2019 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Fri, 8 Mar 2019 12:06:29 -0800 (PST)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] HERBICIDES, VETERANS: Agent Orange and Guam
Military Veterans Advocacy: Agent Orange effects go beyond Vietnam

by Eric Dehm
Connecting Vets
February 21, 2019

While a battle rages over whether the VA should provide benefits to Blue Water Navy vets who served off the coast of Vietnam and were effected by Agent Orange, another fight over the effects of the chemical exfoliant is centered on the U.S. territory of Guam. The exposure to service members stationed on the tiny Pacific island, which is home to large Navy and Air Force installations, is a growing concern to some veterans groups.

While Guam isn't the first place the public thinks of in regards to Agent Orange exposure, the chemical was used on the island, and stored there, for many years. Recent efforts by Congress to address the issue have failed, including a 2017 effort led by Florida Rep. Dennis Ross (R-FL). But according to retired Air Force Colonel Rob Maness, Chief of Staff for Military Veterans Advocacy(MVA),  recent tests have shown the dioxin contamination levels found on the island are significant and can't be pushed aside.


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Lenny Siegel
Executive Director
Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
P.O. Box 998, Mountain View, CA 94042
Voice/Fax: 650/961-8918 

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