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Placido Salazar

psalazar9@satx.rr.com
Jun 22 2015, 4:49 pm ET
“Things have NOT really changed much within our military, or VA” contrary to the article
below. I don’t really know if VA is experimenting with our more than 120,000 Veterans in
Deep South Texas’ Rio Grande Valley (RGV), or if they are intentionally ignoring the
desperate need for a full-service 24/7 VA Hospital, fully aware that without the much
needed VA medical care, our Valley Veterans will die sooner; thereby saving the
government lots of money in Veterans’ compensation. All of this with the apparent
complicity of our RGV legislators.

We have traveled all the way to Washington DC on several occasions at our own expense,
to present the facts and figures, with individual cases of suffering by so many Valley
Veterans, but all of our pleas have fallen on the deaf ears of every congressman – all the
way to VA Secretary and President Barack Obama,

This is just blatant racism, considering the fact that almost 100% of RGV Veterans are
Mexican-American, while brand- new VA hospitals, or rebuilding in other regions (at more
than a BILLION DOLLARS AT DENVER) with three VA medical centers about 70 miles
from each other in Florida. WHAT ELSE CAN IT BE? Fellow-Veterans, it’s time to elect
new congressmen, who give a damn about our Veterans.

Placido Salazar, USAF Retired Vietnam Veteran

WWII Minority U.S. Soldiers Were PIcked For
Chemical Experiments
BY TJ HENRY
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Thousands of African-Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Japanese American soldiers were
subjected to painful secret mustard gas experiments during World War II specifically
because of their race, reported National Public Radio (NPR) on Monday.

While the Pentagon had admitted in 1991 to the mustard gas experiments, it had never
spoken of the fact that test subjects were divided by race. Following an NPR
investigation and interviews with survivors, the Pentagon acknowledged race had been
a factor in the experiments.
About 60,000 men were part of the secret program. White men were used as the control
group - they were not subjected to the mustard gas. But minority soldiers such as
Puerto Rican Juan Lopez Negron, 95, recalled being subjected to the excruciatingly
painful chemical, which causes severe burns.
"I spent three weeks in the hospital with a bad fever. Almost all of us got sick," Negron
told NPR.
"It felt like you were on fire," said an African American soldier, African American Rollins
Edwards, now 93 years old. "Guys started screaming and hollering and trying to break
out. And then some of the guys fainted."
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Because this was top secret, the men could not talk about it and seek treatment.
The Pentagon's press director, Army Colonel Steve Warren, said the military had
probably come farther on race than most institutions in America, so it was "jarring" to
hear of what had taken place.
TJ HENRY

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