by Tim Chuey
The “it” I am referring to is Agent Orange.
It was used
extensively in Vietnam and its consequences are devastating and
far-reaching. The reason for my discussing Agent Orange is that a series
of Town Hall Meetings was held last week in various locations in
Western Oregon. “The Faces of Agent Orange” is the title of the
program. My wife’s sister Nancy Switzer was one of the speakers for the
forum. She is one of the founders and former President of the Associates
of Vietnam Veterans of America (AVVA) and
came all the way from Rochester, New York to Oregon. AVVA defines
itself as “a non-profit membership organization dedicated to advancing
the full range of issues affecting Vietnam Veterans, their families, and
their communities.” Nancy invited my wife Sue, our daughter Michelle,
and me to come to Lebanon for the forum. I might add that I thought I
knew quite a bit about Agent Orange, but this gathering showed me just
how much in the dark most of us are when it comes to this subject. “The Faces of Agent Orange” town hall meetings are sponsored by the AVVA and the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA). This
gathering was held at the River Center which is actually a church.
Their pastor Lynn Koehn told me that one of the purposes of their church
is to have their building available for the needs of the community such
as this town hall meeting. The American Legion Color Guard started
things off by presenting the colors. Everyone recited the Pledge of
Allegiance and then the assembly that numbered about 250 were seated
ready to get started.
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Tim Chuey is a Member of the American Meteorological Society and the
National Weather Association and has been Awarded Seals of Approval for
television weathercasting from both organizations.