2/3/2004 8:16:45 PM
I am sorry to hear about your husband. I was what they called a "river rat"
on the Mekong Delta with task force 73. I was on PBRs.
I too saw what Agent Orange did to the country side and the banks along
the rivers. It was sprayed on by the tons. They used to fly tankers over and
spray, just like a crop sprayer here in the states would do to kill the insects
in a corn field. Except over there, we were the insects, and the guinea pigs.
I am familiar with HR303. It was filed as an amendment to what was called
Title 10. I don't have to tell you what it was, but it was an amendment to allow
retirees to receive their retirement, along with disability compensation for those
with injuries, or in your husbands case, a disease from chemicals. It used to
be, before Jan. of 2003, that you received one or the other, and I suspect that
is what happened with your husband. Now, with this amendment, they can't
take away your retirement, or disability compensation. You can receive them
both. That's our government at work, as you know. I believe there are sinister
things in the works that would take away even more perks from the veterans
in the future though. The veterans who defend this so-called constitution, are
the first people to get the old wankeroo, you know where.
One other thing, after they sprayed this chemical, within only about 24 hours,
the green, thick vegetation would be completely gone, with nothing but bare
ground left. I was lucky though, I guess, as I don't have any ill effects from it
as far as I know. I believe it would have showed up by now. They sprayed
this stuff to clear the river banks, so snipers could not hide and ambush the
troops as they came by in the rivers mostly. I heard stories of it being sprayed
on villages, but I don't know that for a fact. I have met a couple of veterans over
the years who were exposed to it on a great scale, and they are a mess. I had
a good friend who I played guitar in a band with, who was a Green Beret, and
he died just a year ago, and they think this is what took his life.