Rear Adm. Harley Nygren, who was instrumental in forming the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and served as the first director of its Commissioned Corps, died Nov. 17. He was 94.
Nygren, an icon in coast mapping and geodetic surveying, retired in 1981 after 37 years of government service. A MOAA Life Member and a member of MOAA's Lancaster (Pa.) Chapter, his work touched countless lives, including meteorologists studying weather patterns at the National Hurricane Center he helped establish and astronauts traveling home using tracking infrastructure he helped build.
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MOAA is among 20 veteran and military service organizations asking the VA to add four diseases to the Agent Orange presumption list in an effort to help thousands of affected veterans receive benefits.
In a Nov. 15 letter to VA Secretary Robert Wilkie, leaders of the groups requested the immediate addition of hypertension, bladder cancer, hypothyroidism, and Parkinson’s-like symptoms to the list. Each of the diseases has been linked to exposure to Agent Orange by researchers from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
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