Agent Orange / Toxic Exposure Committee

The VVA WSC has been involved in responding to and educating Vietnam Veterans about the effects of Agent Orange as early as 1975.  In fact, Michael Demske has been on the WSC’s Agent Orange Committee since its  formation and remains the WSC's Co-Chairperson with Pat Furno (AVVA) and a member on the VVA Agent Orange Committee.

Recognizing the need of so many Vietnam Veterans and their families, Mokie Porter, Director of Communication at Vietnam Veterans of America, was instrumental in developing:

FacesofAO

The VVA Self-Help Guide to Service-Connected Compensation for Exposure to Agent Orange and “Faces of Agent Orange" a nationwide VVA effort to help people see those affected by Agent Orange in Vietnam (excerpt from VVA website) as well as stories to take to the powers who be to learn what Agent Orange and other Dioxin exposure has done to the Veteran and his or her family.

Team Wisconsin is composed of VVA WSC members, our AVVA State Representative, VVA Chapter members, and many times other VVA and AVVA members from National and surrounding states who respond to requests for Town Hall Meetings aimed at educating Veterans, their families - adult children, grand children and others on the generaltional impact of Agent Orange and Dioxin exposure.  Team Wisconsin, formed in 2010, has presented dozens of Town Hall Meetings in Wisconsin, throughout VVA Region 6, and even at VVA’s Leadership Conference.  Individuals of Team Wisconsin have provided innumerable mini-presentations on the format and content of Town Hall Meetings including how to educate the community on the effects of toxic exposure during military service (e.g., Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere) and are just beginning to experience the effects as young Veterans.

Team Wisconsin is continually educating the extended Vietnam Veteran family of the need to submit their claim for Agent Orange or Toxic Exposure even though it may be denied.  The key to filing is to ensure your claim and its denial is on record.  And when your claim is recognized and approves your claim it begins at the time you first submitted the claim.

Team Wisconsin during the Toxic Exposure Town Hall Meetings also address the impact of exposure in recent military conflicts (e.g., Gulf War, Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere) and how to contact your nearest Veteran Service Officer.  In Wisconsin the Team always recommends beginning the process with your County Veteran Service Officer (CVSO) or Tribal Veteran Service Officer (TVSO).  If one does not know his or her CVSO/TVSO they can go to their state website.  Those who reside outside of Wisconsin can to the National Veteran Service Officer (VSO) website to locate a VSO through a Veteran Serive Organization (e.g., American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars, Disabled American Veterans, etc.) or by the state they are presently residing.

To keep up-to-date on Agent Orange and Toxic Exposure follow the VVA’s Agent Orange Committee and VVA WSC’s Agent Orange Committee.  Also, check the topics Team Wisconsin continually reviews due to new legislative information, changes at the VA level, the latest from the Wisconsin Department of Veteran Affairs (WDVA), medical research, and more.  Keep in mind information is not streaming rapidly, but as information does come to the fore the WSC’s Agent Orange - Toxic Exposure Committee will include the content in its Minutes (Note: The WSC Agent Orange - Toxic Exposure Committee meets quarterly - March, June, September, and December).  Additionally, the WSC’s VVA Co-Chair is also on the VVA Agent Orange and Dioxin Committee that usually meets prior to or immediately following Wisconsin’s meetings.            

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