PRINCETON (WVVA) — Area veterans gathered in Princeton Saturday in hopes of learning about their options and resources regarding “Agent Orange.”
Between 1961 and 1971, more than 20 million gallons of herbicides were sprayed over Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos during the Vietnam war.
50 years later, US Veterans and their families continue to struggle with illnesses related to exposure to the chemicals.
Vietnam Veterans of America is holding town halls across the country to raise awareness and provide answers.
“We feel that the time is now, because most of the Vietnam Veterans are in their 70s and many of them have heath-related issues, and sadly, we’re losing so many. So the sense of urgency is great, because we need them to tell their children and grandchildren, and they need to also put in a claim. It’s amazing how many veterans don’t know that their particular disease might be service-connected to Agent Orange,” said Mokie Porter, Director of Communications for VVA.
Find a list of diseases associated with Agent Orange here.
Apply for health care through the VA here.
Find an Environmental Health Coordinator here.