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September 23, 2010

VA Secretary Defends Link Between Agent Orange and Heart Disease

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: — veteranclaims @ 4:33 pm

Full Article at: VA defends Agent Orange, heart disease links

By BEN EVANS (AP) – 1 hour ago

WASHINGTON — “Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki is defending an expensive proposal to extend automatic disability compensation to Vietnam veterans who develop heart disease, saying studies have shown a link between the ailment and the toxic defoliant Agent Orange.

Responding to concerns about costs, Shinseki told a Senate committee Thursday that a 1991 law compelling the agency to cover diseases linked to Agent Orange doesn’t allow consideration of expense or other external factors, such as the common occurrence of heart disease from other causes.”

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