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Press Release

February 22, 2011

No. 11-2

Mokie Porter
301-585-4000, Ext. 146

Vietnam Veterans of America To Join Frederick Residents In Agent Orange Action at Fort Detrick  

(Washington, D.C.)—Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) will join "Fighting for Frederick" residents and members of the Kristen Renee Foundation in a demonstration to raise public awareness about the continuing ravages of exposure to Agent Orange on Wednesday, February 23, at 2:00 P.M., at Rosemont Avenue & Montevue Lane, Frederick, Maryland. VVA will be on hand to distribute health information related to toxic exposures. "Vietnam veterans know only too well the health concerns of residents in the communities in and around Ft. Detrick, as Vietnam veterans and our offspring have suffered from health conditions associated with these herbicides for more than 40 years," said VVA National President John Rowan.

"Agent Orange" has become the catchall term used to represent the various combination of herbicides and defoliants deployed tactically during the Vietnam War to kill vegetation that concealed the enemy and rice crops that fed him. In addition to Orange, these were Agents Blue, White, Purple, Pink, and Green, which were identified by a color band on the 55-gallon drums containing these herbicides.

The U.S. also tested, used, and/or stored these chemicals in several bases, both in the continental United States and in other countries. Twenty-one states have documented such sites, including Ft. Detrick, Ft. Richie, Poole's Island, and Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland. The known sites are documented and listed at the VA's web site: www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/outside_Vietnam_usa.asp

"VVA will work with Congress to introduce and enact legislation to study the impact of chemical and biological exposures on veterans of all eras and on their offspring," Rowan said. "Research enabled by this legislation will benefit all exposed to these chemical and biological agents." A second bill would provide for the treatment of the children and grandchildren of exposed veterans who have suffered birth defects, Cancers, immune-system damage, learning disabilities, and a host of other health conditions attributed to a veteran's exposure.

"For far too long, the Army's Chemical & Biological Command at Ft. Detrick has denied, obfuscated, confused, and ignored calls to provide complete and truthful information about the possible health effects from toxic exposures – the military's toxic exposures," Rowan said. "It's time to put an end to this lack of transparency and outright dissemination of misinformation."

Vietnam Veterans of America is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and our families. VVA's founding principle is, "Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another."

Peaceful Protest from Agent Orange Exposure and RAB Meeting Demonstration

Vietnam Veterans and The Kristen Renee Foundation, Fighting for Frederick, ask you to join us in a Peaceful Protest in Support of Vietnam-Era U.S. Veterans/Victims Who Suffered from Tactical Agent Orange Exposure (Created and Implemented by Fort Detrick) and a Community Demonstration prior to Ft Detrick's RAB (Restoration Advisory Board) Meeting on:

Wednesday February 23, 2011
1:30pm – 6:30pm
Frederick MD

Peaceful Protest: Location 1

(Meet at corner of Rosemont Avenue & Montevue Lane, Frederick, MD)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
2:00pm – 4:30pm

RAB Meeting Demonstration: Location 2

1565 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD. 21702
(Meet at corner of Thomas Johnson Dr and Opossumtown Pike Road, Frederick, MD)
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

RAB Meeting: Location 3
Hampton Inn
1565 Opossumtown Pike, Frederick, MD 21702
6:30 pm

Notes To Volunteers and Attendees:
*Volunteers/Attendees will meet at 1:30pm before rally
*Special arrangements have been made for the "Quilts of Tears" to be displayed at the hotel
*There will be no demonstration on private property
*Bring your signs, family and friends, and your bottled water
*Parking is available in the Pizza Hut parking lot at 1830 Rosemont Ave

Come take a stand!
Together we make a difference for our children, their children, and our future.

Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) is the nation's only congressionally chartered veterans service organization dedicated to the needs of Vietnam-era veterans and their families.  VVA's founding principle is “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another.”


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