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An Essay by (COVVHA) Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance with Richard D. Hartwell
October brings visions of cider, warm sweaters, shorter days and time with our families. The colors of foliage quickly turn to yellows, reds, and orange. For people suffering the long lasting effects of the herbicide Agent Orange, which was sprayed as a part of Operation Ranch Hand during the Vietnam War, October is a yearly reminder of the need for continued Agent Orange education.
Monsanto was one of the seven chemical companies who manufactured Agent Orange which was laced with one of the most deadly chemicals known to man, dioxin. Monsanto, the other six companies, and the U.S. government, are responsible for the slow burn genocide of Vietnam Veterans, their children and grandchildren. Today, fifty two years after the beginning of spraying in Vietnam the effects of the chemical are still being felt here in the United States, Australia, and in Vietnam.
So when your thoughts return to fall and the color orange, remember the children and grandchildren of Vietnam Veterans who continue to fight a war they weren’t drafted for or signed up for. The innocent ones who have been maimed and forgotten, who as adults must now stand up and speak out or continue to be denied until they die like many of their fathers before them. October is Agent Orange Awareness Month; please support those trying to make a difference in their own lives.
[I feel a need to emphasize that the effects of AO discussed above also afflict Vietnamese Veterans of the American War, their children and grandchildren, as well as others "contaminated" by AO's residual impact.]
Eztracted from: CHILDREN OF VIETNAM VETERANS HEALTH ALLIANCE, October 9, 2013, “Agent Orange Awareness Month, COVVHA Steps Up and Speaks Out”
A Poem by David S. Pointer
Military 12 gauge shotguns wouldn’t cut
through the Vietnamese forest foliage
Dow and Monsanto unfolding their
North Korean forgotten War portfolio
Agent Orange barrels bleed from the sky
American kids see Combat and Rat Patrol
A third of the forests destroyed-millions killed
Even water scorpions have congenital defects
Give Monsanto the finger:
Total page views: 1002209–June 14, 2013, 02:33:39 AM
Everyone–Great news: Around 11 AM (Simple Machine Forum time) on 6/13/2013, our forum Project Agent Orange reached one million page views.
Tất cả mọi người–tin tức tuyệt vời: khoảng 11: 00 (diễn đàn đơn giản máy thời gian) trên 13 tháng 6 năm 2013, diễn đàn của chúng tôi đạt một triệu lần xem trang.
Michael H. Brownstein
If we made ten cents for every page view, we’d have 100,000 US dollars.
Think about it and help raise money for our Project Agent Orange.
Here’s just one example of our project’s good work: http://projectagentorange.com/simplemachinesforum/index.php?topic=181.msg5302#msg5302
Monsanto–one million views–eat your heart out.
You cannot do the right thing; therefore, you cannot stop a movement. Do the right thing–help the victims of Agent Orange–court cases or not.
A Poem by Nikhil Nath
I sing and
rise from words
I rise and fill
those seas I
swim with joy
with joy, I try
to belly dance
to belly dance
in the middle
of the Monsanto muddle
where the roads
close for dinner
around a stalled Eco system