Units Exposed To Agent Orange In Korea

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I would like to thank Taura King, Marilyn Oilver, Barb Wright, Tom Courbat and many others that have supplied this info. WASHINGTON - Veterans exposed to herbicides while serving along the demilitarized zone (DMZ) in Korea will have an easier path to access quality health care and benefits under a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) final regulation that will expand the dates when illnesses caused by herbicide exposure can be presumed to be related to Agent Orange.

Under the final regulation published today in the Federal Register, VA will presume herbicide exposure for any Veteran who served between April 1, 1968, and Aug. 31, 1971, in a unit determined by VA and the Department of Defense (DoD) to have operated in an area in or near the Korean DMZ in which herbicides were applied.   In practical terms, eligible Veterans who have specific illnesses VA presumes to be associated with herbicide exposure do not have to prove an association between their illness and their military service.

  This "presumption" simplifies and speeds up the application process for benefits and ensures that Veterans receive the benefits they deserve.   Click on these links to learn about Veterans' diseases associated with Agent Orange exposure at _defects.asp>  at   VA encourages Veterans with covered service in Korea who have medical conditions that may be related to Agent Orange to submit their applications for access to VA health care and compensation as soon as possible so the agency can begin processing their claims.

  Individuals can go to website <http://www.vba.va.gov/bln/21/AO/claimherbicide.htm>  to get a more complete understanding of how to file a claim for presumptive conditions related to herbicide exposure, as well as what evidence is needed by VA to make a decision about disability compensation or survivors benefits.   Additional information about Agent Orange and VA's services for Veterans exposed to the chemical is available at   The regulation is available on the Office of the Federal Register website at http://www.

ofr.gov/. Herbicide Use in 63 New Info on Korea DMZ Page 2 [embedded content] THE AUSTRALIAN KOREAN WAR VETERANS' HEALTH STUDY Chemical burial confirmed in Camp Carroll Agent orange development procedures for in country-brown water-blue water-korea-thailand Over 100 Kinds of Chemicals Dumped at Camp Carroll Korea AO Exposure USFK investigating vets' claims they buried Agent Orange on base in '70s at Camp Carroll Korea Military forms joint team to investigate Camp Mercer site USFK officer battles with VA over Agent Orange exposure New Procedures for Claims Based on Herbicide Exposure in Thailand and Korea Check Your Claims Status On Line Obtaining Missing Documents Instructions for verifying a Veterans involvement in Special Operations Forces classified missions or obtaining related classified documents.

Korea Demilitarized Zone Incidents Military Research Associates The Federal Registry needs your input Herbicide Exposure and Veterans With Covered Service in Korea If you are a Veteran with Korean Service and have questions, health problems or just want to share your experiences which may have exposed you to toxic herbicides, please e-mail  Phil Steward  at pesteward@hotmail.com . Korean Service Questionnaire Contact your Congress people to support this bill.

Agent Orange Equity Act of 2009. Parkinson Disease The Invisible Army..Ghost Walkers Ghost Walker Info Up date on Ghost Walkers records. It seems that they are under lock and key at the Pentagon. Someone tried to get  records and was politely told to go and forget that he came looking for the records.  I Think it's now congressional investigation time and I think that I will be calling both Filner's office and my local congressional guy as well as Danial Akaka's office and everybody else that I can think of that might be able to jar these records loose.

  44 years is long enough to keep something hidden and covered up.  Wonder how many other vets out there were involved in one of the 22,000 still classified missions that need to get their benefits established?  Requesting classified records for those who were on classified missions. Korean War Project Agent Orange Registry Letter to Representative Bob Filner Second Indianhead Division Association, Inc.

Agent Orange Press Release Agent Orange Clinic On December 16, 2003 the Veterans Benefits Act of 2003 was signed into law. This law states that Spina Bifida benefits have been extended to the natural child of a service member if the service member served in Korea during the period September 1, 1967 - August 31, 1971. The veteran must have served in the active military, naval or air service and have been exposed to an herbicide agent during such service in or near the Korean demilitarized zone.

http://www.va.gov/hac/forbeneficiaries/spina/spina.asp Now this is my question. If Spina Bifida is recognized by the VA as caused by AO, then doesn’t this tell you that any vet that was in Korea in the time period mention above should also have been exposed and get their claims approved. M21 Manual on Herbicide Exsposure Establishing Service Connection for Disabilities Resulting From Exposure to Herbicide Agents Introduction of Evidence Letter of Support Letter of Support 2 Letter of Support 3 Letter From DVA Letter from Steve Witter Leavenworth Papers Rachel's Environment and Health Steve Witter 2 1/31st, 2/31st ID Korea Toxic Defoliant 1st Cav DMZ 2nd ID VABVA Case Law Agent Orange, Korea VA Directive AGENT ORANGE Outside of Vietnam, Korea: Australian Korean War Vets Chemical Toxins CHRONOLOGY OF INCIDENTS Histories for The Second Korean War Veterans More on Korea National Agricultural Library Study finds high pollution levels at most U.

S. bases in S. Korea Tactical Herbicides US Dept. of Health and Human Services Joe's Story Rain Eagles Story Agent Orange, Korea VA Directive AGENT ORANGE Outside of Vietnam, Korea: The below 3 books is the Tactics and Techniques of Chemical, Biological and Radiological (CBR) Warfare issued by Headquarters, Department of the Army issued November, 1958.  The Official Record Stamp is dated December 23, 1958 and the document # is AGO 1979C-Oct Book 1 Book 2 Book 3 Click to join koreadmzcoldwarveterans

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Agent Orange (Herbicides) Used Outside of Vietnam The VA has received a listing from the Defense Department of locations outside of Viet Nam where Agent Orange was used or tested over a number of years. The information gives periods of time, locations and chemicals used. It does not contain units involved or individual identifying information. The listings are almost exclusively Army records although there are an extremely limited number of Navy and Air Force records.

These listings relate only to chemical efficacy testing and/or operational testing. The records do not refer to the use of Agent Orange or other chemicals in routine base maintenance activities such as spraying along railroad tracks, weed control on rifle ranges, etc. Information on such use does not exist. VA will develop for proof of exposure for claims for disabilities resulting from Agent Orange exposure outside of Viet Nam.

VA does have significant information regarding Agent Orange use in Korea along the DMZ. DoD has confirmed that Agent Orange was used from April 1968 up through July 1969 along the DMZ. DoD defoliated the fields of fire between the front line defensive positions and the south barrier fence. The size of the treated area was a strip of lane 151 miles long and up to 350 yards wide from the fence to north of the "civilian control line.

" There is no indication that herbicide was sprayed in the DMZ itself. Herbicides were applied through hand spraying and by hand distribution of pelletized herbicides. Although restrictions were put in place to limit potential for spray drift, run-off, and damage to food crops, records indicate that effects of spraying were sometimes observed as far as 200 meters down wind. Units in the area during the period of use of herbicide were as follows: The four combat brigades of the 2nd Infantry Division.

This includes the following units: a) 1-38 Infantry b) 2-38 Infantry c) 1-23 Infantry d) 2-23 Infantry e) 3-23 Infantry f) 3-32 Infantry g) 109th Infantry h) 209th Infantry i) 1-72 Armor j) 2-72 Armor k) 4-7th Cavalry. 3rd Brigade of the 7th. Infantry Division. This includes the following units: a) 1-17th Infantry b) 2-17th Infantry c) 1-73 Armor d) 2-10th Cavalry. Field Artillery, Signal and Engineer troops were supplied as support personnel as required.

The estimated number of exposed personnel is 12,056. Unlike Viet Nam, exposure to Agent Orange is not presumed for veterans who served in Korea. Claims for compensation for disabilities resulting from Agent Orange exposure from veterans who served in Korea during this period will be developed for evidence of exposure. If the veteran was exposed the presumptive conditions found for Agent Orange exposure apply.

These units were added (25 Sep 06) for time frame, April 1968 through July 1969: 1st Battalion 12th Artillery 1st Battalion 15th Artillery 7th Battalion 17th Artillery 5th Battalion 38th Artillery 6th Battalion 37th Artillery 1st Battalion 31st Infantry (7th Infantry Division) 1st Battalion 32nd Infantry (7th Infantry Division) 2nd Battalion 32nd Infantry (7th Infantry Division) United Nations Command Security Battalion-Joint Security Area (UNCSB-JSA) Crew of the USS Pueblo Top Other Presumed Locations The only real issue is proving exposure (all persons who served in Vietnam are presumed to have been exposed.

) The VA is determining whether Department of Defense information is sufficient to add some non-Vietnam units to the presumptive exposure list, but none have been added as of June 2001. The following areas outside of Vietnam have been confirmed as places where AO was used: 1. The Korean demilitarized zone in 1968 and 1969 (extensive spraying).2. Fort Drum, NY in 1959 (testing). Other areas where veterans allege AO to have been sprayed include: 1.

Guam from 1955 through 1960s (spraying).2. Johnston Atoll (1972-1978) was used for unused AO storage.3. Panama Canal Zone from 1960s to early 1970s (spraying).4. Elgin AFB (Agents Orange and Blue) on Firing Range and Viet Cong Village.5. Wright-Patterson AFB (OH) and Kelly AFB (TX).Also see: 1154-3.304-AO Outside of Vietnam See section D under combat. This was just revised in Dec of 2001. This allows those that served outside of Vietnam and were exposed to AO to file for compensation.

Also attached is a document about Panama and Guam having also been added to the list of AO locations. [Code of Federal Regulations][Title 38, Volume 1][Revised as of July 1, 2001]From the U.S. Government Printing Office via GPO Access[CITE: 38CFR3.304][Page 219-220] Top Congressman Lane Evans (Illinois) Requested Information (Lane Evans is retired from the US Congress) I am also requesting an assessment of the use, testing or storage of Agent Orange, Agent Blue, Agent Purple, Agent White or other herbicides which contain dioxin, including the locations, amounts and relevant dates at the following locations and any other location for which documentation exists: Aberdeen Proving Ground, Aberdeen, MarylandApalachicola National Forest (Sophoppy, Florida)Avon Air Force Base, FloridaBeaumont, TexasBrawley, CaliforniaBushnell Army Air Field, FloridaCamp Detrick, MarylandDar and Prek Clong, CambodiaEglin Air Force Base, FloridaFort Gordon, GeorgiaFort Richie, MarylandFredericton, New Brunswick, CanadaGuanica, and Joyuda, Puerto RicoGulfport, MississippiHuntington County, State College, PennsylvaniaJacksonville, FloridaKauai, HawaiiKingston, Rhode IslandKompong Cham Province, CambodiaLaosLas Marias, Puerto RicoLas Mesas Cerros and La Jugua, Mayaguez, Puerto RicoLoquillo, Puerto RicoMauna Loa, Hilo, HawaiiOperation PACER HO (Disposal at sea)Pinal Mountains, Globe, ArizonaPranburi and other locations in ThailandProsser, WashingtonRio Grande, Puerto RicoWayside and Wilcox, Mississippi I would appreciate a response to this letter by June 13, 2003.

If you have any questions about this request, please contact Mary Ellen Mc Carthy, Democratic Staff Director, Subcommittee on Benefits. Thank you for your efforts to improve services to our Nation's veterans. Sincerely,LANE EVANSRanking Democratic Member

Wilma Lawrence

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