GW Bush on Agent OrangeFrom: "Bruce K. Melson" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
October 24, 2000
BUSH CALLS ON ADMINISTRATION TO HELP VETERANS RECEIVE BENEFITS
inaction is making it harder for Veterans to receive benefits
Governor George W. Bush today commended House Veterans Affairs Committee
ranking Democrat Lane Evans for pressing Acting Veterans Administration
Secretary Herschel Gober to list Agent Orange-related diabetes mellitus as
service-connected for Vietnam combat veterans. So far, the Clinton
Administration has ignored the Committee’s findings which has made it harder
for Vietnam Veterans who suffer from this ailment to receive benefits.
applaud Representative Evans in his appeal to Acting Secretary Gober to
expedite this action,” said Governor Bush, who has advocated the recognition
of this service–connection in the past. “Our veterans and military
retirees deserve swift and resolute action.
We must keep our commitment to them.”
“The Secretary of Veterans Affairs in a Bush administration would
have already listed diabetes mellitus as service-connected. No veteran should
have to go to elaborate lengths to prove they are ill just because their
malady has yet to be fully explained,” said Governor Bush.
On October 11, Representative Lane Evans
wrote Acting Secretary Hershel Gober, urging him to issue regulations to
compensate affected Vietnam veterans. Evans noted that “Veterans Affairs has
both the authority and the evidence it needs to take action,” he wrote,
stating that he has asked Gober to resolve the matter quickly.
The Department of Veterans Affairs’ Agent Orange Advisory Committee
established a link between agent-orange and diabetes mellitus as early as last
year. Congress allows the VA Secretary to list conditions that have a possible
link to Agent Orange exposure. If the Administration followed the
Committee’s findings and listed this form of diabetes as linked to Agent
Orange, Vietnam veterans’ would be able to receive benefits and
Willie G. Dougherty
The National Veterans Organization of America, Inc.
Visit NVO Website at http://www.nvo.org
Veterans Voice of Austin http://vvoa.com
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