New Agent Orange Study: VA to Study Vets and Their Children
After three decades, VA – the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs – plans to study Agent Orange again. VA plans to invite approximately 43,000 Vietnam and Vietnam Era Veterans, and approximately 11,000 members of the general population to participate in The Vietnam Era Health Retrospective Observational Study (VE-HEROeS). This will be a nationwide study to assess the current health and well-being of Vietnam Veterans, Blue Water Navy Veterans, and Veterans who served elsewhere during the Vietnam Era (1961–1975). This study will also compare the health of these Veterans to similarly aged U.S. residents who never served in the military. Those selected to participate will receive a questionnaire in the mail. The study will begin this fall.
The study was discussed at a July 1, 2016 forum conducted by ProPublica, an independent, non-profit news organization. After the forum, ProPublica reported:
Vietnam veterans have argued for years that their exposure to the toxic herbicide has damaged their health as well as their children’s. From 1965 to 1970, some 2.6 million U.S. service members were potentially exposed to Agent Orange, which contained a dangerous strand of the chemical dioxin. While the VA has linked Agent Orange exposure to a host of diseases in Vietnam vets, experts and veterans advocates have criticized the lack of research into the effects on future generations.