Veteran says VA won't recognize brain tumor could be linked to Agent Orange

August 07, 2017 07:04 PM

A veteran who helped service members in our area for decades is facing a new battle.

Tom Cray founded the Veterans Outreach Center and led the organization for years. He's battling a cancerous brain tumor, but can't get VA compensation. Cray served two tours of duty in Vietnam where he came in contact with Agent Orange.

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Veterans have argued the herbicide is linked to brain cancer. But the VA won't recognize his cancer is related to Agent Orange.

"We do need to draw attention to these issues," said Lindsay Cray, Tom Cray's daughter. "We do need to get the VA to start acknowledging them. They have to take care of those and serve those who served them."

Senator Chuck Schumer and Congresswoman Louise Slaughter want the VA to presume the cancer connection to Agent Orange and provide coverage. Schumer also wants the VA to release its information on all Vietnam veterans who battle brain tumors.


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