VFP VietNam Tour 8: Da Nang Thermal Dioxin Clean Up

Thermal dioxin desorption system started in Da Nang
TalkVietnam
April 19, 2014
Source: Vietnam News Agency (VNA)
By VietnamPlus

A thermal desorption system was put into operation at Da Nang Airport on April 19, as part of a US-funded project to clean up dioxin-contaminated soil and sediment in the central city.

US Senator at the ceremony (Source: VNA)

Senator Patrick Leahy

US Senator Leahy at the ceremony (Source: VNA)
The event saw the presence of Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh, and US Ambassador David Shear.

Up to 45,000 cb.m of contaminated soil and sediment will be dug and placed in containers. Once being heated up to a temperature of 335 degrees Celsius, nearly 95 percent of dioxin will be destroyed.

The two governments plan to conclude the four-year project by late 2016. For years, both the US Democrats and Republicans have given overwhelming support to Vietnam in dealing with environmental pollution and health care.

-VNA

Read about the history of Agent Orange and Diaxon in Vietnam. Spray first began over 5 decades ago in 1961.

Bill Creighton, April 19, 2014

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VFP VietNam Tour 7: Khe Sanh UXO Explodes

Khe Sanh
Quang Tri Province
April 15,  2014
Mine Action Alert

Wartime ordnance explosion severely injures ethnic coffee farmer near former U.S. Marine base at Khe Sanh


Injuries to Lay’s right hand were so severe that doctors had to amputate it. Lay’s other hand was shattered by the blast. Photo by Project RENEW.

 

Coffee drinkers love Vietnam’s Arabica coffee grown at Khe Sanh, a former battleground in the central province of Quang Tri. But they probably don’t know that to grow one of the best coffee beans in Vietnam, indigenous farmers face a deadly legacy of unexploded ordnance (UXO) even though the fighting ended nearly 40 years ago. Yesterday that legacy kept on giving.

In a coffee field near the Ta Con Airstrip, which is the Vietnamese name for the U.S. military’s Khe Sanh Combat Base, a loud explosion seriously injured a young Van Kieu man around 3:00 p.m. on Monday. Ho Lay was working with his brother digging holes in the ground, preparing to plant their new coffee crop. The 21-year-old man unearthed a piece of ordnance. He picked it up and shouted to his older brother, Ho Van Linh, who was working a short distance away. Continue reading

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VFP Vietnam Tour 6: Danang Airport

Agent Orange Remediation Project: Danang Airport, Viet Nam

751Veterans For Peace Chapter 160 Member Chuck Palazzo arranged a tour of the Danang Airport Agent Orange Remediation site. It is a rare opportunity and the visit has to be cleared at the highest levels. Very few visitors are allowed entry to the site. Before hand, we received a briefing on the remediation process and safety guidelines, and then, wearing hardhats and safety jackets, we toured the site.

Basically, it goes like this. The on-site dioxin contaminated dirt is placed in a huge dumpster, Continue reading

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VFP VietNam 2014 Tour: 5 Friends of the VFP

The Cake Of Friendship

© Michelle Flores

Preheat the oven of love                                    Decorate with the frosting of trust
With plenty of secrets and hugs                      This really is a must

Mix in giggles and laughs                                   Enjoy the cake do not eat it fast
That make your sides split in half                   Just like your new friendship make it last

Bake with the love and care
And all the things you both should share

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Photos: Bill Creighton, April

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VFP VietNam 2014 Tour: 4 Hue, Duc Son Orphanage

Hue, VietNam, April 5th, 2014, Duc Son Orphanage
The Kids run out the to entrance and we greet each other  with giggles, laughter, high-fives knuckle-taps and “hello”. One kid entertains us with his expertise in keeping the shuttlecock in the air, using only his foot. Several of us try it, creating howling laughter from the kids. After our introductions, an administrative nun invites us to tea and a discussion regarding the Orphan Family. During the discussion, several smiling nuns pass through the room as if they are working, but we know they just want to check out our delegation. And they know we know it. So after the first few nuns pass through, we start waving to each other.

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Santa Cruz Veterans Building: Where Soldiers Come From

Where-Soldiers-Come-FromWhere Soldiers Come From
Film Screening
April 27th 7 pm
Vets Hall
Santa Cruz County Veterans Memorial Building
846 Front Street, Santa Cruz.
Donations accepted at the door

The Santa Cruz Veterans’ Building is open and once again in use! Film screening presented by Veterans Of Foreign Wars “Bill Motto”  Post 5888, Veterans of Foreign Wars “Tres Pueblo” Post 7263 and Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival. Music by Jim Lewin.

Question and Answer with  Local Women Veterans and Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan Wars following the film.

Reel Work 2014 – April 24-May 8  Full Schedule at www.reelwork.org

 

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VFP VietNam 2014 Tour: 3 Travel To Khe Sanh

Hello All,

The Tour left Hanoi on Tuesday to travel to Dong Ha, Quang Tri Province, to meet with the people of Project Renew.

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We visited the vocational program for the Blind, the Unexploded Ordnance project, the Mine Action Center, witnessed the removal of a cluster bomb discovered in a field behind a home, the outreach program that provides prosthetic devices for unexploded ordinance amputees and the Mushroom Growing Project which develops small business opportunities for victims. Each  website section links to an accompanying video. Continue reading

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VFP VietNam 2014 Tour: 2 Quang Tri Province, VietNam

DenTran-NamDinh800Hi All… just arrived in Quang Tri Province. enjoying a delightful rain shower. But a few words about the last several days. I intended to join the tour on Sunday but I was invited by Bich’s family to accompany them on a trip to the country. Her father’s brother and his family came up to attend the wedding. It was their first time in Hanoi and they wanted to visit the Tran lineage temple. Bethocongdoangdentran800The Tran Dynasty lasted from 1218C.E. until the early 1414. 17 kings ruled during that time. Several large pagodas contain many lifelike figures and fully adorned altars containing gifts of food, flowers, money and contributions of all sorts. Pilgrims journey from all over to honor and give thanks to the ancestral rulers for protecting the lineage. bai_dinh_pagodaOn the return trip, we visited  Bai Dinh Temple the largest Buddhist pagoda Continue reading

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VFP VietNam 2014 Tour: 1 VietNam Journey The Beginning

Vietnam_Regions_MapGreetings All,

I’m passing on some notes I’ve made of the first few days of my VietNam journey.

I passed the first several days visiting with my friend Bich who I met several years ago in San Francisco while she translated for VAVA, Vietnam Association of Victims of Agent Orange. We’ve stayed in touch through the internet. Coincidentally, our delegation arrived on the weekend of her Wedding. On, Friday, Bich and her now husband, Tuan treated me a wonderful restaurant luncheon feast while we caught up and planned for my attendance at the wedding.

It’s a three part wedding; The grooms family visits the bride’s home and introduces themselves and then it is the brides turn to visit the groom’s family. This part is for family members, so I was very honored to be invited. I brought hand made chocolates (knudsen’s in Castro Valley). Jeanne Friedman linked me to a  site, so I was properly prepared and the families were very grateful. Continue reading

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IVAW & VFP @St. Patrick’s Day Parade

JS_StPatricks02_9422Join Us
March 15, 2014
Saturday, 11am–2pm
Market Street: 2nd street to Civic Center
San Francisco

Be visible and be heard! Support us, join us and cheer us on —Veterans for Peace and Iraq Veterans Agains the War at the 163rd annual San Francisco St. Patrick’s Day Parade. The West Coast largest Irish event celebrating Irish history and culture.

March in the parade with us.

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  • MeetUp 2nd Street @Mission/Howard
  • Assemble: 10:30am 2nd & Howard—Group #101SA Continue reading
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