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Hadit Member Cited In Bva Decision



The reference to K. P. is our own Kurt Priessman whose work regarding Thailand and AO has helped MANY Thailand vets succeed on AO claims.

The recent C & P directive on Thailand vets as well as reference in the 2010 Edition of the VBM are directly due to Kurt's efforts.

"Based thereon, in September 2009, the Board remanded this case

for further development, including so that a request could be

made to the Armed Forces Pest Management Board ("Pest Board")

for information regarding the use of herbicides at the Takhli and

Korat Air Force Bases during the relevant periods. A March 2010

response from the Armed Forces Pest Management Board reflects

that while they did not maintain any records specifically

pertaining to the Takhli and Korat bases relating to the periods

of time the Veteran served there, the Pest Board directed VA's

attention to several other sources of information (and enclosed

copies with their response letter), including an article written

by retired sergeant K.P., who, according to his article, served

at the Korat Air Force base in Thailand around the same time as

the Veteran. This article indicates that herbicide agents were

used at the Korat Air base beginning in June 1972. See Herbicide

Use in Thailand, K.P., at 18 (quoting Checo Report, Base Defense

in Thailand, U.S. Air Force, Maj. B. and Capt. B., Feb. 12, 1973

at 68)."

I have attached the BVA decision this is in and an additional Thailand vet award.

We sure should all be proud of Kurt and his exemplary advocacy to Thailand vets and their survivors.


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Getting to know Kurt is an asset. From our SVR shows, I can tell he is dedicated to his mission and is to be commended on what he does. Keep up the good Work Kurt.

Thanks for posting this Berta.


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John -Kurt sent me an additional BVA decision last night in which the VA directly refers to him by his full name and cites his work.

The Vet who was awarded has other issues on remand and didnt want the Citation posted anywhere for a BVA link as he is concerned as t the other issues.

When Kurt started out for his own claim he sure had some mountains to climb.

But he made it to the summit! and his research for his own claim has helped MANY!

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