For Immediate Release
August 6, 2009
SENATE PASSES RESOLUTION DESIGNATING AUGUST
“AGENT ORANGE AWARENESS MONTH”
WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Olympia J. Snowe (R-ME), Mark Begich (D-AK), Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), and Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) today announced that the U.S. Senate has unanimously passed their Resolution designating August “Agent Orange Awareness Month.” The Resolution also calls attention to those veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and the adverse effects that such exposure has had on their health.
“Of the 8.7 million Americans that served in the Vietnam War, some 2.6 million may have been exposed to Agent Orange. Exposure from Agent Orange is known to cause numerous health ailments, including cancer. We believe that it is important to increase awareness to this dangerous chemical and those veterans who were exposed to it,” said the Senators in a joint statement.
The Senators’ Resolution was strongly endorsed by the Vietnam Veterans of America and the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) of the United States which wrote, “The VFW thanks you for your efforts and your continued dedication to doing what is right for America’s veterans.”
Kevin Kelley (Collins) 202-224-2523
Julia Wanzco (Snowe) 202-224-5344
Julie Hasquet (Begich) 907-258-9304
John Vargas (Murkowski) 202-224-6665
Jamie Smith (Rockefeller) 202-224-6472