Thursday, October 17, 2013

The Faces of Agent Orange: A Town Hall Meeting to Raise Awareness


The Faces of Agent Orange: A Town Hall Meeting to Raise Awareness

October is Agent Orange Awareness Month, and the New Jersey State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) will hold a town hall meeting on Sunday , Oct.27, 2013 at the Manville, NJ VFW Hall to educate veterans and the public on the many faces of the toxic defoliant and its lasting legacy of illness and health problems.

Millions of American soldiers were exposed to Agent Orange during the Vietnam War, and many have suffered and continue to suffer from cancer, neurological diseases and other maladies because of the dioxin-containing compound.  But Agent Orange also has taken a terrible toll on the children and grandchildren of our veterans.

“Today, more than five decades after the spraying began in the war, birth defects, cancer and other illnesses are still appearing in the descendants of veterans,” said Dennis Beauregard, New Jersey State Council President. “These are innocent victims.  Veterans, their families and the public need to know the Agent Orange facts so that we can get victims the help they deserve.”

The Town Hall meeting in Manville will provide the latest information on Agent Orange’s use in Vietnam, the health problems that have followed and the ways that veterans, their children and their families can cope and get aid.

The Town Hall meeting will be held at VFW Post 2290, 600 Washington Avenue, Manville, NJ, from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., October 27, 2013.

Contact: Mike Eckstein, Chair, Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee NJSC VVA at:

More information on Agent Orange and its toxic consequences can also be found at the special Agent Orange section of the VVA’s website,

The Vietnam Veterans of America has been a leading advocate for the fair treatment for affected veterans and their families.  The VVA is the only national Vietnam veterans’ organization congressionally chartered and exclusively dedicated to Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA is organized as a not-for-profit corporation and is tax exempt under Section 501( C) (19) of the Internal Revenue Service Code.

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