When young men and women enlist in the Armed Forces, they have a reasonable expectation that they are putting themselves in harm's way, even if the country is not presently at war. They do not, however, normally expect that they may be endangered by the steps taken by the military to keep troops healthy. Nonetheless, that is precisely what has happened to many people, a high percentage of whom were drafted, who served in the Armed Forces during the 1960s and 1970s. According to a member of the board of directors of the Finger Lakes Chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America, "As many as 200, 000 Vietnam-era veterans are infected with HCV, but it's not on the radar."
Vaccinations without Sterilization
According to numerous veteran accounts, vaccinations in the Armed Forces were given using an air gun (brand name Ped-O-Jet) that supplied doses of several vaccines at once as the soldiers filed by. One man who went through the experience says, "They've got all these shots...You might get four in one arm, four in the other, then you go in the next line and you get one in each cheek of your butt. In my platoon there was (sic) 110 guys, and we all got shots at the same time; they never changed that gun at all, for 110 guys. If a guy 30 shots ahead of you was a heroin user and had hepatitis, those 30 guys could get it.” It wasn't until 1996 that the World Health Organization recommended against the use of air guns for mass immunizations because of the danger of infection.
Case in Point
Larry Brown, drafted in 1970, finished high school in the Army. Though he was deployed to Vietnam, he was fortunate enough not to see combat. Tragically, however, he died 30 years later as a result of his experience in the service. Having contracted fatal hepatitis C because of his service vaccinations, Larry died at age 56. This is not just speculation on the part of his widow Anna and his son Shaun, the Department of Veterans Affairs has validated the claim. Brown had no transfusions, no tattoos, no history of intravenous drug use, and no combat exposure that would put him at risk for hepatitis. He was indisputably contaminated with the virus through vaccine administration.
In 1989, Brown was tested for HCV. The test available at the time found liver damage consistent with the diagnosis of chronic HCV, a disease which slowly destroys the liver. While treatments, such as interferon, exist, none of them is completely effective. Brown suffered for 20 years from the disease he acquired from his military inoculations. He tried several drugs that did not work, went on dialysis, lost tremendous amounts of weight, and eventually coughed up blood, having developed open lesions in his esophagus and stomach. He wife reports, “It looked like a war zone in the room where he died. There was blood on everything.”
If you or a loved one has been injured or suffered a disease as the result of receiving a vaccine, you are entitled to compensation. You should contact an experienced vaccine attorney promptly to discuss your best options.