Agent Orange Town Hall at UNF’s Military and Resource Center

Breanna Cataldo, Features Editor

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UNF’s Military and Resource Center is partnering with Community Hospice Veterans Partnership of Community Hospice & Palliative Care to host an “Agent Orange Town Hall” on August 7.

The Town Hall will take place from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Adam W. Herbert University Center, Building 43.

Agent Orange is a herbicide the U.S. military used to spray vegetation during the Vietnam War. The herbicide contains many chemicals, dioxin being one of them. Several decades later, veterans are experiencing health issues due to the chemicals, according to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

UNF’s Military and Veterans Resource Center director, retired U.S. Navy Capt., Bob Buehn, will open the event with the U.S. Marine Corps’ Blount Island Command Color Guard. The key speaker will be retired U.S. Marine Corps and president of the Vietnam Veterans of America’s Local Chapter 1046 Anthony “Tony” D’Aleo.

D’Aleo suffers with health problems from his exposure to Agent Orange and has cancer in his prostate, spleen, gall bladder and bladder.

The Town Hall will include breakfast and an expert panel. The panel will be ran by regional leading authority on Agent Orange, local Department of Veterans Affairs and more.

To get more information and to register for the event, click here.

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