USMVP started out as a grass-roots group of Vietnam veterans that shared a common, albeit unwelcome nemesis, Parkinson's disease. They also shared a mutual belief that their service in Vietnam and certain exposure to "Agent Orange" was somehow connected to their Parkinson's. So began their incredible journey of countless hours on the Internet locating supporting studies, studying the science of toxic exposures and neurology, discussions with afflicted veterans, sleepless nights in phone discussions, and, finally, celebrating the service-connection assignment by the VA.
The work of USMVP, in its short life, has affected the lives of many veterans and their families at a time when, for some, the situation seemed hopeless. Our work has helped many of these veterans receive the medical care and compensation rightfully earned in service to their country. It is our privilege to serve these veterans and we will continue to expand our reach and our message in the coming years, God Willing.
Band of Brothers
(L-R) Chris Reid, MD, Alan Oates, Lorenzo Gonzalez, Steve Fiscus
June 2008 - Meeting face-to-face for the first time seem a little odd considering the hundreds of hours of phone conversations collaborating on herbicide-related research. The founders of USMVP spent many late hours dissecting studies that identified association between early-onset Parkinson's and exposure to herbicides, pesticides, and other chemical agents. The collective resolve of these four "brothers" is not to be underestimated, even on San Antonio's Riverwalk.