Monday, March 22, 2010


Oswego County Veterans Service Office Director Donna Kestner contributed the following information:

Three new medical conditions have been added to the "presumptive" agent orange list. They are: hairy cell leukemia, Parkinson's disease and ischemic heart disease. Veterans who served in Vietnam (boots on the ground - Vietnam) and have one of these illnesses don't have to prove an association between these conditions and their military service. The other conditions are ---

acute and sub-acute transient peripheral neuropathy
al amyloidosis
chronic lymphocytic leukemia
diabetes mellitus (type 2)
Hodgkin's disease
multiple myeloma
non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
porphyria cutanea tarda
prostate cancer
respiratory cancers and soft tissue sarcoma (other than osteosarcoma, chondrosarcoma, kaposi's carcoma or mesothelioma).

Also on the list is ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). You can file for benefits for this condition if you served in the military (or certain family members of a deceased veteran). You do not have to have Vietnam service for ALS.

If you suffer from one of these conditions, please make an appointment at your local veterans' agency. Certain surviving family members of a veteran that died from one of these conditions may also be eligible.

HELP! We are looking for relatives of DAVID R. McEWEN - Our office has been contacted by a man in England who found a dog tag and personal item and he would like to make contact with this serviceman's family. We believe his spouse may be Georgia Thompson McEwen. His children's names may be David R., Donald, Berton, Karen Sabin, Patricia Murray, Donna McEwen and Barbara McEwen. If you can help us locate any of these people, please call the Oswego County Veterans' Office at 315-591-9100.


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