels of cesium-137 in plankton living in the waters of the Pacific Ocean between Hawaii and the west coast.

8. One test in California found that 15 out of 15 bluefin tuna were contaminated with radiation from Fukushima.

9. Back in 2012, the Vancouver Sun reported that cesium-137 was being found in a very high percentage of the fish that Japan was selling to Canada…

• 73 percent of mackerel tested

• 91 percent of the halibut

• 92 percent of the sardines

• 93 percent of the tuna and eel

• 94 percent of the cod and anchovies

• 100 percent of the carp, seaweed, shark and monkfish

10. Canadian authorities are finding extremely high levels of nuclear radiation in certain fish samples…

Some fish samples tested to date have had very high levels of radiation: one sea bass sample collected in July, for example, had 1,000 becquerels per kilogram of cesium.

11. Some experts believe that we could see very high levels of cancer along the west coast just from people eating contaminated fish…

“Look at what’s going on now: They’re dumping huge amounts of radioactivity into the ocean — no one expected that in 2011,” Daniel Hirsch, a nuclear policy lecturer at the University of California-Santa Cruz, told Global Security Newswire. “We could have large numbers of cancer from ingestion of fish.”

12. BBC News recently reported that radiation levels around Fukushima are “18 times higher” than previously believed.

13. An EU-funded study concluded that Fukushima released up to 210 quadrillion becquerels of cesium-137 into the atmosphere.

14. Atmospheric radiation from Fukushima reached the west coast of the United States within a few days back in 2011.

15. At this point, 300 tons of contaminated water is pouring into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.

16. A senior researcher of marine chemistry at the Japan Meteorological Agency’s Meteorological Research Institute says that “30 billion becquerels of radioactive cesium and 30 billion becquerels of radioactive strontium” are being released into the Pacific Ocean from Fukushima every single day.

17. According to Tepco, a total of somewhere between 20 trillion and 40 trillion becquerels of radioactive tritium have gotten into the Pacific Ocean since the Fukushima disaster first began.

18. According to a professor at Tokyo University, 3 gigabecquerels of cesium-137 are flowing into the port at Fukushima Daiichi every single day.

19. It has been estimated that up to 100 times as much nuclear radiation has been released into the ocean from Fukushima than was released during the entire Chernobyl disaster.

20. One recent study concluded that a very large plume of cesium-137 from the Fukushima disaster will start flowing into U.S. coastal waters early next year…

Ocean simulations showed that the plume of radioactive cesium-137 released by the Fukushima disaster in 2011 could begin flowing into U.S. coastal waters starting in early 2014 and peak in 2016.

21. It is being projected that significant levels of cesium-137 will reach every corner of the Pacific Ocean by the year 2020.

22. It is being projected that the entire Pacific Ocean will soon “have cesium levels 5 to 10 times higher” than what we witnessed during the era of heavy atomic bomb testing in the Pacific many decades ago.

23. The immense amounts of nuclear radiation getting into the water in the Pacific Ocean has caused environmental activist Joe Martino to issue the following warning…

“Your days of eating Pacific Ocean fish are over.”

24. The Iodine-131, Cesium-137 and Strontium-90 that are constantly coming from Fukushima are going to affect the health of those living in the northern hemisphere for a very, very long time. Just consider what Harvey Wasserman had to say about this…

Iodine-131, for example, can be ingested into the thyroid, where it emits beta particles (electrons) that damage tissue. A plague of damaged thyroids has already been reported among as many as 40 percent of the children in the Fukushima area. That percentage can only go higher. In developing youngsters, it can stunt both physical and mental growth. Among adults it causes a very wide range of ancillary ailments, including cancer.

Cesium-137 from Fukushima has been found in fish caught as far away as California. It spreads throughout the body, but tends to accumulate in the muscles.

Strontium-90’s half-life is around 29 years. It mimics calcium and goes to our bones.

25. According to a recent Planet Infowars report, the California coastline is being transformed into “a dead zone”…

The California coastline is becoming like a dead zone.

If you haven’t been to a California beach lately, you probably don’t know that the rocks are unnaturally CLEAN – there’s hardly any kelp, barnacles, sea urchins, etc. anymore and the tide pools are similarly eerily devoid of crabs, snails and other scurrying signs of life… and especially as compared to 10 – 15 years ago when one was wise to wear tennis shoes on a trip to the beach in order to avoid cutting one’s feet on all the STUFF of life – broken shells, bones, glass, driftwood, etc.

There are also days when I am hard-pressed to find even a half dozen seagulls and/or terns on the county beach.

You can still find a few gulls trolling the picnic areas and some of the restaurants (with outdoor seating areas) for food, of course, but, when I think back to 10 – 15 years ago, the skies and ALL the beaches were literally filled with seagulls and the haunting sound of their cries both day and night…

NOW it’s unnaturally quiet.

26. A study conducted last year came to the conclusion that radiation from the Fukushima nuclear disaster could negatively affect human life along the west coast of North America from Mexico to Alaska “for decades”.

27. According to the Wall Street Journal, it is being projected that the cleanup of Fukushima could take up to 40 years to complete.

28. Yale Professor Charles Perrow is warning that if the cleanup of Fukushima is not handled with 100% precision that humanity could be threatened “for thousands of years“…

“Conditions in the unit 4 pool, 100 feet from the ground, are perilous, and if any two of the rods touch it could cause a nuclear reaction that would be uncontrollable. The radiation emitted from all these rods, if they are not continually cool and kept separate, would require the evacuation of surrounding areas including Tokyo. Because of the radiation at the site the 6,375 rods in the common storage pool could not be continuously cooled; they would fission and all of humanity will be threatened, for thousands of years.”

Are you starting to understand why so many people are so deeply concerned about what is going on at Fukushima?
 
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27.   Desalination of Salt:

Agents; Purple, Green, Pink, Orange, White, Blue, Orange 11, Dinoxol, Trinoxol, Bromacil, Diquat, Trandex, Monuron, Diuron, Dalapon, etc.

These chemical agents spread the same way as Japan radiation spreads and it effects Blue Water Navy the same way, it only used desalination of the salt out of the water.
 
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28.   Ingestion and Dosage:

In 1989, the Center for Disease Control (CDC) conducted the "Selected Cancers Study" as a comprehensive medical study of the effects of Agent Orange/dioxin exposure to our troops who fought in the war in Vietnam.

The outcry from veterans of the US and Australia wanting answers to their growing list of fatal and disabling diseases was growing quite loud.

The conclusion of this and some later Australian studies resulted in a number of interesting findings: - Of the three service branches studied for all cancers in the "Selected Cancers Study", Navy veterans had the highest overall mortality;

- Veterans of the naval services, who didn't spend time on land, had a higher incidence of Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma (NHL) than the land-based troops, by a factor of about 20%; - Navy veterans had a higher than expected mortality from lung cancer (39%) and melanoma (56%);

- Veterans of the naval services had a higher incidence of testicular cancer than their counterparts on land.

Based on the "Selective Cancers Study," Congress granted, in 1990, VA compensation for NHL to any person who served "in the waters offshore" of Vietnam between 1962 and 1975.

Note that the distance from shore is open ended, just as is the lack of any location or time limit for boots-on-ground qualification for the presumption of exposure to herbicides.

Crossing the tarmac at Tan Son Nuht airport with less than 60 seconds on ground provides the same benefits for presumptive exposure as 9 months spent in the bush actually experiencing a contact with the sprayed herbicide.

Following the "Selective Cancers Study," U.S. Government funded investigation by active research into the medical and scientific effects of dioxin on American veterans of the Vietnam War simply stopped.

The Ranch Hand Study, now recognized as a fraudulent debacle at the highest levels, is the only large scale study that was conducted.

In contrast, the Australian Government, with findings of the same anomalies regarding their Navy veterans, ordered their medical research facilities to come to some conclusion as to why those anomalies involving service offshore Vietnam existed.

In a series of further studies, capped off by the RAN study published in 2002, medical evidence showed that Royal Australian Navy (RAN) sailors were highly dioxin-contaminated.

It also showed that the conversion of sea water containing dioxin used in the flash distillation technique identical on all U.S. and Australian naval vessels, increased the toxicity of dioxin taken onboard with water by a factor of almost 4 and tainted the potable water used for cooking, drinking and bathing.

No one knows how long the dioxin molecules or the contaminated water remained in the fresh water tanks of these ships, but they both left residuals in the tanks and pipes well after the ship left the vicinity of Vietnam.

We believe that the reason for the unusual level of diseases suffered by the naval services vs. the land services was a matter of ingestion and dosage level: land troops experienced a few exposures with large amounts of dioxin primarily through skin absorption but with some ingestion and inhalation, while naval personnel experienced a long and continuous duration of ingested low dose exposure, on a daily basis, often for six months to a year.

No one knows if and for how long that exposure continued after the ship left the vicinity of Vietnam and took on new, unsuspecting crew.

As stated earlier, in February, 1991, the House and Senate unanimously passed the Agent Orange Act of 1991, granting all military personnel who served in the Southeast Asian Theater of the Vietnam War full medical and compensation benefits to treat veterans disabled by dioxin and to help defray the enormous personal cost being expended by veterans due to dioxin-induced diseases and lost wages from their disabilities.

The Agent Orange Act of 1991 was extremely important and somewhat undefined because it gave the presumption of dioxin exposure to every individual who served in the Vietnam War Zone.

No one knows exactly who was exposed to dioxin during their service in Vietnam or to what degree, whether they were on the land or on the water.

Therefore, the concept of presumptive exposure was applied to everyone who was in the defined Combat Zone (which has a graphic at

http://bluewaternavy.org/yournavy.htm

The VA was definitely not being bombarded by false claims for disabilities, and was anything but generous when granting service-connected disabilities for Agent Orange exposure.

Of the 99,226 claims for dioxin exposure submitted by March, 2000, the VA granted only 7,520 claims.

In February, 2002, the Department of Veteran Affairs, on their own volition, and by their own admission having no scientific or medical evidence to justify the move, stopped providing medical care and compensation for service-connected herbicide disabilities to Navy veterans of the Vietnam War, as well as Air Force veterans of that conflict.

In a controlled dioxin study done in 1996 using lab rats, it was found that those animals exposed to dioxin at 10 parts per trillion (ppt) experienced severe suppression of their immune system resulting in fatal inability to resist common strands of influenza. 10 parts per trillion is the equivalent of one drop of dioxin in a water solution equally distributed in a volume of train cars 10 miles long.

But no one knows what the lowest threshold of exposure is.

The EPA has never been able to specify a threshold of the danger level for dioxin, but the amount used in this experiment was at least 10 times stronger than the 1 part per trillion currently designated as the lowest danger level.

So, the line of water-filled train cars would actually be 100 miles long, given the 1ppt, and a drop of water from any of that huge water supply is still enough to cause cancer and other illnesses.

The reason it is set at 1ppt is that we don't have sophisticated enough equipment to measure smaller doses. And it probably is a smaller dose.

As far as the CDC and EPA are concerned, no one knows the lower limit that is considered a "safe" ingestion of dioxin (TCDD) such as that found in Agent Orange.

No one knows.

Just as there is no known safe dosage for dioxin, there is no safe distance limit for offshore veterans to positively avoid all exposure to dioxin in the water, in the atmosphere, and in the spray drift.

No one knows what these measurements and distances are.

Anyone who says otherwise is seriously deficient in the comprehension of medical or scientific concepts.

It seems to be a reasonably safe assumption for the entire area of the War Zone to be included as an area where the presumption of exposure to dioxin-laden herbicide was a high probability for Blue Water Navy personnel.

They are not asking for anything new - just their under coverage of the Agent Orange Act of 1991.

The current assumption of exposure is in place to cover all possible cases for the ground troop contamination.

No one knows if that area is overly broad, but the same open-ended latitude to encompass unknown troop location and unknown length of time for exposure that is granted to personnel with boots-on-ground should likewise be given to the offshore personnel.

To do anything less is a crime against humanity.
 
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29.   Advocating for American Veterans:

John Rossie (left) & Congressman Filner.

John Paul Rossie, Executive Director of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association, served aboard the USS Radford (DD-446), a Fletcher-class Destroyer out of Pearl Harbor, from August 1968 until her decommissioning in December, 1969.

He was on board for the 1969 WESTPAC Cruise and was part of the crew that stayed aboard to salvage the equipment from RADFORD prior to committing her to the moth balled fleet at Vallejo, CA.

He finished his tour in June, 1970, aboard the USS Piedmont (AD-17) in San Diego, CA.

Today he stays busy advocating for American veterans through his role with the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association.

Learn more about the group and their mission by visiting bluewaternavy.org. You can send an email to John at this address:

navy@bluewaternavy.org
 
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30.   Willing to Sign a Sworn Statement:

I would be willing to sign a sworn and notarized statement that I personally saw and/or had contact with Agent Orange on my ship between the 1964 - 1966 time frame.
 
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31.   Veterans Law Judge:

http://www4.va.gov/vetapp04/files2/0413908.txt

KATHY A. BANFIELD - Veterans Law Judge, Board of Veterans' Appeals

Citation Nr: 0413908 Decision Date: 05/28/04 Archive Date: 06/02/04

DOCKET NO. 03-24 827) stationed aboard the U.S.S. Coral Sea
 
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32.   Edema:

http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/09/23/shinseki-fights-off-veterans-enemy-sen-james-webb-defends-agent-orange-benefits/ Edema

http://vets.yuku.com/reply/359559/t/Re-IHD-C-P.html   Edema
 
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33.   NOT Receiving Benefits:

http://woundedtimes.blogspot.com/2010/07/help-blue-water-navy-vietnam-veterans.html

Tuesday, July 6, 2010 Help Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association

Many Americans do NOT realize that NOT all veterans of the Vietnam War receive benefits related to dioxins and other toxins to which they (the veterans) were exposed from roughly 1963 to 1975.

These service personnel served aboard ships along the coast of Vietnam.

These veterans were exposed to toxins and dioxins when they drank contaminated water that was aboard ship.

They also showered in that water, ate food prepared in it and breathed air from the ventilation system that spewed toxic air.

These are the same contaminates for which the armed forces who served on land are being compensated.

I am proud to report that Congressman, Bob Filner, Chairman of the House Veterans Affairs Committee, is moving ahead with promises he has made on behalf of veterans of the Vietnam War.

Representative Filner's bill, HR-2254, has an overwhelming support of 256 fellow Representatives, and he is working on issues regarding the funding of this legislation.

It deals with military victims of Agent Orange poisoning.

Congressman Filner has stepped up to the plate boldly on this issue, an action that many members of this 111th Congress have not yet done.

His recent release of a Video to Veterans at shows him as a staunch proponent for all veteran issues, and he spent some time detailing the problems that HR-2254 is going to solve as well as his approach to how he plans to get this bill through the House.

Like everything else these days, his biggest hurdle is financial. But Congressman Filner indicates he will work through those funding issues in order to get this legislation passed.

As Executive Director of the Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association, I stand and salute him for his past valiant efforts to pass this legislation and have great faith that he will come through for us in the end.

John Paul Rossie, Executive Director

Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Association

PO Box 1035

Littleton, CO 80160-1035

http://amac.us/blue-water-navy-vietnam-veterans-act-2013-h-r-543
 
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34.   Unfortunately, BWN Denied:

AMAC is proud to announce support for another critical veteran’s bill. HR. 543, the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013,” would provide vital benefits to blue water veterans, who served up to 12 miles off the coast of Vietnam from 1962-1975.

A recent report by the Institute of Medicine discovered that plausible routes for exposure to Agent Orange – a harmful toxic chemical to which many Vietnam veterans were exposed during the war – exist for blue water veterans.

Unfortunately, thousands of blue water veterans have been denied disability compensation and other medical assistance by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

Therefore, H.R. 543 would extend presumptive coverage to blue water veterans, giving them access to the benefits and health services they need moving forward.

AMAC wants to ensure that blue water veterans are afforded the same treatments and benefits as the veterans who served on land and inland waterways.

Like many Americans, AMAC remains concerned with how our veterans are cared for and treated.

We strongly feel that H.R. 543, the “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2013,” appropriately honors and recognizes their sacrifices.
 
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35.   Drank MILK - AO:

If you drank MILK in 'Nam between 1965 and 1972 you ingested Agent Orange and a variety of other herbicide residues.

As you may know, the Foremost Milk Company (now out of business in the US) based in Los Angeles held the DOD contract for the US military's milk supply in South East Asia.

Before and after shipping packaged 'finished milk' in its distinctive orange/white containers, Foremost shipped a milk concentrate to 'Nam which was to be mixed with water.

Unfortunately, the water used was taken from the Saigon River which, DOD belatedly learned, was infested with herbicide drainage.

Another angle that I don’t see in the IOM report “Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure” was that fact that the aircraft carriers operating in the Gulf of Tonkin during Vietnam got their milk from a plant in DaNang that reconstituted the milk using local water tainted with Agent Orange.

The helicopter squadron on the USS Coral Sea made daily flights to DaNang to bring a regular supply of this reconstituted milk to the ship.

I know this because I often made the “milk run” trip to DaNang with the helicopter squadron to get our fuel bills from the USAF in DaNang since we landed their regularly.

I also suggest you get this reconstituted milk angle to your local congressman, Rick Larson and the VA.

Perhaps they don’t realize that the aircraft carriers operating in the Gulf of Tonkin got most of their milk from the Foremost USA operations in Vietnam.

As a result, Foremost was contracted to ensure there was always a large supply of milk for GI's to consume.

Unfortunately, the high demand resulted in its Vietnam milk production being mixed with tainted water.

Hence, many American's who served in Vietnam but had no direct contact with herbicide, Agent Orange and other deadly chemicals, distribution or deployment contracted the chemicals through the milk they drank.

I know this from my personal experience.

Our helicopters and mail run planes would bring ice creams from Vietnam.

Being in the S-6 division, Aviation Supply, the squadrons wanted special treatment in getting their parts, fast, to get their planes up in the air, they would treat us to special goods, like ice cream with special flavors that the mess hall did not have, and we would sit around in the evenings watching movies and eating our special ice creams, which we did not know that it had Agent Orange and other chemicals in it.

American ingenuity prevailed, with private firms stepping in to manufacture dairy products where none had been made before.

In 1964, the U.S. military signed a $7 million contract with International Dairies of Asia, a subsidiary of the American giant Foremost corporation, to operate a dairy plant in Saigon.

The plant did not rely on battalions of Holsteins to supply it with milk.

Rather, this "cowless dairy" produced "filled milk" by mixing imported ingredient (dehydrated, nonfat milk crystals, coconut oil, and flavorings and colorings) with heated water [from the Saigon river].

The Saigon plant was just the first of four, Foremost opened a second plant to support military operation in the northernmost part of South Vietnam in 1967, and Meadow Gold Dairies, a subsidiary of Chicago-based Beatrice Foods, fulfilled a $5.75 million contract to open plants in Cam Ranh Bay and Qui Nhon.

The plants were prolific, producing 17 million gallons of milk and 2 million gallons of cottage cheese for American troops by 1968.

The big dairy plants responsible for producing milk and cheese also made ice cream, up to 550,000 gallons per plant each month, and the military erected over forty smaller plants run by American soldiers and Vietnamese employees solely to produce ice cream.

Military dieticians attempted to serve ice cream at every sixth meal on the cyclic menu, and many bases had snack bars or parlors where is was available all the time.

To ensure even distribution, refrigerated trucks delivered it by the ton to nearby installations, and helicopters hauled it by the gallon to remote firebases [and carries and ships].

USS Coral Sea CVA-43 just off the cost of Vietnam.

If you eat any food that was made with milk, you got AO.

REFERENCES: Foremost, Meadow Gold, International Dairies of Asia, and other dairies; of milk, cheeses, and ice creams

Ref-01   Pete Peterson & Doc Neralich
Ref-02   Blue Water Navy - fourm comments
Ref-03   AO in Milk in Nam, New Zealand Media Report
Ref-04   U.S. Military Bases in Vietnam
Ref-05   Herbicides used in Vietnam
Ref-06   Engineers at War
Ref-07   Arizona State Council
Ref-08   No one builds bases like Americans 1
Ref-09   Chaos in the air
Ref-10   No one builds bases like Americans 2
Ref-11   The Association for Diplomatic Studies and Training
Ref-12   Tom's Journal
Ref-13   VA Disability Claims Forum - HadIt.com Veterans
Ref-14   Human Milk
Ref-15   Milk from agent orange-sprayed
Ref-16   Long List of Agent Orange Decisions Awaits VA in 2017
 
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36.   My Health - Down Hill:

My Service Connected Conditions: (See below)

Shortly after I got out of the Navy, I reenlisted again for another hitch (I have Two DD-214’s, Honorably Discharged), but My Health started going Down Hill and I got out, thinking with the pain I was having I could not serve well, but little did I know what the cause was at the time.

Throughout the time of having a family and up to now, I Did Not Live a Quality and Wholesome Life, all due to the Agent Orange, Asbestos, Other Chemicals, etc, what it has done to me.

I was on the USS Coral Sea CVA-43 from 1964 to 1966. (Airman E2 to Airman E3 to Airman E4 [AK3])

I was 18 years old and in Very Good Health, when I went on the USS Coral Sea CVA-43 and had two back to back tours of duty in Vietnam (331 days), each was 6 months long (S-6, Division).

I was assigned to Ventilation Cleaning instead of mess cooking for many months.

In Vietnam, it got very hot and working in the ventilation system, it was even hotter.

We wore no masks, gloves, and/or suit to clean with.

To keep our shirts and hat clean, we took them off and were in our bare chest and exposed to the dust of the vent.

I was Very Heavily Exposed to Asbestos while Vent Cleaning for 3 to 4 months. About 10 hours a day.

During our breakfast/lunch time, after we had eaten, we would take short naps inside the vents until breakfast/lunch time was over.

Many times, we would eat some sort of snacks inside the vents.

We had no goggles, earplugs, masks, gloves, no hazmat suit to clean with.

I also, worked with all the squadrons in replacing parts and some we had to repackage and send out for repair.

I ran a forklift to move supplies around from storage areas to each squadron and handled the AOCP/ANFE, high priority parts.

I tripped over tie downs many times in the red-light darkness in the hanger-bay at night and hurt my knees, elbows, hips, and I remember a couple of times my right and left side was so sore for a couple of days and did not go to sickbay.

I remembered my buddies laughing at me.

I worked with the many squadrons to help them when they had too many planes to prepare for next launch, which had to be cleaned, from the chemicals picked up from the spraying over Vietnam (Agent Orange).

We would clean the chemicals off with water and detergents with rags, sprayers, brushes, mops, and we were told the Chemicals were Harmless and being hot we took off our shirts and rolled up our pants and took off our shoes/socks and got right to work in the Hanger Bay, in the Line of Duty.

The liquids would get into our ears, eyes, skin, and mouth, which had a very bitter taste, latter we just showered off, and we had no goggles, ear plugs, masks, gloves, no hazmat suit to clean with.

Once I slipped off the wing of a plane when washing it and fell to the deck.

I was very sore for a week or two, but stayed on duty and I felt I did not have a need to go to sickbay, so I thought.

I remember cleaning a plane and I got very Sick from the Chemical (Agent Orange) as the last thing I remembered and woke up in Sickbay and I was there for whole 3 days and did not know it.

They never told me what it was from.

I had a high temperature and felt very sick and to me it did not feel like a cold or flu.

I blacked out from the chemical, in the line of doing my duty.

I handled Cleaning Agents for cleaning engine parts and anything else that needed degreasing or cleaning, like engine parts.

We had to Cleaned up Leaks in storage rooms and handled returned barrels of all sizes with liquid dripping all over on the outside; they were a mess, in the line of duty.

Many times, my chief or the first class would Volunteer me and others to move supplies form the side elevator from other ships to the hanger-bay or to the internal elevators or to the supply rooms and Help the Squadrons.

There have been several times I could not eat because My Stomach was Feeling Very Sick from the Chemicals.

Our Water came from the Sea of the Gulf of Tonkin and South China Sea by way Distillation; this water was used for everything on board, like our cats to lunching the planes, to Cooking, Drinking, Bathing, etc., Laced with Agent Orange and other dangerous chemicals.

We would sun bathed on the flight deck, because we all got Heat Rashes (high heat), by order of the Captain, we all were being affected in the line of duty.

I joined the Navy at the age of 17; I had to have my parents sign for me because I was under age and serve my country and defend our rights and I was in very good health.

I was in the Navy when the Draft Board ordered me to sign up for the Draft or go to Jail.

I did not evade the Draft Board or go to Canada; I joined to serve this great Nation.

Service Connected Conditions: (I take lots of pain medicines and others)

[None of my Grandparents, Parents, Uncles, Aunts, Brothers and Sisters; have these types of illnesses, my illnesses prevented the activities I wanted to do with my family, for most of my life, like hiking, camping, sports, boating, fishing, hunting, scouting, raising a family etc..]

VA Doctors checked my Pancreas and found to have an Infection or might be Cancerous, still checking, but there is a serious problem, I took the following medications; (CIPROFLOXACIN HCL 500MG TAB), (DOXYCYCLINE HYCLATE 100 MG CAP), for Infection. Inflammation of the Pancreas.

(Agent Orange causes the Immune System to Weaken)

Edema (Painful Swelling) in both legs, with Chronic COPD, need to keep leg elevated.

Lots of Sharp Pain in both legs, from time to time, unable to move.

Left hip with Split Bone with wire warped around has pain in the hip area due to osteoporosis; Poor Bone Density.

Knee problems with pain, which makes it hard to walk a few feet.

Edema in both legs, from time to time, leaks fluids, lots of pain.

My right foot Swells Up every once in a while, with lots of pain.

Dic in Middle of Back has lots of pain.

I get Tingling and Numbness and Twitching and Loss of Sensation in legs, and very hard to concentrate on anything and having symptoms of Restless Legs Syndrome.

Severe Sleep Apnea problems, which is a neurological and breathing problem.

I Lose Balance in my legs, and have fallen a lot.

I get Depressed, Angry, and Irritable, which causes Stomach Acid to buildup.

I have Memory Loss of much of my past; have to keep documentation to help me remember things.

I get Fatigue very fast and get Out of Breath, on any exertion, and when this happens, it is hard to talk. for lack of air.

Difficulty having an Erection, endocrine, decreased Severely my Sexual Drive, same feelings from edema from my legs.

My Eye Sight is getting worst and harder to read.

I have Sores on my Arms and Legs, they get ulcer looking and itchy.

I get Muscle Cramps in my legs, but swimming in very warm water in a pool, help a lot.

Very Dark Coloration on my toes and legs.

I get Internal Infections easily.

After the Navy, I now have Dyslexia, problems with reading.

My Glucose is 106 mg/dL H. Elevated Diabetic.

The normal range for blood sugar is 70-100 mg/dL.

I have Lost most of my Teeth and still losing them.

I Can Not Sleep on my Back, problems Breathing.

Sharp Pain in my Upper Right Middle of my Back.

Arthritis in both shoulders and has lots of pain.

Sore or Ulcer on Right Eye.

Sensitive to Heat and Cold.

Prostate Gland is large, PSA 5.7, may have Cancer.

Might have Pleural Mesothelioma from Asbestos.

Circulatory problem with both legs.

Osteoarthritis, Degenerative Arthritis, Cartilage Loss in Joints, Bones, and Teeth.

Blue Water Navy is Dying 8 to 10 times faster than those on land in Vietnam.

If you were in my place, I am sure you would be scramming to get this resolved quickly, you keep asking for the same things over and over, but in a different way each time.

All I can do is send you the same data and information, again and again.

I am very worried on how long it is taken for a decision to be made, do I have to die before one is made.

I served my Nation well and I would do it again.

I was willing to die for your freedom and security.

If you look at me today and the pictures of me that I have sent you with a lot of issues, and see the pain and suffering I been going through, I would think you would have granted me Benefits and Eligibility because of Service Connected Disabilities Totally 100% and Totally 100% Unemployability (TDIU) and give me Compensation without any delays.

My primary doctor is:

Abdullah Yousufi, MD

Department of Veterans Affairs

Temple PACT Marron 7

1901 Veterans Memorial Drive

Temple, TX 76504

254-743-1622 Phone

254-743-0135 Fax

(See medical record history at VA - Clinic)

(See medical record history at VA -Temple Hospital)

I am on:

Social Security Administration

Disability Insurance

Notice of Award

Western Program Service Center

P.O. Box 2000

Richmond California 94802-1000

Date: June 15, 2001

(See attached Notice of Award)

Medical evaluation by SSI Doctors

Found Me Totally 100% Disabled
 
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37.   West Pac Cruise:

Evidence:

3. See attached DD-214 showing I was aboard the ship USS Coral Sea CVA-43, which was the First Combat Cruise to Vietnam and operating off the coast of Vietnam.

We sailed for Vietnam in 7 December 1964.

RADM Eddie Outlaw, using Coral Sea as his flagship, immediately ordered all ships assigned to TG 77.5 to proceed at high speed to North Vietnam, South China Sea, Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and Southeast Asia along Vietnam.

Coral Sea would log more than 10,000 combat sorties in Southeast Asia, a record for carriers with one air wing during a single combat cruise.

Which means; there were a lot of planes that needed cleaning all the time, because Agent Orange would eat the paint off the planes.

During that time, too, she was awarded the first of six Admiral Flatley Memorial Awards for aviation safety.

We helped kept those planes clean.

We sailed for home on 17 October 1965.

We had sailed in to the Gulf of Tonkin many times, Red River Delta, Mekong River Delta, etc., and we were so close, we could see the trees on land and many sand pans fishing on the water or they were tracking our activities.

We would get close by in looking for downed pilots, so the helicopters can pick them up.

We had spent a total of 331 days on the West Pac Cruise.
 
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38.   Typhoons 6-10x Year - Floods:

Example:

The Red river, Vietnam, is the largest northern Vietnam River and which flows and discharging into the Gulf of Tonkin, carrying Agent Orange and many other chemicals too, when the tropical rains come, which is often.

The Red river is amazing to watch the expansion of the river to about 320 feet or 100 meters in a year.

Generally, the flow of Red river is 500 Million Cubic Water Per Second, but during the Rainy Season the flow Multiplies about 60 times of its normal rate, bringing with it Agent Orange and many Other Chemicals, which we Drank the Laced Water, Cooked with the Laced Water, and Showered with the Laced Water, having Agent Orange and Many Other Chemicals.

Rain fall per year is about 59.1 to 78.7 inches.

The climate in Vietnam is also under disadvantage of weather, such as typhoons (there are 6-10) in year and floods.

The Vietnamese people have all the diseases of Agent Orange which our Government recognizes, plus they have many more which is Extremely High Above National Levels and Past History, having higher rates of certain types of illnesses, like swollen legs, ankles, and toes, chronic arthritis, bone loss and joint problems, loss of teeth, eye infections, hypertension, skin problems, ADD, learning problems, etc.

I was Highly Exposed and in Direct Contact to Agent Orange, Dioxin, Other Chemicals, Other Herbicides, and Asbestos; in the Line of My Duty and During My Military Service, which gave me my problems and illnesses listed above and my children too.

Also, Australian Blue Water Navy and New Zealand Blue Water Navy, is awarded many more types of illnesses and symptoms then USA for Agent Orange and other chemicals used in Vietnam.
 
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Vietnam War - 1964 to 1966 - USS Coral Sea CVA-43
 

U.S.S. Coral Sea CVA-43 Attack Carrier:
Propulsion system: 12 boilers
Propellers: four
Aircraft elevators: three
Arresting gear cables: four
Catapults: three
Length: 997,4 feet (304 meters)
Flight Deck Width: 237,9 feet (72.5 meters)
Beam: 121 feet (36.9 meters)
Draft: 38,1 feet (11.8 meters)
Displacement: approx. 64,000 tons' full load
Speed: 33+ knots
Planes: approx. 65 planes
Crew: Ship: approx. 2,533 Air Wing: 2,240
Armament: 2 Mk-25 launchers for Sea Sparrow, 2 Phalanx CIWS Mk-15

 
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