ok, ya dragged me into this thread. man, i told ya.....ya got nuthin' to worry about
. like fitzy said, they have to do this occasionally (prolly at random) on the chance that someone might be in a position to go back to work. to be honest, i'm a little surprised they'd pick an old geezer like you.
they gotta know that no one would hire you, especially with your health history........you forgot to add in the ol ticker! quit worryin'! i'm not going to worry about
it, but then i have a few years on ya. i'm hoping they have a senior citizen cutoff age that they just shake their head and pass you by instead of terrorizing gramma and grampa at a time that it's easy to do.
navy, i would sure accept some advice on the agent orange thing. i was in III corps (the most heavily sprayed part of vietnam). there was no foliage where i was.........just dust.......and mud when it rained. we ate it, drank it, breathed it, and absorbed it. to me, it is pretty clear - dioxin is known to mess with the autoimmune system.......ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune disease. the VA's take on that - crohns and UC aren't on the list. how diseases have been added to the list, is a joke........a purposely long, drawn out study designed to trim the claimant pool through attrition (death). i developed a nervous tic in my speech after returning, that was never there in my youth. my oldest daughter was born with scoliosis, which is a milder form of spina bifida. spina bifida is on the list.......scoliosis isn't.
the VA is my sole source of health care, and i am reticent to make waves down there (pardon the navy pun). so far, they have been good to me, and i really like the PA that i have. i just think that they should have sent out questionnaires to gather info about
what illnesses A/O exposed vets are struggling with, and then look at that data for patterns. but they don't do it like that. they pick a disease at random and study the heck out of it for 10 years trying to rule it out. in the meantime vets are dying. then they pick another and study the heck out of it for another 10 years etc., etc.
it seems like i read somewhere (probably online) that Australia has recognized IBD as a result of agent orange. anybody down under know about
that? ivy, sydneyjo, andorable, phoebe? there were a lot of aussies there with us that were killed in vietnam, yet came home to die a slow death. i know guys that died of cancer, but, it wasn't a recognized form of cancer.....it wasn't on the list. while they were still alive, you'd swear they had parkinsons or something like that was going to take them, they shook so bad. i just got a nervous tic in my speech sometimes...........guess what? my kid was born slightly deformed......guess what? well,...........looks like we don't have a muffler fer YOUR car!
woops! somebody got me going. anyway, navy, if you have any insight that might help me, i'd appreciate it.
Post Edited (vietvet) : 5/7/2009 9:57:14 PM (GMT-6)