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A rather short heads up for current news on veterans affairs as it relates to the transition process for returning combat veterans. This radio program is clearly in the vanguard for an open dialogue about the nuances of the residuals of war. Should you have the time go to the podcast interview with Navy Cross recipient 3/5 Marines. Dark Horse, Jerimiah Woodward, author of “Shadow of the Sword”,  about his experience in Fallujah and then…..!  We hope this fine man will come join us at the next ElderWarrior.com retreat on Nov-12-16, 2017 in San Juan, Batista,Ca.

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Update on Air Force C-123's and Agent Orange

Hello Mike,
What a long time since we last wrote one another. Sure, I’d appreciate the article getting broader coverage as we certainly have many of our vets in Arizona. Plus there is such attention given the boneyard and its role in destruction of the old airplanes.
I think the last coverage on our airplanes was by Dennis Wagner in 2014 when there was some attention given my presentation at the Society of Toxicology at which I challenged VA ethics. In 2012 VA made a poster presentation at that organization’s conference in which they redefined the word “exposure” in a very precise manner which excluded our agent orange exposure claims. The report I’m holding laid waste to that peculiar MVA unique redefinition of a fundamental term of science.
Be well,
   Wes

 

 

 

—–Original Message—–
From: Wes Carter <c123kcancer@gmail.com>
To: undisclosed-recipients:;
Sent: Sat, Oct 22, 2016 4:35 pm
Subject: Patches & the IOM C-123 Agent Orange Report – Oct 14 2016

note: our association’s work continues on the issue of retroactive disability awards and compensation, with legal representation from the firm of Fregre-Baker Daniels

“Patches & the IOM C-123 Agent Orange Report”

Visiting the USAF Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB and home of “Patches,” our Agent Orange-contaminated C-123. 14 Oct 2016

To all post-Vietnam C-123 Veterans
: if you haven’t already, contact VA and arrange your Agent Orange Registry physical. This is a free comprehensive exam looking for any possible Agent Orange exposure medical issues and it is vital whether you have any such illnesses or not. The first friend I talk into having the physical was found to have a life-threatening heart problem, and the physical perhaps saved his life. Call VA now!I’m holding the report from the Institute of Medicine/National Academy of Sciences that convinced the VA our aircraft had been contaminated, we were exposed to Agent Orange, and we were harmed greatly by that exposure. Behind me is Patches, now decontaminated, of course.

The report summary can be downloaded free at https://www.google.com/url…
The archives at the museum revealed the evidence of testing back in 1979 and 1994 and 1996, and the evidence that USAF bioenvironmental scientists concluded the airplane was “heavily contaminated with dioxin on all test surfaces, STILL after its last spray missions in 1968 during the Vietnam War.
We started flying Patches in 1972 and were exposed to the Agent Orange residue for the next decade. Although the CDC informed VA and USAF that the aircrews and maintainers had been exposed, officials at VA continued to insist otherwise and stated VA had “an overwhelming preponderance of evidence” against any harm being done.

In 2014 it became clear, based on the IOM study and the report I’m holding, that VA’s position was based solely on its policy decision to block additional Agent Orange claims like ours. Policy, not science. Policy, not law.

The US Senate agreed. Under leadership from Senator Burr of North Carolina and Senator Merkley of Oregon the Senate blocked all VA confirmations until the C-123 issue was resolved. The national commander of the VFW testified to Congress that that full benefits for C-123 vets must be authorized,  All six major veterans organizations insisted VA act, with the Vietnam Veterans of America leading their joint efforts.

The media was behind us all the way. The first press coverage was in early 2011 in the Air Force Times where reporter Patricia Kime detailed our USAF Inspector General complaint wherein the service was asked, but refused, to notify our veterans of their potential exposures. Subsequent articles appeared in the Washington Post, Springfield RepublicanAmerican Legion Magazine, the OregonianAssociated Press, CBS News, Pittsburgh GazetteNPR All Things Considered, Boston Globe, Air Force Magazine, plus Military.Com and other Internet outlets. Air Force Times and the Springfield Republican both ran editorials insisting VA act in our behalf.

In 2009 Dr. Alvin Young, VA’s principal consultant on Agent Orange, had strongly recommended to the USAF the immediate destruction of all C-123s stored in a hazardous material quarantine section of Davis-Mothan Air Force Base because, among other reasons, our already exposed air crews and maintenance veterans might approach the VA seeking care for Agent Orange illnesses. Destruction of the aircraft would help prevent such claims, especially, as it was pointed out, if the aircraft disappeared without public attention. Preventing claims seems to of been awfully important to the VA and so many others. It seemed so important to Dr. Young because in 2011 he denigrated us as “trash haulers, freeloaders looking for a tax-free dollar from a sympathetic congressman.” The VA certainly found the right voice to help it oppose our claims – VA had found a man who holds us in contempt to help VA avoid treating our illnesses.

In 2013 Dr. Young was in the middle of his unique VA two year $600,000 no-bid sole source Agent Orange consulting contract. He urged Mr. James Sampsel at the VA Agent Orange desk to “hold the line” (his words) against our claims. For his part, Mr. Sampsel informed his VA colleagues and supervisors that all proof confirming our exposure submitted to VA by independent scientific authorities and other federal agencies (CDC, DOD, USPHS, NIH)  was merely the real “problem” for VA – proof Mr. Sampsel and others in VBA would ignore despite VA regulation VAM21-1MR and despite the Veterans Claims Assistance Act.

Dr. Terry Walters at the VHA Post-Deployment Health Section, told the Associated Press that a line had to be drawn against our claims. Hold the line, indeed!

For too many years the VA “held their line” and denied every single claim submitted by our veterans of the post-Vietnam C-123 spray aircraft. While being paid by VA Dr. Young testified before the Institute of Medicine C-123 committee against our exposure claims. He even attacked the IOM report after its publication in January 2015 using arguments similar to ones used earlier when Dow and Monsanto sponsored him. But the committee saw through that. The committee also criticized VA and USAF for routinely dismissing, ignoring or minimizing  proof of veterans’ exposures

In June 2015, the Institute of Medicine report I’m holding in the photo was acted upon by Secretary McDonald. He brought truth, science, law, and compassion into the process at last. The 2100 of us who volunteered to serve our country by flying and maintaining our aircraft willingly accepted the hazards of aviation service and now are acknowledged to have also endured hazardous toxin exposures for which the VA will now care.

As VA Secretary McDonald said to me at the White House, “We won.” He meant “We” the veteransand “We” the VA, No longer adversaries.

Let’s not let this happen again to other veterans facing toxic exposures.

 

 

 

    Wes Carter, Chair

    (971) 241-9322

Stirling Capital Investments Commences Construction of 447,740-Square-Foot Warehouse

New Facility Now Fully Leased to Two Tenants

Stirling Capital Investments today announced construction has commenced on a 444,740-square-foot industrial facility at Southern California Logistics Centre (SCLC), the 2,500-acre commercial and industrial complex entitled for 60 million square feet of development in Victorville.

A 211,000-square-foot pre-lease commitment for the new facility was secured from a national manufacturer which kicked off the project, and the remainder of the facility is now committed to a second multi-national tenant who will utilize the 233,740-square-foot space for regional and national distribution of their products.

The new development underscores Stirling Capital Investments collaboration with local and regional government to establish the Inland Empire’s High Desert as a regional manufacturing hub as well as their continued efforts alongside the City of Victorville to attract top-tier businesses to Southern California Logistics Centre.

“We are thrilled to be constructing another major phase of the redevelopment of the George Air Force Base,” said Brian D. Parno, Chief Operating Officer for Stirling Development. “With occupancy in our three million square feet of existing development exceeding 99 percent, we were poised for another expansion. The emergence of our project as a prime commercial and manufacturing hub will prove to be a huge benefit to the city and High Desert region which will continue to payoff for many years into the future.”

The official site groundbreaking occurred in January and construction of the new facility is currently underway. Full completion and occupancy is anticipated in the fall of this year. The state-of-the-art facility sits on 21.7 acres and includes quality features such as energy efficient LED warehouse lighting with motion sensors, abundant natural daylighting from skylights, cross-dock design, 32-foot clear height, ESFR fire protection, secured full concrete truck courts and ample power.

“When we commenced construction, we immediately witnessed very strong demand for new space. With the full lease up and success of this new facility now secured, we have begun exploring additional development opportunities in order to meet that demand later this year,” added Parno.

“Together with Stirling, we are pleased to see that Victorville’s investment in major public infrastructure programs at the Southern California Logistics Airport is yielding a continued attraction of world-class companies, looking to do business cost effectively and increase local employment opportunities for our residents, said Gloria Garcia, Mayor of the City of Victorville.”

“The County of San Bernardino is pleased to be collaborating with Stirling in the effort to attract manufacturers and higher paying jobs to the High Desert,” said Robert A. Lovingood, Vice Chairman of the San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors. “We believe that the benefits of our regional labor force and strategic location, combined with the utilities and state-of-the-art real estate solutions provided by Stirling will continue to be major drivers of manufacturers moving into the area.”

Stirling Capital Investments has developed over three million square feet of Class A industrial space at SCLC. Build-to-suit opportunities ranging from 50,000 square feet to over 1,000,000 square feet are readily available with flexibility, expansion, expedited timing and environmentally conscious features in mind. SCLC along with the Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA) and the

Southern California Rail Complex (SCRC) – which together make up Global Access Victorville – have generated approximately 2,400 of jobs in the region.

Global Access Victorville

Global Access Victorville is home to Boeing, Dr Pepper Snapple, Exel Logistics, Fastenal, FedEx, General Electric, Leading Edge, Newell Rubbermaid, Pacific Aviation Group, Plastipak Packaging, Pratt & Whitney, Red Bull, Sparkletts, Solar City Corporation and United Furniture Industries. Global Access Victorville, the former George Air Force Base in Victorville, Calif., is an 8,500-acre multimodal freight transportation hub supported by air, ground and rail connections. Global Access Victorville is comprised of Southern California Logistics Airport (SCLA), a 2,500-acre world-class air cargo and aviation facility; Southern California Logistics Centre (SCLC), a 2,500-acre commercial and industrial complex entitled for 60 million square feet of development; and Southern California Rail Complex (SCRC), a planned 3,500-acre intermodal and multimodal complex entailing rail-served facilities. Stirling and the City of Victorville have teamed up to redevelop the former George Air Force Base into Global Access Victorville, the largest fully-integrated commercial development in the region, which is anticipated to create more than 24,000 jobs and support another 18,500 jobs in the surrounding area. For more information, visit www.globalaccessvictorville.com.

 

About Stirling Capital Investments

Stirling Capital Investments is a joint venture between Stirling (www.stirlingdevelopment.com), a Foothill Ranch, Calif.-based strategic, full-service, value-added development company specializing in master-planned communities and major land renovations and Denver, Colo.-based DCT Industrial Trust Inc. (NYSE: DCT). Stirling is led by partners Dougall Agan and Chris Downey, who have been responsible for more than $3 billion in development activity on large-scale land development projects in Los Angeles, Orange, San Bernardino and San Diego counties. DCT Industrial Trust Inc., is a leading industrial real estate company specializing in the acquisition, development, leasing and management of bulk distribution and light industrial properties located in high-volume distribution markets in the U.S. and Mexico.