Herbicides in Thailand
AZ AF VET

Tucson, AZ

#1 Apr 17, 2011
With all due respect to BWN, the Thailand Vets sure seem to be getting the runaround. Unlike the BWN, there is proof that Herbicides were used on all Thai base perimeters. You have the CHECO REPORTS, the May 2010 C&P Bulletin, specific instructions on how to file by the VA, and yet, continuing denials of claims by Thailand Vets. What is it going to take to get justice for Thailand Vets?
I have seen to few approvals for Thailand. The Gov says that Herbicide use in Thailand was not of sufficient quantities to justify 'presumptive exposure',yet, the bases in Thailand were very small. This IMHO, would concentrate any application to a very small area. The Army Field Manual 3-3 from 1971, clearly states there should be a 500 meter buffer zone whenever Herbicides are used. This would in fact expose most all Thai bases.
Unlike the VN Vets, the Thai Vets do not have years to fight their appeals. They are all starting the process in their late 50's and 60's. If it is the Gov plan to continue to deny claims, where does that leave these Veterans. Who will be left to continue the fight?
It is time for our Gov to take the moral high ground and take care of these Veterans, as they should have been doing all along
walted

Columbia, MO

#2 May 19, 2011
I was stationed on at least 3 Thai military bases, that sprayed "who knows what" from tank trucks that
drove around at nite.
we would get out of bed in the morning smelling like diesel and chemicals.
If the gov asks for proof???
what do I have???
Nothing

But if I stepped out of an aircraft anywhere in Vietnam, I have a 'presumed" disability claim!!
Just doesn't seem fair to us Thai vets.
d
Barney Olsen

Wakefield, MA

#3 May 29, 2011
I am also very upset with the treatment of Thailand Air Force Vets. I was stationed in Undon, Thailand in 1966 and also saw those tanker trucks spraying who knows what.
All I know is that in 2008 I was diagnosed with type II diabetes and they turned down my claim. The DAV even told me that I was wasteing my time to put in a appeal. So much for the DAV.
I guess the Gov't is waiting for us all to die before they recognize our illnesses. By the way, enroute to Thailand I spent 3 hrs on the ground at Tan San Nut while awaiting transfer of planes. There is no way to find the records of that and why should I have to prove that?
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AZ AF VET

United States

#4 May 29, 2011
I also spent time on the ground in Vietnam, there is no way to prove it. What the GOV needs to do, is give all Thai Vets "presumption", and stop all this "direct exposure" crap. They've lied and lied about everything about Thailand. We have all the same diseases as everyone that served in VN. If you don't believe us, give us the test, and see how much diozin is still in our system. Seems real simple to me. What are they afraid of?
Bill

Robertsdale, AL

#5 Jan 13, 2013
AZ AF VET wrote:
I also spent time on the ground in Vietnam, there is no way to prove it. What the GOV needs to do, is give all Thai Vets "presumption", and stop all this "direct exposure" crap. They've lied and lied about everything about Thailand. We have all the same diseases as everyone that served in VN. If you don't believe us, give us the test, and see how much diozin is still in our system. Seems real simple to me. What are they afraid of?
If you have "boots on ground" in Vietnam, and have documentation that proves that you are presumed exposed to, not only that generic "herbicides" the Government uses when they deny AO use, but Agent Orange itself. So, file a claim based on your boots on ground presumption and quit cherbitchin'.
Joseph Kelly 3rd

Upper Marlboro, MD

#6 Feb 11, 2013
I as a Military Police stationed at Korat, Thailand. Pease read the following: I hope it helps.. http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agen...
Don Duncan

Seneca, MO

#7 Jun 6, 2013
II AM LOOKING FOR ANY ONE WHO WAS STATIONED AT CAMP SAMI SAN THAILAND 1974-75 WORKING IN THE JUNGLES SHIPPING GOV PROPERTY OUT OF COUNTRY I WAS EXPOSED TO SOME TYPE OF HERBICIDE AND NOW OUT OF THE BLUE I HAVE TYPE II DIABETES I NEED TO TALK WITH YOU IF YOU CAN HELP EMAIL ME AT [email protected]
john

Bronx, NY

#8 Jul 8, 2013
I was stationed at Camp Friendship, Korat, Thailand 1966-67 ....They were spraying something all the time to keep the foliage down ... Our latrines were on the perimeter ... If anyone can help with my claim (denied) I'd appreciate it...Thanking you in advance ... Keep up the fight
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Harvey Beamon

Herndon, VA

#9 Oct 5, 2013
I was station at Camp Same San Thailand 1974/75.On my
way there I stopped in Guam,Saigon and Vietnam. I worked at Personnel and Administrative Activity,Support Group,United States Military Assistance Command. At that time, they had a truck going around camp spraying some type of herbicide, spraying it around our barrack,the USO, the outdoor movie theater, and as we sometime walk to the main gate, you can the truck driver just spraying all over camp. Now I have been diagnose with prostate cancer, going thru treatment as we speak.
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Chris W

North Richland Hills, TX

#11 Apr 4, 2014
I was at U-Tapao in the 4258th MMS preload branch. Preload is bounded on three sides by the perimeter fence. I also saw spray trucks, individual spray activities but 45 years later, no proof. In the last two years I have been diagnosed with prostate cancer, type 2 diabetes, and parkinson's desease. None of those deseases in my family. So, how did I get them...
Zach

Kansas City, MO

#15 Dec 11, 2014
There are some herbicides that are used to keep plant life from killing off other plants. There are some plants that when brought to a new environment will thrive and choke out everything. Think of morning glories and how they will choke out a plants because they compete for the water and sunlight. That is why we have these herbicides.

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