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Veteran says Air Force sprayed Agent Orange at bases in Thailand

September 13, 2019


TRAFFIC, HITTING A MINIVAN HIT ON. THE INVESTIGATORS SUSPECT THE WRONG WAY DRIVER HAD BEEN DRINKING. CHARGES HAVE NOT BEEN FILED. STEVE ANDREWS IS GIVING A VOICE TO THE VOICELESS AND TAKING THE POWERFUL TO TASK. A TARGET 8 INVESTIGATION. KEEPING WAS QUITE MAY HAVE COST VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES DAILY. SOME CALL IT THE GREAT BETRAYAL. A 40 YEAR COVER-UP BY THE U.S. AIR FORCE SPRANG SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF THE TOXIC AGENT ORANGE AT BASES AND HIGHLAND. THIS VETERAN ACCUSES THE VA OF STONEWALLING VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THAILAND AND IGNORING THE FACTS. ACCORDING TO SENIOR INVESTIGATOR STEVE ANDREWS, THIS COULD AFFECT TENS OF THOUSANDS OF VETERANS AS WELL AS THEIR FAMILIES. Reporter: AND IT ALREADY HAS. I HAVE SPOKEN TO SEVERAL ALREADY. ACCORDING TO REPORTS, THE MILITARY NEW VETERANS WHO WERE EXPOSED TO TOXIC CHEMICALS AND KEPT IT QUIET FOR YEARS. SCOTT FLOOD ABOUT 100 MISSIONS OUT OF THAILAND, REFUELING FIGHTER JETS AND BOMBERS DURING THE VIETNAM WAR. HIS NEW MISSION, GETTING OUT THE WORD THAT U.S. VETERANS WHO SERVED IN THAILAND WERE EXPOSED TO SIGNIFICANT AMOUNTS OF AGENT ORANGE. SCOTT WAS STATIONED THAT YOU DEBEAU AIR FORCE BASE. I HAD NO IDEA. Reporter: HE REMEMBERS THE KING AGENT ORANGE OUT OF THE USE ERROR. ACCORDING TO THE CLASSIFIED 1973 REPORT ISSUED TO THE DEFENSE DEPARTMENT, SIGNIFICANT USE OCCURRED ON U.S. BASES IN THAILAND. SCOTT LEFT THAILAND WITH A SKIN RASH. HE SAW A CIVILIAN DOCTOR WHEN HE LEFT THE SERVICE. WITHIN 1 MINUTE HE LOOKED AT MY HANDS AND SAID YOU’VE BEEN EXPOSED TO A TOXIC INDUSTRIAL CHEMICAL. Reporter: THE EFFECTS OF AGENT ORANGE WERE PROVIDED BENEFITS BY THE VA. I THOUGHT IT WAS STRANGE THAT NONE OF THESE PEOPLE THAT KNEW THEY WERE SPRAYING AGENT ORANGE CAME FORWARD TO CONGRESS AND SAID SOMETHING ABOUT IT. Reporter: THE VA REQUIRES THEY PLACE THEM ON OR NEAR BASE PERIMETERS. VIETNAM VETS NEED ONLY PROVE BOOTS ON THE GROUND. ON THAT PARTICULAR BASE, EVERYTHING WAS NEAR THE PERIMETER. Reporter: SCOTT STILL ISN’T SURE CONGRESS HAS THE WHOLE STORY EVEN AFTER THIS 2014 REPORT. IN THIS REPORT, THAILAND IS NOT MENTIONED WHATSOEVER. Reporter: SO INSTEAD OF FLYING THESE, HIS MISSION NOW IS TO ENSURE THAT VETERANS ARE TREATED EQUITABLY. THE SAD THING IS A LOT OF THESE VETS THAT DID HAVE DISEASES WERE DIRECTLY AFFECTED BY AGENT ORANGE. THEIR KIDS HAVE NO IDEA WHAT WENT ON. Reporter: SOMETHING ELSE THAT REPORT SHOWS, IS THESE POWERFUL TACTICAL DEFERMENTS USED INSIDE THESE AMERICAN BASES. NOT JUST ON OR NEAR THE PERIMETER WHERE THE VA CLAIMS. ABOUT 7000 AMERICANS WERE AT THAT BASE ALONE. WHAT DOES NEAR MEAN? THAT COULD BE A LITTLE SUBJECTIVE. AN INCH, 10 FEET, 100 YARDS, A MILE. WHO KNOWS? WHAT ABOUT OCEAN BREEZES, JET ENGINES AND HURRICANE FORCE WINDS, CHOPPER BLADES THAT THROW THE STUFF EVERYWHERE. WHAT MAKES THE VA THINK THAT THESE STOPPED NEAR OR ON PERIMETERS. I CAN’T UNDERSTAND THAT. DOES THE FOLLOWING TO JUST COME TO THE BARRACKS AND SAY WE CAN GO THERE? NEAR IS SUBJECTIVE AND THAT’S UNFAIR. THANK YOU FOR THAT REPORT. A PROGRAMMING REPORT ON ANOTHER ISSUE. WE WILL BE DIGGING INTO THE ISSUES THAT AFFECT OUR VETERANS IN DELAY AND DENY UNTIL THEY

11 Comments

  • Reply Info Wars June 24, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I never met one Veitnam vet's kid who wasn't sick with a " genetic " disorder. They have pinhead syndrome and no body fat.

  • Reply Jake1970 October 26, 2017 at 12:34 am

    Lost my dad to cancer (peritoneal carcinomatosis) at sixty-three, he served in the Air Force 70-71 at Udorn Royal Thailand Air Base. Root case unknown …interest from the VA, negative the pattern is full.

  • Reply Wright Flyer February 7, 2018 at 7:15 am

    I served at Takhli and Ubon from Aug 70 to Aug 71. Now I'm diagnosed with multiple myeloma (blood plasma cancer), for which there is no cure. Is there a connection? Possibly, but the Air Force would never admit it of course.

  • Reply milk_shakezz July 15, 2018 at 4:57 am

    My father applied for and was ultimately denied service-connected disability through the VA because he couldn’t “prove” that he was “directly” exposed to the chemical.

    He provided a blueprint of the base, which highlighted where his quarters’ was located, but apparently this wasn’t deemed sufficient. So, I guess the wind doesn’t blow…??? He’s had multiple ailments throughout his life; including prostate cancer and more, but gets no relief. He continues to suffer on a daily basis and it breaks my heart.

    In all, he served in the Air Force for over 25 years, served 3 tours during the Vietnam War, and was stationed here and other bases nearby. He actually met and married my mother while in Thailand. 🙂

    Ironically enough, after retiring from there in 1989-90 he immediately began working for the VAMC until he retired in 2014-15. After 50 years of combined military and federal employee duty/service, he’s received nothing but the most horrible treatment by the VA. It’s disgusting

    I wish I could help him, but the appeal process and the hoops the government make you jump through have caused our family to lose hope. 🙁

  • Reply T Stark August 10, 2018 at 12:41 pm

    Army Field Manual 3-3 describes the procedure for spraying from trucks and backpacks that were largely used in Thailand. That directive makes clear that spraying should not be done within 500 meters (over 1500 feet) from any crops to avoid contaminating food crops. If such were the case, then nearly all of every Thailand base was within that drift zone as all of the bases were very compact and relatively small. The Checo report claims that Thai civilians cleared 150 yards of jungle surrounding Ubon RTAFB as an alternative to spraying. However, it says nothing regarding how that area was kept clear of vegetation following the initial clearing. It says nothing about the areas' proximity to living spaces which are nearly aways placed near the edge of the base as a "protection" for personnel when not working. My barracks was 50 feet from the perimeter fence. The entire approach to granting benefits to Thai Veterans is based on a false premise promoted by Alvin Young that claims the TCDD Dioxin (the poison within AO) is only dangerous for hours after spraying when exposed to sunlight. Scientific studies provide that Dioxin has a half-life of 12 years or more. Young and his protege James Sampsel have claimed publicly that veterans are "scamming the system" to claim benefits that they should not be getting. They have poisoned the system against us. They are lying through their teeth. Most of their proof has been discredited many times over.

  • Reply James Elmore August 11, 2018 at 7:39 am

    2018…Scott Nelms uses the CHECO REPORT which doesn't mention Agent Orange, but it does mention herbicides. Nonetheless, more vets who served in Thailand need to be aware of this report.

  • Reply I love noodles September 17, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Every Vietnam Era vet and families, try this. Do your research. God bless you and yours. Much love, appreciation, and respect to you all.
    https://youtu.be/_5p2e4aU3Oc

  • Reply Rickey Williams November 2, 2018 at 3:02 am

    OBAMA ERA FOLKS, YEP HE HATED THE MILITARY, JUST LIKE THE CLINTON's AND DEMOCRAT PARTY. The party of hate and anger.

  • Reply Bill Irvin March 25, 2019 at 6:09 pm

    I spent 27 months (12/70-12/71 and 6/72-9/73) at two bases in Thailand, Udorn and Nakhon Phanom. I worked on or near the flightline and our barracks at Udorn were less than 50 yards from the base perimeter. I will be 68 this year and to date, Thank God, I have no ill effects. My children do not show any ill effects (they are 46, 44, and 19) and neither do my grand children (ages 23, 15, 10, & 7). However, my children are aware and have advised their doctors so that if strange things to start showing up, they, hopefully, will know what to look for. Good look in your endeavors, Scott.

  • Reply Tom Butcher May 7, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    There was AO all over SEA!!! I was at NKP and it was all over the place.

  • Reply Spectre Belfire August 8, 2019 at 8:17 pm

    I served there. I saw them spraying stuff nearly nightly around the barracks as late as 1974 along the perimeter. Also the AC that came from spraying missions regularly used our was racks for their missions. At the bomb dump they had rows of crates which a Chief told me were Jelly Bombs (napalm) and Agent Orange containers. I pretty sure there was an Agent Purple, and a couple others after the US Stink. I am sure Laos must have been spayed as well.

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