Thursday, March 21, 2013

Agent Orange resolution passes Senate committee
The SCR 17 resolution from state Sen. Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-McAllen, asks the U.S. Congress to broaden recognition of effects of the herbicide called Agent Orange to veterans on the inland waterways, in the territorial waters and in the airspace of Vietnam, and to civilians exposed at workplaces.
Steve Maher has fought to have the connection recognized since the death of his father, who serviced Vietnam War helicopters at the Corpus Christi Army Depot, Maher was expected to testify but did not and couldn’t be reached for comment after the hearing.
Robert Floyd, chairman of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument committee, testified and said he didn’t know whether his fight with cancer and the death of one of his children was connected to exposure to Agent Orange.
Still, he said the chemical “has left a terrible legacy.” 

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