The Va And Prostate Cancer

July 21, 2009 by  
Filed under Prostate Cancer

The United States Department for Veterans Affairs has been charged for a while now with putting into effect the provisions that have been made for military veterans that served during the Vietnam War because of the increased risk that they appear to have of developing prostate cancer. During those years because of the chemical and biological warfare that had to be waged on the Vietnamese in order to ‘smoke’ them out of their hiding places, several men were exposed to the chemical agent referred to a Agent Orange, which was toxic not only to the vegetation in the region, but also to the humans that were exposed to it.

To date, there are still people who veto the authenticity of that claim, but the VA, after substantial squabbles and disputes, have eventually determined to take care of their own. Agent Orange is the name given to the most effective chemical herbicide that was sprayed by United States armed forces in South Vietnam during the war. It was created from an equal combination of 2,4,5-trichlorophenoxyacetic acid and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, and contained extremely toxic byproducts known as dioxins.

Since then, it has been determined that exposure to these dioxins is associated with severe birth defects and certain rare cancers in humans, especially prostate cancer. The Agent Orange Settlement Fund was created by the resolution of the Agent Orange Product Liability Litigation ? a class action lawsuit brought by Vietnam veterans and their families regarding injuries allegedly incurred as a result of the exposure to the chemical herbicides used during between 1959 and 1965.

To this end, a payment program was developed, which provided cash compensation to totally-disabled veterans and survivors of deceased veterans; and another class assistance program, which was intended to provide funds for social services organizations and networks for the purpose of establishing and maintaining programs for the benefit of the class as a whole. However the veterans themselves had to prove that they served in Vietnam as a member of the Armed Forces between ’61 and ’72; that they are totally-disabled or survivor of a deceased Vietnam veteran; that death or disability was not caused by a traumatic or accidental occurrence; and a number of other factors of that sort.

Today, the VA cares for the families of prostate cancer victims who developed the disease after their service in Vietnam. There are provisos for those who have only recently been diagnosed, those who are being treated already, those who have been treated before, and those who are suffering a relapse of the cancer. There is no reason to continue suffering in silence.

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