Today ProPublica and The Virginian-Pilot are co-hosting a discussion in Washington, D.C. about the multigenerational impacts of Agent Orange. Entitled “A Toxic Legacy: Has Agent Orange Hurt the Children of Vietnam Vets?” the event will bring together veterans and their families, Veterans Affairs officials, attorneys and medical to explore the issue from both personal and expert perspectives.
This event will be webcast live today starting at 10 a.m. Watch here, and follow the conversation online using #AgentOrange.
There’s a strong belief among Vietnam veterans that their exposure to Agent Orange has also led to health problems in their children – not only birth defects, but in some cases, conditions that manifest late in life. Despite decades of anecdotal evidence, there's been only sparse research done to prove a definitive link. Moderated by ProPublica senior reporter Charles Ornstein, the panel includes:
- Heather Bowser, co-founder of the Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance
- Linda Spoonster Schwartz, assistant secretary for policy and planning for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
- Kenneth Ramos, chair at the Institute of Medicine
- Rory Riley-Topping, former lawyer for the House Committee on Veterans Affairs, principal at Riley-Topping Consulting
Tune in here, and join the conversation by following #AgentOrange, @ProPublica and @VirginianPilot.