I have received a number of replies on my recent post about CIWS guns using Depleted Uranium! I really appreciate your inputs and help. Some of you don't remember the DU rounds for CIWS and I understand that. Some of you never saw them. Remember, I was involved in this system from the beginning on commissioned ships. I also remember the testing on a decommissioned ship. But that is a different story. One of the replies did tickle my somewhat foggy memory. There were sabot rounds and I do remember those now. But I also remember, at least I think my memory is correct, that there were straight DU rounds also. If I m wrong, I apologize. And I do defer to the professionals. So, if you remember DU rounds in your CIWS system and you believe you have an issue with the VA, file. If not, so be it.
One of the research sites I found had the story of an Army Specialist that had colon cancer at the age of 31. It was traced to the DU round. I had the ascending half of my colon removed at age 50. Something caused that tumor! It may not have been the CIWS ammo, it could have been the ASROC weapon. Anything is possible. But my advice stands; If you think you were exposed, apply to the VA and let your record and the doctors figure it out.
Those serving now get a much more thorough look by the VA than we did 20 or so years ago. That is a good thing! But those "Grey Beards" deserve compensation also. Many of you will not apply because of s sense of pride or duty. You DID your duty and if in doing that duty, you were harmed, you should be compensated. There, I got that off my chest.