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10:49 PM Thu, Jan. 17th

Veterans' group hosts Agent Orange meeting

Agent Orange was a defoliant used during the Vietnam and Korean wars. (Courtesy)

Agent Orange was a defoliant used during the Vietnam and Korean wars. (Courtesy)

KINGMAN - The Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America will host a town hall meeting from 1-4 p.m. today at the Kingman Regional Medical Center's Hualapai Mountain Campus, 3601 Santa Rosa Drive.

The topic is Agent Orange and the benefits veterans can qualify for if they were exposed to it or other toxins during their service.

The Department of Veterans' Affairs classifies Agent Orange as "a blend of tactical herbicides the U.S. military sprayed in the jungles of Vietnam and around the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover."

Several maladies have been connected to Agent Orange exposure, including Hodgkins Disease, Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma, Parkinson's Disease, Ischemic Heart Disease, Spina Bifida (found in children conceived after Vietnam), and cancers of the bronchus, larynx, lung, prostate, and trachea.

There will also be information on the Toxic Exposure Research Act of 2015, a bill submitted in both the House and the Senate in April that would establish a research center to study the effect of exposure to toxic substances on children of veterans.

For more information, contact Casey Farrell at (928)753-5239.