USS Ponchatoula Shipmates Association
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USS Ponchatoula and Toxic Exposures:
Agent Orange, Ionizing Radiation and Asbestos
|USS Ponchatoula's crewmembers may have
potentially been exposed to toxic substances during their time
aboard. The Department of Veterans Affairs recognizes certain
medical conditions to have been caused or aggravated by exposure to
certain toxic substances. Presumptive Exposure status to toxic
substances means that exposure to the toxic substances should be
Presumed by the DVA for purposes of providing medical treatment
and processing disability claims for those Ponchatoula sailors who
served aboard on specific exposure dates recognized by the DVA to
Ionizing Radiation (1962) and Agent Orange (1969 and 1971).
Because USS Ponchatoula was a steam powered ship. Asbestos was used throughout the ship for insulation around the many steam pipes. Exposure to asbestos can be a serious health risk if asbestos-containing material is disturbed in such a way that the particles and fibers become airborne.
Our Shipmates' Advocate Peter Ablanczy has assembled information about documented or otherwise recognized events that may have exposed crewmembers to potential health hazards during their time aboard the USS Ponchatoula. Please see the information on the following pages about these potentially hazardous exposures. For questions, Shipmates may contact Peter directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.