Re: RE:Hep. C and vets
Re: RE:Hep. C and vets
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Posted by thanbey
on September 07, 2000 at 20:45:17:
In Reply to: RE:Hep. C posted by R.Steven Polo on September 07, 2000 at 19:33:36:
: I was wondering if it would be possible to send Montel Williams this letter. I have hep.C and out of 3 specialist they believe I would have contracted it during the time that I was in the service. Because of my liver biopsey,it would have been 27yrs. At that time besides all of the induction shots that were given to a whole company of men,they were told not to move during the shot as it would cut them and they would bleed. Needles to say alot of them moved and blood was everywhere,and they believe that this could have been the cause, because we were being inducted with GI's that had served in NAM. And the blood that was all over the guns they were using to shoot us up with could have eaisly been injected into inducties. And also I had come down with namonia and I was in the hospital for a week and a half, and during my stay there at different times I had recieved shots in which I noticed that after the shots the nurses had put the suringes had been put in to a bottle of alcahol in which it would have not killed the virus. Since I have been diagnosed with hep.c I have been seeing all the people that have also contracted it and have tried to consult the VA and to no avail have I had any luck. They will not admit or acknowledge that it could have been possible until MISS AMERICA pressed the situation in a Miami demonstration. Now I have been going to "SHANDS HOSPITAL" in Gainsville FL.", I finally have been in the process of getting on the transplant list. I just wish that they would give us a hand with the expense of the medication and the side affects of the medicine which my family has to help me with, it would be great if Montel Williams who gets the kind of exposure that he does ,to try and help. Thankyou for your time and if you would like to call my Phone# 727-733-6841.
Much of what you say is true. Ther VA, however, has committed a lot of money to outreach to veterans.
It took us and a lot of other people several years of getting the VA's attention to change policy and to institute some serices. There are Congressmen trying to get benefits that are more realistic passed through the House and Senate.
We had the first service connected disability claim granted in 1993. Since that time, we have been all over the internet, in magazines and on telelvision, as have many other people.
I would like to introduce you to some of those who have been working for so long on this.
Go to www.hcop.org and click on Favorite links, then go to the Vet sites. You'll see what I mean. Lots of hard working dedicated folks who have been quietly moving mountains. Mostly vets helping vets. Unsung heroes, as usual.
While we can use all the awareness we can get, Miss America is a late comer when it comes to awareness. Miss America's tour was orchestrated by a drug company through a grant to the VVA.
I hope this helps,