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TThe AO BWN and potential new presumptives Problem.



This article confirms the scuttlebutt I have heard on both of thse issues.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey partners on letter asking Trump administration to change policy delaying health benefits and disability pay for vets with illnesses linked to Agent Orange and other chemicals used during the Vietnam War.

U.S. Sen. Bob Casey and a colleague have asked the Trump administration to reconsider a decision to not have illnesses linked to Agent Orange considered presumptive conditions for thousands of Vietnam War veterans.

Casey, D-Scranton, and U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., sent a letter to Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert Wilkie on Wednesday, saying the decision blocks disability compensation and health benefits for about 83,000 veterans.

“The Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) decision to exclude bladder cancer, hypertension, Parkinsonism, and hypothyroidism as diseases linked to Agent Orange is frustrating and unfair,” the senators wrote.

Casey and Bennet argued that the National Academies of Medicine (NAM) conducted a federally mandated study on the effects of Agent Orange exposure, as well as other chemicals used during the Vietnam War.

The 2016 NAM report concluded that there is “sufficient evidence of an association between exposure to at least one


The Blue water stuff follows-    I am losing PC access due to snow and fog and  wind ----will try to post the link later-

They forgot the 2018 NAS report on the "sufficient" association of HBP to AO-

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