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Agent Orange town hall meetings to be held across state

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 11:43 a.m.
  • Updated Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at 6:08 p.m.

Three town hall meetings on the effects of Agent Orange on Vietnam War veterans and their families will be held across the state over a three-day period.

The meetings will be held Friday in Hays, Saturday in Salina and Sunday in Mayetta. Representatives of the Vietnam Veterans of America, a Maryland-based organization that is sponsoring the meetings, will present information.

Organizers want to build a database of illnesses caused by Agent Orange that not only affect the veterans but also their children and grandchildren, said Larry MacIntire, a state council member for VVA.

“We’re trying to help as many people as we can,” said MacIntire, a veteran who said he developed cancer as the result of Agent Orange.

Those who have Agent Orange-related illnesses are eligible to file claims for benefits with the federal government, he said.

The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides on trees and vegetation during the Vietnam War. The chemicals were later determined to cause illnesses, including cancer, according to the Veterans Administration.

Sites and times of meetings:

• Friday, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Fort Hays State University, Memorial Union, second floor, Stoffer Lounge

• Saturday, 2-5 p.m., Salina Chamber of Chamber of Commerce, 120 W. Ash St.

• Sunday, 1-3 p.m., Prairie Band Casino and Resort, 12305 150th Road, Mayetta.

Reach Rick Plumlee at 316-268-6660 or rplumlee@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rickplumlee.

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