The Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 939 will be hosting a town hall meeting concerning Agent Orange and it’s long term effects. The meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on March 14, in the Stoffer Lounge, 2nd floor at Fort Hays State University. Specialists from the national headquarters will be presenting new information and study results during the first part of the meeting and then have a question and answer session. They will also be compiling data concerning birth defects and diseases in children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans.
Agent Orange is the name given to the defoliants sprayed throughout Vietnam and on some air bases in Thailand. It was also used on the Korean DMZ in 1968 and 1969. Any veteran who served in those areas are presumed to have been exposed and should be registered on the Agent Orange Registry. Diabetes, Parkinson’s, ALS, Ischemic heart disease, Prostate cancer, and many other forms of cancer, and leukemia are just some of the conditions a veteran can be compensated for.
Widows of Vietnam veterans who died as a result of one of the conditions may have the ability to file a back date claim for the cause of death. A representative from Kansas Commission on Veteran Affairs will be at the meeting to answer questions concerning possible claims for veterans and surviving spouses.