"Yes, death and destruction are a legacy of war," she said. "But if you can connect with people after war, you can also have a legacy of hope and progress."Overall, an estimated 4.5 million Vietnamese and hundreds of thousands of American soldiers were exposed.
Agent Orange's toxic legacy continues in 28 "hot spots" where the level of dioxin remains dangerously high in southern Vietnam, said Charles Bailey, the director of the Special Initiative on Agent Orange/Dioxin for the Ford Foundation.
Dealing with the aftermath of the contaminant is part of the "unfinished business" of the Vietnam War, Bailey said.