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ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 17,663 Moderator
Been going around with them for the last year or so on Agent Orange exposure.

I was doing some Admin work this morning and dang if I didn't find a nice deposit to my checking account. Now I have to find out what it's for.

"That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

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  • Nick NikonNick Nikon Posts: 4,218 Captain
    Keep any paperwork stashed for a while ...

    We got a "mystery" refund from the IRS last year.

    Our tax preparer couldn't figure out the actual source.

    There was no explanation given, just a check in the mail.
  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Posts: 2,235 Captain
    ferris, didn't know that you were an "AO Vet"! Have I missed something along the way?

    I have nothing but total disgust for our government in this "AO" matter. TOTAL!  Personally I was never "In Country", and not involved with AO in any way that I'm aware of. But I am a "Nam Era Vet", and did extensive work on various aspects of the War from the safety of an air-conditioned building, the Pentagon, and NAVINTCOM headquarters in Suitland, close by. Sadly, our government is as guilty of war crimes as was the **** Regime, and Monsanto is as guilty as Kruppstahl ever could have been, and had there been a "Nuremburg" after the War executions would have been carried out I'm sure! You fight like hell and enlist help from your congressional rep if you need to do so.

    And good luck dealing with the VA! You will hear excellent reports on the VA's help, but you will, sadly, hear just as many very poor reports! Personally, I wouldn't (and didn't!) waste a second of my time with the VA on my hearing issues (60+% hearing loss, deck gunnery operations). But AO is a different matter!
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 17,663 Moderator
    In-country from 12/4/69 till Nov 14/70. Northern I Corp, mostly at place called LZ Nancy. Spendt a little time at Quang Tri.

    Image result for lz nancy vietnam

    This is why my hearing is screwed. I was with the 14th Combat Engr. Bn. The arty is the 39th Artillery.




    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • woodsrunnerwoodsrunner Posts: 2,235 Captain
    Most people don't know it, but in our generation if you were healthy you HAD to spend a minimum of 2 years in the military, and you either joined the branch that you wanted to serve in, or you were drafted and sent to the Army 99.9% of the time. AND---if you served, you were automatically exposed to noises that severely damaged your hearing! In my case it was deck gunnery operations---hot shell man on a 3" 50cal that was notorious for destroying hearing. Add to that SAM's leaving the deck above the speed of sound and what can you expect? Being exposed to gunnery operations with the artillery that you have shown is also guaranteed to mess your ears up usually beyond repair. But AO is another thing all together---you watch that crap like a hawk, and if skin lesions even very subtly appear get it checked immediately! My medical friends with the Mayo Clinic over in Jacksonville tell me that within the past year or so AO cases have more than doubled. 
  • BayBobBayBob Posts: 865 Officer
    Ferris, I went through basic at Ft. Lenard Wood spring/summer of 1969 and the base was the training site for the Combat Engineers as I recall. Did you go through there?
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 9,338 Admiral
    I had a cousin that died from it.  That's what he claimed was killing him. A.O.
  • Gary SGary S Posts: 2,910 Captain
    If you were at camp Lejeune watch for signs of cancer. Have a friend with bladder cancer. He did his basic training for marines there in the 60s. VA is picking up all medical bills for his treatment.
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 17,663 Moderator
    BayBob said:
    Ferris, I went through basic at Ft. Lenard Wood spring/summer of 1969 and the base was the training site for the Combat Engineers as I recall. Did you go through there?

    Small world, :). I went through basic at Benning and then went to Ft. Lost In The Woods the end of June '69. AIT for eight weeks and 3 months in NCO school. Arrived In country December 4, 1969.

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • BayBobBayBob Posts: 865 Officer
    I was there in June 69'. The reserve unit I got into was a MP Pow camp and in the Army's wisdom they sent me to OJT with the 208th MP's at Ft. Lost in the Woods and extended me for an extra 3 months of active duty because they were so short handed. Got there in time to deal with riots in the stockade.
  • ferris1248ferris1248 Posts: 17,663 Moderator
    I remember some lifers talking about the riots at the NCO school back then.

    "That which is hateful to you, do not do to your fellow. That is the whole of the law. The rest is commentary."

    Rabbi Hillel (c20 BCE)

  • BayBobBayBob Posts: 865 Officer
    After the riots they took one of the white hat shifts and put them to work in the stockade so I worked 12 on and 12 off for two months. The only time off was for KP, I hope to never see another potato peeler again.
  • stc1993stc1993 Albany, GA Carrabelle, FLPosts: 9,338 Admiral
    Beetle Bailey peeling them spuds.  What it reminds me of.
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