RP Members and Connections check out this article featuring one of our very own Veterans Advocates and a Board Advisors for Victory for Veterans Foundation SGT Hutch Dubosque
Vietnam Veterans please pass this on to your friends that have served in the Vietnam War or area of Operations.
Liver fluke is a water-borne pathogen prevalent in the Vietnam region and linked to liver cancer.
Veterans are asking the government to classify the disease as a service-connected disability, but they say they're facing resistance. Their efforts led to a recent pilot study conducted at the Northport VA. The VA would not comment on the results.
A spokesperson at the Northport VA says the facility is the first in the country to perform such a pilot study and says that now it is encouraged to seek funding for an even larger study. But some vets say time is not on their side.
"When it does get out of dormancy and go active, it's basically a death sentence," says Hutch Dubosque, of PTSD Veterans Association of Northport.
The spokesperson for the VA says those who tested positive will be followed and treated accordingly. Rep. Lee Zeldin met with the veterans this afternoon and says he is looking to assist with any possible solutions.