No. 012-00 
IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             February 28, 2000                         (202) 628-2700 Ext. 158 
 

AGENT ORANGE RESEARCH AGREEMENT IN HANOI TO BENEFIT VETERANS IN VIETNAM AND UNITED STATES

Representatives of Vietnam announced what is considered to be a major breakthrough in Agent Orange/Dioxin research. In discussions held at the Ministry of Science, Technology and environment in Hanoi, Dr. Nguyen Ngoc Sinh, director, Department of Environment, announced a willingness to participate in meetings of Vietnamese and U.S. scientists to develop plans for joint Agent Orange research projects in Vietnam. Director Sinh further stated that Vietnam is prepared to begin these meetings within the next 60 days.

"It is most important that scientists begin this long overdue research in Vietnam without further delays. Even though all the health problems associated with exposure may not fully be known at this time, there is much to be learned. Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is pledged to assist with the planning and support required for these critical meetings to take place," said VVA’s National Vice President Thomas H. Corey, in Hanoi.

American Vietnam veterans have been suffering for years due to exposure to multiple chemicals sprayed in Vietnam. Approximately 19 million gallons of herbicides were sprayed by U.S. Forces in South Vietnam between 1962 and 1971. Veterans have been displeased with previous studies lacking sufficient rigor to draw conclusions about their health questions regarding diabetes, cancer, heart disease, and other physical problems.

Corey, leading a delegation of veterans to Vietnam and Laos, was extremely pleased with the announcement. "This is VVA’s 13th trip to Vietnam for the Veterans Initiative Program addressing the humanitarian issue of Vietnamese and American soldiers missing from the war. VVA has a long history of concern for the victims of Agent Orange, we have been working with the Vietnamese to facilitate joint research projects. After all our mutual efforts, we are finally observing the results of our labor," Corey said.

Members of the VVA national delegation accompanying Corey included Bob Maras, chair of the Veterans Affairs Committee who also serves as the organization’s New Jersey State Council president; Janet Alheit, Corey’s assistant and nurse; Bob Necci, chair of the national POW/MIA Committee; George Claxton, chair of the Agent Orange/Dioxin Standing Committee; and Dr. Linda Schwartz, chair of the national Task Force for Health Care and Policy.

VVA’s point of contact for additional information and itinerary is Scott D. Campbell at (202) 628-2700 ext. 158.


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