Paying For Vets Who Are Agent Orange Victims Are 'Not Helping Us Save The Country'

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    Republican co-chair of President Obama's Deficit Commission, former Sen. Alan Simpson has turned his focus to a different topic: veterans receiving disability benefits as a result of being exposed to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War. Speaking to the press, Simpson complained that these benefits run "contrary to efforts to control federal spending," and even went as far as to say that "the irony" is that "the veterans who saved this country are now, in a way, not helping us to save the country in this fiscal mess"

    Newsvine - Republican Alan Simpson: Veterans Who Are Agent Orange Victims Are 'Not Helping Us Save The Country'

    Simpson, an Army veteran and former chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, specifically questioned automatic disability awards to those affected by the defoliant Agent Orange, which the U.S. used during the Vietnam War. Simpson said the payments don't mesh with his panel's goal of reducing the debt.

    Fiscal commission co-chairman: Vets' benefits 'not helping' the debt crisis - The Hill's Blog Briefing Room

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    Expect more of this if Republicans regain the house and senate. Consider what they want to do to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Imagine how they would "help" soldiers from Iraq.
     
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    ... more than 2-fold increased risk of the precursor to multiple myeloma...

    Study Links Agent Orange to Plasma Cell Cancer Precurser
    Sep 12, 2015 - A study using stored blood samples of U.S. Air Force personnel who conducted aerial herbicide spray missions of Agent Orange during the Vietnam war found a more than 2-fold increased risk of the precursor to multiple myeloma known as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, or MGUS, according to an article published online by JAMA Oncology.
     
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    Vets do not receive disability payments for agent orange exposure. Some receive payments for disabilities resulting from such exposure. And rightly so. A disability is a disability whether it results from a bullet or a dangerous chemical. Wonder how many ex-military died before the courts mandated treatment and payments. They should be thanked for saving money for those who dumped it on them in the first place.
     
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    Simpson is 84 freaking years old. He probably forgot he was a republican ten years ago. Is Barry Hussein keeping him around for provocative comments?
     
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    Agent Orange comes back to haunt veterans...

    Decades Later, Agent Orange Catches Up with Vietnam Veterans
    Feb 28, 2016 - Snow fell outside the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 696 as its members held their monthly meeting Feb. 9.
     
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    Don't forget who flooded Vietnam with US troops.
     
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    Perhaps they could use a bit of this budget to help out those in need. Its a military spend thing.

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