Cheyenne, Wyo. - The Wyoming Legislature and Gov. Matt Mead have designated August as Agent Orange Awareness Month. Mead has also signed a proclamation supporting this work.
Agent Orange was a toxic chemical used to clear foliage and vegetation in the jungles of Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Veterans may also have been exposed in the Korean Demilitarized Zone, at Thai air force bases, or while working or flying on C-123 aircraft.
The primary goals of this awareness month is to ensure Wyoming Vietnam veterans have enrolled in the VA's Agent Orange Registry and have completed the health exam with the VA.
The VA continues to connect various illnesses and diseases based on exposure to the toxic chemical Agent Orange. Registering with the VA will ensure Wyoming Vietnam veterans are notified when new illnesses and diseases are identified.
Vietnam veterans in Northern Wyoming should call:
Kathy Swank, Sheridan VA Medical Center, 307-675-3458 Vietnam Veterans in Southern Wyoming should call:
Jeanette Drayton, Cheyenne VA Medical Center, 307-779-7580
You can learn more about the VA's Agent Orange registry and health exam at http://www.publichealth.va.gov/exposures/agentorange/.
The Wyoming Veterans Commission encourages family members and friends to encourage Vietnam veterans to register and complete the health exam with the VA.
"I encourage all Vietnam veterans to enroll with the VA's Agent Orange Registry and get the VA's health exam," Commission Chairman Keith Davidson said. "The VA is considering adding more medical conditions to the already long list of conditions caused by Agent Orange exposure, registering with the VA will help them notify you of the changes."
The commission regularly assists Vietnam veterans to coordinate VA healthcare enrollment, state and federal benefits and VA disability claims. For assistance, call the commission's hotline at 1-800-833-5987.