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The USAF returned about 34 UC-123K Aircraft to the USA. They were stationed at Rickenbacker, Pittsburgh and Westover.
Requested Assistance: Challenge Department of Veterans Affairs to obey law!
Summary: USAF C-123 veterans flew the C-123 transport aircraft following use in Vietnam spraying Agent Orange. The contamination became identified in 1994 but was not shared with veterans for decades. Veterans became aware of the tests confirming C-123 contamination in May 2011 and sought VA service connection. VA opposes on the basis of “secondary exposure” and creating concept of “dry dioxin” to suggest not “enough” exposure to warrant benefits. Veterans oppose with a large amount of evidence from other federal agencies, universities, physicians and scientists.
1.Number of personnel: estimate 1500-2500 aircrew, aerial port and maintenance from Westover AFB MA, Pittsburgh Air Reserve Station PA and Rickenbacker Air Reserve Station OH. Precise numbers unavailable, mostly traditional Reservists.
2. Background: After Vietnam C-123s returned to US. Spray apparatus was removed and airplanes then flew traditional cargo and aeromedical missions until 1982 retirement. 42% of fleet sprayed AO.
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