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Re: Takhli AB 1966-67, Agent Orange Claim
Forget trying to prove boots on the ground in Saigon unless you have a picture of you there or another form of proof. We all had flights through Vietnam to Thailand and that is a tough sell. Concentrate on your being on or near the perimeter of the base often. There is a good base map as the first post on this board, scale out 500 meters (the drift area) and you'll be shocked what is covered. If you were at the end of the runway for run up and testing that is in the drift area. Or if you went to the weapons storage area or even some hooches were close. It can and has been done, your doctor's letter (Nexus Letter) will go a long way, check out what wording you need for the VA that could be important....Good Luck and best wishes. LouB.
My name is Mike Saunders A1C A&E Squadron on the F 105. I understand the government now has admitted to using AO at Takhli nearly 50 later. I have been trying to prove I flew from Takhli to Saigon on C130 transferred to commercial flight to SFI California then bus to Travis where I was discharged in Nov 1966. I filed claim about 7 years ago has been denied because I cant prove I was boots on the ground Saigon. I recently added to my claim because I have terminal cancer (blood cancer}. My Doctor at University of Virginia has studied mutations of all my blood cells and has put in writing that my cancer is caused by AO. I hope this letter from my Doctor will help my claim. I now feel I was exposed to AO in Thailand and Saigon. I don't have much faith in the VA any more. Good luck to all you guys.
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