(Washington, D.C.) – Vietnam Veterans of
America (VVA), in association with the Yale School of Nursing, will sponsor
the Yale Vietnam Conference 2002, September 13-15. The conference will be a
historic gathering of American and Vietnamese scientists, veterans,
health-care professionals, and students to discuss the continuing ecological
and health effects of the American war in Vietnam.
"The focus of most of the conference will be on Agent
Orange, but we also will be looking at the entire range of toxic legacies of
the Vietnam War," said Linda Schwartz, chair of VVA’s Health Care Task Force
and the conference’s project director. "That includes birth defects in
children caused by Agent Orange and other chemicals; the long-term health
consequences of chronic stress among veterans; and the problems of cancer,
HIV, hepatitis C, and autoimmune diseases associated with exposures
encountered in Vietnam."
In addition, conferees will learn about joint U.S.-Vietnam
research projects on Agent Orange, including previous work and future
activities. There also will be sessions on the link between environmental
damage and human health.
Among the speakers taking part in the conference are
Thomas H. Corey, national president of VVA, David Lamb, author of Vietnam
Now: A Reporter Returns; Dr. Kenneth Olden, director of the National
Institute of Environmental Health Science; Dr. Wayne Dwernychuk of Hatfield
Consultants, which has been doing environmental and health research in
Vietnam since the early 1990s; and Prof. Vo Quy, director of the University
of Hanoi’s Center of Natural Resources and Environment. VVA’s contingent at
the conference will also include Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee Chair Paul
Sutton, and Women Veterans Committee Chair Marsha Four.
"Even though peace has come to Vietnam, signs of war
remain," President Corey said. "This
conference provides a means for the people of the U.S. and Vietnam to
address environmental and health concerns caused by weapons of war. Perhaps
by discussing our concerns and combining our knowledge we will begin to
resolve questions that have remained unanswered for too long.”
To register, call the Yale School of Nursing at
203-785-5414 or via the internet, log on to
www.nursing.yale.edu/news/vwsymposium.html There will be daily
registration for those who cannot attend the entire program.