Any condition not recognized by the Secretary of Veterans Affairs (then Administrator of the Veterans Administration), will by law be denied.
Also, I feel the issues of carcinoma have been to long ignored and should be addressed immediately for those still surviving.
If the cancer diagnosis is other than one of the very few recognized the VA denies the claim.
Carcinoma claims are routinely rejected as those cancers do not meet VA required specifics.
Finally a scientific study was done in Vietnam to determine the affects on human population regarding the use of Agent Orange.
The study at my last review has not been developed in this nation for the benefit of those veterans exposed while on active duty.
It is apparent to me there has been significant downplay to, outright ignoring the studies.
In my solitary office, there appears an extreme imbalance of Vietnam veterans,
suffering from peripheral neuropathy who are denied if the veteran was not diagnosed with diabetes type 2.
It is time to reopen the study of neurological conditions.
We shall review briefly these studies made by independent sources.
Dr. Hoang Dinh Cau, chairman of the government-supported National Committee for Investigation of the Consequences of Chemicals
used in the Vietnam War, known as the 10-80 Committee, has studied the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnamese people over two decades.
Dr. Cau is not as guarded as others at Tu Du Hospital in discussing the use of the herbicide,
which contained dioxin, a contaminant many Western researchers called the most toxic chemical discovered by mankind so far.
This was also stated in my book IN SEARCH OF THE TRUTH FOR VIETNAM COMBAT VETERANS.
The original essay "Poison: Agent Orange" published by The Ohio AMVET in 1983 is the chapter with that statement.
"We have recognized many kinds of birth defects associated with dioxin," Dr. Cau said, opening up a book with photographs of Vietnamese civilians identified as Agent Orange victims.
Several of the photos depict badly deformed infants. The children in Vietnam suffer a broad range of birth defects:
many have unformed limbs, others are mentally handicapped and those with extremely enlarged heads.
Vietnamese scientists and government officials believe the children, along with hundreds of thousands of other Vietnamese are victims of the massive amounts of Agent Orange herbicide that US forces dumped on South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Vietnamese researchers, as well as some of their Western colleagues, know that the more than 11 million gallons of Agent Orange that the US military introduced to South Vietnamese ecosystems created a public-health nightmare from which Vietnam has not recovered.
Vietnamese scientists believe the dioxin contamination has caused not only birth defects, but also respiratory cancers, heart problems and diabetes.
In 2000 the US Air Force released a study indicating a link between Agent Orange exposure, diabetes and heartdisease.
It has been well over 30 years since the United States stopped using Agent Orange. Thus many seriously ill patients have already died.
Pilot surveys conducted by Vietnamese researchers in December 1998 found that between 800,000 and 1 million Vietnamese had Agent Orange related health problems, in a report released in 1999 by Dr. Le Cao Dai, executive director of the Agent Orange Victims Fund of the Vietnam Red Cross.
As much as 100,000 of those affected by the herbicide suffered some form of birth defect, the surveys found.
The United States thus far has nothing to do with research, into the connection between Agent Orange spraying and health problems among Vietnamese.
The US government has dismissed without review the accuracy and reliability of Vietnamese studies on Agent Orange.
The Dr. Cau 10-80 Committee was so named because it was founded in October 1980.
It is the only Vietnamese organization to attempt systematic research into the effects of Agent Orange.
Dr. Cau said the Vietnamese government had tried studying the mysterious herbicides that the United States used as far back as 1965, but lacked the resources and knowledge to do so effectively.
"The Vietnamese Army never used Agent Orange, so they had no experts to study it," he said.
Vietnamese researchers now know that the dioxin from Agent Orange continues to affect Vietnamese born long after the war because it moves up the food chain, accumulating in higher concentrations as it goes.
According to Dr. Dai's report, 85 to 90 percent of the dioxin detected in the Vietnamese comes from contaminated food.
After an area was sprayed, the report explains, the dioxin from Agent Orange contaminated organic matter in soil as well as river and lake mud.
Animals, fish and shrimp then ingested some of the soil and mud and became contaminated.
Humans, in turn, were exposed to dioxin when they consumed contaminated animal, fish or shrimp products.
Testing for dioxin is a difficult and expensive procedure. One dioxin test costs about $700 in Vietnam, which can quickly destroy budgets of Vietnamese researchers.