Thursday, December 8, 2016

AGENT ORANGE TOWN HALL MEETINGS











Town Hall Meeting Calendar
https://vva.org/AOTownHall.html



December 13, 2016
Springfield, Tennessee
Contact: Barry Rice

January 7, 2017
Lebanon, Oregon
Contact: Tom Owen 541-619-8140

February 18, 2017
Balboa Park, California
Contact: Sunny Richard  Farrand  

March 9, 2017
Newport, Oregon
Contact: Tony Molina 270-270-0569
Tom Owen  541-619-8187

March 10, 2017
Lebanon, Oregon
Contact: Tom Owen 541-619-8187

March 11, 2017
Portland, Oregon
Contact: Gary McAdams 503-577-6639
Tom Owen 541-619-8187

April 22, 2017
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Contact: MA State Council
Gumersindo Gomez

Monday, December 5, 2016

Exploring the Global Footprint of Agent Orange

Between 1962 and 1971, U.S. forces sprayed 72 million liters of herbicidal agents across rural Vietnam. The most notorious of these, Agent Orange, decimated forests and exposed millions of Vietnamese—as well as U.S. soldiers—to dioxin, a highly toxic compound linked to a long list of illnesses.

Nearly a half-century later, dioxin "hot spots" still dot the Vietnamese countryside. But direct contact is only the first domino in a long line of continuing effects, said Ylan Vo, a master's candidate in both architecture and landscape architecture. Trace amounts still accumulate in food supplies. Deforested areas are susceptible to erosion. Decisions about replanting often favor commercial monocultures over diverse native species.

"As a landscape architect, I'm trained to think about how systems interact," Vo said. "Topography shapes distribution, but so do water and climate and the movements of animals and people. Agent Orange is an environmental issue, a scientific issue, a medical issue, a community development issue, a political issue...You really can't separate them." 
Last summer, Vo traveled to the A Lưới Valley—near where her father was raised, in the city of Huế—thanks to a prestigious Deborah J. Norden grant from the Architectural League of New York.
Hoping to explore the continuing imprint of past violence, Vo compared contemporary ground conditions to GIS mapping data, declassified military maps, and other sources. The results could be revealing. For example, dispersal patterns tended to track closely with roads and supply routes along the valley floor. The worst hot spots remain concentrated near former military installations, where chemicals had been spilled, leaked, or bombed.
"Dioxin breaks down with sunlight, but once it gets into the soil, it's no longer exposed to sunlight," she said. "It's a persistent toxin." Both the human toll and environmental legacy "will continue for generations."

Sunday, December 4, 2016

Judge Remands Agent Orange Benefits Case, Says Claim May Be Substantiated

WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on Nov. 30 vacated and remanded a ruling that denied benefits to a veteran's widow for his cancer and subsequent death in connection with exposure to Agent Orange, finding that the Board of Veterans Appeals failed to determine if the veteran's cancer could substantiate a claim for benefits (Anita Gauldock v. Robert A. McDonald, No. 15-2893, Vet. Clms.; 2016 U.S. App. Vet. Claims LEXIS 1846). - See more at: https://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/mealeys/b/newsheadlines/archive/2016/12/02/mealey-39-s-toxic-tort-environmental-judge-remands-agent-orange-benefits-case-says-claim-may-be-substantiated.aspx?Redirected=true#sthash.S41W6iCz.dpuf
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on Nov. 30 vacated and remanded a ruling that denied benefits to a veteran's widow for his cancer and subsequent death in connection with exposure to Agent Orange, finding that the Board of Veterans Appeals failed to determine if the veteran's cancer could substantiate a claim for benefits (Anita Gauldock v. Robert A. McDonald, No. 15-2893, Vet. Clms.; 2016 U.S. App. Vet. Claims LEXIS 1846). 
WASHINGTON, D.C. - A federal judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims on Nov. 30 vacated and remanded a ruling that denied benefits to a veteran's widow for his cancer and subsequent death in connection with exposure to Agent Orange, finding that the Board of Veterans Appeals failed to determine if the veteran's cancer could substantiate a claim for benefits (Anita Gauldock v. Robert A. McDonald, No. 15-2893, Vet. Clms.; 2016 U.S. App. Vet. Claims LEXIS 1846). - See more at: https://www.lexisnexis.com/legalnewsroom/mealeys/b/newsheadlines/archive/2016/12/02/mealey-39-s-toxic-tort-environmental-judge-remands-agent-orange-benefits-case-says-claim-may-be-substantiated.aspx?Redirected=true#sthash.S41W6iCz.dpuf

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Vietnam Veterans of America Applauds Inclusion of Fairness for Veterans Provision in the NDAA

READ THE PRESS RELEASE
(Washington, D.C.)– “We are heartened to learn that the ‘Fairness for Veterans’ provision was included in the conferenced version of the NDAA,” said John Rowan, National President of Vietnam Veterans of America. “This is one small step towards the much-needed reforms of the Department of Defense’s Discharge Review Boards.”
 
The Fairness for Veterans Act (S.1567/HR.4683) has the support of a bipartisan coalition, including many veterans elected to Congress. This bill, if enacted, would codify into law the 2014 “Hagel Memo,” issued by former Secretary of Defense and Vietnam veteran Chuck Hagel. The Hagel Memo calls for the Boards for Corrections of Military Records to apply “liberal consideration” in favor of Vietnam veterans, contending that PTSD was a contributing factor in circumstances surrounding other-than-honorable discharges. While the Hagel Memo was interpreted narrowly by the military’s review board agencies, it did impact a handful of Vietnam veterans with PTSD. The Fairness for Veterans Act clarifies and strengthens the spirit of the Hagel Memo by applying it more broadly to Post-9/11 veterans with less-than-honorable discharges.
Contact:
Mokie Porter
301-996-0901

AGENT ORANGE TOWN HALL MEETINGS









Town Hall Meeting Calendar:

December 13, 2016
Springfield, Tennessee
Contact: Barry Rice

January 7, 2017
Lebanon, Oregon
Contact: Tom Owen 541-619-8140

February 18, 2017
Balboa Park, California
Contact: Sunny Richard  Farrand  

April 22, 2017
Greenfield, Massachusetts
Contact: MA State Council
Gumersindo Gomez