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Cross-country horseback rider finishing dad’s bucket list

KINGMAN – Cliff Romberger served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971 and died in 2015 of a brain disease as a result of exposure to Agent Orange. He was a lifelong horseman and never fulfilled his last bucket list item: to ride coast to coast on horseback. His son is now fulfilling that wish.

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Vietnam Veterans of America to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Generational Effects of the Agent Orange/Dioxin

PRESS RELEASE

Vietnam Veterans of America

VVA Chapter 1093, Cochise

 

IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 25th 2016 No. 4-10 Contact:

Press Release Bill Colberg

vvavso@cox.net

520-249-8898

Vietnam Veterans of America to Hold Town Hall Meeting on Generational Effects of the Agent Orange/Dioxin

Chapter 1093 of the Vietnam Veterans of America, Sierra Vista AZ will hold a Town Hall meeting to address the birth defects, diseases, and learning disabilities affecting the children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans. The forum will be held on Saturday May14th at 10:00AM, at the Sierra Vista United Methodist Church at 5225 St Andrews Dr.

“We encourage all veterans with children and/or grandchildren suffering from illnesses, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities to come share their stories. We will explore issues surrounding Agent Orange exposure, including scientific information, health effects, and methods for educating the public and elected representatives about the issues of Vietnam veterans, their children, and their families, said Bill Colberg Past President, Veterans Service Officer.

The goal of the town hall meeting is to bring attention to the hidden cost of our service and to encourage the government to create and maintain a registry of these birth defects as well as assist our doctors in finding ways to diagnose and treat these birth defects. Veterans of all wars are subjected to many contaminates and most were not aware of what was being used or what effects most would have on their health.

Said Colberg, “Our children and grandchildren are innocent victims of our war and need the help of our government to cope with these problems. We worry, who will be there to take care of them when we are gone? „”

Vietnam Veterans of America (WA) is the nation’s only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA’s founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

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For Immediate Release: IOM Releases Veterans and Agent Orange, Update 2014: Bladder Cancer, Hypothroidism, Parkinson-like Symptoms, Hypertension, and Stroke Upgraded; Spina Bifida in offspring Downgraded 

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IMMEDIATE RELEASE March 10, 2016   No. 16-9
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IOM Releases Veterans and Agent Orange, Update 2014:

Bladder Cancer, Hypothroidism, Parkinson-like Symptoms, Hypertension, and Stroke Upgraded; Spina Bifida in offspring Downgraded

 

(Washington, D.C.)—Today, the Institute of Medicine released Veterans and Agent Orange Update 2014, the tenth biennial evaluation of relevant scientific studies–published between October 1, 2012, and September 30, 2014–on Agent Orange and other herbicides used during military operations in Vietnam.

 

“Vietnam Veterans of America thanks the IOM’s Veterans and Agent Orange Committee for upgrading the status of Bladder cancer and hypothyroidism to the Limited/Suggestive Category of Association; for clarifying that individuals with Parkinson-like symptoms without other known etiology should be included in the presumption for Parkinson’s disease; and for firmly supporting the VAO’s prior decisions–but not yet recognized by VA as presumptive conditions:hypertension and stroke,” said VVA National President John Rowan.

 

“VVA calls on President Obama and Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald to immediately initiate the process for adding all of these conditions to the service-connected, presumptive list for those who served in Vietnam and elsewhere in the Southeast Asia theater of operations,” said Rowan.

 

“Most disturbing,” noted Rowan, “is the rationale behind the Committee’s recommendation to downgrade Spina Bifida to Inadequate or Insufficient Evidence. As stated on Page 10 of Update 2014, ‘since Update 1996, no new analyses of birth defect data, finding increased rates of spina bifida among children of men exposed to the chemicals of interest have become available.’ IOM, in previous updates, has repeatedly called for the VA to conduct research on this issue. The VA has not spent a dime on this vitally needed research.”

 

Of the more than 7,600 abstracts of scientific and medical articles related to Agent Orange, Agent Blue, and Agent White, none of these studies were funded by VA,” said Rowan. “It is time for Congress to demand that the VA do their job by passing the Toxic Exposures Act (S. 901/ HR 1769) before Memorial Day.”

 

Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation’s only congressionally chartered veterans’ service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families. VVA’s founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”

 

 


WKSU News: Ohio Air Force reservists could see Agent Orange relief

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs will make an announcement next week about treatment for Air Force reservists who may have been exposed to Agent Orange after Vietnam. For Ohio Public Radio, WYSO’s Lewis Wallace reports U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown has joined the chorus of voices asking for a policy change.

via WKSU News: Ohio Air Force reservists could see Agent Orange relief.

Agent Orange ingredients found at Okinawa military dumpsite | The Japan Times

Dozens of rusting barrels unearthed on former U.S. military land in Okinawa City

Okinawa Dig

have been identified as containing chemical precursors to defoliant Agent Orange, a toxic compound used widely in the Vietnam War and blamed for poisoning that has resulted in birth defects and other health problems.

via Agent Orange ingredients found at Okinawa military dumpsite | The Japan Times.