Sunday, July 29, 2007 SCIENCE/HEALTHArchives SCIENCE/HEALTHArchives: "Pat Elnicki applied for medical benefits related to Agent Orange exposure. His claim has never been processed because he's among a group of soldiers known as 'Blue Water' veterans, who were stationed on Navy ships off the Vietnam coast. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs won't compensate Blue Water veterans, saying they weren't exposed to the herbicide. A 2001 federal court case protesting the policy continues.Meanwhile, Vietnam veterans waiting for an answer are dying.'The bottom line is they are hoping some of these guys will die,' said Don Olson, Benton County veterans service officer. 'The facts just sort of speak for themselves. It's just a big stalling game.'You've just got to love how 'expendable' these vets are - and have been - to a number of administrations. - M. R."

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