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Years Before Vietnam, the Chemical Industry Knew About Dioxins

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Dioxins

 

On 17 November 1953 a catastrophic accident took place at a German chemical plant owned by BASF (Badische Anilin und Soda-Fabrik). Production went badly out of control and dozens of workers came into contact with the reaction contents, which contained the chemical dioxin (principally 2,3,7,8-TCDD). These workmen developed chloracne, what a Monsanto medical doctor was later to describe as “horrible skin eruptions with nearly blister-like welts and some ulcerations where infections ensued”  (link p506). These welts were found on “the face, neck, arms, and upper half of the body.”

Each Veteran has “Borne the Battle.” VA’s podcast shares their stories

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Borne the Battle

 

VA’s podcast “This Week at VA” debuted last year on Veterans Day – sparking some interesting conversations and lessons learned over the course of 55 episodes. Some of my favorite interviews include those with legendary Duke basketball coach, Mike Krzyzewski; Got Your Six Executive Director Bill Rausch and 2017’s Student Veteran of the Year Kate Tillotson, a Marine Corps Veteran attending University of Tulsa.

VA to Host 2 Dozen Events Across Country to Reach Homeless and At-risk Veterans

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Homeless Vets 500

 

This year, Veterans Day also marks the first day of Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week, an annual initiative to educate the public on how they can help fix the critical but solvable problems of homelessness and food insecurity.

VA Prioritizes Improving Veterans’ Access to Pro Bono Legal Services

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Pro Bono

 

Today, the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), together with the American Bar Association, The Veterans Consortium and National Law School Veterans Clinic Consortium, signed a Memorandum of Agreement aimed at improving Veterans’ access to free legal services.

VA Scheduling Now Available Online

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VA Scheduling

 

You can now manage your primary care and certain specialty care VA appointments online at participating VA facilities. You will need a Premium My HealtheVet Account to use online scheduling. If you do not have a Premium account, please visit My HealtheVet or contact the My HealtheVet Coordinator at your nearest VA facility.

2018 National Defense Act Update

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NDAA Legislation

 

House-Senate conferees have negotiated a final defense authorization bill for fiscal 2018 that rejects most of the Senate's provisions to put a cap on the 2018 pay raise, reduce to housing allowances for most members married to other service members, raise TRICARE fees for retirees, and limit other benefits. The Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee and leader of House Republican conferees stated that all conferees had "the welfare of service members foremost in our minds..." Read the full article to see how your pay, housing allowance, TRICARE, and other benefits could be impacted.

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