Anthony “Tony” G. D’Aleo, U.S. Marine Corps (Ret.) and president of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1046, keynoted an Agent Orange Town Hall last week at the University of North Florida (UNF). The Community Hospice Veterans Partnership of Community Hospice & Palliative Care and the University of North Florida’s Military and Veterans Resource Center (MVRC) partnered for the event.
“As time goes by, we’re realizing that the harmful effects of Agent Orange have touched more people and more generations than ever imagined,” says U.S. Navy (Ret.) Capt. Bob Buehn, director of the UNF MVRC. “It’s important to get the information out and to connect those who may be suffering from Agent Orange exposure with the services and benefits they are due.”
An expert panel featured Shaneka Hall, Department of Veterans Affairs; Marc McCabe, chief service officer, VVA; Dr. W. Patrick Monaghan; Mokie Porter, VVA’s national director of communications; and Nancy Switzer, president of the Association of Vietnam Veterans of America. Veteran service officers from VVA and Jacksonville were on hand to assist with Agent Orange claims.