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Unprecedented Agent Orange Convention to Be Held in Washington DC This Weekend, Oct. 5-8

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Oct 03, 2017, 17:00 ET

CANFIELD, Ohio, Oct. 3, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Children of Vietnam Veterans Health Alliance (COVVHA) will mark Agent Orange Awareness Month with a three-day convention in Washington D.C., Oct. 5-8. The convention will educate the public about Agent Orange and its effects in relation to the Vietnam War. Powerful stories of generations impacted will be given, as well as expert educational sessions from speakers from around the world.

Heather Bowser, daughter of an American Vietnam Veteran holds her hand in the frame with 14-   year-old Vietnamese boy living in Tu Du hospital in Ho Chi Minh City

The 3-day conference will be held at the Washington Dulles Airport Marriott. Daily tickets can be purchased for $45.00 per day. The ticket is good for entry into the educational sessions, meals not included. The Saturday ticket will also include transportation to the Vietnam Memorial Wall, seats limited.

The Conference will feature the following experts: Dr. Ken O’Brien, of Australia, son of an Australian Vietnam Veteran, who specializes in generational trauma. Susan Hammond, daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, and director of the War Legacies Project. Dr. Robin Gay, daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, and Senior Psychologist of Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Dr. Victoria Davey, Associate Chief Research & Development Officer for Epidemiology and Public Health In the Veterans Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs.

The event will include personal stories of those believed to be affected by Agent Orange, such as Josh Kelley, son of a Vietnam Veteran, born missing both arms and his left leg, his father lost to suicide. Rachel Harting, daughter of a Vietnam Veteran, who suffered with infertility, her father also lost to Agent Orange Illness. Brandy Liên Worrall, daughter of an American Vietnam Veteran and a Vietnamese mother, diagnosed at age 31 with breast cancer, and who lost her father to Agent Orange-related cancer.

The following organizations will also share their missions: Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund, AmerAsians Building Bridges and Expedition Orange Organization.

The event will kick off Thursday night with a film viewing of “Agent Orange Memories” featuring three COVVHA member’s trip to meet Vietnamese Agent Orange survivors in Vietnam. Friday’s events will open with the Virginia Patriot Guard Riders followed by educational expert sessions. Saturday evening, participants will travel to The Vietnam Memorial Wall together via charter bus.

COVVHA

COVVHA was started in 2011 as a nonprofit in the State of Ohio. It became a federally recognized 501 (c)(3), non-profit in January 2012. COVVHA is the only 501 (c)(3) founded by, governed and run by Children of Vietnam Veterans for their own peers.

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