Veterans Return to Vietnam to Study Agent Orange

For Immediate Release

Contact: 

Mike Ferner, 419-360-3621
Dennis Lane, 314-306-0024

Veterans Return to Vietnam to Study Agent Orange

WASHINGTON - Vietnam Agent
Orange Relief and Responsibility Campaign (VAORRC), a project of
Veterans for Peace (VFP), is sponsoring a fact-finding delegation of
US veteran leaders that will be in Vietnam from March 28 to April 8,
2010.   The delegation will
survey the lingering effects of dioxin-laced herbicides like Agent
Orange sprayed by U.S. forces during the American War on the
people, animals and environment of Vietnam.   The
delegation will be hosted by Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange/dioxin (VAVA). 

Members of the delegation are:

Michael Ferner, President
Veterans for Peace

Geoff Millard,
Chair/Board of Directors, Iraq Veterans Against the War and journalist

Michael Uhl, Veterans
for Peace Board Member and author

Ken Mayers, Veterans
for Peace Board Member, and accounting consultant

Susan Schnall, VAORRC
Board Member and public health nurse

Paul Cox, VAORRC
Board Member, Vietnam Veterans Against the War member, and civil
engineer

The delegation will visit Agent
Orange victims in hospitals and care facilities, and in particular meet
with affected families living in rural areas where health-delivery
resources are less available and poverty persists.   

Estimates of Vietnamese ill from
widespread and persistent dioxin residues, now reaching into the third
generation since Vietnam's reunification in 1975, range from three to five million
victims.  Herbicides contaminated by dioxin were sprayed from 1961 to
1971 over approximately 1/8 the land area of southern Vietnam as a part of the US arsenal used against the Vietnamese
resistance. 

Delegation members are available
for interviews upon their return home to the U.S.  

"Agent Orange is not an artifact
of a long-ago war, it is a bomb that continues to explode in the lives
of the people of Vietnam, today," said Vietnam veteran PaulCox.  "It is time for the US
to step up to help the Vietnamese as they have finally done for US
veterans."

For more information, or to
interview delegation members, call:
Merle Ratner, 212-420-1586 or merle_ratner@hotmail.com.

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Veterans For Peace is a national organization founded in 1985. It is structured around a national office in Saint Louis, MO and comprised of members across the country organized in chapters or as at-large members. The organization includes men and women veterans of all eras and duty stations including from the Spanish Civil War (1936-39), World War II, the Korean, Vietnam, Gulf and current Iraq wars as well as other conflicts. Our collective experience tells us wars are easy to start and hard to stop and that those hurt are often the innocent. Thus, other means of problem solving are necessary.

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