Veterans from the Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan wars are invited to attend a meeting about exposure to toxins and the possible effects. The meeting, Faces of Agent Orange and Toxic Exposure, will take place Saturday, May 6, at the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 936 in Alexandria. There will be two sessions covering the same content, one from 9 a.m. to noon and another from 1 to 4 p.m. Maynard Kaderlik, chairman of the Vietnam Veterans of America's Agent Orange National Committee, will lead the meeting, focusing mainly on the chemical mixture Agent Orange. The U.S. military used Agent Orange during the Vietnam war as a defoliator to limit forest cover for North Vietnamese and Viet Cong troops. From 1961 to 1972, more than 19 million gallons of the mixture were sprayed over 4.5 million acres of land. Later, it was discovered that exposure to Agent Orange could cause serious health issues, such as tumors, birth defects, rashes, psychological symptoms and cancer. Kaderlik will also touch on how burn pit exposure may have affected Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. The meeting will cover legislature regarding exposure to toxins, as well as a question and answer session. People are invited to give their own testimonies of experiences they've had with some of these issues," and also to fill out this form documenting the problems they're having, and then, ultimately, sometime in the future, there will be some treatment or some restitution for people experiencing some of these problems."
This event is sponsored by Vietnam Veterans of America Minnesota State Council and VVA Chapter 235. For more information, contact Maynard Kaderlik at (507) 581-6402 or Dave Anderson at (320) 204-0922.
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