Arkansas congressman files bill to aid toxin-exposed veterans


U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman filed legislation last week to help veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange or other herbicides while serving in Thailand.

A Mena man, Bill Rhoades, says he came in contact with toxic defoliants while serving at the Nam Phong Air Base, northeast of Bangkok, in 1973. The 68-year-old blames the exposure for a long list of illnesses he has subsequently battled.

But U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs regulations prevent him and thousands of others like him from having their claims reviewed, lawmakers say.

Latest News for Vets

Nonprofit steps in to aid military death benefits during shutdown
The families of two U.S. soldiers killed in a helicopter crash Saturday will get death benefits from an area nonprofit, despite the government shutdown. Fisher House Foundation in Rockville, Md., which helped Gold Star families who lost benefits during the 2013 shutdown, is stepping up again.
Shutdown derails CDC panel on poisoned vets
Tara Craver had packed her suitcase in the back of her black pickup truck on Sunday, ready for her 10-hour trip from South Florida to the VA offices in Atlanta, but the government shutdown foiled her plan.

Print Edition-New Year

Thanks for Your Patience!
​Moving Our Website Promises to Be an Ongoing Process, Until it is Finished You Will Still Be Able to Access All of the old military benefits news and questions at vetsvoice ​​

Deported Vet Helps Establish New VA Clinic in Tijuana
Working Directly with the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs (VA) in San Diego, a deported veteran has made a health clinic in Tijuana for other deported veterans a reality.
World Bible School
Khe Sanh veterans recall Vietnam battle's start 50 years ago Sunday
Across the U.S., groups of Vietnam veterans will gather to commemorate the 77-day battle, in which some 6,000 U.S. Marines defended a small combat base from tens of thousands of North Vietnamese fighters.
World Bible School will help 
you understand the Bible. for Free
The Complex VA Claims Process

Secondary Service Connection VA Disability

VA To Build Gene Database
The Department of Veterans Affairs is seeking veteran-volunteers to take part in a project that ultimately would help improve diagnosis and delivery of care to them. With the Million Veteran Program 
10 Tips to Help You Keep the Compensation and Pension Exam (C&P exam) in Perspective
The Ken Burns PBS “Documentary” of the Vietnam War