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Attention Thailand Vets: You May Also Have Been Exposed To Agent Orange

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Chuck Yarling

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Agent Orange is a nasty herbicide. It is so bad that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) finally decided to provide healthcare and disability benefits to veterans who were exposed to it during their tour(s) in Vietnam. But recently, the VA has reported that all Air Force and Army military personnel either involved with or stationed at military bases located in Thailand, between February 28, 1961 and May 7, 1975, may have also been exposed to Agent Orange. The specific bases are named in the report.

The VA says that

To receive benefits for diseases associated with herbicide exposure, these Veterans must show on a factual basis that they were exposed to herbicides during their service as shown by evidence of daily work duties, performance evaluation reports, or other credible evidence.

The diseases most commonly associated with exposure to Agent Orange include the following:

Type II Diabetes

Multiple Myeloma

Skin Diseases

Ischemic Heart Disease

Peripheral Neuropathy

Hodgkin’s Disease

Parkinson’s Disease

Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma

Prostate Cancer

Soft Tissue Sarcoma

CLL and other B-cell Leukemias

Lung and other Respiratory Cancers

Here’s the kicker on why the VA made this change to allow Thai vets receive their disability benefits. They were forced to. Chisholm Chisholm & Kilpatrick (CCK) is a legal firm that provides service to veterans seeking VA benefits. They

Forced VA to make public the (2015) memorandum used to deny many Thailand veterans’ claims based upon exposure to Agent Orange and/or herbicides. The document shows why the VA has continued to deny Thailand veterans disability benefits based upon Agent Orange exposure.

This was very strange because of two facts. One, a declassified Department of Defense report written in 1973, suggested that there was a significant use of herbicides on the fenced-in perimeters of military bases in Thailand to remove foliage that provided cover for enemy forces. And two, Wikipedia reported

Agent Orange was tested by the United States in Thailand during the war in Southeast Asia. Buried drums were uncovered and confirmed to be Agent Orange in 1999. Workers who uncovered the drums fell ill while upgrading the airport near Hua Hin District, 100 km south of Bangkok.

Regardless of the history behind this fiasco, the VA has finally included disability payments and other benefits to Thailand vets along with Vietnam vets. And that is a good thing.

Please note that veterans or their families do not need to contact CCK to receive benefits from the VA. All anyone needs to do is go to the VA website and follow the information provided there.

And finally, not widely known is that other military personnel may have been exposed to Agent Orange in places other than Vietnam and Thailand. This includes places where tests were made on the substance or where it may have been stored on military bases – including those here in the U.S.

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Chuck Yarling has had many titles in his career thus far: veteran, engineer, math teacher, consultant, technical writer, book author and publisher, and triathlete. He was a member the Military Order of the Purple Heart and Bugles Across America, which plays Taps at military funerals and special events. Spec. 5 Chuck Yarling served with the 26th Combat Engineering Battalion in Vietnam as an awards clerk. His service with the U.S. Army resulted in being awarded the Bronze Star, Purple Heart, and Army Commendation Medal. You may reach Chuck at [email protected]

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Amazing! Yes, A Woman Has Received The U.S. Medal Of Honor

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Chuck Yarling

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Meet Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, a woman with many titles: surgeon, abolitionist, suffragist, prohibitionist, prisoner of war, and the only woman to have received the U.S. Medal of Honor.

Born on November 26, 1832, Mary Walker was raised in a home where “thinking outside of the box” wasn’t commonplace: free thinking, questioning regulations and restrictions on women. Needless to say, this was certainly revolutionary for the times. For example, she kept her name after her marriage to fellow student, Albert Miller.

She was highly interested in medicine and pored over her father’s medical texts on anatomy and physiology as well as other medical litereature. She graduated with honors from Syracuse Medical College in New York at the age of 23 in 1855.

She was in private practice until the Civil War broke out in 1861. She wanted to join the army as a surgeon but wasn’t allowed to because she was a woman. Because of her credentials, she didn’t want to be a nurse, either. So she volunteered as an unpaid surgeon for a number of military hospitals and battlefields for the Union Army. She was the first female surgeon to do so.

On April 10, 1864, Walker was captured by Confederate troops, and arrested as a spy, just after she finished helping a Confederate doctor perform an amputation. However, she was exchanged for a Confederate surgeon just four months later.

After the war, she was awarded the Medal of Honor by President Andrew Johnson even though she was a civilian. But the medal was rescinded in 1917. As with her nature, she wore the medal until she died two years later.

In 1977, President Jimmy Carter restored her medal posthumously because she had gone into enemy territory to care for the suffering vicitms, when no man had the courage to do so, for they feared being captured and imprisoned.

The Citation for Medal of Honor:

Whereas it appears from official reports that Dr. Mary E. Walker, a graduate of medicine, “has rendered valuable service to the Government, and her efforts have been earnest and untiring in a variety of ways,” and that she was assigned to duty and served as an assistant surgeon in charge of female prisoners at Louisville, Ky., upon the recommendation of Major-Generals Sherman and Thomas, and faithfully served as contract surgeon in the service of the United States, and has devoted herself with much patriotic zeal to the sick and wounded soldiers, both in the field and hospitals, to the detriment of her own health, and has also endured hardships as a prisoner of war four months in a Southern prison while acting as contract surgeon; and Whereas by reason of her not being a commissioned officer in the military service, a brevet or honorary rank cannot, under existing laws, be conferred upon her; and Whereas in the opinion of the President an honorable recognition of her services and sufferings should be made.

It is ordered, That a testimonial thereof shall be hereby made and given to the said Dr. Mary E. Walker, and that the usual medal of honor for meritorious services be given her.”

So thank you, Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, for representing all women in this list of 3,497 Medal of Honor recipients!

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“Folds of Honor” – What They Do

Nothing short of amazing.

Chuck Yarling

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Folds of Honor is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization formed in 2007. Their mission:

“To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members.”

And their motto:

“Honor Their Sacrifice. Educate Their Legacy.”

These scholarships are provided to families of military servicemen and women who have fallen or been disabled while on active duty in the United States Armed Forces.

The organization was founded by Major Dan Rooney after his return from his second tour in Iraq. While serving there, he was an Oklahoma Air National Guard F-16 fighter pilot. Like too many service members before him, he watched a casket of a fallen soldier being removed from his plane. Despite being asked by the pilot to remain seated, the disrespectful passengers began leaving anyway.

Ronney watched as Corporal Brock Bucklin’s remains were being escorted by his twin-brother to his wife, and young son. Wtih these two events, the somber one outside the plane and the insolent passengers inside the plane, Major Rooney basically had a life-altering experience resulting in him committing to spend his life changing the future of America’s grieving spouses and children.

The result was his founding Folds of Honor (FoH).

Two charity organizations have given very high approval ratings of Folds of Honor. Charity Navigator rated the charity with three out of four stars on October 1, 2017. And Guidestar gave them a “Platinum” rating, the highest of four levels.

Their financials prove that they certainly deserve these ratings. Charities Review Council:

Recommends at least 65% of a nonprofit’s three-year average annual expenses are used to directly support programming, with an ideal range of 70 to 90% (program expenses as percentage of total expenses).

Folds of Honor is proud to have a cumulative average ratio of 84.5% of annual expenses supporting our scholarship program.

In addition, you can review their yearly IRS 990 forms and Financial Audits from 2007 to 2016. 

Their success is measured by their statistics:

• Over 12,000 scholarships have been awarded in all 50 states as well as Guam, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands.

and

2,800 scholarships were awarded in 2016 alone.

We service members and veterans invite you to support Folds of Honor. This wonderful organization certainly deserves it.

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Five Stories About The Constitution And Historic African-Americans That Social Justice Warriors Won’t Believe

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Chuck Yarling

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Everyone knows of the hullabaloo where Antifa violence, NFL kneelers, and social justice warriors are trying to change our culture. They want to remove from our history books anything about the Civil War. It seems they believe that the war was caused by “white privilege” lording over slaves. Of course, they fail to realize that the primary cause of the Civil War was economics – not slavery!

So here are five stories: three about amendments to our Constitution and two about African-Americans heroes who should be recognized for their actions. Certainly, social justice warriors (SJWs) and their type will refuse to believe them, but they are certainly true!

Republicans were responsible for three amendments to the Constitution with very little help from southern democrats.

The 13th Amendment to the Constitution abolished slavery. It was passed by the U.S. Senate on April 8, 1864,with a vote of 38-6 with 36 of which were Republicans. It was passed by the House on January 31, 1865, by a vote of 119 to 56; all 103 Republicans voted for it.

The 14th Amendment addressed citizenship rights and equal protection of the laws within the U.S. It was passed by the Senate on June 8, 1866, by a vote of a 33 to 11 vote, the majority of those passing votes were Republican. And on June 13, the House passed the bill by a vote of 138-36. Again, the majority of voters were Republicans.

The 15th Amendment guaranteed citizenship and equal protection under the laws regardless of “race, color, or previous condition of servitude.”, It was passed by the House on February 25, 1869, by a vote of 144 Republicans to 44 Democrats and by the Senate on the following day by a vote of 39 Republicans to 13 Democrats.

In summary, these three amendments were passed because of Republicans – not Democrats! And it was all made possible by the election of 1864, just prior to the start of the Civil War after Republicans took over both the House and the Senate of the U.S. Congress.

Now, in an anticipation next February’s Black History Month, here are two African-Americans who should never be forgotten.

Meet Oscar Dunn. Dunn was born a slave in 1826 but was eventually emancipated. He became a Freemason and got involved in local politics New Orleans, Lousiana. Eventually, Dunn because the nation’s first African-American lieutenant governor who served in Louisiana from 1868 until his death on November 22, 1871. Very few people know about this bit of history.

And finally, meet Army Sgt. William H. Carney of the Union Army. During the attack on Fort Wagner by Company C, 54th Massachusetts Colored Infantry Regiment, a color guard was fatally struck by a bullet. As he was falling to the ground taking the flag with him, Sgt. Marshall grabbed it and continued the charge to the fort. After arriving, he stuck the flag into the ground and held onto even after being shot twice.

On May 23, 1900, Sgt. Carney was awarded the Medal of Honor, our nation’s highest award for valor. He is the first African-American to receive this award.

There you have it. What about you SJWs. Can you handle the truth?

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