Agent Orange & Ft. Gordon GA
Well, today put one into the "Aw CRAP!" column of my life. Have always wondered why I am the only member of my family that has ever had diabetes. Been trying real hard to manage bood sugar, take care of my feet, etc. Today, I may have found out why I am diabetic.
In the fall of 1967, The DOD was testing herbicide spraying at Ft. Gordon GA. Products were Agent Orange and Agent White, delivered by helicopter spraying. Shortly after that, a young C3shooter was training in that area- including hiking thru it, sleeping in it, and digging holes in it.
I have been in communication with a gent that is doing research on the exact areas- and there has already been one case from Ft. Gordon that the VA (on appeal) has ruled to be a compensable, service related disability. While service in Vietnam will trigger Agent Orange status for people with certain illnesses, the VA had not extended this to stateside exposures. The VA has now listed the stateside areas where this was used for testing in their website.
Well, this sucks. I now have to go visit LBJs grave and Robert McNamara's. I have enough money to pay the bail for peeing on their tombstones.
What we have here is... failure- to communicate.