Thursday, October 24, 2013

Toxic Agent Orange legacy the focus of Vietnam Vets' Manville town hall

October is Agent Orange Awareness Month, so the New Jersey State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America, or VVA, is conducting a town hall meeting titled "The Faces of Agent Orange: A Town Hall Meeting to Raise Awareness" from 2 to 5 p.m. on Sunday at VFW Post 2290, 600 Washington Avenue.

The meeting 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 with the results and get aid.

"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," Dennis Beauregard, VVA New Jersey State Council president, said. "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."

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