The University of North Florida Military and Veterans Resource Center is hosting a town hall. This is a partnership with Community Hospice Veterans Partnership of Community Hospice & Palliative Care.
The topic? Agent Orange.
What is Agent Orange? Bob Buehn, Director, Military and Veterans Resource Center at UNF says, “Agent Orange is part of a family of defoliants, chemicals that were used widely in Vietnam but really all around southeast Asia in the mid-60’s to the mid-70’s. The idea was it would defoliate the trees or kill all the vegetation so that there was not a place for the enemy to hide.”
He says veterans knew they were being exposed to Agent Orange but they thought it was “harmless”.
Some of the diseases/illnesses associated with this toxin include Parkinson’s, blood cancers and skin lesions.
Help is available to those exposed and that's the purpose of the town hall. You can register here.
Town Hall Info:
The featured keynote speaker will be Anthony “Tony” G. D’Aleo, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) and president of Vietnam Veterans of America’s Local Chapter 1046. A Vietnam vet, he was exposed to Agent Orange and still suffers health effects from it as does his granddaughter, who has spina bifida, which was caused by the Agent Orange detoxin. D’Aleo has cancer in his gall bladder, spleen, bladder and prostate.
There will be a subject matter expert panel, each of whom will discuss their area of expertise and how they can best support veterans and caregivers living with complications from Agent Orange and associated toxins. The panel includes:
- Shaneka Hall, Department of Veterans Affairs (Local)
- Marc McCabe, Vietnam Veterans of America (Regional)
- Dr. W. Patrick Monaghan, leading authority, Agent Orange (Regional)
- Mokie Porter, Vietnam Veterans of America, national director of communications
- Nancy Switzer, Association of Vietnam Veterans of America, national president
Several veteran service officers from Jacksonville and the VVA will be present to help with Agent Orange claims, and VA’s Mobile Vet Center will also be parked in front of the Herbert University Center to assist veterans and their loved ones.
When: Wednesday, August 7, 2019
Where: University of North Florida, Adam W. Herbert University Center, 12000 Alumni Drive
Don't forget to register for the town hall.
Listen to the 5-minute interview below to find out what help is available for Veterans still living and those who have passed away.