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Friday, September 5, 2014

Veterans’ Bellingham town hall meeting to discuss impacts of Agent Orange

IMAGE by The NAM

The Bellingham Vietnam Veterans of America, Chapter 165, and Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 19, are sponsoring a Faces of Agent Orange meeting from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, at the Health Education and Community Conference Center, 3333 Squalicum Parkway. With the largest Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter in Washington and a county veteran population higher than the national average, a large turnout is expected. This meeting is being coordinated with Vietnam Vets in Canada, Chapter 75, and American Legion, Post 75, also in Canada, as a number of Canadian veterans were exposed to Agent Orange. Panel participants for this town hall include the founder of the Association of Vietnam Veterans of America as well as local, state and regional officers of the organization, each with Agent Orange-related conditions themselves or in their families.
The goals of the town hall meeting are to reach out to affected veterans and their families, raise awareness on medical conditions tied to Agent Orange, reach health practitioners and disability-related service agencies, develop a fresh approach to research and back legislation that facilitates research, care and compensation and to direct local services to veterans and their families.
In addition to information on Agent Orange, there will be information for newer veterans and their families including the effects of modern chemicals, “burn pits,” and depleted uranium ammunition.
It is also important to note that some veterans may not have served in Vietnam, but were exposed to Agent Orange by working with equipment and aircraft used to produce and distribute Agent Orange, or in the facilities used to store Agent Orange. This exposure may have come even after the war ended.






Read more here: http://www.bellinghamherald.com/2014/09/04/3828720/veterans-bellingham-town-hall.html?sp=/99/122/#storylink=cpy

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Agent Orange Awareness Bracelet>>>Agent Orange We Survived and Came Home but Death Followed Close Behind by Ed Travis, Disabled American Vietnam Veteran

Ed Travis is a disabled Vietnam veteran affected by exposure to Agent Orange. Ed wants to promote Agent Orange Awareness by making and selling Agent Orange bracelets.  

Description:

The bracelets sport an engraved dog tag and are made of heavy orange and black para cord with a heavy duty shackle closure. 

 The engraving reads as follows:


 Agent Orange
"We Survived and Came Home but Death Followed Close Behind" 
Contact Ed:

Please email Ed Travis at eftforester@gmail.com for more information or if you would like to order a bracelet .

Donations:

**One-third (1/3) or $5.00 from the sale of each bracelet will be donated to an Agent Orange charity 501 3-C. 



Absolutely no funds will go to Agent Orange Legacy.  Agent Orange Legacy's only role is to help Ed get the word out.  

Thanks for your continued support...Sharon & Dee




Agent Orange Awareness Bracelet




Agent Orange and VA battles Wife recounts years of struggles for late husband to finally receive benefits




Over the following decades, he suffered from cysts and boils on his body and post traumatic-combat stress that nearly tore his family apart. He sought disability benefits for exposure to Agent Orange — a blend of chemicals used by U.S. armed forces in Vietnam to eliminate foliage that provided cover for the enemy — but theDepartment of Veterans Affairs repeatedly rejected his claims until days before he died, according to records.
"He was denied so many years until he was on his deathbed," Francesca Cesare said from her home in the Luther Forest development. "What good is that? At the end of his life, they finally admit it."