Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Air War, Vietnam War, Chemical War, Agent Orange

Agent Orange Legacy's Support Community

Agent Orange Legacy is looking for the children of American Vietnam veterans exposed to agent orange and their families. 85% of our members report that they suffer from one or more of the following: birth defects, autoimmune and rare diseases, mental health illnesses, learning disabilities such as autism and ADHD, and cancers. Join our support community today!!

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

August is Agent Orange Awareness Month

August is Agent Orange Awareness MonthHere are some of the things you can do to create awareness:

  1. Get a badge on facebook to post to your profile and to your page.
  2. Add a widget to your blog or website [Look for the widget on the lower left side of the page.]
  3. Add a button to your blog or website. [Look for the button on the lower left side of the page.]
  4. Visit our FB page and choose any of the pics we have available in our AO Awareness photo album as your profile pic on any social network site, your blog or website.
  5. Spread awareness about Agent Orange by adding this profile pic badge to your FB profile.
  6. We also provide an addition badge which you can post to your FB profile.
  7. Help make Agent Orange History by participating in Agent Orange Day which is 8/10
  8. Like Faces of Agent Orange & contact Mokie Porter & tell your story.
    Significant numbers of Vietnam veterans have children and grandchildren with birth defects related to exposure to Agent Orange. To alert legislators and the media to this ongoing legacy of the war, we are seeking real stories about real people. If you wish to share your family’s health struggles that you believe are due to Agent Orange/dioxin, send an email to or call 301-585-4000, Ext. 146
  9. Like Agent Orange Okinawa FB page.
  10. Follow Agent Orange Legacy's Blog.
  11. Check out Agent Orange Legacy's new website.
  12. Join Agent Orange Legacy's support community - Viet vets & all AO victims welcome!!
  13. Urge your Senator to vote NO - NO on Senator Coburn's Amendment
  14. What Do You Know About Agent Orange Video - Share this please
  15. Check out the history behind why August is designated as Agent Orange Awareness Month by visit Senator Susan Collins website.

Make Agent Orange History: Agent Orange Day - August 10th

Agent Orange Day is an annual holiday in honor of victims and survivors of Agent Orange. It is held August 10th in commemoration of the day in 1961 when the U.S. began aerial spraying of toxic herbicides over Vietnam. This year Agent Orange Day will take on an even greater significance because it marks the 50th anniversary of that fateful day.

In honor of the millions of people affected by Agent Orange around the world, Make Agent Orange History is running a Facebook badge campaign in which Make AO History encourages their followers and friends to change their profile pictures and stand in solidarity with those who have been touched by the toxic chemical.

Make Agent Orange History will have a Facebook app that enables users to upload the badge to their wall and add it as their profile picture (sample image attached). Last year, with very little advance preparation, they succeeded in getting more than 300 people to change their profile pictures and post the badge. This year, AO History Day believes they can reach 1,000 people. But they will need your help.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Agent Orange Vietnam: Trans-national walk supports Agent Orange victims

Participants in the 2011 Green Itinerary Walk Across Vietnam arrived in the central province of Quang Tri on July 12 and joined many activities to support Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin victims.

Under the theme “From Sen Village to Nha Rong Wharf”, the charity walk aims to raise funds for AO victims and poor children.
In Quang Tri, the participants presented 120 scholarships to poor students and AO victims.
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Agent Orange Vietnam: Vietnamese embassy in Russia helps AO victims

Image compliments of Danielle Reyes, Co-founder AO Legacy,
Daughter of deceased Vietnam veteran, agent orange victim

The Vietnamese embassy in Russia held a fundraiser on July 11 to raise money for Agent Orange (AO)/Dioxin victims in the homeland.

During the event, more than US$9,000 and 50,000 roubles were collected to support AO victims, and it will be sent to Vietnam as soon as possible.

The event was in response to an appeal by the Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA) for Vietnamese and international friends around the world to help AO victims in Vietnam.

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Happy Veterans Day, Agent Orange Victims  
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 While little school children waved flags and put on militaristic Veterans Day programs, Vietnam Veterans continued to die of Agent Orange poisoning at an alarming rate. Here in Rolla (and in many other communities) a small group of Vietnam Veterans and their friends and families released over one thousand orange balloons in memory of those who have died of Agent Orange exposure. This nationwide event was inspired by Rolla's Becky Gibbs whose husband, Bill, died recently of Agent Orange poisoning that he contracted while serving in the Navy in Vietnam.

Soldiers are expendable. They always have been and always will be, especially since generals tired of leading their troops into battle and opted for air-conditioned bunkers and war-rooms from which they could fight safely and comfortably.

During the Vietnam War, our troops were ordered to handle some of the most toxic chemicals known to man and poison the food and water supply of entire countries. Agent Orange contains dioxin which causes developmental disorders, malformed fetuses such as those pictured in the placard above, and a host of other diseases. The Pentagon told our troops that Agent Orange wouldn't hurt them; but that was a lie and they knew it. The Pentagon and the Veterans Administration continue to deny that Agent Orange caused the suffering of many veterans, such as Bill Gibbs, in order to avoid paying disability and long term care benefits.

Much of Vietnam is still contaminated from the Agent Orange we left behind and Vietnamese are still suffering from it.

If you think dishonoring veterans in order to avoid paying them disability benefits is a thing of the past, guess again. Remember those photos of the Pentagon torturing Iraqis in Abu Ghraib? They torture our disabled troops too, at least until they sign away their rights to disability benefits. Read Disposable Soldiers and watch this ten minute video of the Congressional Torture Hearings.

The pentagon has realized a windfall of billions of dollars by denying veterans their disability benefits.

You would think that after receiving 54% of our income taxes, the Pentagon would not have to enrich themselves at the expense of disabled veterans, but their greed and depravity knows no bounds, and neither does the greed and depravity of those on Wall Street who grow rich on the wars we fight.

Veterans Day used to be Armistice Day, commemorating the end of World War I. Many thought, wrongly, that Armistice Day would commemorated the end of war itself; but now that we are fighting perpetual war without end, it certainly wouldn't do to celebrate the end of war. Here's a poem by Robert W. Service of the disposable soldiers of World War I.

The placard above is from Rolla's 2010 Veterans Day Memorial to Agent Orange victims. Visit the Agent Orange Balloon Release memorial website and watch Lois Ann Marler's video of Rolla's 2008 balloon release.

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