(Washington, D.C.)—The Vietnam Veterans of America Kansas State Council will hold a Town Hall meeting to address the birth defects, diseases, and learning disabilities affecting the children and grandchildren of our nation’s veterans. The forum will be held on Thursday, August 7, 2014, at 2:00 p.m., at the Hyatt Regency Wichita, located at 400 West Waterman Street, in Meeting Room Eagle D.
“We cannot be silent about the effects of our battlefield exposures on our children in the face of overwhelming evidence connecting many diseases and birth defects to exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals,” said Ron Zink, VVA Kansas State Council President. “We encourage all veterans with children and/or grandchildren suffering from illnesses, learning disabilities, or physical disabilities to come share their stories. We will explore issues surrounding Agent Orange exposure, including health effects and methods for educating the public and elected representatives about the issues of our veterans, their children, and their families,” said Zink.
The goal of the town hall meeting is to bring attention to the hidden cost of our service and to encourage the government to assist our doctors in finding ways to diagnose and treat these birth defects. Veterans of all wars are subjected to many contaminates, and most were not aware of what was being used or what effects these would have on their health. Said Zink, “Our children and grandchildren are innocent victims of our exposure and need the help of our government to cope with these problems. We worry, who will be there to take care of them when we are gone?”
In keeping with VVA’s founding principle, “Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,” Vietnam veterans throughout the state of Kansas and across the nation continue to fight for the welfare of our nation’s veterans from all wars.