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What Can Be Done

Much more help is needed for Vietnam veterans and their families…

The Time To Act Is Now

It has been 35 years since the end of the Vietnam War and 15 years since Vietnam and the United States normalized relations…

We Know What To Do

1) Clean contaminated soils and restore damaged ecosystems, 2) expand services to people with disabilities and their families.

We Need Your Help

Over the next decade, concentrated effort can ensure that this lasting ghost of the war in Vietnam is finally put to rest…

A Humanitarian Need

America is at its best when it responds to humanitarian concerns, restores hope, and closes its wounds from the past.

What Can Be Done
Much more help is needed for Vietnam veterans and their families and those in Vietnam and elsewhere who were affected by Agent Orange/dioxin. Much more also needs to be done to clean up or contain dioxin “hot spots” to protect the health of new generations.

> We are asking the US government to join the Vietnamese, other governments and foundations in a partnership to clean up toxic hot spots and expand services to people with disabilities or illnesses associated with exposure to Agent Orange/dioxin.

​> We are also asking the U.S. government to do more for our own soldiers and their families — to identify conditions associated with exposure and to provide timely health care and benefits.

> We ask everyone, no matter where they are, to join in resolving the dark legacy of Agent Orange/dioxin.

It has been 40 years since the end of the Vietnam War and 20 years since Vietnam and the United States normalized relations. Recent progress toward a more cooperative relationship has created a window of opportunity.

Now is the time for America to intensify its effort in the shared commitment to reduce the public health impact of Agent Orange in Vietnam, to increase services to those affected and to address environmental impacts.

The Time To Act Is Now
We Know What To Do
1. Clean contaminated soils and restore damaged ecosystems.
The most vulnerable areas, the dioxin hot spots, have been identified. With additional resources, the extent of contamination can be precisely determined and a remediation plan developed and carried out.

> Current priority is the clean-up of the Bien Hoa Airbase: an estimated $500 million is needed.

> In the meantime, other hotspots can be further examined and local people can be educated to avoid exposure.

> Lands that have been defoliated that have poor quality forests need to be reforested, diversified or repurposed to ensure the optimum future use of such lands.

2. Expand services to people with disabilities and their families.
Services now reach less than 10 percent of those in need in Vietnam. The most needy live in rural areas. But with more financial and human resources, services for the affected people can be expanded.

> Medical and mental health professionals, teachers, and caregivers can be trained to ensure the best care possible for those in need.

> Rehabilitation centers and respite centers located in more rural areas can be built and staffed by trained caregivers.

> Community-based rehabilitation programs can be expanded to reach those in need at their homes.

> Early detection and early intervention programs can be developed to give children services shortly after birth or when disability first emerges.

3. Research needs to be done on the health and epigenetic impacts of Agent Orange/Dioxin
Recent work on epigenetic studies in animals has shown that dioxin can have generational impacts on health as well as cause congenital malformations. More needs to be understood on how humans may be impacted.

> Funding needs to be allocated to conduct studies.

> Epidemiological studies of Children of US Vietnam Veterans and their children need to be conducted.

> Epidemiological studies in Vietnam and other exposed populations should be conducted.

Over the next decade, concentrated effort can ensure that this lasting ghost of the war in Vietnam is finally put to rest. The dark legacy of Agent Orange/dioxin is a humanitarian concern that we can do something about.

It will require a partnership among government and non-government groups, private citizens and public institutions, professionals and volunteers, corporations and nonprofits, U.S. veterans and Vietnamese, and most of all, with you.

We Need Your Help
A Humanitarian Need

This is not a question of who is responsible, legally or morally.
It is simply a humanitarian need.

America is at its best when it responds to humanitarian concerns, restores hope and dignity to a devastated people and closes its wounds from
the past.

> Addressing the ongoing-impacts of Agent Orange continues the American tradition of demonstrating courage, character and concern for others on the world stage.

> Americans are always among the first to respond to human suffering, whether from a natural disaster like the Haiti earthquake or the Asian tsunami, or war and conflict as in Darfur, Afghanistan, or Cambodia.

> Helping innocent children devastated by their parent’s exposure to Agent Orange/dioxin is treatment that can heal us all. It promotes a spirit of reconciliation as with Japan and Germany, formerly our enemies but now among our closest allies.