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‘Astonishing’ - Veteran Military Pilots See First Cancer Survey Data

Tuesday, May 12, 2020   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Mahan
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RIVER RATS CANCER SURVEY MAKES NATIONAL NEWS

Our very own Aviator Medical Issues Committee Director, Vince "Aztec" Alcazar, was interviewed by McClatchy DC and discussed our recent cancer survey and the impact we are having at a national level. Keep fighting!

McClatchy Article 12 May 2020

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John P. Rowan says...
Posted Tuesday, August 4, 2020
Vietnam Veterans of America has been looking into various issues related to toxic exposures staring with AO, then Gulf War syndrome, present day burn pits, and including pollution on US air bases. I you have any questions or concerns that you would like to share with us, please contact me at jrowan@vva.org. Thanks, John Rowan, Rivet Joint '67, Pres. & CEO VVA
Richard Ohrn says...
Posted Sunday, July 26, 2020
I flew in EC121 directing the Tigers and wikd weasels on bombing missions into NVNam - laos - SEA. We flew 16 - 18 hour flights. I was diagnosed with agent orange problems -diabetes. I have also developed 2 types of cancer oral & throat. I have studied pilots and gibs who have come down with cancer due to radiation from radiation in cockpit - does anyone know about the EC121 and cancer related issues. We flew with the radar unit sitting right on main deck - it emitted high radiation and could be cause of cancer. No one can give me list of te 121 crews who flew in that aircraft - If I could get a lead on tat info, I can add it to info I have come up with. I feel the Service - VA is holding back on this - I know they have studies going on - I would like to get the facts and see how many of us have come down with this --- Thank you - Dick Ohrn , college eye