Thousands of Maine veterans who trained in Gagetown, New Brunswick with the Maine National Guard between 1971 and 2006 were disappointed with the new federal report that claims there were no health risks associated with their exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides during their station in Gagetown, reports WABI TV on March 18.
Although more than 100 soldiers have filed claims for health issues they believe stem from their exposure to Agent Orange while serving in Gagetown, all have been unsuccessful.
The Center for Disease Control agrees with the finding of the Canadian study, says WABI TV
From the mid-1950s to the mid-1990s, Canadian officials sprayed the Gagetown fields with Agent Orange and other herbicides to control the vegetation in the area, says the Portland Press Herald
"Government reports may state there was little to no risk in training at Gagetown, but I know a lot of Maine veterans strongly disagree and some continue to suffer from diseases associated with herbicide exposure," U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, told the Portland Press Herald. "While the recent CDC report reviews the soil and the contaminants, there has not been anything that looks specifically at the veterans themselves.”
Soldiers, like Carroll Jandreau from Ft. Kent, Maine, who served time in Gagetown with the Maine National Guard, says they were warned not to drink the water or eat the vegetation in Gagetown, but soldiers were not advised of their exposure to Agent Orange.
"A lot of the guys that went there and a lot of the people I knew died from kidney cancer," Jandreau told the Portland Press Herald.