Representative Thomas McArthur (NJ) and Senator Jerry Moran (KS) introduced H.R. 3605 and S. 2038, respectively, the Fairness for Korean DMZ Veterans Act of 2017.
Currently, VA regulations provide that any veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served between April 1, 1968, and August 31, 1971, in a unit that, as determined by the Department of Defense, operated in or near the Korean demilitarized zone (DMZ) in an area in which herbicides are known to have been applied during that period, shall be presumed to have been exposed during such service to an herbicide agent.
This bill would define the exposure to herbicides as a veteran who, during active military, naval, or air service, served in or near the Korean DMZ, during the period beginning on September 1, 1967, and ending on August 31, 1971.
In accordance with DAV Resolution No. 025, we support this legislation to recognize September 1, 1967 as the earliest date for exposure to herbicides on the Korean DMZ. This change will provide veterans greater equity with respect to herbicide exposure and the presumptive diseases associated with it.
Please use the prepared letter or draft your own to urge your Representative to support and cosponsor H.R. 3605.
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Richard Whittle stood June 23 before an audience at the Armed Forces Retirement Home in Washington, D.C., to tell his story based on memories of the Korean War. He called his story “Coal Pile and Smellin’ Kimchi.”
Whittle said he arrived in Pusan, Korea, Jan. 31, 1953. He was assigned then to a railroad unit in the engineering section.
“My job was to push coal in a pile as it was being unloaded,” he said. “But that only lasted for a short time, until I learned to operate the crane. Then they gave me a crew of four and we worked seven days a week, around the clock, keeping the steam engines rolling, carrying supplies and troops to where needed.”
At night, he said, North Koreans flew suicide missions overhead. “If they saw a light from anything below, they would drop a bomb in that area.”
He said it was rumored the bombs were homemade and “no two were alike.” And the planes, he said, weren’t much better. “Their flights were a one-way trip, and when they ran out of gas they crashed,” he said.
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INDEPENDENCE, Mo. (AP) — A defunct Korean War museum in Illinois has transferred its collection of war artifacts to the Harry S. Truman library in Independence, Missouri.
The Korean War Veterans National Museum & Library formerly operated out a storefront in Springfield, Illinois. It closed last summer because of financial difficulties.
The museum’s board on Wednesday announced the transfer of artifacts to the Truman museum. Truman authorized the use of U.S. troops in South Korea after it was invaded by North Korea.
The Kansas City Star reports the collection includes uniforms, firearms and other donated items from the 1950-53 war that killed nearly 34,000 Americans.
Lacey Helmig, a spokeswoman for the Truman Library Institute, says the large Korean collection is still being processed. She says it’s unlikely the items will be displayed before 2020.
Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com