|Patches, Tail # 362, now at USAF Museum, Dayton OH|
"As far as aircraft safety is concerned, although there is never a warranty, the C-123 is as safe as humanly possible."I personally worked for this leader and admired him greatly. But he was in error.
The C-123 was a deadly hazard that had already poisoned us for seven years, and that would continue poisoning us for three more until the last was flown into desert storage.
Agent Orange, identified on Patches (Tail #362,) remained on many of our aircraft following their Vietnam Agent Orange spray missions. The Conway tests proved this, but neither we nor our leadership were informed then, or ever since. We had to find out by the Freedom of Information Act.
What happened? Where was the leadership due us from the USAF Surgeon General?
Where is the leadership and responsibility of the Department of Veterans Affairs when we turn to it with proof of our illness, proof of our exposures, and find the VA locking its hospital doors against us?
Has VA not read its own mission statement, so horribly abused this Year of VA Scandals?