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Association between Agent Orange and birth defects: systematic review and meta-analysis

The principal aim of this study was to conduct a meta-analysis of relevant epidemiological studies that examined this association and to assess the heterogeneity among studies. Continue Reading

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Fetal pituitary gonadotropin as an initial target of dioxin in its impairment of cholesterol transportation and steroidogenesis in rats.

Reproductive and developmental disorders are the most sensitive toxic effects caused by 2,3,7,8-tetrachlorodibenzo-p-dioxin (TCDD). TCDD is thought to produce many, if not all, of these toxic effects by impairing steroidogenesis and/or steroid action during the prenatal or early postnatal stages. Continue Reading

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2016.03.10 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2014

Based on the entire body of evidence, the committee Update 2014 changed the categories of association with exposure to the herbicides sprayed in Vietnam for three health effects. Continue Reading

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2015.01.09 I.O.M Report: Post-Vietnam Dioxin Exposure in Agent Orange–Contaminated C-123 Aircraft

Between 1972 and 1982, approximately 1,500 to 2,100 U.S. Air Force (AF) Reserve personnel trained and worked on C-123 aircraft that previously had been used to spray herbicides, including Agent Orange (AO), during Operation Ranch Hand (ORH) in the Vietnam War. Samples taken from these aircraft show the presence of AO residues. Continue Reading

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2013.12.03 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2012

The single new conclusion was that there is limited or suggestive evidence of a scientifically meaningful association of stroke with exposure to the chemicals in question. Continue Reading

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RSL plan outrages Vietnam veterans

A PROPOSAL by the RSL to foster rapprochement between Australian and Vietnamese veterans of the Vietnam War has caused outrage, prompting the national president, Rear-Admiral Ken Doolan, to apologise for the way it has been handled. Continue Reading

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2011-09-29 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2010

Great strides have been made over the last several years in understanding the health effects of exposure to the herbicides used in Vietnam, but there are still many lingering questions. Continue Reading

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The Toxic Legacy of Agent Orange

Agent Orange (AO) is a weapon that wounded both sides in the American War, as the Vietnamese call it. After years of struggle, many surviving American veterans finally receive care and compensation for Agent Orange exposure. Continue Reading

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Minister thanks veterans’ health Advisory Group

Veterans’ Affairs Minister Judith Collins has thanked a Ministerial Advisory Group on Veterans’ Health set up two years ago to advise the Government on veterans’ health issues. Continue Reading

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2001.05.20 I.O.M Report: Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans and Agent Orange Exposure

Although the IOM found several plausible ways by which Blue Water Navy veterans could have been exposed to herbicides, there was not enough information for the IOM to determine whether Blue Water Navy personnel were or were not exposed to Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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RSL president says apology won’t help Vietnam Vets

THE city’s Returned and Services League president has rejected suggestions an annual day of apology should be held for Vietnam veterans. Western Victoria MP Peter Kavanagh yesterday called on the federal government to adopt the plan and said troops’ treatment after the war had been appalling. Continue Reading

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Addressing the Legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam

In the 35 years since the end of the war, the United States and Vietnam have made great progress toward friendly relations. But the war reverberates today in the lives of millions of Americans and Vietnamese. These include people affected then and now, directly and indirectly, by the U.S. spraying of Agent Orange and other herbicides over rural South Vietnam. Continue Reading

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View spraying missions in Vietnam by date and location

U.S. troops, Vietnamese nationals exposed to dangerous chemicals. The map below can be used to see defoliant spraying missions by U.S. and South Vietnamese forces over Vietnam, as well as Laos and Cambodia. The missions began in summer 1961 and ended more than a decade later, in spring 1971. Continue Reading

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2009.07.24 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2008

The authoring committee found suggestive but limited evidence that exposure to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War is associated with an increased chance of developing ischemic heart disease and Parkinson’s disease for Vietnam veterans. Continue Reading

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Agent Orange’s Toxic Legacy Lingers On

More than 30 years after it ended, the Vietnam War is still having a devastating impact on the lives of ordinary people. Up to five million Vietnamese were exposed to Agent Orange, a deadly herbicide sprayed by the U.S. Army over wide areas. Continue Reading

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National promises more for war vets

War veterans will be given greater recognition and assistance under a National-led Government, the party said yesterday. Continue Reading

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GP: Agent Orange key to Vietnam vet’s death

A herbicide used by the US during the Vietnam War to clear jungle, Agent Orange released cancer-causing dioxins. The dead man, Pat Hauwai, was exposed to the chemical while serving in Vietnam as a private in Victor One Company in… Continue Reading

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Lieutenant General J. Mateparae, ONZM Chief of Defence Force

Our defence involvement in the Vietnam War spanned eight years. This was the longest commitment of our combat forces to a single conflict in New Zealand’s military history. Our involvement in the War has had an impact on our nation, those who served there, and their families, that continues to this day. The controversy connected with the Vietnam war was corrosive; it was damning; and for many of the men and women of the New Zealand Defence Force who served there it became noxious. Continue Reading

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Now say sorry to Vietnam say anti-war protesters

“What’s been so painful for those soldiers is that they did their duty for the country and they’ve really been treated extremely badly by successive Governments in terms of the sickness that they picked up while serving there,” Mr Shadbolt said the Vietnamese people also had deformed children and an apology should be made to them also. Continue Reading

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Apology is 35 years too late: Vietnamese vet

Mr Nguyen, a captain in the former South Vietnam air force who later spent seven years in a jungle concentration camp, said the apology to veterans was too late. “You should have honoured them when they came back, but until now 35 years later they did it too late,” he said. Continue Reading

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Leader of the Progressive Party ‘Jim Anderton’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

May I say that as one gets older it is increasingly possible to see and participate in examples where history offers the prospect of learning lessons in the hope that things might be done better in the future. Today is one such example. The purpose of this very public statement in the House is to increase the chances of learning—as a country, as a Government, as armed forces, and as families. Continue Reading

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Leader of the United Future Party ‘Peter Dunne’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

United Future joins with others in this Crown apology to the Viet Nam veterans this afternoon. Although today’s apology will come too late for many of the veterans, it is a necessary step and it is one that is long overdue. We support the call now for recognition that New Zealand forces and personnel were exposed to Agent Orange and other defoliants, contrary to some of the advice received over the years, and we look forward to there being a favourable settlement in their regard. Continue Reading

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Video: Leader of the Opposition ‘John Key’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

I rise today to support the apology from the Crown, and to offer the gratitude and thanks of the National Party to those New Zealanders who served in the then Republic of Viet Nam. I also offer our apologies to them and their families for the failure of the Crown to properly acknowledge or address the results of their service in a toxic environment in Viet Nam. Continue Reading

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Ministerial Statement to Parliament by Rt Hon HELEN CLARK (Prime Minister) – Crown apology to Viet Nam veterans

The Crown formally acknowledges the dedicated service of the New Zealand Regular Force personnel deployed during the Viet Nam War, and those many servicemen and women who supported them in their mission. Further the Crown records that those armed forces… Continue Reading

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Leader of NZ First Party ‘Winston Peters’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

Rt Hon WINSTON PETERS (Leader—NZ First) : New Zealand First supports the Crown apology to Viet Nam veterans, and endorses the sentiments expressed by the Prime Minister and Mr Key. We have long believed in well-overdue measures being adopted to… Continue Reading

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Leader of the Green Party ‘Keith Locke’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

KEITH LOCKE (Green) : The Greens are very pleased to support the Crown apology. Four years ago the Green Party called on the Government to offer a full public apology to Viet Nam veterans and their families for the failure… Continue Reading

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Full text of the Crown apology to Vietnam Veterans by Rt Hon HELEN CLARK (Prime Minister)

Full text of the Crown apology to Vietnam Veterans, read in Parliament today ( 28/05/2008) by NZ Prime Minister Helen Clark: The Crown formally acknowledges the dedicated service of the New Zealand Regular Force personnel deployed during the Vietnam War,… Continue Reading

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Co-Leader of the Māori Party ‘Tariana Turia’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

Hon TARIANA TURIA (Co-Leader—Māori Party) : The Māori Party endorses the apologies of the Crown in this House today. New Zealand military history tells us that between 1964 and 1972 over 3,000 New Zealanders served in South Viet Nam. For… Continue Reading

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Vietnam vets divided over apology

The Vietnam War divided the country a generation ago and as the Government launched a belated healing process this week nearly 36 years after the last troops came home, its toxic legacy continued to divide the veterans who served there.… Continue Reading

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Video: Deputy Leader of the ACT Party ‘Heather Roy’ Apology to Vietnam Veterans

HEATHER ROY (Deputy Leader—ACT) : The ACT party supports this apology to Viet Nam veterans, alongside all other political parties in this House. Our Viet Nam veterans served with as much heroism and distinction as did the veterans of all… Continue Reading

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Sorry says Government to soldiers

Grey-haired soldiers wept in Parliament as Prime Minister Helen Clark and other party leaders apologised for the way successive governments treated them and their mates who served in the Vietnam War. Continue Reading

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Apology to veterans due tomorrow

Vietnam veterans, due to receive an apology from the Crown tomorrow, have been waiting more than 30 years. The apology, to be made by Prime Minister Helen Clark in Parliament, will acknowledge veterans were not treated fairly when they returned… Continue Reading

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Apology to Vietnam veterans for unfair post-war treatment

The Government will publicly apologise to Vietnam War veterans and their families, recognising the servicemen were not treated fairly when they returned from war. Continue Reading

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The War Pensions Act 1954 (WPA) is under re-write

I illustrate my point by copying four points I made to RNZRSA and Sir Geoffrey to show what we must not lose… Continue Reading

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Leoni’s Agent Orange campaign

Hollywood star Tea Leoni, visiting Vietnam as a Unicef ambassador, has kicked off a campaign to raise awareness about the plight of children suffering disabilities linked to Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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2008.03.05 I.O.M Report: The Utility of Proximity-Based Herbicide Exposure Assessment in Epidemiologic Studies of Vietnam Veterans

A new Institute of Medicine report, The Utility of Proximity-Based Herbicide Exposure Assessment in Epidemiologic Studies of Vietnam Veterans, presents the conclusions and recommendations of a committee that was convened to provide guidance to the Department of Veterans Affairs about the best use of an exposure assessment model that was developed to address this problem. Continue Reading

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Vietnam Vets Finally Get Their Due

Many Vietnam War veterans will never get over their anger at being snubbed by New Zealand after their return. However, making 2008 a year with a series of officially sanctioned events marking the service and sacrifice of New Zealand soldiers in Vietnam will help the healing process, veteran leader and event organiser Chris Mullane says. Continue Reading

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NZ Vietnam vets missing out on $40,000 defoliant payouts

Of more than 1000 veterans who have registered with Veterans Affairs, just 34 have been accepted for one-off $40,000 payments to date – fuelling the ire of some veterans who have branded the compensation package “pathetic“. Continue Reading

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2007.07.27 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2006

Because of continuing uncertainty about the long-term health effects of the sprayed herbicides on Vietnam veterans, Congress passed the Agent Orange Act of 1991. Continue Reading

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Beehive Chat – Justice for the Survivors of Viet Nam

Last week while the media was focused on politicians and preachers debating the nature of religious diversity, another religious leader was quietly lodging a claim with the Waitangi Tribunal. Most Reverend Whakahuihui Vercoe, immediate past Archbishop of Aotearoa, has taken action on behalf of Maori Vietnam veterans ex defence personnel. The claim requests that compensation become immediately available to the descendants of the veterans. Continue Reading

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Bishop stands up for Maori vets

Archbishop Whakahuihui Vercoe of Rotorua has made a claim – reportedly for $170 million – to the Waitangi Tribunal in support of Maori Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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Big Vietnam claim to Waitangi Tribunal

Harman said the claim was valid under the Treaty of Waitangi Act. “The sooner the government stops worrying about saving money and starts focusing on ensuring the needs of these veterans and their families are addressed the better,” Harman said. Continue Reading

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Agent Orange Raises Vietnam Vets’ Risk of Recurrent Prostate Cancer

Exposure four decades ago to Agent Orange in the Vietnam War appears to boost veterans’ risk for a recurrence of prostate cancer even after the organ is surgically removed, a new study shows. Continue Reading

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The Case of Agent Orange: International Perspectives and an Homage to Victims

This article seeks to present a commentary of this extraordinary case in view of history and the broader themes of politics, international law, and its institutions as a handicap to accommodating individual victims of war. Continue Reading

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Vietnam vets reject government apology

Hundreds of Vietnam War veterans are threatening to reject last year’s government apology for Agent Orange spraying during the war. Their supporters – including former Judge Dame Augusta Wallace and Anglican Bishop Vercoe – have joined the veterans’ battle for more recognition. Continue Reading

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Too little, too late, for too few

On both sides of the Tasman (about 20 per cent of the New Zealand veterans live in Australia) phones and emails are crackling with fiery exchanges as physically and psychologically scarred veterans mobilise. The Government, RSA and Ex-Vietnam Services Association (EVSA) are in retreat a week after signing a memorandum of understanding and hailing the successful conclusion of negotiations. Some veterans are eyeing a legal challenge. Continue Reading

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War vets fuming over compo package

Fewer than 100 survivors of the Vietnam War are expected to qualify for one-off compensation for life-threatening illnesses which have claimed hundreds of their comrades in the past 35 years. Continue Reading

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Agent Orange campaigners angry as many miss out

Some of the soldiers who felt the mist of Agent Orange on their backs or drank it in their water during the Vietnam War are disappointed by the compensation package. They say it is unnecessarily restrictive, barring from compensation conditions… Continue Reading

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Rod Emmerson: Dawdling at green light for Agent Orange

Cartoonist: Rod Emmerson speaks: Agent Orange Continue Reading

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Sick NZ Vietnam vets to get $40,000 payments in $30m package

Vietnam veterans, with prescribed medical conditions, are to get an ex-gratia payment of $40,000 while the spouses of veterans who have died will get $25,000 under a $30 million package of measures announced by the Government today. Children of Vietnam veterans… Continue Reading

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Agreement reached for Viet Nam Veterans

“A formal memorandum of understanding has been signed between the government and representatives of Viet Nam veterans, the Ex-Vietnam Services Association (EVSA) and the Royal New Zealand Returned and Services Association (RNZRSA). Continue Reading

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Agent Orange victims to win compensation tomorrow

The Government will tomorrow announce a wide-ranging compensation package — expected to include financial and health support — for Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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Exposure to Dioxins Influences Male Reproductive System

A dioxin toxin contained in the herbicide Agent Orange affects male reproductive health by limiting the growth of the prostate gland and lowering testosterone levels. Continue Reading

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Old foes together will fight effects of Agent Orange, Communist and U.S. officials join in dioxin removal

DA NANG, VIETNAM — For a stark reminder of the Vietnam War, people living near the airport in this central industrial city can still stroll along the old stone walls that once surrounded a U.S. military base. But Luu Thi… Continue Reading

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Agent Orange Exposure Tied to Ills in Vietnam Vets

NEW YORK – Vietnam veterans who sprayed the herbicides like Agent Orange decades ago in Vietnam are at an increased risk of developing heart disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, and chronic breathing problems, a new study shows. Agent Orange, a… Continue Reading

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National wants compensation for Agent Orange vets

National leader Don Brash said today New Zealand Vietnam veterans affected by Agent Orange should be given an official apology, and paid compensation. Continue Reading

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Scientist: Study may have underestimated cancer risk to veterans By Associated Press

GREENVILLE, S.C. The scientist who worked on a 25-year study of the impact of handling Agent Orange on the health of Air Force veterans says the study may have underestimated the risk of cancer in Vietnam War vets exposed to… Continue Reading

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Howard gives apology to Vietnam vets

The Prime Minister John Howard has apologised to Australia’s 50,000 Vietnam Veterans, for the treatment they received when they returned from the war. Continue Reading

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Pregnancy dilemma for Agent Orange family

It is unusual to hear a father-to-be describe the decision to start a family as “like playing Russian roulette”. that is how Matt Griffiths sees it. Mr Griffiths, the son of a Vietnam War veteran sprayed by Agent Orange, was born with a deformed leg that was eventually amputated. Continue Reading

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2006.07.31 Report: Genetic Damage In New Zealand Vietnam War Veterans

What are the genetic consequences for elevated levels of Dioxin.  Participants Report, Prepared by Louise Edwards, Institute of Molecular BioSciences Massey University NZ Continue Reading

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Agent Orange Study to Show Significant Damage

A report out today was expected to show that all New Zealand Vietnam War veterans exposed to the defoliant Agent Orange may have suffered genetic damage. Continue Reading

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Mp Judith Collins’ Comments: Agent Orange effects

Mp Judith Collins’ Comments: Agent Orange has serious effects! Continue Reading

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DNA Injury Confirmed in Vietnam Veterans

A study of New Zealand Vietnam War veterans exposed to Agent Orange has confirmed they have suffered genetic damage – and found that their children and grandchildren may experience the same fate. Continue Reading

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Chris Slane: Agent Orange

Cartoonist Chris Slane Speaks: Agent Orange Continue Reading

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Vietnam vets in line for Agent Orange payouts

Six months of service in Vietnam, Brian Wilson was shot at, had near misses with mines and mortar rounds, killed men and lost close friends. Those six months also left Mr Wilson and his family battling with a lifetime of medical problems associated with his exposure to Agent Orange. This week, Vietnam war veterans are likely to be told that their exposure to the defoliant may have damaged their DNA. Continue Reading

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Report may show DNA damage in Vietnam vets

Veterans and their families who have battled with serious health problems and birth defects have argued for 30 years that the defoliant Agent Orange has had a genetic impact upon them and their children. Continue Reading

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The effects of Agent Orange in Viet Nam and its consequences

From a weaponry viewpoint, the Vietnam War is the major conflict of the twentieth century. That conflict opposes the United States of America against North Vietnamese communist Viet Minh, itself supported by Soviet Union.That conflict becomes an export of war between two world’s superpowers: the USA say wanting to stop communism in Asia whereas USSR encourages it. Continue Reading

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Help closer in Agent Orange aftermath

Vietnam veterans should learn this year – the Year of the Veteran – what the Government will do to address issues about their health concerns and entitlements. A 100-page report from a joint working group on the concerns of Vietnam veterans landed on Defence Minister Phil Goff’s desk last week after months of consultation. Continue Reading

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Vietnam – war without end DOC

Attached: Submission to The Joint Working Group on The Concerns of Vietnam Veterans By Lt Col (Retd) R G (Red) Beatson 01 February 2006 Continue Reading

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Timeline: Agent Orange

A Brief Time Table during the period 1964 to July 11, 2005 Continue Reading

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Kedgley to speak at int’l Agent Orange conference

Ms Kedgley is speaking at an International Conference of the Victims of Agent Orange in Hanoi, Vietnam Continue Reading

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Barker admits Agent Orange blunder

Veterans Minister Rick Barker yesterday admitted an embarrassing mistake by telling a woman the Government had yet to respond to a report on Agent Orange – when it had done so in 2004. Continue Reading

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MP demands speedier Agent Orange action

Two more Vietnam veterans’ deaths show the need for the Government to honour its Agent Orange obligations quickly, Maori Party MP Te Ururoa Flavell says. Continue Reading

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Agent Orange probe ‘insensitive’ say veterans

Vietnam veterans are outraged a group looking at the effects of Agent Orange won’t meet in Rotorua or on marae. Veterans claim the refusal to meet on marae is “culturally insensitive” since at least 60 per cent of Vietnam veterans are Maori. Continue Reading

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Agent Orange Submission Deadline

Vietnam war veterans, some of whom were exposed to the herbicide Agent Orange, have just over a week left to register to make a submission to the working group advising the Government on helping the veterans and their families. Continue Reading

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Nats promise Vietnam vets gold-plated apology

National would apologise to Vietnam war veterans over the Agent Orange saga and would improve all veterans’ access to health and welfare services by providing a gold card, party leader Don Brash says. Continue Reading

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More Talk before Compensation for Vietnam Vets

A working group to finally resolve the Agent Orange issue wants to hear Vietnam veterans’ concerns before recommending a reconciliation package. Continue Reading

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Vets to get commission for Agent Orange cases

Prime Minister Helen Clark is expected to announce today the establishment of a commission to hear the cases of Vietnam veterans sprayed with the dangerous defoliant Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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Vietnam Vets Win Battle

Vietnam war veterans will finally get what they’ve been fighting 30 years for when the Prime Minister tomorrow announces a compensation commission into the health impact of Agent Orange. Helen Clark is expected to express regret at the veterans’ wartime… Continue Reading

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2005.03.03 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2004

Under a Congressional mandate, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academies conducted a comprehensive review of the scientific literature to determine whether Vietnam veterans may be experiencing health effects associated with exposure to those herbicides or chemicals contaminating them. Continue Reading

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U.S. Urges Judge to Dismiss Suit on Chemical Use in Vietnam War

Agent Orange. Manufactured Solely by IWD New Plymouth, New Zealand The Justice Department is urging a federal judge in Brooklyn to dismiss a lawsuit aimed at forcing a re-examination of one of the most contentious issues of the Vietnam War,… Continue Reading

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Sue Kedgley: Agent Orange relentless in its horrific after-effects

Last month, I visited a Vietnamese village. What I saw was tragic. There were children with severe abnormalities. Some were blind and deaf. Some had abnormally large heads, twisted limbs, or no limbs at all. And all because of Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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Agent Orange papers released

Defence Minister Mark Burton today released historic documents relating to the alleged manufacture of Agent Orange in New Zealand. It was recently claimed that two ingredients 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D — used in the manufacture of Agent Orange — were produced by chemical company Ivon Watkins Dow (now called Dow AgroSciences) and exported from Taranaki in the 1960s bound for an American military base in the Philippines. Continue Reading

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Vets hurt by ‘Clayton’s apology’

RSA president John Campbell said veterans were not so much concerned by the timing of the apology but who delivered it. They made the point that in 2002 Helen Clark personally apologised to other groups – Chinese immigrant workers, Samoans for New Zealand’s inept governance last century and gays. The apology to the Chinese community was followed by money – a $5 million trust fund to promote the history, culture and language of the Chinese in New Zealand. Continue Reading

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PM should apologise, say Vietnam vets

A formal apology by Prime Minister Helen Clark to a gathering of Vietnam veterans is being sought by the Ex-Vietnam Services Association. Association spokesman John Dow said he was waiting to finalise a meeting with Helen Clark’s office on how to conduct a formal apology to veterans for exposure to the defoliant Agent Orange. Continue Reading

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Apology has Veterans ready to Sue Government

Vietnam veterans plan to use a belated apology over their exposure to the deadly Agent Orange defoliant as proof of Government culpability in a proposed damages lawsuit. Continue Reading

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Government probes claims NZ exported Agent Orange

Government officials started looking afresh in November at a claim that Agent Orange ingredients were made here and shipped to the US military, Defence Minister Mark Burton has revealed. Continue Reading

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MP denies evidence of Agent Orange exports

Mr Gibbs claimed that at that meeting Mr Duynhoven told him individual components of Agent Orange – the chemicals 2,4,5-T and 2,4-D – were shipped from Port Taranaki to Subic Bay in the Philippines during the late 1960s. Continue Reading

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NZ First demands all Agent Orange papers be made public

New Zealand First is calling for the Government to release all papers relating to Agent Orange use in the Vietnam war, claiming a cover-up. Continue Reading

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MP’s Agent Orange claim triggers inquiry

Officials will investigate a Government minister’s reported claim that Ivor Watkins Dow exported the components of the defoliant Agent Orange for use in the Vietnam War. Continue Reading

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Government apology for Vietnam War veterans

Veterans Affairs Minister George Hawkins made the apology in the Government’s response to the health select committee’s Agent Orange inquiry. The committee called only for acceptance that exposure occurred, not an apology. Continue Reading

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Call for compensation for veterans

The Government should compensate Vietnam veterans exposed to Agent Orange rather than just offering them a belated apology, New Zealand First MP Ron Mark said today. Continue Reading

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Vets were Exposed to Agent Orange, Committee Finds

“Overwhelmingly, the committee accepted that New Zealand Vietnam veterans were exposed to a very toxic environment,” committee chairwoman Steve Chadwick said. “That’s our key recommendation for the Government to consider.” Continue Reading

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2004.03.01 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Length of Presumptive Period for Association Between Exposure and Respiratory Cancer

In this report, the IOM was mandated to review “whether it is possible to identify a period of time after exposure to herbicides after which a presumption of service-connection” of respiratory cancer would not be warranted. Continue Reading

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Army Brass Contradict Agent Orange Report

Army top brass dealt a crippling blow to the credibility of an Agent Orange report yesterday when they told a parliamentary inquiry Kiwi soldiers in Vietnam probably had contact with the substance 357 times. The extraordinary evidence came after the… Continue Reading

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Vindication for Vietnam vets

Retired colonel Raymond Seymour conducted an investigation into the spraying of herbicides in Phuoc Tuy province, in South Vietnam, at the request of the Chief of Defence Force, Air Marshal Bruce Ferguson. It found that New Zealand troops serving in the Vietnam War came into contact with the defoliants Agent Orange, Agent White and Agent Blue at least 356 times. Continue Reading

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Government to research Vietnam veteran’s concerns

The Government will research the use of herbicides in areas of Vietnam where New Zealand soldiers’ served, Veterans’ Affairs Minister George Hawkins says. Continue Reading

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2003.05.16 I.O.M Report: Characterizing Exposure of Veterans and Agent Orange and Other Herbicides Used in Vietnam: Interim Findings and Recommendations

Based on this review, the committee concludes that a valid exposure reconstruction model for wartime herbicide exposures of US veterans of Vietnam is feasible. Continue Reading

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Spectre orange

Nearly 30 years after the Vietnam war, a chemical weapon used by US troops is still exacting a hideous toll on each new generation. Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy report Continue Reading

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2003.01.16 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2002

This report, Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2002, is the fourth in a series examining the impact of chemical defoliants, including Agent Orange, and their contaminants on human health. Continue Reading

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More support for veterans’ children after report released

The Government is to extend medical assistance provided to the children of Vietnam and Operation Grapple veterans. Continue Reading

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2002.02.27 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Herbicide/Dioxin Exposure and Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in the Children of Vietnam Veterans

The committee also considered new evidence from German and Norwegian studies of AML in the offspring of parents who had occupational exposure to pesticides. Neither study found a significant difference in incidence from unexposed populations. Continue Reading

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McLeod report on health of children of veterans 2001

A Critical Appraisal Undertaken for the Office of Veterans’ Affairs, Ministry of Defence AUGUST 2001 Continue Reading

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Better health treatment for veterans’ children

“Additional assistance for veterans will include coverage of any additional payments for doctors’ visits, pharmaceutical charges, and support services. Continue Reading

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2001.04.19 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 2000

This report is the third comprehensive review and evaluation of the newly published scientific evidence regarding associations between health outcomes and exposure to dioxin and other chemical compounds in herbicides used in Vietnam. Continue Reading

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Agent Orange Odyssey

First published in 2000 in the catalogue of the Vietnam Voices Exhibition at the Casula Powerhouse Arts Centre Continue Reading

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2000.10.11 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Herbicide/Dioxin Exposure and Type 2 Diabetes

In 1999, in response to a request from the Department of Veterans Affairs, IOM called together a committee to conduct an interim review of the scientific evidence regarding one of the conditions addressed in the Veterans and Agent Orange series of reports: Type 2 diabetes. Continue Reading

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1999.12.16 I.O.M: Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 1998

This is the second updated review and evaluation of published scientific evidence regarding associations between diseases and exposure to dioxin and other chemical compounds in herbicides used in Vietnam. Continue Reading

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Govt committed to health of Veterans’ Children

“Cabinet has directed the office of Veterans Affairs to fully investigate the financial and management implications of the recommendations and report back to Government by May 2000.” Continue Reading

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Government Will Consider Report On Veterans

“We have listened to the concerns of those involved and we will move to put the matter right after we have considered the findings in the report,” Mrs Shipley said. “Veterans and their children can be assured we will look at these recommendations very carefully.” Continue Reading

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Inquiry into the Health Status of Children of Vietnam and Operation Grapple Veterans June 1999

Advisory Committee on the Health of Veterans’ Children, by Sir Paul Reeves, GCMG GCVO Chairman Continue Reading

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1997.04.18 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 1996. Summary and Research Highlights

This IOM report presents the first updated review and evaluation of the newly published scientific evidence regarding associations between diseases and exposure to dioxin and other chemical compounds in herbicides used in Vietnam. Continue Reading

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1996.03.14 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Update 1996

Released: March 14, 1996 This IOM report presents the first updated review and evaluation of the newly published scientific evidence regarding associations between diseases and exposure to dioxin and other chemical compounds in herbicides used in Vietnam. For each disease,… Continue Reading

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Mortality Patterns among Vietnam Veterans: A 24-Year Retrospective Analysis

The mortality experience of 33,833 US Army and Marine Corps Vietnam veterans who died during 1965-1988 was compared with that of 36,797 deceased non-Vietnam veterans using proportionate mortality ratios (PMRs). Military service information was abstracted from military personnel records and cause of death information recorded from death certificates. Continue Reading

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1994.01.01 I.O.M Report: Veterans and Agent Orange: Health Effects of Herbicides Used in Vietnam

February 1992, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) of the National Academy of Sciences signed an agreement with the Veterans Administration (VA) to review and summarize the strength of the scientific evidence concerning the association between herbicide exposure during Vietnam service and each disease or condition suspected to be associated with such exposure. Continue Reading

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Copy Congressional Record: Agent Orange Components were considered by US Senate as Chemical Warfare Agents

Agent Orange Components were considered by US Senate as Chemical Warfare Agents. 1969-08-11 Congressional Record (Agent Orange) C.B.W Continue Reading

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