VA should provide benefits for Vietnam Veterans suffering with IPF

VA should provide benefits for Vietnam Veterans suffering with IPF

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Victoria Howell started this petition to Department of Veterans Affairs and

I am currently a Junior studying Criminology and Political Science at NC State University in North Carolina. My granddad served in the Air Force from March 1969 to June 1970 in Vietnam. His occupation was ground crew, C130 flying status, and grounds operation and was directly exposed to Agent Orange. He was diagnosed with IPF about 5 months ago in June of 2019 and prostate cancer in May of 2018. He also suffers from neurological damage and has no feelings in his legs and feet, Type II Diabetes, Lichen Planus, along with mental health issues. He has never smoked a day in his life so IPF is a very concerning issue for him and many other Vietnam Veterans in his same condition. Most of his health conditions have all stemmed from his exposure to Agent Orange. His doctors at the VA haven't stated whether the IPF is connected to the Agent Orange and it's highly unlikely they will be unless there is strong, efficient, and effective advocacy for more research on the correlation of IPF and Agent Orange. 


I am currently in the process of writing a research paper for my Issues in Global Politics class and my professor wants to assist me in publishing this research and publicly addressing the VA and lawmakers to formulate more policies and budgets for further research to see if Agent Orange is a contributor to IPF in Vietnam Veterans. I want to push for more policies that could allow for Vietnam Veterans to receive benefits and compensation for quality resources and options such as lung transplants, medication, treatment options, oxygen tanks, etc. I will also be formulating a petition to get signed to present to the VA and federal policy makers to show just how many individuals need this to be put in action and fast.


Your services have not gone unnoticed and very few people know and understand what you went through in Vietnam as well as what you are going through now. Having a personal connection to these issues through immediate family has driven me to adamantly pursue this. I hear you and I stand with you. 

Please add your name to this petition if you or a loved one that served in Vietnam is suffering from IPF or lost their lives to their battle with IPF. 

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