The Vietnam Veterans of America are holding a town hall meeting in Faribault on Saturday, April 22, to discuss Agent Orange exposure during the Vietnam War.

Maynard Kaderlik of Montgomery is the national chairman of the VVA effort to get the word to veterans and their families and will be on our KDHL AM Minnesota program Monday morning, April 10, at 9:30AM.

Agent Orange was a blend of herbicides the U.S. military sprayed in the jungles of Vietnam and around the Korean demilitarized zone to remove trees and dense tropical foliage that provided enemy cover.

According to U.S. military records, more than 19 million gallons were sprayed over 4.5 million acres from 1961 to 1972.

Kaderlik told KDHL recently these town hall meetings are being held across the country, and he obviously was going to hold one in the area he lives.

Two sessions are being held at the National Guard Armory in Faribault at 3000 West Airport Drive - one session from 9AM to noon and the other from 1-4PM.

Kaderlik hopes a lot of Vietnam veterans and their families will attend.

Veterans exposed to Agent Orange during their military service may be eligible for a variety of VA benefits, including disability compensation for diseases associated with the exposure.

Sadly it has been shown that the exposure is being handed down from generation to generation, and Kaderlik says these children and grandchildren of Vietnam veterans with qualifying service in Vietnam or Korea may be eligible for a range of VA benefits.

We will get some details at 9:30AM.

If you can't listen then, go to our YouTube channel and watch the program.

The picture below is from the Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall replica that came to Faribault last Labor Day weekend.

All gave some and some gave all- photo by Gordy Kosfeld