Yesterday the IOM Agent Orange committee reported that their C-123 report, expected by the end of
this month, has been delayed into October. This is regrettable because the Department of Veterans Affairs has since January put all C-123 veterans’ claims on hold, awaiting the IOM report.
Until the IOM report is released VA will continue to refuse medical care for over 2100 affected veterans. Further, however conclusive it may be regarding the aircrew’s exposures, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs may still accept the advice of Post Deployment Health and not implement the report’s recommendations.