Ask your representative to co-sponsor H.R. 326, a bill to fund Agent Orange clean-up in Vietnam and health care assistance for people who have been affected.
Background: During the Vietnam War, the U.S. military sprayed Agent Orange over 12 percent of Vietnam’s territory. The effects of this toxic chemical were not widely known then, but it has devastated the country’s natural resources for decades, harming multiple generations of U.S. veterans and Vietnamese people who live with the congenital effects of exposure even today.
The Victims of Agent Orange Relief Act (H.R. 326) would fund environmental clean-up in Vietnam and health care assistance for people affected by Agent Orange. The bill has been introduced before but requires more bipartisan support to be viable in the House.
Reluctant to respond to the lasting legacy of the Vietnam War, Agent Orange has not been a high priority for the U.S. government. But Vietnamese and American families continue to suffer from its impacts. Take action.
Faith reflection: “[The lawyer] asked Jesus, ‘And who is my neighbor?’…He said, ‘The one who showed him mercy.’” (Luke 10:29, 37)
Action: Ask your representative to co-sponsor H.R. 326, addressing the legacy of U.S. intervention in Vietnam.
Alert updated by Katerina Parsons, Legislative Associate for International Affairs, Sept. 10, 2019.