MONTPELIER-A traditional Vermont-style town hall meeting to discuss the birth defects, cancers, and learning disabilities affecting the children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans will be held Saturday, June 19, at 1 p.m., at the State House, Room 11, in Montpelier.
The forum will explore issues surrounding Agent Orange exposure, including scientific information, health effects, intergenerational birth defects, personal stories of exposure and illness, and methods for educating the public and elected representatives about the issues of Vietnam veterans, their children, and their families.
Invited guests include Sen. Pat Leahy, Sen. Bernard Sanders, and Rep. Peter Welch.
"It is fitting for Vietnam Veterans of America to choose Montpelier as the venue for this important forum as Vermont has long been at the forefront of Vietnam veterans issues. In fact, the first chapter of Vietnam Veterans of America was founded in 1979 in Rutland," said John Miner, president of the Vietnam Veterans of America Vermont State Council.
"In keeping with VVA's founding principle, 'Never again will one generation of veterans abandon another,' Vietnam veterans throughout the state of Vermont continue to fight for the welfare of our nation's veterans from all wars," Miner said.