Making History Project
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Vietnam War Archive

Healing History: VA to compensate service members exposed to Agent Orange

VA begins awarding compensation for C-123 Agent Orange claims

Acting swiftly, VA granted first claim in just 16 days

In 1997, 10 years after retiring from a 34-year career in the Army Reserve and Air Force Reserve, Edward Kosakoski was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Though his last assignment in the Reserve was as commander of the 74th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron at Westover Air Force Base in Massachusetts, it was during the mid-1970s and early 1980s that Lt. Col. K was exposed to Agent Orange while flying training missions on several C-123 aircraft previously used for spraying the chemical defoliant in Vietnam.

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