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Veterans Corner

March 30, 2014

VETERANS’ CORNER: Veterans with ALS eligible for housing assistance grants

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For more information visit, http://benefits.va.gov/homeloans/adaptedhousing.asp.

Toxic war

For those who like to read, from author Peter Sills the Vanderbilt University book entitled, “Toxic War: The Story of Agent Orange,” is now available. Sills, who is an attorney and helped represent Vietnam Veterans in an Agent Orange class-action suit, continues to be active in environmental causes.

The book highlights, with documented evidence, the government’s cover-up by administrations in the 1980s, until 1988, when Sen. John Kerry, in a hearing, railed against the government’s efforts to dodge responsibility for the damages caused by Agent Orange and other herbicides stating, “ To those who say, ‘We don’t have enough evidence,’ I would ask, how high does the body count have to go? How many Vietnam veterans have to die before we have ‘enough evidence’ to start admitting the truth and compensating veterans?”

This cover-up resulted in the significant backlog of veterans claims and we are just now, over the last 10 years, able to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

This book is available at bookstores nationwide and from major online booksellers or direct from the publisher at 800-627-7377. The cost of the book is $39.95.

Speak to you again next week.

Jim Vines is commander of AmVets Post 133.

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