I Served Honorably in Vietnam – Now I’m Being Punished

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The author of this article was scheduled to be a keynote speaker at our 2021 Co. A, 1/501st Vietnam Vet reunion, but due to new circumstances, he is unable to attend. Gus Kappler, MD, was a trauma surgeon at the 85th Evac in Phu Bai during 1970 and 1971. During the war, 54,300 gallons of Agent Orange were sprayed over Phu Bai, Vietnam. Six months ago, he was diagnosed with Chronic B-Cell Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). The VA admits it was caused by Agent Orange exposure. Gus alleges that he served honorably but is now being punished. This is a copy of the speech Gus was planning to give…

NOTE: This post includes several links to outside articles and reports to substantiate statements made herein.

I’m eighty years old and recently diagnosed with Chronic B-Cell Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL). I am a young, vibrant eighty. I accepted the diagnosis. My blood counts are currently quite good; there is a significant risk of developing an aggressive form of CLL. 

Fifty years after arriving in wartime Vietnam, I am now a victim of Agent Orange. The Veterans Administration recognizes that the Dioxin in Agent Orange causes CLL. This herbicide was manufactured by Monsanto and Dow Chemical, who deceivingly guaranteed its safety when in contact with humans. There was suspicion of a former CEO of Dow falsified research reports proclaiming the herbicide’s safety. See: https://www.sourcewatch.org/index.php/Paul_F_Oreffice.

Over fifty-four thousand gallons of Agent Orange had been sprayed by fixed-wing aircraft over a small area in Vietnam, near the South China Sea, and halfway in-between Hue and Da Nang called Phu Bai.  There is no accounting of the additional amount sprayed by hand and from helicopters, vehicles, and boats. Napalm was added to complete the devastation. It most likely aerosolized the Dioxin to more easily be inhaled.

See: http://cybersarges.tripod.com/AOphotos.html

So what?

Well, the 85th Evacuation Hospital, where I served as a trauma surgeon for a year, ’70-’71, was located there. We drank, made ice cubes, and showered with the contaminated water and inhaled Dioxin in the dust.

So far, I know of at least nine men I served with at the 85th Evac who have suffered from one or more Agent Orange-related diseases. Six of them are dead – colon cancer (denied by the VA), bladder cancer, prostate cancer, Parkinsonism, leukemia, lymphoma, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, basal cell skin cancers, and melanoma. See: https://youtu.be/g8BUnLPQDkw

How did this tragedy evolve?

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