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Agent Orange Event Planned In Salina

KSAL Staff - March 11, 2014 3:25 pm

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A special Agent Orange town hall meeting is scheduled in Salina this weekend.

The Vietnam Veterans of America Salina Chapter is sponsoring the event this Saturday. Nationally recognized authorities will be available to address concerns and answer questions.

The U.S. military sprayed millions of gallons of Agent Orange and other herbicides on trees and vegetation during the Vietnam War. Several decades later, concerns about the health effects from these chemicals continue.

The Agent Orange town hall meeting is open to everyone. It will be held this Saturday from 2:00 until 5:00 at the Salina Chamber of Commerce Annex, located at 120 W. Ash Street.

Salina veterans Jim Deister (left) and Bud Deghand (right) are helping to organize the event in Salina.

Salina veterans Jim Deister (left) and Bud Deghand (right) are helping to organize the event in Salina.

Harry Stillings

March 11, 2014 at 4:02 pm

I am very pleased to see that my home town of Salina, Ks. is having a townhall meeting about Agent Orange. I am a Viet Nam Vet that has been affected by exposure to Agent Orange. This is the first time I have seen such an action by a city. There may have been others and I was just not aware of it. Thank you Vietnam Veterans of America Salina Chapter.

Jim Deister

March 11, 2014 at 6:06 pm

Harry Stillings, we are glad to host the meeting, and hopeful you can make it and benefit from the information. Thank you for serving our Country, and Welcome Home! Any other Nam vets you know, have them come also. Looking forward to meeting you Saturday! Jim Deister, Vice President, Chapter #809.

Harry Stillings

March 12, 2014 at 12:11 am

Jim Deister, thanks for your comments. Sure wish I could make the meeting but I live in Dallas, TX. I was born and raised in Salina, but moved back in the 70’s. I have a good friend who lives there and I believe he belongs to your VFW. Herb Summers Jr. We joined the Navy together back in 1965. Keep up the good work.

Keith Davis

March 12, 2014 at 4:21 am

Maybe someday the government will recognize the effects of Agent Orange with a Purple Heart. Those effects are “injuries” sustained during war.

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