AO-Toxic Exposure Minutes

Toxic Exposure Committee Meeting (Formerly Agent Orange Committee)

 Called to order on December 1, 2018, at 9:00 am by Chair Mike Demske.

Attendance:  Richard Lindbeck (Recorder), John Margowski, James Mullarkey, Pat Furno, Greg Bloch, Sharon Bloch, Duane Cannon, Tom Sachs, and Robert Grabinski (Director, VVA Region 6).

Margowski advised that we all need to contact Senator Baldwin and Johnson to encourage passage of H.R. 299 the Blue Water Navy bill.  If it does not pass this session it may not get done.   If it is reintroduced in the next session of Congress it probably has a slim chance.  John shared he had a response from Senator Baldwin, but nothing from Senator Johnson.

One concern is the cost of the bill.  A solution was to add $10 to the VA Loan to cover it.

Demske encouraged everyone to contact the Veterans Committee to get it to a full vote.  The Gulf War Toxic Exposure has been added.  It covers those from 1990 to a date to be determined.

Betty and Mike Mekdeci founded the Association of Birth Defect Children (now Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc.) in 1982 to provide birth defect information to parents and to investigate the causes of birth defects that could have been prevented.  This organization has been at the forefront of capturing information on the transgenerational effects of the dioxins found in Agent Orange, especially children of Vietnam Veterans.  However, the Birth Defect Research for Children, Inc., a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is running out of funding as they have not received a grant.  This has resulted in organization laying-off several people that work on their Registry.  We, the Wisconsin State Council, may want to consider donating from the State Council, VVA Chapters, and VVA members in order to maintain the Registry and keeping the organization active.

Shawano is looking to have an Agent Orange Town Hall in April or May.  Virginia Nueske is working on a location.  It may be on the reservation or in Shawano.

Oconomowoc is also looking for a venue for possibly June or July.  This may be in the middle of the week and evening.  They are looking at the college in the area.

Meeting adjourned at 9:40 AM

Archive of Agent Orange/Toxic Exposure Committee Meetings

December 2018
September 2018
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March 2018

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