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VA perpetuates Agent Orange myth.

Your article "VA Braces for Flood of Agent Orange Claims" left me angry, perplexed and disappointed. In 1981, in concert with several "Agent Orange" groups and the DAV, we began a campaign to force the VA to recognize the fact that defoliants were used in places other than Vietnam, most extensively, as the Department of the Army willingly admits, in the Korean DMZ area. After years of obfuscation and procrastination, the VA now covers the troops who served in the DMZ through 1968. If you served there in the remaining 27 months before we turned over border responsibility to the South Korean troops you're out of luck. It does little good to expand the covered conditions if you refuse to acknowledge those who should be covered. William F. Mahoney, Asheville, NC
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Author:Mahoney, William F.
Publication:DAV Magazine
Article Type:Letter to the editor
Date:Jul 1, 2010
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