The latest C-123 Veterans Association YouTube video addresses the secret destruction of the Davis-Monthan AFB "boneyard" C-123 fleet. Revealed are documents showing partial justification was specifically to prevent veterans from learning they'd already been exposed...and to keep them from being able to turn to the VA for Agent Orange benefits.
The USAF faced the necessity of destroying the remaining C-123 aircraft stored at Davis-Monthan AFB's "boneyard" due to their Agent Orange contamination. Sales and parting out were not possible and a potential $3.4 billion EPA fine was in view. DOD Agent Orange Consultant's recommended destruction of the airplanes, especially because veterans (already exposed!) who'd flown the airplanes earlier might learn of the contamination, and their exposure, and turn to the VA for well-earned medical care. OSD's statement clearly was crafted to prevent veterans from learning about the Agent Orange issues and then proceeding on their claims, and the statement to the AF was taken up by managers at the 505th Sustainability Squadron as they sought and received the Air Staff approval for C-123 shredding and smelting...and by repeating OSD's recommendation to hide the process from the media and the veterans, it became AF policy. Special procedures were taken to make sure the destruction of the C-123 fleet was accomplished with as little public attention as possible, with hopes that no information would leak out at all.
It should be clear. Veterans had already been exposed. They should have been told of this, rather than having the evidence about it destroyed specifically to prevent their learning of the C-123 contamination history and the right...indeed, for many, the NEED to turn to the VA for medical care for exposure to deadly dioxin.
Shame on all parties involved for this "magnificent" deception. Shame on those who congratulated the Air Force players for their secrecy. Shame on Air Force Public Affairs for a piece of tainted "journalism" which brings discredit to the United States Air Force! The video shows cuts from military documents and other materials released under FOIA, the originals of which can be downloaded at www.c123kcancer.blogspot.com for further study.