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Is anyone else "out there" suffering with blood clots in/on your lungs and you served in Viet Nam during the years that they were spraying Agent Orange on the foliage?  I served in Viet Nam during those years, have been diagnosised with COPD and am having a lot of trouble with blood clots in/on my lungs.  My VA representitative has told me if I can find other Veterans who are suffering as I am I might be able to help my loving and very patient wife after I leave this earth through VA surivor benefits.  I am hoping a lot of people will answer quickly because I don't feel that I have much time left.

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Hi Tommy

I doubt this will help you directly, except to provide moral support, but there's no doubt in my mind that exposure to Agent Orange causes pulmonary embolisms and COPD. I’m a Canadian Agent Orange researcher and I’ve forwarded your question to another researcher named Gail.

Gail and I were exposed to AO (and other Agents) while we lived in Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, in New Brunswick, between the years 1958 and 1965. I’ve been diagnosed with COPD while she nearly died from a pulmonary embolism AND she has been diagnosed with COPD as well. If you would like to include the following information in your claim for service connection, please feel free. I’ve never written a “buddy letter” before for an American Vietnam War veteran, but I’m willing to try. After all, Canada manufactured and supplied much of the AO that contaminated you in Vietnam. Maybe this will at least irritate your VA into helping you.

The following is a letter I recently wrote to a reporter on the subject of AO and Canada:

As far as I’ve been able to discover, I’m one of the first people in the world to have lived where sustained, secret military spraying of Agent Orange occurred. My father, Sgt. Joseph Franklin, was transferred to Canadian Forces Base Gagetown, in New Brunswick, on my first birthday in 1958 and my family lived there until 1964. The story of how Canada massively sprayed the base with Agents Orange, Purple and White didn’t break until 2005, and I’ve been researching the matter ever since. We launched a class action against our government in 2005 and Ottawa’s reaction was to make Dow and Monsanto its co-defendants. You can imagine how we’ve fared against their combined army of lawyers. Our lawyers have all but given up.

Did you know neat 2,4,5-T was sprayed on the NBCW area of Gagetown in 1960? I hope you’ll agree that spraying 2,4,5-T on a Nuclear, Biological and Chemical Warfare zone elevates this “herbicide” to something far more sinister. I’m surprised this fully-documented fact hasn’t been given more play. Canada also sprayed American reservists from the New England states with AO while they used Gagetown for summer training, as well as military personnel from NATO countries.

Other things I can suggest are less well documented. The list of Agents sprayed on Gagetown are in the same sequence as the Agents sprayed on Southeast Asia. 2,4-D/2,4,5-T formulations were sprayed on Gagetown in 1963 and 1964 with the assistance of Fort Detrick personnel, then made their debut in Viet Nam in 1965. Agent White was first sprayed on Gagetown in 1965 then made its debut in the Vietnam War in 1966, etc. I believe the first fixed-wing aircraft to spray Viet Nam was provided by de Havilland Canada by order of Robert McNamara. I strongly suspect Agent Orange (and Purple) was invented in Canada due to the fact that America, Britain and Canada (ABC) had some surprising tripartite military agreements dating back to the early 40’s. The boys from Porton Down, et al, actually ran our main CBR installation (Suffield) during the years when 2,4-D and 2,4,5-T were discovered.

I realize your focus is on Viet Nam, but if you want the back-story of how Canada developed, fine-tuned and field-tested AO for use as a Biological Warfare agent in Southeast Asia, I can help. I gave a speech in Hanoi last year at the Dioxin Conference and stand in solidarity with the ideal of obtaining justice for ALL victims of Agent Orange.

Kelly Porter Franklin

Agent Orange Researcher

Nanaimo, BC, Canada

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My father is having issues with blood clots in his lungs and he was exposed to agent orange. He is also having issues with benefits related to this.
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Tom, I replied to your question on blood clots in my lungs a few minutes ago, but then saw your post on COPD which I also have and must use a CPAP machine when I sleep. Feel free to contact me if you need info. VA ignored my blood clots and COPD also when I applied for disability.
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This is interesting. My husband served there twice and our 35 yr old daughter has blood clots in her lungs. They ran tests to no revail. They think its genetic so I called the va to ask if orange could be a cause.
Good luck to you.
Deb
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My husband to has sever copd with nodules in the lungs with only 30% capacity on his lungs. He was in viet nam 101st airborn search and destroy paratrooper...I am sure between the malaryia he got over there and the agent orange spraying this has caused my husband to have a very low quality of life and I do beleive it was caused by agent orange if it can cause diabeties it can destroy everything he has 7 nodules in lungs at this time and has been hospitalized 2 this yr...VA says its the worst case of COPD with emphysima they have seen....we need help.....and va is falling short there are to many of these links to COPD not to be a reality God Bless are men and women who are living the nightmare
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my father in law has clotting issues

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I am replying to your e-mail . my roommate has recently developed newly discovered blood clots. Theres is no apparent reason for this condition, other then the fact that he has been exposed to agent orange in Vietnam. H e does not have diabetes , smoke, is not overweight and has had no injury to explain the apperance of these blood clots. He too is filing a clain with th VA. You acn e-mail him at jjbrocks@live com
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I served with the 1st Infantry Division 2nd Mech 2nd Infantry out of LiaKe 68/69 during my tour we did work in a rome plow operation on the Ho Ki min trail for about a month?? This was in the dry season this area was heavily dosed with Agent Orange (everything was dead a a door nail) I have pictures.In 2008 i developed two Pulmonary Embolisms on my lungs and almost died now I have to take warfin for the rest of my life.
Joe Zodda 


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VIETNAM 65 & 66 AND YES HAVE BLOOD CLOT ISSUES ALSO DEALING WITH THE VA
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Served in Nma in 65/66 at Danang air base USMC and was just diagnoised with blood clots on the lungs. I was just getting ready to look into this. Rick Brown

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I served in vietnam 1969-1970 and just found out that I had 3 blood clots in my lungs and am presently being treated to try and break them up. 

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My husband has COPD-Embolism and was there in 1969 to 1971 two tours. He also had clot in his legs. Both times I felt his life was in danger and the nurse told him that I saved his life. Second time for that!
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My father was in Nam from 64-68 and he has clots now since his stroke in 2009. But the VA refuses to give him home care saying that his injuries are not caused by the war.

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My dad, who passed in 2007, had COPD!!! Died of Advaned Atheroscleratic Coronary Disease and Chronic Cerebrovascuolar Disease, Massive lung hyper inflation sonsistnet with COPD/Asthma - none of which were present prior to his service 1966-1968. I am his only child. I had my first blood clot at 21 years old, repeated since then - always superficiaol until now - just got out of ICU with Pulmonary Embolism. I think service onnected thru him. Govt. since his death has recognized his coronary artery disease, etc. as agent orange connected......lsince the guys re mostly al dead now - they released the info!
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