A key part of the VA's pretense that C-123 veterans were not exposed to dioxin aboard our aircraft is their invention of something called "dry dioxin transfer." Don't bother looking it up in Wikipedia - the idea is novel to the VA, created to dismiss the many Air Force tests which clearly proved our airplanes contaminated with dioxin, by pretending that aircrews, maintenance and aerial port personnel were not exposed to the contamination. I know...makes no sense to anyone but the VA. Admittedly, exposure and contamination are separate points, but the US Government has not made the distinction before this.
|Working C-123 Hand|
article in the TOX Journal about dermal exposure to dioxin, carried in a 1995 article published in the TOX journal. In this key document, clearly known to the VA but obviously ignored by them, the likelihood of dermal exposure is carefully spelled out. In addition to the dioxin we ingested and inhaled aboard the Provider, the article's authors explain that our skin provided no special barrier to exposure. Indeed, they establish that dermal exposure is usually the most intense of the three routes of exposure.
Last article for 2012 - God bless and keep you all.
Wes Carter and Family
December 31, 2012
(thanks to MSgt Kathy Voiland for her help with the TOX article)