Deadly new scourge for Vietnam vets

War veteran Ray Middleton - Source: ONE News

Published: 6:10PM Sunday April 24, 2011 Source: ONE News

New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans are confronting a deadly new danger, 36 years after the end of the war.

The veterans are known to have suffered severe health problems from the infamous Agent Orange herbicide, as well as public vilification for their part in the war.

But a new, and sometimes deadly scourge, is confronting many veterans who left New Zealand looking for a fresh start.

At one Gold Coast Sports Club, which also doubles as a place of homage to fallen allied soldiers, there’s a memorial for New Zealand’s Vietnam War veterans, many of whom moved to Australia after the war.

But their numbers are declining fast and while many of their medical problems have been linked to Agent Orange, there’s another cause of death the expats have not previously spoken about.

Veteran Bruce Weir said he knows of at least three suicides.

Life remains a misery for many expatriate veterans, and they say part of their despair is through government bureaucracy.

Weir said it’s too much for the people to handle, “with the pain and everything they go through.”

Ray Middleton has osteoporosis and can’t work, relying on a war disability pension from the New Zealand government. But the $500 he receives each fortnight is less than half the allowance the Australian government pays its Vietnam vets with similar disability ratings.

“It’s barely enough to live on and no more,” Middleton said.

He wants access to a $30 million NZ government fund to assist Vietnam veterans and their families affected by Agent Orange.

But the criteria is so strict, Middleton and many others don’t qualify for financial assistance.

Weir said veterans are fed up with trying to cut through the red tape inside Veterans Affairs New Zealand.

“It’s very distressing but it makes me more determined to see justice prevail and the government held to account and help resolve the problem.”

Veterans Affairs says currently 1650 Vietnam Veterans, both in NZ and residing overseas, receive a War Disability Pension (WDP).

General Manager Rick Ottaway said the tax free pension is paid for accepted disabilities connected to war service and is in addition to any pension or  superannuation payment that the veteran is entitled to.

Ottaway said medical treatment is also provided for accepted disabilities, as well as a range of other benefits and assistance.

He said the Vietnam Veterans Trust is administered by Vietnam Veterans representatives and the government, and Veterans Affairs NZ play no part in determining who should receive grants from it.

View Original Article and Video

Bookmark and Share

Short URL:

The views expressed herein are the views of the author exclusively and not necessarily the views of VT or any other VT authors, affiliates, advertisers, sponsors, partners and technicians. Legal Notice

Get Your Loan Now
Get Your Loan Now
Get Your Loan Now
Apply for your VA Home Loan Now
Apply for your VA Home Loan Now
Apply for Jobs on Now
Apply for Jobs on Now
Apply for Jobs on Now
Austins School of Spa Technology
ME Online
slow aging
What Price Gold
Posted by on Apr 25 2011, With 0 Reads, Filed under Health. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.


To post, we ask that you login using Facebook, Yahoo, AOL, or Hotmail in the box below.
Don't have a social network account? Register and Login direct with VT and post.
Before you post, read our Comment Policy - Feedback

Comments Closed

Comments are closed


Email Newsletter icon, E-mail Newsletter icon, Email List icon, E-mail List icon Join Our Daily Newsletter
  View Newsletter ARCHIVE


  1. What if the Children Dying in Gaza were Jews?
  2. Hundreds of homeless veterans gather for legal, medical support
  3. President Obama Signs Bipartisan Veterans Affairs Bill into Law
  4. A Peek Behind the Curtain (video)
  5. The Fire Hose of the Gods
  6. Are Sandy Hook critics delusional with “twisted minds”?
  7. HUD and VA Announce Vouchers to Help Nearly 1,000 Homeless Vets Find Permanent Homes
  8. Dumb and Dumber: The Inner Logic of the Zionist Mafia
  9. NEO – ISIS with Christian Money Persecutes Christians
  10. Gaza genocide: My debate with a Zionist
  11. MH17: Another Israeli Cover Up?
  12. War Comes Home to America
  13. Israel Has Lost Big Over Gaza War: Analyst
  14. MH17 Shootdown – The Investigation Continues
  15. The Deconstruction and Complete Reset of Israel
  16. 38 States Call for Constitutional Convention
  17. NEO – Rebirth of the Trans-Siberian Railway
  18. Gulf War Illness – GWI
  19. Veterans and Israel do Well in Congress
  20. Toleration of Israel’s Inhumanity Condemns UK’s Leaders
  1. mijj: "doubt" isn't a demon. It just feels that way because it's uncomfortable. Doubt is the foundation of the need for material evidence and the need to design of repeatable independent experiments ...
  2. OrdinarySerf: 'The rest have no clue.....' He has some clue obviously, but that's exactly what happened to Blair when he left office.....the real PTB say "Look Tony, we don't care how much ...
  3. LC: Mr. Webb; You & Dr. Lasha Dakmoon seem to be VT's only writers daring to document Satanic murder-cannibalism rituals of the 1% leadership. certification as a cannibal seems to be the ...
  4. jmreeves: Remember the stories about how the office of the vice president was largely ceremonial, and should maybe be abolished? Turns Out that is a place you can park a 'watcher' and potential ...
  5. mydogissick: How about this The UK, USA and Rusian (and probably most other) govts know exactly who did it, and why, and where they are now. They are presently exchanging data like ...

Veterans Today Poll

For over 60 years, US Taxpayers have been funding Israel, Palestine and Middle East. Are you happy with return on investment or would you prefer those monies be invested at home instead?

View Results

Loading ... Loading ...