My name is BW Milne and I am part owner of AO AWARNESS & INFO Yahoo Group and owner of Cyber Sarge’s web site.
I am a disabled Vietnam veteran rated with the VA at 20% Hypertension, 30% PTSD, 10% Diabetes with Secondary 20% per limb for Neuropathy 10% Chloroacne for a total of 100% VA Disability & 100% Social Security Disability for Neuropathy.
To overturn the VA laws on Peripheral Neuropathy and Agent Orange.
I have contacted The Neuropathy Association to try
and establish a positive link with Peripheral Neuropathy and
VA on Peripheral Neuropathy:
Agent Orange Brief 2000 Update info:
In update 2000: For chronic persistent peripheral neuropathy, there is only inadequate or insufficient evidence to determine whether an association exists between exposure to dioxin or the herbicides studied in this report. NAS found that there was limited/suggestive evidence of an association between exposure to the herbicides considered in this report and acute or subacute transient peripheral neuropathy. The evidence regarding association was drawn from occupation and other studies in which subjects were exposed to a variety of herbicides and herbicides components. Information available to NAS continued to support this conclusion.
The 2002 update concluded that there is inadequate or insufficient evidence to determine whether an association exists between the chemicals studied and chronic persistent peripheral neuropathy.In relation to acute and subacute transient peripheral neuropathy, the NAS concluded that there was limited or suggestive evidence of an association between chemical exposure and the disease, as stated in the update 1996 report.Update 2002 also indicated that if TCDD were associated with the development of transient acute and subacute peripheral neuropathy, the disorder would become evident shortly after exposure.The NAS was unaware of any evidence that new cases developing long after service in Vietnam that could be attributed to herbicide exposure in Vietnam
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
You can ask for a medical report (Letter) signed by a medical doctor stating that the Vietnam veteran has peripheral (or other) neuropathy and that is was either definitely caused by, or to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, more likely than not, etc. caused by exposure to Agent Orange.
VA doctors are required to compose letters for veterans that ask for them.
Once you have obtained this letter go to your local service officer (VFW/DAV perfered) and file a claim.
NEW INFO as of August 2008... I HAVE HAD CONTACT WITH the Neuropathy Association and they want our info & stories on Neuropathy.
He also has NEW articles on Neuropathy and Agent Orange
PLEASE e-mail your info & requests to:
LtCol Eugene B. Richardson, USA (Retired)
Neuropathy Support Group Leader and Neuropathy Patient
The Neuropathy Association
Send me your eMail address
and I will inform you of whats next, when it happens!
B W Milne