Local Vietnam veteran posthumously honored
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund recently honored a Burbank veteran and hundreds of others who served in the war but are ineligible to be inscribed on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, D.C.
Army Sgt. Sal Silva, a recipient of a Silver Star and a Purple Heart among other medals, died Jan. 28, 2013, from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a disease that developed later in his life after exposure to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, said Silva’s wife, Jeannette.
There were 312 other Vietnam veterans who died after being exposed to the toxic chemical who were honored during the VVMF’s annual In Memory program, which is in its 18th year.
Jeannette Silva said that her husband and many others were ineligible to be immortalized on the Vietnam Veterans Memorial because they all died after the war and not during the conflict…
“The trip was very nice and touching,” Jeannette Silva said about her trip to Washington, D.C. “There were other families there whose husbands, dads, brothers and uncles passed away because of their exposure to Agent Orange.”
Jeannette Silva said that she did not know that Agent Orange was affecting so many veterans and was surprised to find out that her husband’s illness had been caused by the chemical.
“He never took a sick day working for Disney,” she said.
That because it wasn’t caused by Agent Orange — although you’d never know it from this fawning corporate institution we still call “journalism.”
Falsely connecting ALS with Agent Orange is nothing more than a legal gimmee from the highly politicized and fetishized military influence in this country. We know Vietnam vets who actually were directly affected by Agent Orange, and this is a gross insult to them.
It’s one thing for the VA to designate ALS as service-related in order for vets to get treatment, but it’s totally unacceptable for Vietnam War fetishists to be handing out phony celebratory awards and recognitions connecting Agent Orange with the disease. This is an offensive sham.