Lieutenant General Nguyen Trong Nghia, member of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Vietnam, Deputy Director of the General Department of Politics, and Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, Chairman of the VAVA, co-chaired the event.

 Lt. Gen. Nguyen Trong Nghia addressing the meeting

At the working session, on behalf of the Central Committee of the VAVA, Gen. Rinh briefed the delegates on task performances of the association’s chapters at all levels over the past time; and some of difficulties in mobilizing resources to take care of victims of Agent Orange (AO).

Over the past years, the General Department of Politics (GDP) have worked closely with relevant agencies and instructed military press agencies to disseminate consequences of the toxic chemicals sprayed by US troops during the war in Vietnam; and to give practical and effective assistance to AO/Dioxin victims and their families. The GDP also teamed up with the Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs to map out a number of policies to support national contributors, veterans exposed to toxic chemicals, and AO/Dioxin victims.

Concluding the meeting, Gen. Nghia underscored that over the past time, military units have thoroughly grasped and effectively realized the Party's, the State’s and the Central Military Commission’s viewpoint on disseminating AO/Dioxin consequences in Vietnam and activities to address the consequences of the toxic chemicals sprayed by the US forces during the war.

The general also urged the Department of Information and Training under the GDP and other agencies to work to soon publish an Agent Orange magazine so that the magazine with information about AO/Dioxin consequences and AO/Dioxin victims could be present at all Ho Chi Minh halls of battalions, border posts, flotillas, and anti-aircraft companies under the Air Defense – Air Force Service.

Translated by Hong Thanh