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C-123 Agent Orange: USAF General's Official Letter Deceives Senate &...

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In August 2012 the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee sought information from the Secretary of the Air Force about C-123 transport Agent Orange contamination and how the AF had responded to challenges about important details of an official, formal investigation of the issue which resulted in the May 2012 C-123 Post Vietnam Consultative Letter. The USAF responded to the Senate (thru Senator Burr, Ranking Member) in November 2012 with misleading and deceptive answers in their defense of the Consultative Letter. They implied aircraft were safe in "their present configuration" while in fact, the airplanes were safe ONLY because they'd ALREADY been destroyed as toxic waste by the AF. USAF was also asked about how its conclusion about C-123 veterans being unexposed differed from other federal agencies which concluded the opposite...that the veterans had even exposed. In their response to Burr, the USAF called the views "consistent", an obvious falsehood. Finally, AF tests in 1994 labeled the C-123 fleet "heavily contaminated" and "a danger to public health" but the AF C-123 Consultative Letter, released in May 2012, dismissed that description and in response to the Senate, the AF wrote that the cautions and the requirement for HAZMAT protection was meant only for USAF Museum restoration staff - in fact, the toxicologist who completed the C-123 survey in 1994 himself confirmed in 2011 that the HAZMAT protection was for everyone as the interior of the C-123 was, as he first wrote, heavily contaminated and entry was to be only after two days ventilation and wearing full HAZMAT...we C-123 veterans flew for ten years in regular flight suits, without such protection as was clearly called for even a decade after we'd retired all the warplanes. For this third major issue, the USAF again mislead the Senate with false or misleading answers. Clever wordsmithing is no substitute for honest, clear correspondence between senior military and civil authorities. No general officer would accept such a report from his/her subordinate and permit the offender to remain in uniform. Other misleading answers to the United States Senate from the Air Force were equally obvious, and unworthy of the two-star officer who signed this report on behalf of the Secretary of the Air Force. Also harmful was the fact that Veterans Affairs cites the Air Force Consultative Letter, which the USAF response to Senator Burr addressed, in denying veterans benefits for Agent Orange exposure. Blue suiters, peoples' lives are at stake. MY life is at stake. How could you do this? What is so messy about this 65-year-old airplane and its Agent Orange history that calls for such prevarication?



C-123 Agent Orange: USAF- "Destroy Toxic Planes - Hide Evidence from Veterans

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Toxic C-123 fleet destroyed to prevent veterans turning to VA for medical care! The USAF faced the necessity of destroying the remaining C-123 aircraft stored at Davis-Monthan AFB's "boneyard" due to their Agent Orange contamination. Sales and parting out were not possible and a potential $3.4 billion EPA fine was in view. DOD Agent Orange Consultant A. Young recommended destruction of the airplanes, especially because veterans (already exposed!) who'd flown the airplanes earlier might learn of the contamination, and their exposure, and turn to the VA for medical care. Young's statement clearly was to prevent veterans from proceeding on their claims, and his statement to the AF was taken up by managers at the 505th Sustainability Squadron as they sought Air Staff approval for C-123 shredding and smelting...and by repeating Young's recommendation to hide the process from the media and the veterans, it became AF policy. It should be clear. Veterans had ALREADY been exposed. They should have been told of this when first discovered by the USAF, rather than having the evidence about it destroyed specifically to prevent their learning of the C-123 contamination history and the right...indeed, for many, the NEED to turn to the VA for medical care for exposure to deadly dioxin. Shame on all parties involved for this "magnificent" deception. Shame on those who congratulated the players for their secrecy. Shame on the Base Public Affairs for a piece of tainted "journalism" which brings discredit to the United States Air Force!



C-123 Agent Orange: Scientific PROOF Dioxin Exposed Aircrews

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Scientists from several universities, as well as from the CDC/ATSDR, US Public Health, EPA and others joined in confirming the Agent Orange exposure of C-123 veterans - all expert opinions were unpaid. Only the VA among federal agencies has concluded veterans weren't exposed and did so by inventing "bioavailability" as additional requirement, not in the law, to establish dioxin exposure. USAF faced the necessity of destroying the remaining C-123 aircraft stored at Davis-Monthan AFB's "boneyard" due to their Agent Orange contamination. Sales and parting out were not possible and a potential $3.4 billion EPA fine was in view. DOD Agent Orange Consultant A. Young recommended destruction of the airplanes, especially because veterans (already exposed!) who'd flown the airplanes earlier might learn of the contamination, and their exposure, and turn to the VA for medical care. Young's statement clearly was to prevent veterans from proceeding on their claims, and his statement to the AF was taken up by managers at the 505th Sustainability Squadron as they sought Air Staff approval for C-123 shredding and smelting...and by repeating Young's recommendation to hide the process from the media and the veterans, it became AF policy. It should be clear. Veterans had ALREADY been exposed. They should have been told of this when first discovered by the USAF, rather than having the evidence about it destroyed specifically to prevent their learning of the C-123 contamination history and the right...indeed, for many, the NEED to turn to the VA for medical care for exposure to deadly dioxin. Shame on all parties involved for this "magnificent" deception. Shame on those who congratulated the players for their secrecy. Shame on the Base Public Affairs for a piece of tainted "journalism" which brings discredit to the United States Air Force!



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