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Today, 29 March 2019 is National Vietnam War Veterans Day. A couple of years ago the Boston Red Sox hosted a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day. We were fed and hydrated, walked through the left field door at Fenway Park, walked on to the field to the cheers of a full stadium. It was an emotional experience for many of us. After the ceremony, we were treated to the game. 

There's an issue associated with all wars NOT just the Vietnam War and the issue is Health! There are a variety of various health issues from physical to mental. The ones we hear most about are PTSD and OA (Agent Orange), associated with Vietnam. The Mideast wars have Burn Pit related health issues on top of PTSD. Today the suicide rate among veterans is said to be 22 per day. Now suicide within the active duty ranks is gaining notice! The article below is provided by the VA about Vietnam War health issues. 

Keep us in your prayers, please.

 Vietnam War Veterans Health Issues

Soldiers going through swamp with weapons

It's important to understand the health care needs of Vietnam War veterans because of the long-term effects of military service during the Vietnam War era. If you served during the Vietnam War, you may be at risk of certain health conditions. Understanding these needs will allow you to receive better care.

Learn about these conditions and what to do next to take care of your health.

Health risks related to Vietnam War

What you can do now

Take these steps to make sure you're taking care of your health:

  1. Talk to your primary health care provider or your local VA environmental health coordinator about other health concerns related to your military service. Remember, you can use Secure Messaging (login required) to send a private note to your doctor if you have any questions or worries.

  2. Ask your local VA environmental health coordinator about getting a free Agent Orange Registry health exam.

  3. Find out if you can get benefits from any illness or injury caused, or made worse, by your active-duty service, such as illness-related to agent orange or contact with hazardous materials.

Be sure your doctor knows if you have a history of Agent Orange exposure. Because of the possibility of increased cancer risk, your doctor may suggest cancer screening tests and to report any symptoms as soon as they appear.

Veterans are at risk for many types of cancer just like everyone else, even if they haven't been exposed to Agent Orange. You can lower your risk of cancer and other diseases by quitting smoking, staying at a healthy weight, getting regular physical activity, and eating a healthy diet.

If you have a My HealtheVet Premium account, you can easily reach out to your health care teams with Secure Messaging about taking steps to improve your health

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About VA Health Benefits

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I pray that God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ will be kind to you and bless you with peace

2 Thessalonians 1:2

 

Doug Dawes REALTOR®, AWREP, LMC

Broker Sales Associate

KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY - Topsfield/Newburyport

49 Main Street
Topsfield, MA 01983
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Grant Schneider 

That is much appreciated, for sure. 

Mar 30, 2019 05:11 AM #22
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Sheila Anderson 

So many won't seek help but are more inclined to if a fellow veteran encourages them

Mar 30, 2019 05:12 AM #23
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Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
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Good morning Doug Dawes ,

I too want to thank you for your service and for sharing these most important tips for those who served to better care for themselves. Glad for this topic to be raised so more can be done to spread the word and support our veteran organizations.

Mar 30, 2019 05:18 AM #24
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR 

There is a bond between veterans. The veteran organizations are in place for support of veteran issues. 

Mar 30, 2019 05:40 AM #25
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Jerry Newman
Brown Realty, 210-789-4216,www.JeremiahNewman.com - San Antonio, TX
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Good Morning, Doug Dawes I salute a fellow Vietnam era veteran, and Thanks for sharing this valuable information for all veterans. The VA is not always receptive to the issues dealing with our veterans. It's always a long process. I am still waiting to hear back on a claim that I made for disabilities related to some of these issues that you have mentioned. Welcome Home!

Mar 30, 2019 08:14 AM #26
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Richie Alan Naggar
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A planet full of mystery and adventure begs for discoveries not wars...Never the less, these boys were summoned and responded well enough. USA USA USA

Mar 30, 2019 08:32 AM #27
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Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
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 I never got shot at after being drafted during the Vietnam war. I honor your service and wisdom that you portray here. Thank you for your service Doug Dawes 

Mar 30, 2019 09:17 AM #28
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Rob Spinosa
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An important day and a reminder of the gratitude we owe those who have served and currently wear the uniform.  Thank you, vets.

Mar 30, 2019 12:49 PM #29
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning,

You are right Jerry Newman the process is slow. It took 3-years for the VA to admit I was even there before my claim got approved. My VSO was very aggressive about it. Many have given up. Do Not Give Up. Talk to DAV

I'm glad you made it home and alive

Mar 31, 2019 05:53 AM #30
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Richie Alan Naggar 

The men and women who wear the uniform go where they are told to go and when they get there they perform as professionals.

War is not a good thing yet sometimes it becomes necessary

Mar 31, 2019 05:57 AM #31
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Doug Dawes
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I was lucky and was never shot or blown up, too, Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS Came close. It's the Agent Orange that has many of us. I salute your service

Mar 31, 2019 06:01 AM #32
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Rob Spinosa 

You have said it well. Thank you 

Mar 31, 2019 06:02 AM #33
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Michael J. Perry
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The War ended the same year that my very low draft number was binding ! I am grateful to all the young men who sacrificed and participated in this ! Thank you Vets !

Mar 31, 2019 06:22 AM #34
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Tom Bailey
Margaret Rudd & Associates Inc. - Oak Island, NC

I lost friends during the war, and have lost several to Agent Orange since then. I am thankful for all that served. Our country has never given proper credit to those that served!

Mar 31, 2019 06:48 AM #35
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Anne Corbin
Long and Foster - Lake Anna - Spotsylvania, VA
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Thanks for the post. My father suffered an illness and it was years later that a VA nurse suggested his illness was Agent Orange related. First we'd heard about it. He applied and was awarded disability benefits. It is great to spread the word about this because others may not know about it, either.

Mar 31, 2019 08:17 AM #36
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Mike Frazier
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Doug I had a good friend die from cancer caused by agent orange. I guess many of you were exposed to the chemicals they were defoliating the forest with?

Jul 11, 2019 03:09 PM #37
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Doug Dawes
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Hi Michael J. Perry 

My draft number was 14 but I was already enlisted

Jul 12, 2019 07:05 AM #38
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Doug Dawes
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Hello Tom Bailey 

AO the gift that keeps on giving. The effects of war never wear off

Jul 12, 2019 07:07 AM #39
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Doug Dawes
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Our veterans service district just had a workshop regarding AO, Burn Pits, and Camp Lejune. I encourage all Nam vets to get on the AO Registry

Jul 12, 2019 07:09 AM #40
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Doug Dawes
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Good Morning Mike Frazier 

It is presumed that all with boots on the ground were exposed. There are areas in Viet Nam that are unable to sustain vegetation to this day. Imagine the effects on the human body. 

Jul 12, 2019 07:12 AM #41
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