A 14-member delegation of American veterans and supporters are visiting Vietnam to study the lasting impacts of the Vietnam War.
The veterans will visit the Van Canh Friendship Village for Agent Orange (AO) victims near Hanoi, the dioxin cleanup site at the Da Nang Airport, AO victim's families, Project RENEW in Quang Tri Province and other projects to clean up explosive remnants of war that continue to claim victims to this day.
Hosted by the Vietnam Chapter #160 of Veterans For Peace (VFP), a US-based educational and humanitarian organization of American veterans dedicated to the abolishment of war and to serve the cause of world peace, the visit lasts from April 17 to May 1.
"For some VFP members who are returning to Vietnam for the first time since the war, this visit will provide an opportunity to see the work that VFP and other organizations are doing here, to better understand the challenges that we face together with our Vietnamese friends and colleagues in trying to make a better, safer life for the people of Vietnam," VPF said in a statement on Monday (April 16).
VFP is a major sponsor of the Vietnam Agent Orange Relief & Responsibility Campaign (VAORRC), in partnership with the Vietnam Association for Victims of Agent Orange (VAVA).
The veterans' visit was assisted by the Vietnam-USA Society, the Veterans Association of Vietnam (VAVN), and the VAVA.