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Scientists said “Agent Orange May Boost Vietnam Vets' Hypertension Risk”

The VA Secretary over rules them in another politically correct decision. Protection of the budget continues as politics as usual. Especially when it comes to veterans issues; also most especially if it is Vietnam veterans involved. So many double standards concerning Vietnam veterans exist, it is difficult to remember the all without notes.

In 2007 studies it was found by a group of Institute Of Medicine (IOM) scientists, through the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) that exposure to the defoliant herbicide Agent Orange during the Vietnam War may be raising blood pressure levels for the aging veterans of that conflict. That was the biggest change in a series of reports from the U.S. Institute of Medicine on the long-term health effects of Agent Orange. The report was released to the media last year.

The IOM's Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides last issued its updated findings in 2005; this report is based on data collected up to 2006. The reports are compiled at the request of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. "In two new studies, Vietnam veterans with the highest exposure to herbicides exhibited distinct increases in the prevalence of hypertension; the prevalence of heart disease was also increased," the report found, although the IOM committee stopped short of suggesting that wartime exposure to Agent Orange is currently raising veterans' risk of ischemic heart disease.

The group said the latest data on hypertension risk is of a much higher quality than prior research looking at links between Agent Orange and heart disease or heart disease risk factors. However, the new findings are "consistent" with those gleaned from prior research.

After a year the VA Secretary James Peake who has a rich background in veterans affairs, besides being the secretary. We are considering he is a retired Army Surgeon Lt. General, who owned the largest medical provider for the Department of Veterans Affairs, doing the Compensation and Pension exams, we commonly refer to as the C&P. Anyone who has been in this business for any extended period of time knows the C&P exam is not designed to help the beleaguered veteran; but, to assist the VA in evaluation of the condition. This to determine if the condition is related to the military or naval service and the degree of impairment. So the news release was official “The Veterans Administration will not grant disability claims for hypertension related to Agent Orange or other herbicide exposure, according to Veterans Affairs Secretary James Peake, who decided existing research doesn't clearly establish a link between the two. "The science didn't support it," Mark Brown, director of VA's Environmental Agents Service, said Tuesday (July 8, 2008).

Bad decision, very bad. We have only begun to fight!

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