Support Toxic Chemical Agent Orange Initiative Efforts

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From approximately 1961 to 1971, U.S. military forces sprayed more than 20 million gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides in Vietnam, eastern Laos and parts of Cambodiaon with most on forests and crops in southern and central Vietnam. The campaign had both human, biodiversity and environmental consequences. Agent Orange contains higly toxic dioxins that can cause severy biology damages such as nerves and cell mutations. With genes or cell mutations, damages such as deformalities can mutate from generation after generation  For decades, the after-effects of dioxin remained an unresolved matter between the United States and Vietnam. In recent years, improved relations have opened the doors to cooperation.

On June 16, 2010, members of the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin unveiled a comprehensive 10-year Declaration and Plan of Action or comprehensive initiative to address the toxic legacy of Agent Orange and other herbicides in Vietnam. The Plan of Action was released as an Aspen Institute publication and calls upon the U.S. and Vietnamese governments to join with other governments, foundations, businesses, and nonprofits in a partnership to clean up dioxin “hot spots” in Vietnam into clean, safe environments, and to expand humanitarian services for people with disabilities in that country.  On September 16, 2010, Senator Patrick Leahy (D- VT) acknowledged the work of the Dialogue Group by releasing a statement on the floor of the Unites States Senate. The statement urges the U.S. government to take the lead Plan of Action’s recommendations into account in developing a multi-year plan of activities to address the Agent Orange/dioxin legacy. The initiative also support the U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin—a bipartisan panel of distinguished policy makers, scientists, and nonprofit and business leaders—in a joint effort to confront the most pressing problems facing by people and communities affected by Agent Orange, many of which are US veterans and their families.

Further literature and information regarding Agent Orange causes and effects, initiatives and activities can be found at:

http://www.fordfoundation.org/about-us/special-initiatives/agent-orange

http://www.vn-agentorange.org/

http://www.warlegacies.org/AgentOrange.htm

www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agent_Orange

 



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