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August 4, 2012

August is Agent Orange Awareness Month!

Our Vietnam Veterans are suffering from Agent Orange exposure and we need to raise awareness!


In August of 2009 the house passed the bill that would make the month of August Agent Orange Awareness Month. Below is the bill that was proposed and passed, it includes statistics on Veterans and the exposure.



S.RES.248 -- Designating the month of August 2009 as `Agent Orange Awareness Month'. (Agreed to Senate - ATS)

SRES 248 ATS
111th CONGRESS
1st Session
S. RES. 248
Designating the month of August 2009 as `Agent Orange Awareness Month'.
IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

August 6, 2009

Ms. COLLINS (for herself, Mr. BEGICH, Ms. SNOWE, Ms. MURKOWSKI, and Mr. ROCKEFELLER) submitted the following resolution; which was considered and agreed to

RESOLUTION
Designating the month of August 2009 as `Agent Orange Awareness Month'.
Whereas between 1964 and 1973, 8,744,000 men and women bravely served our Nation in the Vietnam War;
Whereas an estimated 2,600,000 service men and women may have been exposed to Agent Orange in Vietnam;
Whereas Agent Orange is an herbicide that was used during the Vietnam War to kill unwanted plant life and remove leaves from trees that provided cover for the enemy;
Whereas the United States military sprayed more than 19,000,000 gallons of herbicide throughout South Vietnam, with Agent Orange accounting for approximately 11,000,000 gallons of this amount;
Whereas Agent Orange is an extremely toxic substance that contains dioxin;
Whereas the Department of Veterans Affairs has recognized that certain cancers and other health problems are associated with exposure to Agent Orange;
Whereas John Baldacci, the Governor of the State of Maine, has proclaimed August 2009 as `Agent Orange Awareness Month' for that State;
Whereas the State of Alaska has 76,000 veterans, the highest population of veterans per capita, with 26,000 of these being veterans of the Vietnam War; and
Whereas, as a Nation, we are deeply grateful and thankful for those men and women who bravely served during the Vietnam War: Now, therefore, be it
    Resolved, That the Senate--
      (1) designates the month of August 2009 as `Agent Orange Awareness Month';
      (2) calls attention to those veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange and the adverse effects that such exposure has had on their health;
      (3) recognizes the sacrifices that our veterans and servicemembers have made and continue to make on behalf of our great Nation, especially those veterans who were exposed to Agent Orange;
      (4) reaffirms its commitment to our Nation's veterans; and
      (5) does not, by this resolution, authorize, support, or settle any claim against the United States.

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