San Francisco and San Jose Chapters of Veterans for Peace, VAORRC Welcome VAVA to California
Monday, November 22, 2010
Monday night we welcomed Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin (VAVA) on their arrival from Vietnam with a Reception at the Veterans War Memorial Building. There members of the delegation spoke of their efforts to convince congress to live up to their obligation to clean up the mess created by the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam conflict.
Paul Cox from VFP and VAORRC also spoke and described the use of Agent Orange and its devastation upon the land, the food chain and the people affected by it then and now. Citizens of Vietnam even today suffer disastrous health problems because of the Dioxin remaining in their soil poisoning their soil and food supplies. The delegation is heading to Washington, DC to meet with congresspeople and others.
Reporting by Phil Pflager
VAVA Delegation, left to right: two translators, VAVA President Nguyen Van Rin, Nguyen Minh Y, Dang Hong Nhut