Colorado Springs Veteran Event 4/6/14

An announcement from Joe Barrera, the Colorado Springs Vietnam veteran who spearheads valuable veterans’ communication events called Veterans Remember and one of the interviewees in Finding Home: How Americans Prevail

A Town Hall Meeting in Colorado Springs
American Legion Post 209
3613 Jeannine Drive
April 6th, 2014, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

A comprehensive program during which the public can learn about “the battle veterans, their children, grandchildren and future generations have with agent orange/dioxin.” People are encouraged to make known their experiences with the substance and to “make your voice heard.”

Also sponsoring the event is the Colorado Springs Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1075

Information from War Legacies and Ford Foundation by Susan Hammond and Charles Bailey (warlegacies.org):

“AGENT ORANGE was one of a class of color-coded herbicides that U.S. forces sprayed over the rural landscape in Vietnam to kill trees, shrubs and food crops over large areas.” The mixture was a combination of two herbicides. It remained toxic over a short period—a scale of days or weeks—then degraded. More than 11 million gallons were used in Vietnam between 1965 and 1970. “DIOXIN is a member of the class of persistent organic pollutants which resulted from the deliberately accelerated production of 2,4,5-T, one of the compounds in Agent Orange. The chemical companies that produced the herbicide claimed they were unaware of the dioxin contaminant however many dispute this claim…

“Dioxin can shorten the life of humans exposed to it and is associated with severe degradation of health in this, and potentially, future generations. Dioxin is toxic over a long period of time—a scale of many decades—and does not degrade easily.”

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