Vietnam veterans asked to attend Agent Orange Town Hall
ASHEVILLE – For a decade, it was standard operating procedure in Vietnam: wherever the notoriously dense foliage and canopy hid enemy soldiers, American servicemen would chemically annihilate it.
The defoliant of choice was Agent Orange, so named because of the orange stripes on the 55-gallon drums it was shipped in. From 1962-71, U.S. servicemen sprayed almost 11 million gallons of Agent Orange from planes, helicopters, trucks and backpack sprayers to kill vegetation around bases, landing zones and river banks, according to Vietnam Veterans of America.
"When you were over there, it was, 'Don't worry about it. It's going to kill the foliage, but it's not going to hurt you,'" said Herb Worthington, the VVA's national committee chair for Agent Orange and one of the guest speakers at an upcoming Agent Orange Town Hall meeting in Asheville. "Some guys were covered in it."
TRICARE Website: Easier to Use
On July 24, TRICARE.mil unveiled a new website design to give TRICARE’s 9.6 million beneficiaries clear and easy access to benefit information.Â Users now have more ways to browse our site. We’ve added easier navigation, a login button for quicker access to our partner’s secure services, and a section on the homepage dedicated to life-changing events. We’ve also streamlined and reorganized our content so users can find what they’re looking for in the way they’re expecting.
We’re listening to our beneficiaries.Â Our new design is the result of an ongoing review about what beneficiaries are looking for when they visit TRICARE.mil. We are using satisfaction surveys, analytics, and user feedback to highlight key information. We are also closely monitoring our most visited pages and our most frequent search terms on TRICARE.mil. Some of the most popular things that beneficiaries look for include:
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We paired these findings with an extensive review of 34 government and private sector health insurance plan websites. This allowed us to apply common industry practices of website navigation, organization, content, naming convention, and readability.
TRICARE.mil is a powerful educational tool for beneficiaries to learn about their health benefits and stay updated on the latest changes. VisitÂ TRICARE Website to see the new design and explore the TRICARE benefit.
VVA supports S.2738, Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2014 introduced by Senatora Jerry Moran-KS and Richard Blumenthal-CT
VIETNAM VETERANS OF AMERICA
Sen. Jerry Moran Joins With Senator Blumenthal To Introduce Toxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014
Commission to Hold Hearing in Fayetteville, NC
The Military Compensation and Retirement Modernization Commission (MCRMC) will conduct a town hall meeting on the evening of Wednesday, June 25 2014 in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The Commission requests participation from anyone who resides in the general vicinity of Fayetteville. The Commissioners will hear testimony from witnesses on matters surrounding the programs that compensate the members of our Unformed Services and that therefore support the long-term health of the All-Volunteer Force.
Date: Wednesday, June 25, 2014
VA Opening Burn Pit Registry
VA Press Release
The VA is committed to caring for the needs of Veterans who have lung and other health conditions possibly related to their deployment to the Southwest Asia Theater of Operations. The Airborne Hazards and Open Burn Pit Registry <http://naus.informz.net/z/cjUucD9taT00MTAyMjMyJnA9MSZ1PTEwMDAwODA4MjAmbGk9MjM0NDM5Mzc/index.html> will enable VA to better assess the health of veterans exposed to burn pits and other airborne hazards.