15 November 2016

VA Study Links Hypertension to Agent Orange Exposure

Today, ProPublica published another in their outstanding series on Agent Orange, this one reporting the link found by VA researchers between Agent Orange and hypertension. VA itself presently doesn't recognize hypertension among the fourteen ailments for which it provides care and compensation, but the decision to change that now rests with the incoming Trump administration.

And it will cost! Billions upon billions, because so many citizens develop hypertension even without toxic exposures, and hypertension is one of the most cared-for illnesses among today's veterans. If anyone has an accurate estimate about the cost, they're not saying it out loud!

An abstract of the hypertension study can be found here from the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

ProPublica's last major article about Agent Orange addressed the C-123 veterans and our five-year struggle to successfully get our members medical care and disability compensation,

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