Vietnam vet seeks other exposed to Agent Orange

By TIM SINIARD
Posted 10/13/19

Vietnam veteran Roger Jones is seeking fellow servicemen who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving at United States military installations in Thailand.Jones served at   Korat …

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Vietnam vet seeks other exposed to Agent Orange

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Vietnam veteran Roger Jones is seeking fellow servicemen who were exposed to Agent Orange while serving at United States military installations in Thailand.

Jones served at   Korat Royal Thai Air Force Base and Takhli Royal Air Force Base Thailand from from August 1969 to August 1970.

He now has Parkinson’s disease, which was added to the list of ailments caused by Agent Orange in 2010.

Agent Orange is a herbicide used as a defoliant on areas of South Vietnam such as the Ho Chi Minh Trail. It was also used to defoliate the outskirts of bases in Thailand, where American servicemen worked.

Currently, there are two bills in the United States Congress in which Jones wants to make his fellow servicemen aware — House Bill 2201 and Senate Bill 1381.

He hopes  recent bills will bring attention to the plight of veterans who served in Thailand during the Vietnam War era.

In April, the House bill was introduced to allow veterans who served in Thailand the opportunity to prove toxic exposure in order to qualify for Department of Veterans Affairs benefits. 

The Senate bill was introduced on May 9.

Currently, according to the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, only veterans who served on perimeters of U.S. military bases may have had contact with Agent Orange.

Jones said the House bill needs 270 sponsors and the Senate bill 60 sponsors.

Currently, there are no Tennessee legislators who are co-sponsors, although Jones has been working to change that.

“I want to let everyone know what is going on,” Jones said. “It’s important for our lives.”

Anyone wanting additional information, may contact Jones at 423-544-6882

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