William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital
Madison VA Hosts Agent Orange Information Event
November 14, 2017
Madison, WI – The William S. Middleton Memorial Veterans Hospital hosted an information event on Agent Orange in their auditorium today to raise awareness of the complications and service connected symptoms associated with exposure to the chemical.
The presentation included comments from Veteran Health Education and Outreach Coordinator Joe Naylor, hospital Hematology Case Manager Gabe LaPierre BSN-RN, and Dane County Veterans Service Officer, Dan Connery.
LaPierre’s presentation included regions where and when Agent Orange was used, as well as a list of several presumptive conditions connected to Agent Orange, including specific types of cancer and certain birth defects.
One Veteran attending was surprised to learn that “Blue Water” Veterans were included with one of the conditions.
“Veterans who have been exposed to Agent Orange and not aware of the presumptive conditions need to be educated on the benefits they have earned,” said LaPierre.
Connery expanded on LaPierre’s presentation focusing on the claim process. He encouraged Veterans to work with their local County Veteran Service Officers (CVSO) to file claims.
“If you were exposed and are interested in service connection, make an appointment with your local County Veteran Service Office,” said Connery. “The CVSO will be there to assist throughout the claim process.”
CVSOs from Sauk County, Columbia County, Dane County, Grant County and Winnebago County (IL) were available after the presentation to answer questions.
The event is part of a recurring benefit information presentation that takes place quarterly.
“We let the Vets dictate what the event focuses on,” said Naylor. “We talk with the County Veteran Service Officers and make the decision based on their input and the needs and requests from our Veteran patients.”
Naylor encouraged Veterans to check Madison VA communication platforms such as Facebook and the VA website for future events.