Associates of Vietnam Veterans to hold September town hall in Roseburg on Agent Orange

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ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The local members of the Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America/AVVA Chapter 805 of Roseburg have been working on their mission to promote education, understanding and support for the victims of toxic exposures/Agent Orange, the group said in a news release.

Agent Orange is a highly toxic herbicide used by the U.S. military during the Vietnam War to defoliate hiding places used by the Viet Cong, rice paddies and fertile fields that provided them with food, and to clear the perimeters of military bases to give service members a clear line of fire, the Although colorless, it is known as "Agent Orange" because of an orange band painted on the drums used to store and transport it, the Roseburg chapter said.

After years of advocating led by VVA, Congress enacted into law the Agent Orange Act of 1991. This legislation empowered the Secretary of Veterans Affairs to declare certain maladies "presumptive" to exposure to dioxins. Changes in the presumptive list is continual, the chapter said. Younger veterans facing issues with toxins used in the Middle East, TBI and PTSD are fighting to receive treatment and compensation for health issues and conditions, the group says.

"The Town Hall Meeting brings us all together to discuss, share our knowledge and experiences," the Roseburg chapter said in the news release.

The town hall meeting on Saturday, September 30 at 11 a.m. at Winston Community Center.

The meeting will also include an ice cream social/hot dog lunch following a presentation giving everyone an opportunity to talk and discuss the information.

"Please do not pass up this opportunity to have dialog with people who have been instrumental to get help for our Veterans, the group said. "We have invited VSO/Veteran Assistance Officers from Coos, Curry, Jackson, Josephine, and Douglas County to help Veterans with their issues. We are encouraging members of our communities, BLM, and Forest Service employees also to attend. The use of these same defoliants were being used here in our local forests and road projects. Come gather information; your family members will thank you."

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