I reviewed the March Board of Veterans Appeals decisions and was glad to see five Active Duty airmen win their appeals based on VA's C-123 rules. None of these vets would have succeeded without their claims reliance on our having convinced VA that C-123 duties, Reserve or Active Duty, between 1972-1986 provide for a presumption of exposure to Agent Orange. The benefits to them are tens of thousands of dollars each – congratulations!
In addition, there was one claim approved that I disagree with: a paratrooper claimed Agent Orange exposure merely by having jumped from a C-123 during his active duty years. This kind of infrequent, non-professional is not what VA had in mind when the C-123 eligibility rules were published. Lucky guy, but not from any merit on his part.
30 May 2020
08 May 2020
Troops jumping from a C-123B
Conway Report conclusion, page 2
BG Haugen's assurance in base paper that the C-123 was as safe as possible.
Sample email by Sampsel telling everyone in VA "overwhelming preponderance of evidence" was against our claims. He never included the fact that he would only reference VA itself as the authority. He and others published web pages with their views, then cited those pages as "scientific proof."
Our poster accusing VA of ethical failures