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12. I work with someone who has traces of Agent Orange in her system
Sun Jun 19, 2016, 12:41 PM
Jun 2016

She's in her late 30s. She has a compromised immune system and it plays havoc with her health. Her father is a Vietnam veteran so there's the connection. She has all the necessary medical paperwork in her file at work so they can't fire her for being absent so often. When she gets sick she usually ends up in the hospital because even the flu becomes life-threatening in a day or two.

Even though Management can't fire her because of her medical condition, they never stop trying to find something to fire her over. So she always has that two pronged battle in her life. Her health and fighting for her job because of her health.

She does fight it though and so far has won every battle. We belong to a the Teamsters Union and they have managed to fight for her up to now.

Which brings to mind that our union and the University of California are in contract talks now. So far one of the issues brought up by UC is that they want to be able to fire anyone who is out sick with the same thing too often. This is a very poorly disguised attempt or just a blatant effort to get rid of medically handicapped people and the union made UC take it off the table.

Incredible story. Agnosticsherbet Jun 2016 #1
Makes you wonder about all those who served in areas where Depleted Uranium was used. Ford_Prefect Jun 2016 #2
start by reading anything onethatcares Jun 2016 #3
The V.A. will follow it's mandate as provided by Congress. HereSince1628 Jun 2016 #6
They also needed it for recruiting purposes. bluescribbler Jun 2016 #10
Yes, it's sad, because down the road people forget wounded vets last decades HereSince1628 Jun 2016 #11
And for all of the Republicans' vaunted fiscal responsibility gratuitous Jun 2016 #7
2016: "STFU conspiracist!" MisterP Jun 2016 #16
Research the archives here from BushCheney's era. Also Google for US soldiers' children&wives health Hekate Jun 2016 #20
I think I read where that material was used in places like Kosovo. Anywhere the A-10 was Ford_Prefect Jun 2016 #22
Al is 73. My age. I was drafted but rejected because I was born blind in one eye. Hoppy Jun 2016 #4
Epigenetics. . . . nt Bernardo de La Paz Jun 2016 #5
What a great story! AllyCat Jun 2016 #8
When I went to Vietnam elljay Jun 2016 #9
I work with someone who has traces of Agent Orange in her system lunatica Jun 2016 #12
condolence on your father's death heaven05 Jun 2016 #13
Monsanto and Dow KNEW Agent Orange had these effects, but PatrickforO Jun 2016 #14
Remarkable story PatSeg Jun 2016 #15
Zep said that: "The pain of war cannot exceed the woe of aftermath." PatrickforO Jun 2016 #18
Seriously PatSeg Jun 2016 #19
Because they care more about profits than people. PatrickforO Jun 2016 #23
I think it is even more than greed PatSeg Jun 2016 #24
They are increasingly finding that this is also causing blindness now condoleeza Jun 2016 #17
An amazing story malaise Jun 2016 #21
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