Saturday, August 6, 2011

Agent Orange Canada: Agent orange victims tell their stories

Ken Young and Kelly Franklin were both exposed to defoliant chemicals during spraying at Canadian Forces Base Gagetown in New Brunswick.

“My father was posted to Gagetown in 1958 and we lived there until 1964,” said Franklin, 54. “We were there for some of the heaviest spraying of Agent Orange.”

Young, 63, served with the Royal Canadian Regiment at Gagetown in 1972, and said the government had by then switched to spraying Agent White, which contained hexachlorobenzene, another contaminant.

Both men are members of the Agent Orange Association of Canada B.C. chapter, and will join victims, social activists and scientists from various countries at the conference Monday and Tuesday (Aug. 8-9) in Hanoi, marking the 50th anniversary of the first spraying of Agent Orange by U.S. forces in Vietnam.

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