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NO. R-104. JOINT RESOLUTION RELATING TO DESIGNATING THE MONTH OF OCTOBER AS AGENT ORANGE DIOXIN AWARENESS MONTH.

(J.R.S. 45)

Offered by: Senator Sears of Bennington County, Senator Backus of Chittenden County, Senator Bartlett of Lamoille County, Senator Bloomer of Rutland County, Senator Cummings of Washington County, Senator Greenwood of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Illuzzi of Essex-Orleans County, Senator Leddy of Chittenden County, Senator MacDonald of Orange County, Senator McCormack of Windsor County, Senator Morrissey of Bennington County, Senator Ready of Addison County, Senator Rivers of Windsor County and Senator Shumlin of Windham County.

Whereas, in the history of our country, there have been times of great trauma and disturbance in our society, the Vietnam War being such a period, and

Whereas, many citizens of the great State of Vermont honored this country by serving valiantly in the Vietnam War and these courageous veterans were exposed to Agent Orange, an herbicide the United States used during the Vietnam War (1961-1975) to defoliate the dense jungles and destroy crops. Agent Orange, considered one of the most toxic substances ever made, is an herbicide that includes artificial plant hormones and the extremely dangerous chemical know as dioxin, and

Whereas, during the applications of Agent Orange, code-named "Operation Ranch Hand", over 2.4 million Americans were exposed to this toxic herbicide, with severe exposures to those responsible for the handling and application of the herbicide, and

Whereas, the continued adverse health effects of these exposures have been demonstrated in a Veterans' Administration Mortality Study which shows correlations between Agent Orange/Dioxin exposure and Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, Hodgkin's Disease, prostate cancer, lung cancer and Chloracne, and

Whereas, across the nation efforts are underway to designate October as Agent Orange/Dioxin Awareness Month, now therefore be it

Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives:

That the General Assembly hereby declares the month of October 1999 and every October thereafter to be designated as Agent Orange/Dioxin Awareness Month in the State of Vermont, and be it further

Resolved: That the Secretary of State be directed to send a copy of this resolution to the Vermont State Council of the Vietnam Veterans of America.