Friday, August 27, 2010

US Congressman Faleomavaega visits Vietnam
US Congressman Eni Faleomavaega is on a visit to Vietnam to discuss the relations between the two countries, including humanitarian cooperation activities to solve Agent Orange/dioxin consequences in Vietnam.

After his arrival on August 24, Congressman Faleomavaega, Chairman of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific and the Global Environment, had discussions with Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Head of the National Assembly’s Committee for External Relations Ngo Quang Xuan, who is co-head of the Vietnam-US dialogue group on Agent Orange/dioxin, and Vice Chairman of the Da Nang Municipal People’s Committee Vo Duy Khuong.

Faleomavaega said the US Congress has mobilised and the President approved additional US$12 million to the Da Nang airport decontamination project, which has been carried out by the US Agency for International Development.

During discussions, the Vietnamese side hailed the congressman’s contributions to overcoming Agent Orange/dioxin consequences in Vietnam and expressed their wish that the congressman and his colleagues would continue making more contributions to the issue.

While in Vietnam, Congressman Faleomavaega visited the decontamination project at Da Nang airport in central Vietnam, and met children who suffer from Agent Orange/dioxin at the Peace Village in Ho Chi Minh City and the Vietnam Friendship Village in Hanoi.

The Congressman is scheduled to leave Vietnam on August 27.

1 comment:

  1. I was posted on the south end of the run way in Da Nang Airbase during the Ammo dump explosion. You can still see the out line of where my bunker was located on Google Earth. The entire area is fenced off due to contamination. I have pictures that were taken by the air force, where they show that 300,000 gallons of agent orange was sent up in the air due to the explosions. My bunker was only several hundred yards from the ammo dump. I had breast cancer on my right breast and other skin cancers. Plus I have COPD and even had records all the way back to a few months leaving Vietnam and going to Fort Bragg, N.C., But the Phoenix VA district keep losing my records, then they said that the evidence I had , they did not have to except. I said why, and they said each district could do what they wanted. Anyway. I now get 100%, but not for Agent Orange or anything to due with my COPD, And I can't go back for any back pay, or they will put my case under in investigation for a few years and I will be dead by then. I have Heart trouble, they call it Ischemic Heart disease. It's really sad the way the Vietnam Vets have been treated.