Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The Return of Agent Orange

The Return of Agent Orange

A New America Foundation/Washington Monthly Event

Decades after the U.S. military sprayed Agent Orange on the jungles of Vietnam, the long-acting toxin is still damaging lives in that country. Now, after years of silence, the government of Vietnam -- an increasingly important U.S. ally -- is demanding compensation.

Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of American GIs who served in Vietnam but aren't receiving VA care have contracted chronic diseases that, according to new medical research, may be linked to Agent Orange exposure. The legacy of Agent Orange is also on the minds of defense experts in Iraq, where higher-than-normal levels of cancer and birth defects are being reported in cities like Fallujah, a trend Iraqi physicians blame on chemicals let loose by the fighting.

Please join the New America Foundation for a panel discussion based on a special report, "The Agent Orange Boomerang," in the January/February issue of the Washington Monthly.

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