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President and Chief Executive Off...

National Veterans Services Fund , Inc.
P.O. Box 2465
Darien, Connecticut 06820
United States

Company Description: NVSF, Inc. provides an integrated program of services managed by veterans that include the following: a national hotline for veterans and their families that...   more

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Advisory Group, 13 Mar 2014 [cached]
Phil Kraft- President and CEO of National Veterans Services Funds, Inc.
No problem, says Phil Kraft, ..., 1 Jan 2009 [cached]
No problem, says Phil Kraft, Executive Director of the National Veterans Services Fund. Phil was happy this Palm Springs, California resident chose his group and likes it when his supporters donate a car, whether it is running or not, as detailed below.
Exposure to dioxin and Agent Orange ..., 22 May 2007 [cached]
Exposure to dioxin and Agent Orange has long been linked to increased risks for a variety of malignancies, including leukemias, lymphomas, prostate cancer and lung tumors, according to Phil Kraft, program director for the National Veterans Services Fund, which lobbies on behalf of U.S. veterans.
"Agent Orange -- and its bad-guy ingredient, dioxin -- affects everyone who is exposed genetically," he said.
Kraft agreed that veterans' health deserves closer scrutiny, and he said that the experiences of the men and women who served in Vietnam have much to teach today's physicians and policymakers.
"We are the guys who are learning the lessons," said Kraft, himself a Vietnam veteran.
SOURCES: Sagar Shah, M.D., urology resident, Medical College of Georgia, Augusta; Phil Kraft, program director, National Veterans Services Fund, Darien, Conn; May 20, 2007, presentation, American Urological Association annual meeting, Anaheim, Calif.
Officers, 16 Feb 2012 [cached]
Veterans Health Information: Phil Kraft (National Veterans Services Fund)
Vietnam Agent Orange Campaign | Home, 27 July 2007 [cached]
SOURCES: Phil Kraft, executive director, National Veterans Services Fund, Darien, Conn.; July 27, 2007, Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam, Committee to Review the Health Effects in Vietnam Veterans of Exposure to Herbicides, U.S. Institute of Medicine, Washington, D.C.
That ambiguity continues to rile veterans advocates such as Phil Kraft, executive director of the Darien, Conn.-based National Veterans Services Fund. He said that while he "admires the perseverance" of the IOM committee, too many sick Vietnam vets are still fighting for proper care.
"How hard is it to say, 'We're here for you, because you offered your life, and now we're going to help you,' " said Kraft, himself a Vietnam veteran.
He applauded the inclusion of hypertension within the "limited or suggestive evidence" category, but said he wasn't surprised, since, in his opinion, heart disease is rampant among veterans. "I talk to a lot of [veterans'] wives, and they will say, 'Everything was fine until my husband had his heart attack," Kraft said. "And it's not just because we are now all in our 50s and 60s."
Kraft said the evidence-based "bump up" for a number of cancers is also significant, since it may mean better access to medical and disability care for affected veterans. "Anything that is going to add to the list of compensations is a step in the right direction," he said. "I just wish [the committee] would be bolder."
That's because too many veterans are still battling the Veterans Administration for needed coverage, Kraft said. He used the example of a fellow veteran diagnosed with myeloma. The man did end up getting 100 percent disability and care, "but he had to fight for almost three years, while he was sick, because the VA was saying, 'Well, we don't know.' "
With American troops fighting now on a new front, Kraft hopes tomorrow's veterans will be wiser. One big problem for veterans from the Vietnam War is that they have no blood or other samples to demonstrate their baseline level of health before they went off to fight. That means it is often tough to prove that wartime exposures are the cause of an unhealthy change in their genetics or tissue toxicity levels, Kraft said.
"But I know that this time round, soldiers going to Iraq are being told to get a blood sample taken and preserved beforehand," Kraft said. "Guys that are still [in Iraq] are advising the younger guys to do that."
Kraft said it's disheartening that any veteran has to fight another, often lifelong battle to stay healthy and to get the coverage he or she deserves. As for the Institute of Medicine report, Kraft believes its recommendations remain far too cautious.
"I just wish they would loosen up a bit and come down with a recommendation that says, 'Do the right thing for veterans,' " he said.
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