VA Denies C-123 Crews Agent Orange Claims- See more at: http://www.ngaus.org/newsroom/news/va-denies-c-123-crews-agent-orange-claims#sthash.syMJtDln.dpuf
note: while we appreciate Secretary Shinseki's assurance of a case-by-case evaluation of C-123 claims, it is impossible not to note that 100% of them are denied, although then approved after waiting years through the VA's Board of Veterans Appeals process.
This seems more like a policy-driven denial process than a "case-by-case" evaluation.
The simple legal requirement of non-Vietnam War veterans is that they submit proof of exposure to "military herbicides" such as Agent Orange. Our warplanes were contaminated...indeed, according to the Air Force, "heavily contaminated on all test surfaces."
The C-123 veterans have submitted that proof, provided them by the Air Force. The proof has been substantiated by the CDC, EPA, NIH, US Public Health Service and several university schools of medicine and schools of public health.