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Mon Jun 12, 2017, 08:07 AM

Veterans Affairs Official Downplays Agent Orange Risks, Questions Critics

At a meeting in March, a lead analyst in the VA’s compensation service was critical of the media, scientists and the VA’s own administrative tribunal for taking positions that differ from his. The VA said his comments “did not fully or accurately reflect VA’s position” but also said his quotes were being taken out of context.

A key federal official who helps adjudicate claims by veterans who say they were exposed to Agent Orange has downplayed the risks of the chemical herbicide and questioned the findings of scientists, journalists and even a federal administrative tribunal that conflict with his views.

Jim Sampsel, a lead analyst within the Department of Veterans Affairs’ compensation service, told a VA advisory committee in March that he believes much of the renewed attention to Agent Orange — used during the Vietnam war to kill brush and deny cover to enemy troops — is the result of media “hype” and “hysteria,” according to a transcript of the meeting released to ProPublica.

“When it comes to Agent Orange, the facts don’t always matter,” said Sampsel, himself a Vietnam veteran who also handles Gulf War-related illness questions. “So we have to deal with the law as written.”

https://www.propublica.org/article/veterans-affairs-official-downplays-agent-orange-risks-questions-critics?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1497242368

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Mon Jun 12, 2017, 08:25 AM

1. whats this guy's background would probably better explain his "views"

 

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Mon Jun 12, 2017, 11:07 AM

2. and the bastards are still denying--colour me sooooo not surprised.

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Mon Jun 12, 2017, 03:51 PM

3. I'm kinda wondering where this dick Jim Sampsel, sprouted up from.

A quick google search shows his name coming up as early as 2012, Wikipedia does not have an entry on him.

I'm guessing he is a Bush II hold over, but can't be sure.

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