L/CPL Robert J. Slattery, Det #206, "SCUTTLEBUTT NEWS", Nov 2021 - #3
New Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

VA to Announce Decision on New Agent Orange Presumptive Conditions

Three years after a scientific body recommended that the Department of Veterans Affairs consider adding three conditions -- bladder cancer, hypothyroidism and Parkinson's-like symptoms -- to the list of qualifying diseases tied to Agent Orange, affected veterans may soon find out whether they are eligible for disability compensation and VA health care.

During a Senate Veterans Affairs hearing Tuesday on the VA budget, Dr. Richard Stone, the executive in charge of the Veterans Health Administration, said a decision on the three illnesses likely would come in the next 90 days.

Semper Fi,

Tom Miller

November 7th

The weekend before Veteran's Day on Sunday, November 7th, my wife Rose and I were at our local Ihop restaurant for an after-mass breakfast. I was wearing my Slattery shirt and red Marine Corps jacket as it was proper because of the date and weather.

There were several families were there with their children. A mother and father with two little girls maybe 5 and 3 and a father by himself with his son about 7. The little girls were busy playing hide and hide some more with me while the little guy was forking his breakfast.

I made contact with him as his son moved his pancakes all around his plate, the table and some on the floor. I smiled, half laughted and nodded. He smiled and slightly shook his head back and forth.

As they started to get ready and the little guy put both arms in his upside-down jacket and flipped it over his head, landing it on his back like it was made to fit. I said to the father, "That boy is going to go places in the world." We all chuckled knowing although it was an unusual move, it turned out perfectly.

The father paid his check that the waitress brought to the table and off they went. We were ready to leave and asked for our check. Shortly thereafter our waitress brought our check. The pictures explain my surprise and renewed faith in our older population. There are still a lot of people out there that care for our vets.

Semper Fi,

Tom Miller