Wednesday, June 23, 2010
VVA says Tell Your Agent Orange Stories and take Grassroots ACTION
As I finished up writing my last article on questions surrounding Agent Orange Outside of Boots On the Ground Vietnam, Rainbow Colored Chemical Agents on GUAM? http://www.veteranstoday.com/2010/06/22/rainbow-colored-chemical-agents-on-guam/, an old article written by Mokie Porter (firstname.lastname@example.org) of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA)(www.vva.org) came to mind, and I dug it out of my stack of The VVA Veteran magazines.
Way back in the Oct/November 2009 time frame (that’s about seven months ago) Mokie raised several issues that are now beginning to bite VSOs in the butt.
His focus was on how the Ford Foundation was funding a study into how Agent Orange and related chemical poisons used in our Herbicide Warfare operations against Vietnam has been killing and maiming the Vietnamese from the time we began using chemical Herbicides as a weapon of warfare.
Mokie drew attention to how the focus of the funding for this effort excluded Vietnam Veterans and their families. As I understand it, VVA had no problem with any study to correct a wrong done the people of Vietnam, but heck it was wartime after all. The problem was the exclusion of U.S. troops who fought there.
However, more important rather than piss and moan about Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange getting any media coverage, Mokie proposed positive steps and solutions that Veterans needed to heed in order to get their stories and VOICE heard. That was seven months ago, old news?
WE DON’T THINK SO!
What exactly did Mokie say seven months ago that applies today?
Robert L. Hanafin, Major, U.S. Air Force-Retired, Veterans Today News Network
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