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September/october Issue

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AGENT ORANGE/DIOXIN COMMITTEE REPORT

By Buzz Sawyer, Chair

I was recently appointed chair of VVA's National Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee. George Claxton and Jack McManus have resigned due to health problems. We thank George and Jack for their excellent efforts.

I am currently serving on the Oklahoma Agent Orange/Dioxin Team of Chapter 751 in Lawton, Okla. and am the Oklahoma state committee chair. I was asked to accept the chairmanship of VVA's Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee and to re-establish links between the committee, the states, the chapters, and members. We are making contact with each state's Agent Orange/Dioxin Committee chair. This contact is necessary in order for the Agent Orange/Dioxin Team to come
together to distribute information to each state council, chapter, at-large member, and any other Vietnam veteran and family member who needs our information.

Among many other things, our attention is drawn to VVA's 2006 Legislative Agenda and Policy Initiatives. There are three primary areas of concern: 1) funding, 2) accountability, 3) outreach. They are critical for the effective and efficient delivery of health care services and service-connected disability benefits earned by veterans.

If you have thoughts about our VVA Action Agenda for the upcoming year, please email me at bsawyer@vva.org Remember, October is Agent Orange Awareness Month.n

 

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