The War Legacies Project focuses on the long-term impacts of war to develop a fuller understanding of the costs of war, increase public understanding of these costs, foster public dialogue about the impacts of war and conduct programs that help mitigate the impacts of war at home and abroad. Currently our work is primarily focused on the long-term health and environmental impacts of the use of Agent Orange during the Vietnam War. We also work to address the on-going impacts of unexploded ordinance.
The life-changing damage done by the Agent Orange herbicide continues to haunt American soldiers who served during the Vietnam War. It took years for the government to yield to pressure and acknowledge the devastating effects of the chemical. Many Vietnam veterans have been compensated for the debilitating illnesses but others who served outside Vietnam continue to be denied benefits by the VA. Diane Dimond spoke with a group of these forgotten veterans, and heard from some that they fear they will die before receiving treatment and justice from the country they served.
Although Washington remains a vocal critic of Vietnam�s human rights record, it also views the country as a key ally in its push to re-engage militarily in the Asia-Pacific region. The U.S. says maintaining peace and freedom of navigation in the sea is in its national interest.
The Agent Orange issue has continued to blight the U.S.-Vietnam relationship because dioxin can linger in soils and at the bottom of lakes and rivers for generations, entering the food supply through the fat of fish and other animals.
Vietnam�s Ministry of Defense and the U.S. now plan to excavate 73,000 cubic meters (2.5 million cubic feet) of soil from the airport and heat it to a high temperature in storage tanks until the dioxin is removed. The project is expected to be completed in four years. More...
DA NANG, Vietnam � In the tropical climate of central Vietnam, weeds and shrubs seem to grow everywhere � except here.
Forty years after the United States stopped spraying herbicides in the jungles of Southeast Asia in the hopes of denying cover to Vietcong fighters and North Vietnamese troops, an air base here is one of about two dozen former American sites that remain polluted with an especially toxic strain of dioxin, the chemical contaminant in Agent Orange that has been linked to cancers, birth defects and other diseases. More...
Bob Feldman Fund - In 2006, Bob Feldman and his wife Nancy established the Bob Feldman Fund to support families in Vietnam who have been impacted by exposure to Agent Orange/Dioxin. During the war Bob was stationed in Bien Hoa, Vietnam and died in May 2006 of service connected lymphoma. Since his death, Since his death Bob's family and friends, as well as complete strangers to the Feldman's have contributed over $100,000 to help more than300 families in Vietnam who are caring for severely disabled children. With our partner organization, the Vietnam Red Cross, WLP provides support for poor families in central Vietnam to help them improve their income, obtain health care and rehabilitation services, to make home improvements or to pay for schooling or vocational training.
Your direct people-to-people donation will help support the work of WLP's Bob Feldman Fund to assist poor families in Vietnam who are caring for severely disabled children.
Bob Feldman Fund
Autism Teacher Training Program: While it is not yet known if autism is associated with exposure to Agent Orange, there is significant evidence that some autism spectrum disorders may be associated with environmental exposure. Vietnam, has a large number of children with autism. For several years WLP has been working with the Gia Dinh Special School in HCM City that works with children with autism and as well as children with other developmental disabilities. We have an opportunity to send two of the Gia Dinh School teachers that work with children with autism to the Morgan Center for Autism in San Jose, CA for a short-term training program starting in September. There they will learn new techniques and tools that are effective in working with children with autism and will adapt what they learn when they return to Vietnam.
Your donation will help support the cost of their training and to hold workshops in Vietnam upon their return to train other teachers.
I received an e-mail a few weeks ago from a colleague in Laos regarding yet another deadly accident. On Feb. 22 a cluster bomb that the U.S. dropped... read entire article
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About the artwork in the top panel: The first three works are by the Vietnamese artist Vu Giang Huong. Giang Huong's late husband, Dr Le Cao Dai is profiled in the third painting. Dr Dai was one of the leading Vietnamese scientists researching the impacts of Agent Orange. The last painting of the girl erasing Dioxin is by the artist Nguyen Du. This work was commissioned by WLP for a special exhibit on Agent Orange by Vietnamese artists . This and other the 29 other works are available for exhibit in the US.
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