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Le procès à travers la presse et la radio

Agent Orange, Indemnisation des Victimes (... au Canada)
Radio Canada

L'agent orange en procs New York
France 24

L'agent orange poursuit ses ravages au Vietnam
Rseau Cano

Ministry offers support to dioxin sufferers (New Zealand)

Agent Orange : Des soldats seront indemniss
Radio Canada

The Last Battle of Vietnam

Philips taken to court over Agent Orange claims worth 1 bln eur
CNN Money

Monsanto dumped toxic waste in UK
The Guardian - UK

Dioxine : aide amricaine dcontaminer laroport de D Nang
Courrier du Vietnam

US cash for Agent Orange study

Late US veteran gives $50,000 aid to Agent Orange victims

Recherches sur cancer et produits chimiques finances par l'industrie chimique ?
Actualits News Environnement

Un chercheur rmunr par l'industrie chimique

Vietnam: pas d'indemnisation des victimes de l'Agent orange

Agent orange, Ottawa publie ses rapports d'enqute
Radio Canada

VIETNAM "L'agent orange est une arme de destruction massive"

The things they still carry
Daily Southtown

For victims of Agent Orange, final battle still being waged
Fairfax Digital (Australia)

US appeals court to consider Agent Orange appeal in June
Vietnam new agency

Vietnam les oublis de la dioxine
Le Monde .fr

Trente ans aprs la guerre, un million de Vietnamiens souffrent encore des effets du terrible Agent Orange.

Rediscovering Vietnam: Agent Orange's effects
St Louis Today (St Louis Web site

A long-ago war's grimmest legacy lives on

GAO Report on Agent Orange: Limited Information Is Available on the Number of Civilians Exposed in Vietnam and Their Workers' Compensation Claims
All American Patriot

Agent Orange Dioxin Raises Cancer Risk in Vietnam Veterans
Food Consumer

Spokane native to be honored posthumously

Vietnamese appeal U.S. court's ruling on Agent Orange case

Vietnamese Agent Orange victims file appeal request
Thanh Nien News

US abandons health study on Agent Orange
Nature 434, 687

Peter Yarrow apologizes to Vietnam
Associated Press

From: Daily Southtown
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The things they still carry

Kristen McQueary

[01-05-2005]  Doctors thought he was having a stroke. Or suffering from a brain tumor.

Maybe it was a pinched nerve in his back.

But the unexplained pain Martin Plecki experienced the stabbing feeling in his legs, the difficulty breathing and the problems with his eyes finally led doctors to another potential source: Agent Orange.

The Vietnam veteran who served in 1970 and 1971 remembers the chemical because it helped protect base camp. By spraying the foliage and elephant grass surrounding the camp, watchmen could see for miles. There were no unexpected attacks from the enemy until a couple years ago when Plecki, of Mokena, began visiting doctors for the unexplained symptoms.

"In 2003, I started falling apart right and left," he said. "Then to find out, 'You're still fighting the war, Plecki!' "

Doctors at Hines Veterans Hospital began treating him for Agent Orange exposure, although there isn't much they can do. The muscle pain still comes and goes and occasionally strikes the muscle around his diaphragm, making it almost impossible to breathe. He also suffers from diabetes, a side effect of Agent Orange exposure.

Plecki recently received The Order of the Silver Rose, a medal given to Agent Orange victims meant to supplant the Purple Heart. The federal government has not recognized Agent Orange-related illnesses as Purple Heart-worthy, so a grassroots, nationwide group created the Silver Rose.

The group holds an In Memory Day annually at the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall in Washington, D.C. Those who die of their Agent Orange symptoms do not qualify for inclusion on the wall.

Maureen Hogan-Opatik, of East Hazel Crest, who presented Plecki with his Silver Rose award at the Mokena VFW, attended the Washington ceremony to honor her brother, John Hogan, of Bradley, who died of Agent Orange-related cancer.

Plecki said was honored to receive the award, but he's more concerned about future soldiers than recognition for his own service.

"I want our government to ... do something for this younger generation," he said. "Don't worry about us old farts. I don't want to go back to the VA hospital and see a young man or young woman battling to get help."

Plecki grew up on the South Side and went to Gage Park High School. He signed up for the service, hoping to get an assignment that kept him safe from the ground battles of Vietnam. But he was sent into the thick of it.

When he returned home, he married his high school sweetheart, shoveled snow and built porches to get by. They later had two children.

"The VFWs turned their back on me because Vietnam vets, we were nothing but cry babies to the World War II people," he said.

He eventually started his own mechanical steel company and, after being treated at Hines, has gotten more involved in veterans issues.

"I'm not crying for me, but I am crying for the men and women in Desert Storm and in Iraq because who knows what they were exposed to? Our government hasn't learned a damn thing from when I served," he said. "Some of the pain can be just psychological. But it's the war that put it there."

Croix Rouge Vietnamienne

Croix Rouge Vietnamienne
82 Nguyen Du, Hanoi
Tel: 00 844 8224030 et
00 844 9420860
Fax: 00 844 9424285

Office of Genetic Counseling & Disabled Children

Hue Medical College
06 Ngo Quyen Street
Hue City - Vietnam
Tel: +84 54 833694
Fax: +84 54 826269

Fund for Reconciliation and Development

Pour suivre le Procès en cours à New York:

Visitez la page
Agent Orange Lawsuit

de cette organisation.

Articles parus dans les journaux depuis le 28/02/2005.