How Many Veterans will be affected by the Agent Orange Act of 2009?

The Department of Veterans Affairs has been throwing around numbers regarding the astronomical costs that will need to be paid to the Blue Water Navy (not including others in the vacinity of Vietnam) if and when these veterans are allowed to file for disability compensation and health care. I have to agree - the DVA numbers are truly Astro-nomical.... so far out that they've just about reached the orbit of Mars, that venerable God of War who is probably so ashamed at how the DVA treats America's veterans that he's broken his sword.

We've been gathering some data, crunching some numbers, and believe we have a reasonable ball park figure that can be reliabley worked with.

# of Personnel
Total Personnel
Total Cost
Naval Personnel who served in the Vietnam Theater
who are eligible for the VSM
VA reports 17% of returning vets
died in the first 7 years
Deaths between 1980 - 2009 - 25%
VA Estimate - 14% are currently
on full disability
Number of Naval vets likely to apply for
for compensation - 35% based on all VN vets
The current average rating for veterans receiving
compension is 40% or less. This pays about $600/mo
Pay all navy vets at $600/mo


The DVA has the luxury of looking at predictably falling numbers. These individuals are sick and dying. The payment of these benefits will steadily decline.
The average life span of Vietnam veterans is 66 years.
The average life span of a non-veteran male is 77 years.
In addition to our time spent in Vietnam, we are giving an additional 11 years of our life to these United States.
Assume the average age of a Vietnam vet in 1968 was 18 years old, at minimum. Those men are just now turning 60. The averages indicate that the committment to these Servicemen is probably less than 10 years.
If a veteran is currently receiving 100% dioxin disability, their life span as of 2009, is very probably 3 to 5 years maximum.

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